Bremerton- Olympic Peninsula Council is hosting a reception for the Officers and Crew of the USS Pittsburgh at NBK Bremerton Sam Adams Club at 5 PM Friday May 31. Pittsburgh was commissioned on November 13, 1985. She completed her last Deployment in February. She is commanded by Cdr Jason Deichler, a native of Pittsburgh PA. For Base Access please contact bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com

The June Luncheon Speaker is Captain Michael Lewis Commander Submarine Squadron 19.

Submarine Squadron 19 is responsible for manning, training and equipping two guided-missile submarines (SSGNs) – USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Michigan (SSGN 727) – and all SSBNs and fast attack submarines (SSNs) undergoing maintenance or decommissioning in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

Captain Lewis, a native of Bend, Oregon, graduated from Oregon State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics and was commissioned through the school’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program.  He holds a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and is also a graduate of the Joint Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.

His sea assignments include serving as a Division Officer on USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731)(GOLD), as Combat Systems Officer on USS SALT LAKE CITY (SSN 716), and Executive Officer on USS MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL (SSN 708).  His afloat commands include USS HOUSTON (SSN 713) and USS BUFFALO (SSN 715) in Apra Harbor, Guam, and USS OHIO (SSGN 726)(GOLD) completing an extensive shipyard availability and forward deployed operations.

For shore assignments, Captain Lewis served as the QA Officer at Deep Submergence Unit in San Diego, CA, Tomahawk Cruise Missile planner and Special Assistant to the Commander for plans and policy at U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, NE, Executive Officer of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation team ComSubLant Norfolk, VA, Deputy Commander SubRon 15 Guam, Deputy Commander SubRon 19 Bangor and Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor for the Submarine Command Course in Groton, CT.

Captain Lewis’ personal awards include Legion of Merit (three awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal (five awards).

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK Bangor.

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Please call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before June 4.

  • 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.
Posted by: arbeam | May 23, 2019

Summer Events Notice

The Navy League has been invited to a number of Navy Events and Ceremonies this summer. In general space is limited. If you are interested in attending any of these events please contact bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com and we will help coordinate invitations and access.
May 27  Memorial Day Ceremony1000 onboard USS Turner Joy
May 31 USS Pittsburg (SSN-720) Reception 1700 NBK Bremerton Sam Adams
June 5  Tour Trident Training Facility and Trident Tour @9:20 AM
June 6 Trident Refit Facility Change of Command 1300 NBK Bangor TRF BLDG 7000
June 6 Battle of Midway at 1300 Bremerton Boardwalk
June 11 Carrier Strike Group 3 Change of Command 1000 Olympic Lodge PSNS
June 12 PSNS Change of Command 1000 NBK Bremerton Bldg 460
June 19 Tour Naval Station Everett and USS GRIDLEY (DDG-101)
July 9 USCG District 13 Change of Command Location TBD
July 23-25 Tour Astoria OR Coast Guard facilities & Columbia River Bar Pilot Assoc
July 30-Aug 4 Seattle Fleet Week / Seafair
Aug 6 USS Ohio Change of Command NUM Keyport 1000
Aug 16 Naval Base Kitsap Change of Command 1000 AM NBK Bangor Bangor Plaza
Posted by: arbeam | May 23, 2019

June President’s Corner

June is here and the weather has turned out warm and very pleasant!  Our May tour of the Trident Training Facility and Submarine had to be rescheduled to June 5.  Few civilians get to explore one of our Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines.  But you must be a Navy League member to tour.  We are also going to have our regular scheduled June tour of the USS Gridley at NS Everett on June 19.  To join our tours you must be a member of the Navy League. Its easy to join us.

Our May Armed Forces Week activities were a huge success!  The Senior Enlisted Barbeque was a well attended with over 140 guests. The Gala on Armed Forces Day was another outstanding event.  We were fortunate to have Adm Frank Caldwell, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion as our guest speaker.  Also joining us was the Honorable Derick Kilmer, US Congressman from our 6thdistrict.  Much thanks to Larry Salter for coordinating both events.  Our upcoming June 11 luncheon will feature Capt Mike Lewis, Commander, Submarine Squadron 19 as the speaker..

The Navy League Officers and Board of Directors gathered recently for an impromptu visit to see Dr. Byron Faber and award him the Navy League Scroll of Honor for all that he has done to support our Navy League council.  The Scroll of Honor is the highest civilian award that the Navy League council presents.  Byron has done an outstanding job in coordinating our tours and supporting and entertaining our sea service members.  His hard work has been greatly appreciated.

Posted by: arbeam | May 22, 2019

Jun 6: 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway

Naval Base Kitsap  will hold a ceremony commemorating the 77th 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, Thursday June 6, 2017 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.

 

 

The general public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony, Monday, May 27 at 10 AM on the fantail of the historic ship, USS Turner Joy (DD-951), on the waterfront in Bremerton. Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League Past President Tim Katona, serves as Master of Ceremonies. The Guest Speaker will be Major Ricardo Flores, Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Seattle.

 

Come early, as seating is limited. The USS Turner Joy (DD-951) is located near the Bremerton ferry terminal at the north end of the marina. Parking is available at the Convention Center nearby. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the ship’s crew’s mess after the ceremony.

Posted by: arbeam | May 21, 2019

June Tours

June 5th @ 9:20 AM – Trident Training Facility and Trident Submarine Tour (NBK Bangor) – The Trident Training Facility provides the training and resources to support submarine off crew training and proficiency.  This includes ship control, fire control, torpedo room, missile, and Bridge simulators.  Following the TTF tour we will have lunch in the base galley and then tour a Trident submarine.  Tour should conclude at 3:00 pm.  You must be a US citizen over the age of 11 to go on this tour.  There will be a lot of walking on the tour as well as stairs/ladders on the submarine.  If you would like to go please contact Tom Zwolfer at tkzwolf@gmail.com no later than May 21st to sign up.  He will need your full name, last 4 of your social security number, and date of birth and will provide you with the details for the day of the tour.

 
June 19th  – Naval Station Everett and USS GRIDLEY (DDG-101) –  Naval Staion Everett was designed to support a Carrier Battle Group and currently is the homeport to six Guided Missile Destroyers and a Coast Guard Buoy Tender.  USS GRIDLEY is the 51st Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States NavyGridley is named after Captain Charles Gridley, Commander of Admiral George Dewey‘s flagship Olympia, (Flag Captain) and recipient of Admiral Dewey’s famous command, “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley” in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War.  You must be a US citizen to go on this tour.  There will be a lot of walking on the tour as well as ladders/stairs on the DDG.  If you would like to go please contact Tom Zwolfer at tkzwolf@gmail.com no later than June 5th to sign up.  He will need your full legal name, last 4 of your social security number, and date of birth and will provide you with the details for the day of the tour and forward you a form to fill out to go on the tour.

USS Louisiana (SSBN 743)

The May 16 tour of the Trident Training Facility and Trident Submarine(NBK Bangor) has been rescheduled to June 5 2016. – The Trident Training Facility provides the training and resources to support submarine off crew training and proficiency.  This includes ship control, fire control, torpedo room, missile, and Bridge simulators.  Following the TTF tour we will have lunch in the base galley and then tour a Trident submarine.  Tour should conclude at 3:00 pm.  You must be a US citizen over the age of 11 to go on this tour.  There will be a lot of walking on the tour as well as stairs/ladders on the submarine.  If you would like to go please contact Tom Zwolfer at tkzwolf@gmail.com no later than May 21st to sign up.  He will need your full name, last 4 of your social security number, and date of birth and will provide you with the details for the day of the tour.

Captain Mike Spence

On April 9, 2019 we had the honor of hosting Captain Matthew Paradise at the Navy League Luncheon. Captain Paradise’s Biography alludes to his training and experience.  As is happens our Captain Michael Spence was his Commanding Officer and Wingman.  His introduction of Captain Paradise does a much better job of describing his unique talents and qualifications for the job of Commanding one of the worlds most potent warships.

Captain Matthew Paradise

 

“Good Morning

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome today’s guest speaker, Captain Matt “Pappy” Paradise. He is a native of Tacoma and a graduate of the Navy ROTC program at the University of Washington.

Our association goes back almost 23 years. At that time, I was the Executive Officer of a West Coast F/A-18 Hornet squadron based in Lemoore California. We were considering new pilots coming out of the F/A-18 training squadron and one name kept coming up as the best of the bunch, Lieutenant Matt Paradise. I asked, “What’s so special about him?” The answer I got was that he was Navy prior enlisted meaning he was older than your average new pilot and he had prior Navy experience. Second, he had been a Navy SEAL. Finally, he’d done very well in Flight School and in the F/A-18 training syllabus. Obviously that was enough for me and Pappy joined the VFA-22 FightingRedcocks.

Over the next 2 years, I became Commanding Officer and we went through a full set of work-ups together, made a full combat deployment, and Pappy flew as my wingman on our first combat mission of that deployment. Anyone who knows anything about Naval Aviation knows that is about as close a professional relationship as you can have.

After his first squadron tour,Pappy was selected for the Navy Test Pilot School and participated in Operational Test and Evaluation at Pax River. He had hopes of becoming the first SEAL Astronaut. That didn’t quite work out but I’m happy to say that NASA’s loss was the Navy’s gain.

Next he was selected to be an Air Wing Landing Signal Officer on the aircraft carrier forward deployed to Japan. This is an incredibly important position that once again demonstrates the special trust and confidence the Navy placed in Captain Paradise.

He went on to become an F/A-18 squadron Commanding Officer on the East Coast. Afterwards he was chosen for Navy Nuclear Power Training on the pathway to becoming a nuclear aircraft carrier Commanding Officer. Perhaps you notice a trend here: Boot Camp, SEAL training, ROTC, Flight School, Test Pilot School, and Navy Nuclear Power training. Captain Paradise is one the most highly trained officers to ever serve in the United States Navy.

After Nuke Power School he was assigned as Executive Officer of the then newest Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, the USS George Bush. One of his biggest Big XO tasks was to try and figure out why, on the Navy’s newest 10 billion dollar technological achievement, the toilets didn’t work.

You may remember hearing some news reports about the difficulties the Bush experienced. Well, Pappy was just the man for the job.

After his tour on the George Bush, Captain Paradise was assigned as Commander Officer of the USS Blue Ridge, flagship of the U.S. Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan. Following a successful tour there, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the USS Carl Vinson, the same Carl Vinson we had deployed on together more than twenty years before. I was honored to attend the ceremony when he took command of that great ship last Summer at Naval Station North Island in San Diego.

We have been squadron mates, liberty buddies, and friends and it is my great honor to introduce him to you this morning. Ladies and Gentleman, Captain Matt Paradise, Commanding Officer, USS Carl Vinson.”

May 4: Armed Forces Festival Military Culinary Arts Competition

Olympic College Student Center 11AM to 2 PM            

The Armed Forces Military Arts Culinary Competition got its beginning as a simple Chili Cook Off on Armed Forces Day. It has grown into a stand alone event on the Saturday before Armed Forces Day Parade, and has become the premiere culinary event in the County. Military teams come from all services and all over the State. Last year’s contestants included teams from Joint Base Lewis McChord JBLM), Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Base Everett, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Hospital Bremerton, USS Chester Nimitz, USS Maine, Washington State National Guard, and Olympic College Veterans.

Competition Categories    

  • Gourmet Burgers
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Garnish (display)
  • Chicken Wings
  • Ribs
  • Chili
  • Gumbo
  • Desserts
  • White Cake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Iron Chef (secret ingredient)

The audience gets to sample all the entries after the judging.

 

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