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.


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.


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

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


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

Please spread the word and invite a friend.

Additional information can be found on our website at   You can also follow us for late breaking news at

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

Posted by: arbeam | March 15, 2018

Apr 14: Submarine Officer’s Birthday Ball

The 2018 Pacific Northwest Submarine Officer’s Birthday Ball will be held at the NBK Bangor Trident Ballroom from 5;30-11:30 on Saturday April 14, 2018. VADM Charles Richard, Deputy, U.S Strategic Command will be the Keynote Speaker. Social and Reception begins at 5;30, Formal Event begins at 6:30 and lasts until 11PM.

Dinner Dress: Formal


Dinner Choices are:

  • Short Rib Bourguignon
  • Herb de Provence Chicken
  • Seared king Salmon
  • Baked Fazzoletto

Ticket prices are $80, Reservations are open through 26 Mar. If you are interested contact Byron Faber for your reservation and you dinner choices at email:, phone: 360-434-1144



Just as those who came before them and those who serve today, our Vietnam Veterans serviced their country with honor, courage and commitment. Join us at U.S. Naval Undersea Museum on Thursday, March 29, at noon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. U.S. Navy Region Northwest Command Master Chief Ted Calcaterra will read the Presidential Proclamation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and all Vietnam Veterans in attendance will be recognized.

Veterans should RSVP by emailing or calling 360-396-5548. Along with Veterans’ attendance, the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum invites regional Sailors and the public to join the event to say “thank you” to our Vietnam Veterans.


SUBIC BAY (NNS) — The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone March 1 for a routine port visit during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.

The visit highlights the strong partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines and gives the crew an opportunity to meet the local community living in the Subic area. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

Bremerton’s crew of 150 sailors regularly conducts a variety of missions to maintain proficiency in the latest submarine fleet capabilities. Its stealth, mobility, endurance and firepower allow Bremerton to work independently or in conjunction with a carrier strike group.

“Bremerton’s arrival into Subic Bay means a lot to both my crew and the U.S. submarine force,” said Cmdr. Travis Zettel, commanding officer. “This is Bremerton’s ninth and final visit to Subic Bay in the ship’s 37 year history. My crew and I are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the local community while simultaneously preparing the ship for the remainder of our deployment.”

A number of the sailors aboard Bremerton have family from the Philippines and through this visit have the chance to better connect with their heritage.

“It really means a lot to me that I get the chance to visit a number of my family members again,” said Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Christopher Gapasin, who lived in the Philippines for six years and has relatives in the area.

Measuring more than 300 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Bremerton is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and mine warfare.


On 30 March at 7:45 in the morning a ceremony honoring GMC John Henry (Dick) Turpin at the “Tomb of the Unknowns” in Ivy Green Cemetery.

The Pacific Northwest Chief Petty Officers Association, assisted by local Memorial Preservationist and Historian Mick Hersey,  will honor him with a ceremony followed by the unveiling of a Memorial Marker in his Honor sponsored by the Chief’s Association.

John Henry (Dick) Turpin passed away at his home on 4th street here in Bremerton 56 years ago and was buried at sea. There was no service for him and no Memorial Marker.

Chief Turpin served in the Navy from 1896 and was on the USS Maine during the explosion that started the Spanish American War. He survived the explosion and in 1905 he was on the USS Bennington that exploded next to the pier. He again survived and assisted in the rescue of many shipmates. Staying in the Navy, he was the first African American Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, achieving that Rating in 1917.

He served in the Navy for over 20 years and then served as a Ship Rigger and Diver at the Shipyard here in Bremerton. He achieved the position of Master Rigger and Master Diver.


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