Posted by: arbeam | March 22, 2018

USS Olympia Crew Meets the Washington State Governor

Photo L to R: LT Leonardo Benavides (Liaison Officer), Chief of the Boat (COB) Senior Chief Arturo Placencia, LCDR Scott Turner (Executive Officer / XO), CDR Benjamin Selph (Commanding Officer / CO), Governor Jay Inslee, Bob Terhune (CAPT, USN Ret / Visit Coordinator from Olympia) and Jim Baumgart (Governor’s Military Policy Advisor)

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Naval Base Kitsap will hold a ceremony commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, one of the most significant battles in U.S. Navy history. The ceremony will take place on the Bremerton Waterfront Boardwalk, Tuesday June 7, 2018 at 1 PM.

The Japanese plan was to overwhelm and destroy the US fleet and capture Midway as an advanced base to protect it’s eastern flank. The Japanese threw almost the entire Imperial Fleet into the battle – four aircraft carriers, two light aircraft carriers, eleven battleships, thirteen cruisers, forty-five destroyers, and assorted submarines, transports and mine sweepers. Greatly outnumbered, the American defense consisted of three aircraft carriers eight cruisers, fourteen destroyers, and the aircraft stationed on Midway. The US Navy used intelligence and planning to outmaneuver and destroy the enemy forces. This naval battle provided the turning point for the war in the Pacific.

Posted by: arbeam | March 20, 2018

NL Tour Schedule

March 27   Boeing Everett VIP tour.  This will be a joint tour with the NL Lake Washington and Everett Council. The Boeing factory in Everett is the largest (by volume) building in the world with 472 million cubic feet of space. The VIP tour gets to see the airplanes under construction from the factory floor. Final assembly of four aircraft types is done at Everett using subassemblies, components and parts from around the US and the world. The types are 747, 767, 777, and 787. This is primarily a walking tour, wear sturdy walking shoes. We have a limit of 20 slots available for this.

 

April 17  Trident Training Facility & Trident Submarine tour. The Trident Training Facility provides classroom space and state of the art trainers/simulators to allow submarine off crews to maintain their proficiency.  The Plan is to tour TTF then have lunch at the Base Galley. Following Lunch we will board buses and then Tour a Trident submarine. This is one of our most popular tours. Please Signup early.

 

May  27  A 7 Day Alaska Cruise Princess  Cruise Lines is set up for May 27, leaving Seattle for 7 days to Alaska on Princess Cruise lines. The ports visited are Ketchikan, Juneau & Skagway. If we schedule 8 cabins in our group together, we can get a discount of about $200 per cabin. One advantage of Princess is that anyone with an honorable discharge from the military gets a $100 on board credit. If you own 100 shares of their stock (Carnival) you also get another $100 on board credit There is a small amount of paperwork to arrange these credits. Inside cabins range from $900 to $947, depending on forward, aft or midship placement but there are only 6 inboard cabins left at this time. Balcony cabins range from $1,567 to $1,649 per person, again depending on fore to aft or midship placement.  There are many balcony cabins left. If you have an interest in doing this cruise, please let me know.

 

June 11 – USS John C Stennis at 10:00 AM The Stennis is preparing for a Western Pacific Deployment and we are honored that they are making time in their busy schedule to give us a tour. The tour involves walking approximately 1 mile, with around 12 flights of fairly steep stairs.  Participants will need to be able to step over multiple obstacles approximately 18 inches tall and be able to ascend and descend stairs unassisted.  We recommend flat or athletic shoes for comfort and safety, closed toe and with a closed heel.   While our ship is extremely clean, there is the chance for lubricants or other material part of ship’s operations to be present on surfaces, and there can be strong drafts going up and down our stairs.  We recommend you  dress accordingly. We will gather at the Callow Ave Safeway parking lot (north end- away from the store entrance) about 9:30 to sort ourselves into as few vehicles as possible. Contact Byron for security procedures.

 

June 25- Whidbey Island NAS Open House Whidbey Island Naval Airstation is the home of the Navy’s FA-18 Growler Electronic Warfare squadrons and the new P-8 Poseidon Anti Submarine Warfare Squadron.  This is their annual public Open House. We are working on setting up a NL Tour in August.

 

July 11  – USCG Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor & Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific.  MFPU Bangor is a Coast Guard unit dedicated to the escort and Protection of our trident strategic missile Submarine while they are on the surface in Puget Sound. The Strategic Weapons facility is responsible for the maintenance and security of the Trident Missiles.

 

Aug  – Whidbey Island NAS

Sept 20Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport NUWC Keyport is an important part of the Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers.  There is one other undersea warfare center, in Newport, RI and there are 8 surface warfare centers around the country.  Keyport originally opened just over 100 years ago in 1914 as the Pacific Coast Torpedo Station.  Although torpedo maintenance and repair are still important components of the work at Keyport (25-30%) there are many additional operations that have evolved over the years.

 

Oct 12– SAFE Boats Intenational SAFE Boats builds purpose designed special performance boats for law enforcement, military and all levels of government world wide. Safe Boats International builds rapid response craft at their facility at the Bremerton Airport. SAFE Boats is a major supplier to the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) small boats fleet. The USCG uses SAFE vessels for diverse missions including homeland security, patrol, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection, search and rescue, and aids to navigation.

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Posted by: arbeam | March 19, 2018

Mar 10: Silverdale Military Appreciation Day

Every year the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce Sponsors a Military Appreciation Day at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. It brings together over 100 business and service organizations that support the Military throughout the County. It is a great way to introduce our service members to the vast selection of our community’s businesses and services.

 

Representative Kilmer visiting the Navy League and Sea Cadet Booth

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Posted by: arbeam | March 19, 2018

BROLPN Welcomes the ComSubGru 9 Sailor of the Year

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council had the honor of meeting the recently reported Commander Submarine Group Nine, Rear Admiral Blake Converse and acknowledge his Shore Sailor of the Year for 2017, Yeoman First Class Jenn Reeder. Her exceptional performance as the LCPO of the Administration Department, providing support to two submarine squadrons, 25 submarine crews and three reserve detachments led to her selection as the Commander Submarine Group Nine and the Commander Submarine Forces Pacific Shore Sailor of the year for 2017. We wish her good luck as she goes on this week to compete for the Pacific Fleet Shore Sailor of the Year.

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Posted by: arbeam | March 17, 2018

Bremerton Native Nominated for Rear Admiral

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that Captain Kristen B. Fabry have been nominated for promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half). CAPT Fabry is currently serving as director, Fleet Resources Integration, United States Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, VA.

CAPT Fabry, a native of Bremerton, WA, graduating from CKHS in 1987, earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Master of Arts in National Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. She is a graduate of the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Executive Education programs. She also holds a certificate in Supply Chain Operations from Pennsylvania State University.

Previous assignments include commanding officer, Navy Supply Corps School, Newport, RI; chief of staff, director, Supply Chain Management, and assistant commander, Personnel, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Mechanicsburg, PA; branch chief, Strategy, Policy, Programs, and Logistics Directorate (J5/4), United States Transportation Command; officer-in-charge, detachment Everett and director, Contracting, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Puget Sound, Washington as well as senior supply assessor, Commander, Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest; plans, programs, and policies officer, N41 Staff, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and customer service director following a Navy Acquisition and Contracting Officer internship, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center, Puget Sound, Washington.

Her afloat tours include supply officer, USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) deployed in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom; principal assistant for logistics, principal assistant for services, and assistant supply officer, USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Southern Watch; pre-commissioning supply officer, USS DECATUR (DDG 73); and assistant stock control, sales officer, automated data processing and underway replenishment officer, USS and USNS SAN DIEGO (AFS/T-AFS 6), completing three Mediterranean deployments and supporting operations in Haiti.

CAPT Fabry is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, Naval Aviation  Supply Officer, and Joint Service Officer. Her personal decorations include Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), and Navy Achievement Medal. She is also a member of the Defense  Acquisition Professional Community.

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Posted by: arbeam | March 16, 2018

May 23: Vietnam Pinning Ceremony

The Navy Gold Star Program is partnering with Kitsap Naval Station’s Fleet and Family on May 23rd.  We will be holding a Vietnam Pinning Ceremony to honor all of our Vietnam Veterans because you were not given a proper welcome home.  Also at the ceremony we will be honoring two of our local Fallen Vietnam Veterans.

Every four months the Navy Gold Star Program has a Tribute, the Navy Region Northwest Tribute to our Fallen Triannual Rotating Watch.  A short biography and picture of the Hero is placed at every Fleet and Family in the NW Region as well as most of the NOSCS (Navy Reserve Centers) in the NW eleven state Region.  The picture and biography are rotated out every four months and are replaced by a new member of the watch.

At the Vietnam Veteran’s Pinning Ceremony we are going to also honor the ‘changing of our watch’.  Our current Tribute is to Explosive Ordinance Chief Patrick Wade who died in Afghanistan in 2007.  His watch will end and 2nd Lt. John Michael Odell who died in Vietnam in 1968 will take the next watch.

The event is to take place May 23rd 10am to noon at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport WA.

If you intend to come please RSVP to goldstar@navylifepnw.com.

If you are a Vietnam Veteran and would like receive a pin please ensure your email includes your name, rank and branch.  Gold Star Families that wish to attend and get preferential seating, please ensure you include your Hero’s name, rank and your relationship to him or her.
Thank you! –

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (March 15, 2018) From left to right, Commander, Navy Region Northwest Rear Adm. Gary Mayes presents the 2018 Navy Installation Excellence Award pennant to Command Master Chief Shane Cardon and Capt. Geoffrey Moore, commanding officer of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, during an all hands call at the base chapel on Whidbey Island.

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (NNS) – Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island recently earned distinguished recognition with the 2018 Commander-In-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award for large naval installation.

The Navy’s installation excellence award program recognizes the top three large and top three small installations based upon performance within the command’s strategic goals and also fitting the criteria established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in regards to the award.

Among this criteria, NAS Whidbey Island’s capacity for mission support managed to complete 87,300 radar operations and 9,800 flight plans in the largest airspace controlled by a naval air station. NAS Whidbey Island Search and Rescue (SAR) notably completed more Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) missions than any unit with 23% of total DoD and Coast Guard missions. “NAS Whidbey Island SAR is an elite group of military professionals that love doing search and rescue. We pride ourselves on the level of knowledge and professional level of care that we provide to those in need and we train hard and realistically so that when we are actually faced with the mission of rescuing someone, we are able to confidently and safely do that.” Stated Lt. Mark Hlousek, public affairs representative and pilot for the SAR team.

Hlousek commented that what enables the SAR team to perform successful rescue missions with such reliability and safety comes down to their dedication to training. “We train like we fight and we treat every flight like it is a real mission, that way, when we are faced with a real mission we will perform safely and professionally.” NAS Whidbey Island’s mission support capabilities, however, are not its only shining endeavor as the base clearly ensures all the avenues of managing an effective air station, especially in relation to energy conservation and the surrounding environment. Read More…

Your comments are needed! Email comments to nwnepa@navy .mil, or by mail to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: Project Manager, EV21.AW
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

Public comment will be accepted until March 23. 

The Navy wants to step up special-operations training at state parks along Western Washington coastlines, releasing a proposal that would more than quintuple the number of sites.

The Navy currently has a permit to conduct exercises at five state parks. The preferred option in a planning document calls for the possible use of 29 parks ranging from Cape Disappointment at the state’s southwest tip to Deception Pass in northwest Washington.

In addition to the parks, the Navy is considering private lands as well as other public sites such as the Port of Anacortes, a Tacoma wastewater plant and a closed prison on McNeil Island.

This is part of a broader push in recent years by the Navy and Army to increase the scope of training activities in Washington, an effort that has stirred criticism in a state with a tradition of environmental and citizen activism.

Most of the Navy training would unfold at night, often involving submersible diving vessels and SEAL swimmers stealthily coming ashore and making their way to designated locations. That might be quite a spectacle for a camper walking a nighttime beach, but such glimpses of the SEALs are supposed to be rare.

“The whole point of this is to do it without being seen,” said Sheila Murray, a public-affairs deputy at Navy Region Northwest. Murray said the training will help prepare the SEALs for secret missions in hostile territory where getting spotted from shore could have deadly consequences.

But to train in more parks, the Naval Special Warfare Command first needs permission from the state Parks and Recreation Commission. So far, the Navy has yet to submit a permit request for the commission to consider.

“Their assessment just puts out all the various activities that they could want included,” said Virginia Painter, a spokeswoman for the states Parks and Recreation Commission. “That doesn’t mean that those activities are going to happen … We would be concerned about anything that would affect the visitor’s experience, environment and safety.”

The SEALs — Sea, Air and Land Teams — are elite forces that have been involved in some of the military’s most high-stakes covert missions, such as the 2011 raid on a compound in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.

The draft document calls for both “small-unit land and cold-water maritime training activities.” In the Puget Sound training area, the preferred option calls for six blocks of training a year — each ranging from two to eight weeks in length and involving up to 84 trainees and support personnel. That would be a tripling of the current level of such activities in that area.

Support personnel would use radio communications to help alert other vessels of an active dive site, and “safety buffers” would keep civilian craft at a distance.

The land activities would include hiking and observing “military role players” while hidden. There would also be simulated building clearances that would involve modified weapons firing pellets emitting dime-sized splashes of paint, but these would not be used in any of the state park locations, according to Murray.

Murray said the training would not interfere with normal park operations.

Opponents disagree and say public parks should not be used for military training. They question whether maritime exercises could prevent recreational boaters from landing at a park, and whether campers could be put on edge by SEALs sharing the park space.

“The Navy has said you might wander unaware into a secret military exercise,” said Karen Sullivan, co-founder of West Coast Alliance, who said this was stated at a February public meeting in Port Townsend. “What happens if this goes on at night, and someone, who is armed, responds.”

Sullivan is a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist who has helped to organize opposition to military-training activities that include anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare in Puget Sound and electromagnetic-warfare exercises on the Olympic Peninsula.

There also has been a backlash to the noise generated by Navy EA-18G Growlers based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as they practice landings and takeoffs, and a Navy proposal to grow that fleet from 82 jets to as many as 118 aircraft.

Sullivan thinks the Navy park-use proposal could violate state laws that prohibit intimidating conduct and activities that disturb the public at state parks. She is now organizing a letter-writing campaign to state officials to protest the Navy plan for special-operations exercises.

The Navy has deep roots in the Puget Sound region, with Naval Base Kitsap, home port for ships and nuclear submarines, ranking as the third-largest Navy base in the United States.

Puget Sound has been a Navy training area for some seven decades. For years, the SEALS have conducted cold-water training in Puget Sound, and some parks were occasionally used for what Painter said was “very limited activity.”

Then in 2015, this occasional use was formalized through a five-year, right-of-entry-permit that allows training at Blake Island, Fort Flagler, Illahee, Mystery Bay and Scenic Beach state parks. The document calls for park officials to get at least three days’ notice before training, and for the Navy to “minimize, and avoid if reasonably possible, any interference” with the use of these sites as parks.

Painter said that the training activities at the parks have been small undertakings, sometimes involving just one trainee, who is then picked up from the shoreline by support staff. This use has sparked no complaints from park visitors, according to Painter.

Expanding the Navy footprint in the parks increases the possibility of conflict.

But the Navy planning document says the current training is too limited. It fails to “provide sufficiently varied and diverse training locations or physical environmental features, and lacks elements unpredictability and unfamiliar,” according to the planning document.

In an effort to explain the new proposal, the Navy held three Western Washington public meetings in February.

Seattle Times article 12 Mar 2018 By Hal Bernton

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Posted by: arbeam | March 15, 2018

WSSEF CALL FOR JUDGES ~ MARCH 23 and 24, 2018

Navy League judge Tom Danaher (center) listens intently to a student at the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair explain her project about energy from fruits and vegetables.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your generosity in sharing your time with the students.  As a past judge you know the enjoyment and sense of accomplishment the students feel while participating at the Fair and sharing their thoughts and projects with the judges.

The word has spread and the Fair has hit its capacity limit of projects and students.  To make this expansion work we need 200 judges each day.

This year we expect the same growth and have made accommodations for this by completing judging for grades K-6 on Friday and having their space cleared Friday night to make room for the incoming grades 7-12 on Saturday.  By doing this we can handle up to 1,000 projects.

If you are planning on judging, please login online at https://wssef.stemwizard.com/public_site/judge_register

Please spread the word and invite a friend.

Additional information can be found on our website at www.wssef.org.   You can also follow us for late breaking news at www.facebook.com/wssef

Schedule of Events for Friday, March 23, for Grades K-6

9:00 – 11:30       Grades K-6 check in and set up their displays
10:00 – 11:15     Judges Training / Judges Assignments
11:30 – 12:15     Gym Closed – Judges Only
12:30 – 2:00       Judging Session 1
2:00 – 3:00         Grades K-6 Lunch Break
3:00 – 4:30         Judging Session 2
4:45 – 5:30         Grades K-6 projects can be taken down and removed
7:00 – 8:00         Awards Ceremony for Grades K-6 in the Auditorium
7:00 – 8:00         NOTE:  Grades 7-12 may quietly check in and set up displays while the Grade K-6 Awards Ceremony is going on in the Auditorium (OPTIONAL)

Schedule of Events for Saturday, March 24, for Grades 7-12

7:00 – 9:00         Grades 7-12 check in and set up their displays
8:00 – 9:00         Judges Training / Judges Assignments
9:00 – 9:30         Gym Closed – Judges Only
9:45 – 12:00       Judging Session 1
12:00 – 1:15       Grades 7-12 Lunch Break
1:15 – 3:30         Judging Session 2
5:00 – 6:00         Grades 7-12 projects can be taken down and removed
6:30                   Awards Ceremony for Grades 7 – 12 in the Auditorium

Thank you and see you at the Fair!

Mike Huey
President & Head Judge, WSSEF

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