Silverdale, Washington. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) recently installed new 2015 officers and board members during a January 13th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on Naval Base Kitsap–Bangor. The council’s elected officers for 2015 are Tim Katona, President; Kevin Torcolini, First Vice President; Robert Lamb, Second Vice President; David Ellingson, Treasurer; Ruth Bond, Secretary; and George Rose, Judge Advocate.
In addition to the 2015 elected officers, the Board of Directors will be comprised of Byron Faber, Patricia Faber, Cynthia Martin, Joe Hulsey, Neva Lamb, Kevin Staub, Helen Miller, Tom Danaher, Alan Beam, Jack James, Larry Tellinghuisen, Mike Spence, Steve Westover, Kelly Emerson, and Larry Salter (immediate past president).
After swearing-in, Katona praised Salter for his leadership in 2014 and pledged to continue moving the organization forward during challenging fiscal times for the sea services. After presenting Salter with a challenge coin display box as a parting gift, Katona told the audience, “Larry was especially effective in strengthening our Youth programs and concentrating on revitalizing our membership. He made sure we were focusing on active duty military and allowing them to really understand that our community loves having them here and wants to continue to support all that they do to serve our Country.
Through events like the Gala and individual award presentations to over 50 active duty sea service personnel, we were able to really reach-out to the community and our service members.” In addition to recurring activities and key sponsorships, such as Memorial Day observances at the USS TURNER JOY in Bremerton, or the Armed Forces Day Gala, Katona challenged the Board to further expand youth outreach programs, including new initiatives to enhance student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Also on the agenda for 2015 are continued preparations and planning for the commissioning of PCU WASHINGTON (SSN 787), a VIRGINIA-Class submarine under construction at Virginia’s Newport News Shipbuilding scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in late 2016.