Pacific and 4th Ave 11AM – 1PM May 20, 2017

The Heroes Barbecue is honoring our military families provides a free Hotdog, chips and a soda meal to all Active Duty, Reserve, Retired Veterans and their families. The barbecue gives active and retired military personnel a chance to kick back and relax after the parade. Military attendees and their families are given a meal, free of charge, as a thank you for their service. This is a community affair, Harrison Hospital donates the food, Puget Sound Energy brings out their emergency grills and cooks, and Washington Youth Academy serves the food.


Admiral Theatre 6- 10 PM May 20, 2017

Join us for the Annual Navy League Gala to honor our Military and recognize our community and political leaders. Each year, as the finale to Armed Forces celebrations in Bremerton, our Navy League Council honors the local military commands by hosting the only black tie event, aside from formal military balls, in the area.


The Grand Marshall of the Armed Forces Day Parade is traditionally the guest of honor and this year, VADM Nora Tyson, Commander US Third Fleet, will be our guest speaker.

Additionally, as part of the evening, our council presents a special, annual award to the Trident submarine crew who has achieved the top marks in battle efficiency. Competition is very competitive and this award is coveted among the boats homeported at Naval Base Kitsap. Our council started this trophy bowl many years ago and now a similar award is provided in Kings Bay, Georgia to a submarine that is homeported on the East Coast.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Gala is a significant social event of the year in Bremerton and each year we recognize very special people for their outstanding contributions to our council and the military. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with one another prior to and following dinner and the program. Alejandro will perform Flamenco guitar after the official ceremony.

Numerous business and community leaders join us for this recognition ceremony. You do not want to miss this year’s Gala at the Admiral Theatre and it could sell out early. Call the Admiral Theatre at 360-373-6743 to make your reservations, space is limited. Please RSVP by May 10. Tickets are $65 per person.

Posted by: arbeam | April 6, 2017

2017 Thunderbird Awards

Every year, the Bremerton Chamber honors leaders in our community with the Thunderbird, or Hyas Tyee awards.  The past-presidents of the Chamber come up with suggestions for the award, and the Board of Directors votes to approve the list.  In a community rich with volunteers and leaders, the challenge is not in finding enough people to honor, but to pare the list down to only 4 or 5 honorees.

This year was no exception, and the honorees are as follows: Captain Howard Markle Commanding Officer Puget Sound Shipyard, Rick Tift Executive Director Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Mike Stevens, Kitsap Sun (Retired) and Stacy Dore’ Kitsap Humane Society.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Kitsap golf and County Club  on Thursday April 20 at 6:00 PM. Register here.


For the past three months the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States has been recruiting council members, local civic leaders, naval officers and government STEM specialists to serve as judges for this weekend’s State Science and Engineering Fair held at Bremerton High School.  Along with providing volunteer judges the past three years for the fair, the Navy League Council also provides $1200 dollars in scholarship awards for Grades 1-12 participants in the Science and Engineering Fair.

Retired Navy Captains Tom Danaher and Mike Spence are co-chairs for the Navy League but say their main recruiter is a loyal Navy League member in Mrs. Helen Miller.  “Helen recruits all year long for Navy League judges and she gathers them from all over.  This year we have nearly 30 judges and many are newly recruited by Helen,” said Danaher.

Navy League judges participate in the required pre-fair training, will dawn special Navy League shirts for the fair, and will join the many other volunteers required to judge over 600 fair entries this year.

For more information go to:  ( (

POC:  Tom Danaher. (360) 271-4852



Our April 11 Luncheon Speaker is John Hanson, President of the Bremerton Historic Ship Association. They maintain and operate the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) US Naval Destroyer Museum on the Bremerton Waterfront. USS Turner joy just returned from a successful dry-docking in Lake Union.

USS Turner Joy (DD-951) was the last ship in the Forrest Sherman – class of destroyers. Her keel was laid down on Sept 30, 1957 in Seattle, Washington by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, and was commissioned on Aug 3, 1959. Turner Joy is credited with firing the first shots of the Vietnam War in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. She is also credited with firing the last naval gunfire shots of the war. Turner Joy (DD-951) was decommissioned in November 1982, and was selected as a U.S. Navy memorial in November 1988.

John Hanson is currently the President of the Nonprofit organization Bremerton Historic Ship Association.  This is his 5th year as President and 10th year on the Board of directors.  John retired from the Navy and Department of Energy as a nuclear regulator for Naval Nuclear power program.  He is also a retired Naval nuclear officer having served 23 years.   His career included teaching Naval Nuclear Power school, Nuclear Planning and Engineering Officer for submarines at Bangor, Washington and qualifying Surface Warfare on Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before April 1.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.

Posted by: arbeam | March 21, 2017

NBK Bangor Service Pier Extension SEIS

NBK Bangor Service Pier

Notice of Intent to prepare Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Project

NAVAL BASE KITSAP-BREMERTON, Wash. — The U.S. Navy announced its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the July 2016 Final EIS for Land-Water Interface (LWI) and Service Pier Extension (SPE), NBK-Bangor, Wash.

The Final EIS for LWI and SPE resulted in a Record of Decision (ROD) signed on Sept. 8, 2016 for the LWI project only, and a decision of the SPE was deferred at the time pending availability of funding. Now that the SPE project has been funded, the Supplemental EIS will address the SPE project only and evaluate impacts to affected resources based on small changes in project design and new regulatory guidelines released since the September ROD. All public comments previously received on this project are still valid.

The Proposed Action’s purpose  is to support the mission of NBK-Bangor to serve as the host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout west Puget Sound and provide base operating services, including support for surface ships and submarines homeported at NBK-Bangor and Bremerton.

The Proposed Action is needed to provide alternative opportunities for berthing to mitigate restrictions at NBK Bremerton and to improve the long-term efficiency and effectiveness of the three SEAWOLF Class submarines on NBK. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | March 21, 2017

Apr 22: PacNorWest Officers Submarine Birthday Ball

This year’s Officers’ Submarine Birthday Ball will be held on April 22nd at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way.  There is a social hour starting at 1830 and the event begins at 1900. RADM Fritz Roegge, COMSUBPAC will be the keynote speaker. Ticket prices are $120 per person.   Dinner choices are Chicken, Salmon, Top Sirloin, or Vegetarian.  If you are interested please contact Bob Lamb Email:, Phone: 360-710-2326 by Apr 1.


Posted by: arbeam | March 11, 2017

Bremerton Navy League Supports Area Military

Mar 10, 2017 – When Alan Beam was a young sailor and docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after time at sea, he was greeted by the local Navy League. “They met us on the pier,” Beam said. “They fell all over us making us feel welcome and thanking us for our service.”

Beam never forgot what that meant to him. And that is why he is now an active member — and president — of the Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council of the U.S. Navy League. Beam has been a member since 1991, after he retired in the area following a long Navy career. He retired as a captain and was commander of the USS Bremerton. Read More…

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) Mar 3, 2017 — Beginning Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, military exchange online shopping privileges will be extended to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military.

The Department of Defense announced this policy change as a way to recognize the contributions of service members who served in the military and to thank them for that service.

“We are proud to support this policy and extend the online shopping benefit to the nearly 15 million honorably discharged U.S. veterans,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) CEO. “It is one small way to honor those who have served. This policy change is great for our veterans, and is a win for our current customers. By having a larger customer base shopping our online store, we expect to be able to expand our merchandise assortment; and by purchasing more from our vendors, strengthen our value to our customers even more. We also expect to see an increase in contributions given to Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) for quality-of-life programs, as well.”

Prior to Nov. 11, honorably discharged veterans may go to or the Navy Exchange Facebook page to check for information and announcements. The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) will be the sole source for verification data of authorized exchange shoppers.

Navy news article by Kristine M. Sturkie

The Navy League, Bremerton – Olympic Peninsula Council toured SWFPAC on February 15th, hosted by CAPT Mike Elmstrom (SWFPAC CO).

First stop was a tour of Missile Assembly Building #3 (MAB-3) where Lockheed Martin – the prime contractor for missile processing operations briefed the group on the Trident II missile and the SWFPAC missile processing flow from component receipt to missile outload on SSBN’s.

Next up was a static display of two security force armored vehicles hosted by the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, an essential member of “Team SWFPAC.”

Following the static display, the group was treated to a tasty lunch at the Bangor Galley with choices from a wide range of menu items.

After lunch, the tour group proceeded to the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) hosted by LCDR Mike Smith, Subgroup 9 PAO.  The tour group was split up into three groups to facilitate movement within the submarine.  Spaces visited on the SSBN included the Control Room, Missile Compartment and Crew Berthing Spaces just to name a few areas.  Our tour guides briefed us thoroughly on operations in each space.  Many thanks go out to the crew for accommodating the Navy League tour.

This tour was arranged by Navy League member and tour organizer Byron Faber.  We are extremely grateful to CAPT Elmstrom for the opportunity to tour SWFPAC and LCDR Smith for coordinating a fantastic submarine tour.

Another great tour with the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council.

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