Posted by: arbeam | December 29, 2017

Meet the New ComSubGroup 9 Rdml Blake Converse

Rear Adm. Blake Converse is a native of Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds Master of Science degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Applied Physics from the Navy Post Graduate School.

His career as a nuclear submarine warfare officer includes assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661) and USS Olympia (SSN 717) as the engineer officer, and USS Minneapolis-St.-Paul (SSN 708) as the executive officer. Command assignments include commanding officer of USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) from February 2006 to February 2009 and commodore of Submarine Squadron 6 from October 2012 to August 2014.

Ashore, he served as the radiological controls officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force; as a special assistant to the commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command; as the prospective commanding officer course instructor at Naval Reactors headquarters; as chief of staff to the commander of the U.S. Submarine Force; and as the director, Joint and Fleet Operations (N3) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Converse relived as as Commander Submarine Group 9 onDecember 15 2017

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit awards. In 2008, he was awarded the Rear Adm. Jack N. Darby award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence of Command.

Posted by: arbeam | December 28, 2017

Dec 18: Tour of USCG Station Marathon Florida

USCG Station Marathon Florida

On Monday December 18, two of our Council’s members were in the Florida Keys at the town of Marathon.  We called to ask if we could visit and have a tour, and were delighted  that they welcomed us. The station there has a mission of search and rescue mainly, as well as ensuring compliance with safe boating practices.  Although they do not have a helicopter based there, they do have at least monthly practice exercises with the Navy helicopters from Key West.






The base is commanded by an E9 and has about 30 personnel assigned. Our guide was primarily a mechanic but also was the main first aid teacher and medical support, MK3 David Wiegman. It was interesting that one of the fellows had been stationed at Bangor on a blocking boat that accompanied the subs.  This was when CDR Tom Sullivan was the CO. As we walked around the base, we came across several large iguanas.

We also saw some very nice looking housing units that any of us can arrange to rent, right on the canal where they tie up the boats.  Several of their boats were made in Bremerton at SAFE boats.  These are their favorites.

By the way, the amount of destruction from the hurricane on September 10 is astounding.  Many houses, businesses, trees, roads, parks and beaches were either destroyed or severely damaged.  There were debris piles of household goods, appliances, trees and chunks of concrete along the roads that went for many blocks.  These are slowly being cleared, but immediately after the storm the debris piles were 3 or 4 stories tall. Most are down to 5-10 ft tall now. The people are resilient and working hard to restore normalcy (and want everyone to know that the Keys are open for business) but it will be over a year getting squared away again. – Byron







Posted by: arbeam | December 25, 2017

Santa Sightings


The Department of the Navy issued orders today to ADM S. Clause, recalling him to active duty, with a report date of 24 Dec 16.

A reservist, with 1,742 years of service, this Naval Aviator specializes in vertical delivery of high-value items. He is flight deck and carrier qualified. He is also a Public Affairs Specialist.

Also recalled, were LCDR Dasher, Master Chief Dancer, Senior Chief Prancer, LT Vixen, CDR Comet, Chaplain (LCDR) Cupid, PO1 Donner, and PO1 Blitzen, an Individual Augmentee from the Naval Reserve. Ensign Rudolph is also authorized to report for duty; however, he must first successfully complete Carrier Qual training, which he has failed three times.

Although the above troops are on orders for only 24 hours, it is anticipated that they will submit a travel claim for 24,901 miles at .56/mile, using a POV. Suitable Government transportation is not available.

As a special operations unit, each member is granted a high level of uniform flexibility, as well as relaxed grooming standards. Per diem has been modified to include large quantities of hot cocoa and cookies.

Go Navy!

…and Mega Merry Christmas!

P.S. – Let’s ALL remember the men and women of our Armed Forces, as they serve in far away lands during this Christmas Season.



Posted by: arbeam | December 20, 2017

Jan 9: Luncheon Speaker Steven Westover

The January Luncheon Speaker is Steven Westover Bremerton Navy League President for 2018.

Steve Westover was born and raised in Bremerton, graduated from East Bremerton High School, went on to graduate from the University of Washington in Aeronautical Engineering and earn a commission as an Ensign through the NROTC program in 1971.  His first set of orders were to flight school in Pensacola, FL where while earning his Wings of Gold, he completed his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida.  Steve completed tours as an instructor pilot with VT-4 in Pensacola followed by a tour in VAQ-33 based in Norfolk, VA flying the EA-4F Skyhawk.  After this tour, Steve was ordered to NAS Whidbey Island where he transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler aircraft.  He was recognized as the Replacement Pilot of the Year in 1980.

He completed squadron tours with VAQ-138, 137, 129, 140 and commanded VAQ-136 based in Atsugi, Japan.  He has deployed aboard the aircraft carriers USS Ranger, USS Kennedy, and the USS Midway.  Following his flying tours, Steve attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and then completed a three year assignment with the Defense Information Systems Agency.  A Pentagon tour followed with the Navy’s Test and Evaluation Directorate where he retired in 1996 as a Captain.

After his Navy retirement, Steve worked as a civilian providing support for the EA-6B program Office.  In 1999, Steve changed careers and was hired by FedEx as a pilot.  He flew the B-727 as a Flight Engineer and the MD-11as a First Officer and a Captain, before retiring in 2014.

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 Realty Station  at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration.
Please call before Jan 2.

  • Members without base access; processing time can take 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.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License need to be on the base access list or be escorted.

Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council CFC# 19117, CFD #1481953. 





Posted by: arbeam | December 17, 2017

Presidents Corner Jan 2018

It is a great honor for me to begin serving as the President of the Bremerton Olympic Council of the Navy League. I would like to thank the council membership for their vote of affirmation for me and the other council officers. As a relative “newbe” within the Navy League organization, I look forward to getting to better know our members and forging new relationships with our community.

I would like to thank Alan Beam for making this transition so smooth and for all of the hard work that he has put in as President. He has led this council with distinction. Alan will continue on as the Communications Director for our award winning website.

Volunteers are the life blood of our council, and I encourage everyone to get involved. There are exciting new projects on the horizon for the council to step forward and lead. The USS Bremerton will be decommissioning in the near future. As one of our adopted units, we will look to ways to memorialize her service to the nation.

Our Jan tour will be to San Diego to visit Naval and Marine Corps installations at NAS North Island and MCAS Miramar and a tour of my old home for two years, the USS Midway. At the end of the month, on Jan 26, we will hold our installation dinner for the new officers and board members. Capt. Alan Schrader, CO of NAVBASE Kitsap will be the guest speaker.



Posted by: arbeam | December 11, 2017

Welcome USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) to the Pacific Northwest

PUGET SOUND, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2017) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) transits Puget Sound on its way to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence its inactivation process. Jacksonville departed their homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for the last time, Dec. 4, 2017 to make their way to Bremerton, Wash. (U.S. Navy photo by Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Taylor Ford/Released)

Please join us in welcoming The USS Jacksonvile (SSN-699) to the Pacific Nothwest. The Bremerton Navy League is hosting an arrival Reception at NBK Bremerton’s Sam Adams Culb tomorrow Dec 12 at 3PM.

USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) arrived at NBK Bremerton today completing the final voyage of her 36 year career. Commissioned May 16, 1981, Jacksonville is named after the largest and most populous city in Florida, and is the first ship to bear the name. The Jacksonville’s crest features a modiIed version of the city’s seal with Andrew Jackson on a horse in front of the rising sun, with a submarine and the hull number SSN 699 below. The submarine’s nickname, “The Bold One,” is a play off the city’s longtime slogan of “The Bold New City of the South.” Under the command of Cmdr. Steven Faulk, Jacksonville will begin preparations for Decommissioning in 2018.

Initially homeported in Norfolk VA, Jacksonville conducted 2 around the world deployments to the Indian Ocean, 3 Mediterranean Deployments, 2 Northern Atlantic Deployments and 1 South Atlantic Deployment. In April 2009 Jacksonville changed homeport to Pearl Harbor. While in the Pacific Fleet Jacksonville conducted 2 deployments to the Western Pacific  and 2 Indian Ocean Deployments.



Posted by: arbeam | December 9, 2017

Coast Guard Christmas

Posted by: arbeam | December 9, 2017

Dec 17 1929: USS Lexington (CV-2) powers Tacoma Christmas

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…

Posted by: arbeam | December 9, 2017

Maine Corps Security Force Battalion Christmas Party

The Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor held a Children’s Christmas Party on Dec 3. The party featured a visit from Santa Claus and a reading of Polar Express by LtCol Tinson. Phyllis Diehl, Barbara Hanson Mail. Erin and Kelly  Tammen  and Helen Miller worked the party and help distribute gifts provided by NL Members.




Posted by: arbeam | December 8, 2017

Pilly Lent Award

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council teamed with the Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) to honor the best performing tactical submarine department head assigned to COMSUBPAC. The award is named for Willis S. “Pilly” Lent who fired the first torpedos in World War II on 10 Dec 1941 off Wake Island.

The 2017 Winner is LCDR John Wayne Walker, the Navigator on the USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). “He lives on the cutting edge of tactical innovation and operational success. Operating in some of the world’s harshest environments, he brings a calculated and thoughtful approach to accomplish all operational tasking with the perfect balance of intensity, focus, and poise.”


The normal practice is to present the award at the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival Gala in April, however USS Jimmy Carter was at sea. He was Presented a set of World War II deep water dolphins at a celebratory dinner in November by Captain Willis A Lent, Pilly’s son. Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent presented the Keys to the City of Bremerton at a second ceremony.  LCDR Walker has orders to ComSubRon 11 in San Diego as the Operations Deputy.



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