February’s Luncheon Speaker is Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. Mayor Lent is a 20 year, Life Member of our Council.

patty_lentThe City of Bremerton, home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, was founded in 1891 by German immigrant William Bremer. The history of Bremerton and that of the navy base have always been inextricably entwined.

On September 16, 1891, Lt Ambrose Wyckoff was appointed the first commandant of what was then called the Puget Sound Naval Station, and by June 1892 he had completed the purchase of a little more than 190 acres at the prescribed price of $50 per acre.

While Wyckoff was busying himself buying up land for the naval base, William Bremer, set about building a town next door. In September 1891 the navy raised the American flag over its land, and three months later, on December 10, Bremer filed a 25-acre plat for a new town named, somewhat immodestly, “Bremerton.” The navy base and the town thus came into the world together, and their fortunes have been linked, in good times and bad, ever since.

Mayor Patty Lent was elected November 2013 to her second term of office. Her political career began in 2003 as a Kitsap County Commissioner. She holds leadership positions on many boards including Kitsap Transit, Kitsap Mental Health Services, American Red Cross Advisory Board, Bremerton Central Lions Club, Kitsap Community Foundation, and is a life member of the United States Navy League, Eagles and VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

In the private sector her careers spanned mortgage banking, public relations, marketing and sales and an instructor at Edmonds Community College. Mayor Lent was a business owner in travel and tourism for more than 14 years in King and Kitsap Counties. She has lived in Bremerton with her husband Doug for 26 years and they have five children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Registration!

  • Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call at your earliest convenience.
  • Cut off for reservations is February 3
  • Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
  • Spell your name to make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet.
  • If you do not have base access, provide your birth city and date of birth.
Posted by: arbeam | January 21, 2015

Mar 14: Silver & Gold Charity Auction

Dolphin AuctionEach spring, the members of Submarine Officers’ Spouses’ Association (SOSA) join with the Khaki community, submarine wardrooms and submarine support organizations to raise money for local Kitsap charities and the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation (DSF).

The 2015 Silver & Gold Charity Auction is scheduled for March 14, 2015 at the Plaza Ballroom on Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor in Silverdale, Washington. Doors Open at 5:00 PM

Ticket cost – $30 per person. presale – $35 day of event. Reservation Form Group Reservations are recommended, so that everyone can sit together. The Navy League is interested in having a table at this event. If you are interested in attending please contact Bob Lamb NLT 24 Feb, Phone: 360-769-9108, email: rhlamb@wavecable.com

Important Dates

  • Feb 27, 2015 Contributions Due
  • Feb 27, 2015 Reservations Due Cost $30/person
  • Mar 14, 2015 Silver & Gold Charity Auction $35/person at the door

Theme – Camping: Raising S’More for Charity  
Dressing for the theme is encouraged, but certainly not required.

All proceeds from the Auction will benefit local Kitsap County charities and the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation (DSF), which awards scholarships to sons and daughters of members of the submarine force needing financial assistance for college. SOSA, in conjunction with the Chief Petty Officers’ Wives is honored to host the 2015 Silver & Gold Charity Auction. In order for us to continue our tradition of hosting this charity event, we hope businesses and organizations like yours will continue to come forward and show their support through generous donations.

The Silver & Gold Charity Auction is seeking donations of auction items such as merchandise, services, or gift certificates. Monetary contributions are equally appreciated. All businesses and individual donors contributing items will be listed in the Auction program.

The success of our event depends significantly on donations received from businesses and individual donors like you. We deeply appreciate your support. We are pleased to let you know that we are a 501(c)(3) organization and that all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 27-0519790. You will find a Donation Form enclosed with details on various options for your donations. To ensure adequate time to catalog and advertise your donation, we would appreciate receiving your item(s) as soon as you can, but no later than Friday, February 27, 2015.

For more information about our organization and this charitable event, please visit our website at www.sosawa.org or feel free to contact us via email at SilverAndGoldAuction@gmail.com.

Our March 10 Luncheon Speaker will be Commander Michael Yesunas, Commanding Officer Naval Magazine Indian Island.

Commander Michael YesunasNaval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island’s mission is to provide ordnance-related support including receipt, storage, issuance, and inspection to the Pacific Fleet and the joint services. NAVMAG Indian Island is the only deep water ammunition depot on the West Coast. They are responsible for the joint transfer shipment of ammunition between the five branches of the military services.

Their Ammunition pier is equipped with the Navy’s largest container crane, capable of lifting 89,600 lbs. The crane rail system allows multiple loading and offloading evolutions for two ships at the same time. The pier is Aircraft Carrier capable.

Cmdr. Michael Yesunas graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in English. After completion of advanced Helicopter Training, he earned his wings of gold in October 1997. Yesunas most recently served as the Commander of Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar, Afghanistan from February to November 2012. He assumed command of Naval Magazine Indian Island in March 2013.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Registration!

Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call at your earliest convenience. Cut off for reservations is March 3

Members with out access; processing time takes weeks.

  • Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
  • Spell your name to make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet.
  • Provide your date of birth and city of birth.
Posted by: arbeam | January 18, 2015

Welcome New Community Affiliate: Sound Publishing

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States recently welcomed Sound Publishing as a Community Affiliate during their January 13th luncheon. Jennifer Zuver (left), Sound Publishing's Sales and Marketing Representative, accepted the Community Affiliate plaque from out-going Council President, Larry Salter

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States recently welcomed Sound Publishing as a Community Affiliate during their January 13th luncheon. Jennifer Zuver (left), Sound Publishing’s Sales and Marketing Representative, accepted the Community Affiliate plaque from out-going Council President, Larry Salter

Silverdale, Washington. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) recently welcomed Sound Publishing as a Community Affiliate during their January 13th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on Naval Base Kitsap–Bangor.

As a Community Affiliate, Sound Publishing is not only affirming support of sea service members and their families, but they are also acknowledging their daily sacrifices to secure our nation’s economic prosperity. As a token of appreciation for their support, Community Affiliates receive an engraved membership plaque, a subscription to the award-winning SEAPOWER magazine and annual SEAPOWER Almanac, four individual Navy League memberships, and recognition at all council membership events and meetings.

Jennifer Zuver, Sound Publishing’s Sales and Marketing Representative, accepted the plaque from out-going Council President, Larry Salter. Salter praised Sound Publishing’s support of the Council’s community outreach programs by providing coverage and advance announcement of Council activities and public events, often targeted to the specific region involved.

According to their web site, Sound Publishing is the largest community media organization in Washington State with its 49 newspaper titles. The company has a combined print circulation of 661,072 and 2.3 million unique visitors online. They also employ more than 600 people in 36 locations around the Puget Sound region and eastern Washington. Sound Publishing is one of the few community newspapers that print all their own newspapers and numerous other publications at a centrally located, state-of-the-art printing facility in Everett.

Posted by: arbeam | January 15, 2015

First female officer reports to submarine USS Minnesota

WASHINGTON (June 7, 2013) The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) is shown during sea trials. The last of the Block II Virginia-class submarines was delivered to the Navy June 6, 2013, nearly 11 months ahead of schedule. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries/Released)

The first woman to serve aboard a Virginia-class fast-attack submarine reported last week to the USS Minnesota, pictured here arriving at its homeport in Groton, Conn. Six women, all officers, are joining the crews of the Minnesota and the USS Virginia in 2015.

The USS Virginia and the USS Minnesota will be the first two gender-integrated fast-attack submarines, the Navy announced Tuesday. The first woman to serve aboard a Navy fast-attack submarine has reported to the USS Minnesota. She is one of six officers expected to join fast-attack crews in the months ahead.

Two more women will report to the Minnesota by the end of January, with three more slated to join the USS Virginia in the spring, said Lt. Cmdr. Tommy Crosby, a spokesman for the Navy’s Submarine Force Atlantic. The first women on Virginia-class attack submarines in the Pacific will serve on the USS Texas and USS Mississippi at Pearl Harbor starting in fiscal 2016 Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | January 15, 2015

Navy League Council Installs 2015 Officers

The 2015 Board of Directors for the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States was sworn in at its January 13th Luncheon. Pictured (left to right) are: Alan Beam, Larry Salter (Immediate Past President), Mike Spence, David Ellingson (Treasurer), Kevin Staub, Tim Katona (President), Steve Westover, Kevin Torcolini (First Vice President), Cynthia Martin, Byron Faber, Robert Lamb (Second Vice President), Helen Miller, Neva Lamb, and George Rose (Judge Advocate). Not pictured are: Tom Danaher, Patricia Faber, Ruth Bond (Secretary), Jack James, Larry Tellinghuisen, Kelly Emerson, and Joe Hulsey.

The 2015 Board of Directors for the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States was sworn in at its January 13th Luncheon. Pictured (left to right) are: Alan Beam, Larry Salter (Immediate Past President), Mike Spence, David Ellingson (Treasurer), Kevin Staub, Tim Katona (President), Steve Westover, Kevin Torcolini (First Vice President), Cynthia Martin, Byron Faber, Robert Lamb (Second Vice President), Helen Miller, Neva Lamb, and George Rose (Judge Advocate). Not pictured are: Tom Danaher, Patricia Faber, Ruth Bond (Secretary), Jack James, Larry Tellinghuisen, Kelly Emerson, and Joe Hulsey.

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.

Posted by: arbeam | January 13, 2015

Stennis heads out for pilot qualifications

Stennis Seattle

ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS — A bosun’s whistle shrieks through the ship’s speakers.

“It’s an absolutely perfect day to get underway,” follows a voice, overly energetic for 8:30 a.m.

It’s Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, the ship’s commanding officer. He’s always like that, crew members say. “I need everybody absolutely focused on Job One, getting the ship away from the pier and up to Indian Island. Let’s get this right the first time.”

The aircraft carrier departed its home port of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Monday morning for flight qualifications off Southern California. It was to load munitions at Naval Magazine Indian Island, near Port Townsend.

One would think protected Puget Sound would prove easy sailing for the 2,800-person crew. Not true.

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“Two of the most challenging evolutions you can perform are Bremerton and Port Townsend said Capt. Kavon “Hak” Hakimzadah, the executive officer. “You cannot see the water as you go around the corner (in skinny Rich Passage).”

“It’s the most challenging water I’ve ever been in because there’s a lot of currents,” Wettlaufer said. “The Puget Sound currents are very significant.”

Wettlaufer is speaking from the crowded, windowed navigation bridge. Lt. j.g. Shannon Shaw, the conning officer, is front middle, peering through a scope and calling the shots.“One thousand yards to turn,” she announces. “Next course oh-oh-nine. “Next course oh-oh-nine,” repeats the helmsman, standing behind her and cranking the wheel.

They’re under the direction of the officer of the deck and, ultimately, Wettlaufer. “I’m listening for a continuous rhythm of communication,” Wettlaufer said.

The 1,092-foot-long carrier glides through Rich Passage uneventfully, but three huge cargo ships and a ferry clog the entrance. Looking straight at the Seattle skyline, the Stennis hacks a left. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 26, 2014

Navy League Recognizes Naval Base Kitsap Stand Out Sailors

Four Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a December 9th luncheon. Larry Salter, Council President (right), presented the awards to the (right to left) 2014 NBK Bluejacket of the Year MA3 Chelsea Deem, Junior Sailor of the Year (SOY) MA3 James Lupo, SOY ABE2(AW/SW) Troy Cloe, and Senior SOY MA1(EWS) Jason Stafford. NBK Commanding Officer, CAPT Thomas Zwolfer (second from left), and Command Master Chief, David Lynch (left), were also present to honor their high-performing Sailors.

Four Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a December 9th luncheon. Larry Salter, Council President (right), presented the awards to the (right to left) 2014 NBK Bluejacket of the Year MA3 Chelsea Deem, Junior Sailor of the Year (SOY) MA3 James Lupo, SOY ABE2(AW/SW) Troy Cloe, and Senior SOY MA1(EWS) Jason Stafford. NBK Commanding Officer, CAPT Thomas Zwolfer (second from left), and Command Master Chief, David Lynch (left), were also present to honor their high-performing Sailors.

Silverdale, Washington. Four Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a December 9th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on NBK–Bangor. One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.

Each awardee was presented a soaring eagle statuette engraved with their names by Council President, Larry Salter. The luncheon guest speaker was Captain Mark Geronime, Commanding Officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest. NBK Commanding Officer, CAPT Thomas Zwolfer, and Command Master Chief, David Lynch, were also present to honor their high-performing Sailors for their dedication, teamwork, and individual efforts.

To kick-off the ceremony, Zwolfer thanked the Navy League for their on-going support of his organization, and gave a little background about its diversity. “I’d like to first thank the Navy League for recognizing our Sailors at Naval Base Kitsap. We have a lot of different things that we do on our installations…and it takes all of our Sailors to do that. We have a wide variety of different rates, unlike the small handful of rates on a submarine. At the base, we interact with many different rates and thus it was hard picking the best Sailors to recognize as our SOYs. This group is clearly our cream of the crop.”  Read More…

Members of the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council presented gifts to the children of Coast Guardsman from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle at their annual Holiday Party. Children under two were presented stuffed animals, and children over two were given hand-crafted holiday pillowcases. Navy League member Nancy Danaher (left) shows a sample pillowcase to Station Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander (Select) Ben Crowell.

Members of the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council presented gifts to the children of Coast Guardsman from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle at their annual Holiday Party. Children under two were presented stuffed animals, and children over two were given hand-crafted holiday pillowcases. Navy League member Nancy Danaher (left) shows a sample pillowcase to Station Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander (Select) Ben Crowell.

Seattle, Washington. After several months of busy sewing, “Project Pillowcase” finally came to fruition. On Friday, December 12th, members of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council presented gifts to the children of Coast Guardsman from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle, one of ten adopted units of the Bremerton/Olympic Council. One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle families and friends gathered at Game Works in Seattle for their annual Holiday Party. NLUS members Tom and Nancy Danaher organized the making of personal holiday pillowcases for all Station children over two years old. All told, thirty-three pillowcases were presented. Children less than two years old received a stuffed animal, compliments of Board Members Bob and Neva Lamb.  Read More…

USS Lexington (CV-2) provides power to Tacoma Dec 17 1929

USS Lexington (CV-2) provides power to Tacoma Dec 17 1929

Beginning about December 17, 1929, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2) ties up to the Baker Dock and supplies electricity to Tacoma for a month to meet a power crisis.

In the 1920s, Tacoma received most of its electrical energy from dams on the Nisqually and Skokomish Rivers. Supplemental energy came from the Dock Street steam plant (1922). A drought in 1929 severely cut the power from the hydroelectric sources. The shortage became so critical that Superintendent Ira S. Davisson (1860-1951) had to cut power to Cascade Paper Company. Cascade laid off 300 employees. Fort Lewis turned the lights out in the barracks at 4:00 p.m.

Tacoma appealed to President Herbert Hoover, who bumped the matter to the Navy. At first the Secretary of the Navy refused the request, but negotiations resulted in a message to the Lexington’s captain, ,which had been in the shipyard at Bremerton to go to Tacoma to provide power to the city. Read More…

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