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Posted by: arbeam | April 22, 2021

President’s Corner May 2021

From the President:

As I have been telling you for many months now, all of our activities have been impacted in one fashion or another.  May is usually the month in which we have a flurry of activity including Armed Forces week, Senior Enlisted barbeque, our Navy League Gala and the Armed Forces Day Parade.  All of these are canceled with the exception of the Senior Enlisted barbeque.  We are in the process of rescheduling this event so watch for updated information.  On line interviews are planned for observance of Armed Forces Day.

Our April speaker was Captain Christopher Lindberg, Commanding Officer of the USS Bremerton (SSN 698) currently undergoing dismantlement at PSNS.  Captain Lindberg gave us an outstanding presentation of the defueling and recycling process and what the future holds for the submarine.  Decommissioning is scheduled for May 18th.  

Speaking of luncheons, the decision has been made to start in person luncheons in May. We are sorting out security issues with Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor and will provide more information for you as the event gets closer.  It will be good to actually meet in person with your fellow Navy Leaguers.  Our guest speaker will be RADM Doug Perry, COMSUBGRU 9 so you will not want to miss this luncheon.

The Navy League Region meeting was held in April in preparation for the Navy League annual meeting in St. Louis in June.  Three of our Navy League members have been nominated for election at that meeting:  Larry Salter will be running for National Senior Vice President; Alan Beam is running for our Region President and Steve Westover is running for Area President.  These are all eminently qualified individuals, and we wish them luck.

Thank you to all Navy Leaguers who supported the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.  You are making a different in our community and in the minds of aspiring scientists and engineers.

Also coming up in May is Memorial Day where we remember our service members who lost their lives in service to our country.  Please allocate time on this day to honor their sacrifice.

As I write this newsletter article, we are in the midst of some outstanding spring weather.  Enjoy the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer but remember to do it safely. 

BT

We did not get enough reservations to support an in person meeting in May. Our Zoom guest Speaker will be Rear Admiral Douglas Perry Commander Submarine Group Nine. Radm Perry is expected to be relieved by RDML Gaucher sometime this summer. With the COVID restrictions this may be our best chance to say good bye. 

The Submarine Group Commander provides oversight for shipboard training, personnel, supply and material readiness of SSBNs and their crews. The Group Commander is also responsible for nuclear submarines undergoing conversion or overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. As Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Representative, COMSUBGRU NINE coordinates all submarine matters in the Pacific Northwest.

RADM Perry first served at sea as a Division officer and Navy Diver onboard USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720), Executive/Operations officer onboard SUBMARINE NR-1, Executive officer of USS MAINE (SSBN 741) and Commanding Officer of USS PASADENA (SSN 752) from October 2006 to February 2009, he led the ship on highly successful deployments to the Eastern and Western Pacific. RDML Perry served as Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Submarine Force Atlantic Chief of Staff.

Zoom Meeting Invitation

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Members of the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of
the United States served as judges for the all-virtual 2021 Washington State Science and
Engineering Fair. Clockwise from upper left, Alan Beam, Kevin Torcolini, Ron Kirkland, Karin Zwolfer, Deborah Jezek, and Tom Zwolfer. Center left: Kristina Younger. Center right, Richard Dixson.

Bremerton, Washington. Members of the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) served as judges for the all-virtual 2021 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) on March 26, 2021 (high school) and April 17, 2021 (Grades 1-8). As part of the council’s initiatives in supporting youth interest in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM), 12 council volunteers worked from thecomfort of their homes to help keep dreams alive in spite of the pandemic for more than 275 future scientists and engineers from across the state.

Historically, the WSSEF had been conducted annually at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, WA., with student participants approaching the upper hundreds. As part of the fair, the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council (BOPC) had been serving as judges and presenting special cash awards to those students whose projects best contributed to the advancement of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics in support of our nation’s Sea Services (Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine). Two awards were presented each in Grade groups 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Grade 9-12.

However, due to the on-going pandemic, in 2020 the fair was quickly changed to a virtual-only format for high school students only with no special awards. For 2021, it was deliberately planned as a virtual event, with two separate sessions first for high school and then lower grades. Special awards were also brought back, which allowed the BOPC to again offer cash awards to deserving students.

All BOPC judges listened to the student’s presentations, reviewed the material provided in advance, asked questions of the students to probe their knowledge of the material and scientific principles, and scored the project using a rubric provided by the fair. Three members served as Lead Judges, helping coordinate the action of multiple judges in their assigned teams or grade levels, and leading caucuses to determine final project scores and ranking.

Council Member Deborah Jezek, who served as judge, found her efforts to be very gratifying, “I was blown away by the depth of science knowledge that the students had, even the younger ones. They had amazing and creative approaches to applying science to solve real world issues. I attribute their enthusiasm and passion toward the sciences to the wonderful STEM programs that are now available for kids. It was an honor to serve as a Navy League representative to this event.”

Council Member Richard Dixson agreed, “Again, it was a humbling experience.” As an example of the surprisingly advanced level of inquiry involved in most of the projects, one of the BOPC high school level award recipients was Hanford High School 11th Grader Nikhita Bohnta’s project, “Modeling of Ion Uptake to Understand Molecular Level Interactions of Pyrrole/Nafion and Aniline/Nafion Bipolar Membranes For Fuel Cell Use.”

Kristina Younger served as the Eight Grade Lead Judge. “Eighth grade had thirteen projects ranging from genetic links to breast cancer to harnessing energy from jumping rope to several environmental-themed projects. The students all conducted themselves professionally and inspired us about our future scientists.” The impressive 8th grade engineering project mentioned by Kristina, involving design of a jump rope handle that extracts and stores electrical energy from the spinning motion, was also one of the BOPC award recipients.

Caroline Stein, Special Awards and Sponsors Coordinator for the WSSEF provided some positive feedback about the students’ fair experience. “The students returning from judging commented that the judges had asked interesting questions and the overall judging time was fun. Perfect! I can’t remember which grade it was, but one student said it was so much fun they wanted to know if it was ok to go back and do it again!”

The WSSEF was started in 1957 by the Bremerton Council of the Parent’s Teacher’s Association with an original budget of $25, and has been held in Kitsap Country all but one year since inception. Before Bremerton High School, the fair was more recently held at Olympic College. The fair is planning to return to an in-person format at Bremerton High School in 2022.

The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. Through national and local programs, the Navy League of the United States provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our sea services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity. The Navy League provides support to our sea services personnel and their families and youth programs, such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services. For more information, go to www.navyleague.org

Posted by: arbeam | March 30, 2021

We Now Participate in Kitsap Great Give

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the U.S is thrilled to announce the Kitsap Great Give; a day of local giving that will be held here in Kitsap County on April 20, 2021. A partnership between Kitsap Community Foundation and local nonprofits, donors from every neighborhood in our community will come together to raise significant funds for local needs—all on a single day.

• The Great Give is a big opportunity for our community. This year we’re joining more than 300 nonprofits across the county to raise millions of dollars for the greater good.

• Navy League is partnering with area nonprofits, businesses, and community members to raise funds for local needs. Our giving website makes it easy, safe and fun to give to organizations already doing essential work in our community.

• Plus, gifts given April 20th, 2021 will receive a portion of the bonus funds – your donation of $100 could grow to $110 or more.

• Here are three simple ways you can help:

• Pledge to give

• Spread the word

• Make a gift on April 20

• Contact us for more information, or visit our giving website at :

https://kitsapgreatgive.org/profile/key/8UASWW

Posted by: arbeam | March 30, 2021

WSSEF Judges Needed For Grades 1-9

The 2021 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair is right around the corner. We have 100 judges signed up as of today. We need close to 200 by fair day. Judge Registration for the 2021 WSSEF is now open STEM Wizard – Washington State Science and Engineering Fair Our fair website is www.wssef.org    

Volunteering to judge at WSSEF is a rewarding and uplifting experience that is best seen when a student participant is presenting their science project and realizes someone both understands and cares about their effort.

Phase 2 of the WSSEF which involves grades 1-8 will take place April 17, 2021 online from 9 am to 2pm. Judge’s training will take place:

Wednesday April 7 6pm to 7pmSunday April 11 3pm to 4 pm


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Grades 9 – 12 students completed. Grades 1 – 8 will be April 16 & 17, 2021 (Friday & Saturday).

  
WSSEF 2021 will be virtual again this year using Zoom meetings and judging is from the comfort of your own home. Being virtual does not reduce the need for judges.  To properly judge the students 200 Judges are needed for each weekend. Please, tell your friends and colleagues about the opportunity to judge at WSSEF. 


Contact Kevin Torcolini at (360) 981-7637, or ktorcolini@wavecable.com, for information about how to register with the fair, become part of the Navy League judging team, or also volunteer as a Lead Judge.

We are in the process of establishing the procedures necessary to return to in person meetings and monthly Luncheons at NBK Bangor in May. For the April meeting we will be meeting virtually via Zoom. Our guest speaker will be Captain Christopher Lindberg Commanding Officer USS Bremerton (SSN-698).

Captain Christopher Lindberg Commanding Officer USS Bremerton (SSN-698)

Joint Navy League/Naval Submarine League Meeting

Yesterday was the fortieth anniversary of the Bremerton’s Commissioning. She is currently in dry dock three for defueling and inactivation. Her Decommissioning Ceremony is currently scheduled for May 18, 2021 at the Naval Undersea Museum Keyport. Please log on and learn about the history of the Bremerton, the inactivation process and the plans for the USS Bremerton Memorial.

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Cape St. George begins preparations for upcoming EDSRA

USS Cape St. George (CG 71) arrived at Vigor Seattle Feb 1 in preparation for its Extended Selected Restricted Docking Availability. The ship was towed from San Diego in October. (U.S. Navy photo)

USS Cape St. George (CG 71) arrived at Vigor Seattle Feb. 1 to begin preparations for an Extended Selected Restricted Docking Availability. With the machinery spaces upgraded during a previous availability in San Diego, the focus for this event will be to upgrade the combat systems. Cape St. George is the second ship at Vigor Seattle to go through the CG Modernization program.

The ship was towed from San Diego to the Pacific Northwest in October as part of a planned homeport shift. Originally scheduled to start in June of this year, the team developed an early start strategy to allow a seamless transition of the local modernization workforce as they finish key work sequences on USS Chosin (CG 65), also at Vigor Seattle undergoing an EDSRA for combat systems upgrade. Based on lessons learned from other ships in the CG Modernization program, targeted work on Cape St. George will begin early to reduce the schedule risk during the systems restoration phase of the EDSRA.

With the successful completion of the tow from Everett to Seattle this week, the project team is already working to establishing temporary services, tagging out of equipment, and starting work on 24 work items on the critical and controlling paths. This early start strategy stabilizes experienced workforce resulting in increased schedule reliability and help to identify any growth work early. The team continues to utilize Schedule Model Review processes during this early start strategy to refine the integrated production schedule and ensure all maintenance stakeholders are fully coordinated on our plans for this critical availability for our fleet.

Navy Article by Cmdr. Aaron Coudray, PSNS Detachment Everrett

Posted by: arbeam | March 21, 2021

Legislative Affairs Corner

Navy Special Warfare Allowed to Train in Washington State Parks.  On 28 January, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, in a 4 to 3 vote, approved a 5-year permit allowing Naval Special Warfare personnel to train in 17 Washington State Parks.  Navy SEALs and Special Boat personnel will be allowed to exercise in State Parks during periods and in areas where public access is restricted.  Essentially, this will allow training after dark in “Day Use” areas to prevent military-public interaction.  The use of 17 State Parks after dark is less than the Navy had requested. However, it was a substantial increase over the previous permit that expired in 2020 which allowed access to five parks.  Northwest Region Navy League Councils played a significant role in making the Parks and Recreation Commission aware of the critical role this training plays in preparing Naval Special Warfare personnel for operations in cold-water regions. 

5 Reasons to Support Naval Special Warfare Training in Washington State Parks

  1. The Navy identified Puget Sound waters and shoreline property, including unique Washington State Park terrain, as critical to training Naval Special Warfare personnel.
  2. Use of Washington States Parks for training by Naval Special Warfare personnel has taken place, under permit granted by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, for many years without environmental harm, incident or adverse interaction with the public.
  3. Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Staff personnel have certified that pervious Naval Special Warfare training activities in Washington State Parks resulted in no adverse impact on Washington State Parks environments and no complaints from public park users. 
  4. The Navy has agreed to all additional Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission-imposed limitations on Naval Special Warfare training activities within designated Washington State Parks based on environmental and public interaction concerns.
  5. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider a staff report on Naval Special Warfare training in approved Washington State Parks at the end of 2021 to review environmental impact or public interaction.

What you can do!

Send the following statement and any of the above 5 points to Governor Jay Inslee, the Chair of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, and your Washington State Senator and Representative(s).

“I support the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to allow Naval Special Warfare personnel to conduct mission essential training in approved Washington State Parks. Training within approved Washington State Parks is critical to the Naval Special Warfare mission and Navy personnel have already proven they can conduct this training without harm to the environment or adverse public interaction.” 

Contact the Governor

Letter or Post Card:

Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002O 

Electronic Message: https//www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message

Contact the Chair of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Letter or Post Card:

Michael Latimer

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissi
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

Email:  commission@parks.wa.gov

Contact your Washington State Senator and/or Representative

Electronic Message:

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Posted by: arbeam | March 21, 2021

USS Kitty Hawk Drydocks for Hull Cleaning

Ex-Kitty Hawk (CV 63) will be dry docked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, March 5. 

The dry-docking will allow the Navy to remove marine growth from the hull of ex-Kitty Hawk in order to prevent the potential spread of invasive species before towing it to a dismantling facility to be determined at a later date. The vast majority of material removed from the ship’s hull will consist of kelp and barnacles. 

Decaying marine growth removed from the hull may generate odor. While the Navy is taking actions to reduce any impacts, the odor may be detectable in surrounding communities beyond the installation’s fence line. Containment systems and prompt shipment will be in place to minimize odor by capturing and properly disposing of the marine growth. 

In March 2020, the Navy entered into a Settlement Agreement regarding litigation over the in-water removal of marine growth from the hull of ex- Independence (CV 62). The terms of this agreement requires the Navy to conduct the hull cleaning of ex-Kitty Hawk in dry dock. 

Ex-Kitty Hawk was decommissioned in 2009 after serving 48 years in support of U.S. Navy operations around the globe. Upon its decommissioning, ex-Kitty Hawk transited to the Navy’s Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington, where it has been berthed for 11 years. 

PSNS & IMF, the largest employer in Kitsap County, is committed to meeting its mission in a safe and cost-effective manner, while complying with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations.

Posted by: arbeam | March 21, 2021

April Presidents Corner

From the President…

We find ourselves today one year after the COVID 19 pandemic began and as we begin the second year, the “second verse” sounds the same as the first, although there may be some loosening of restrictions.  Beginning March 22nd, Kitsap County transitioned to Phase 3 COVID 19 restrictions which will allow restaurants to serve up to 50% capacity.  What that actually means as far as resuming our luncheons at the Navy MWR facilities is not known at this time.  We are reaching out to MWR to see if we will be able to resume our luncheons.  Stay tuned and we will let you know. 

Unfortunately, other events planned for later this year have now been canceled.  The Navy has announced all in person events through July are canceled including Fleet Week.  That news in conjunction with the decision by the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce to cancel the Armed Forces Week events including the Armed Forces Day Parade in May have made it impossible to hold our annual Navy League Gala again this year.  The Senior Enlisted Barbeque scheduled in May has been canceled, but we may be able to schedule it later in the year if a window of opportunity opens.

For our March “luncheon”, we experimented with a hybrid model where a few of the Navy League board members gathered at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club with RADM Blake Converse, Commander Submarines Pacific who was in town and we Zoomed the luncheon events from there.  RADM Converse provided an in-depth presentation of present and future Navy capabilities and threats in the Pacific.  This was a rare opportunity for at least a partial in-person briefing for a luncheon.

We also were able to join with the Navy Submarine League on March 3rd to hear from the CO of the USS Washington (SSN 787) home ported in Naval Station Norfolk.  Reliance on Zoom for our luncheons has provided an opportunity for a much broader range of speakers that otherwise would be impossible to schedule.  

I must also recognize the excellence of one of our Navy League board members – Mike Spence – as the Navy League National “Advocate of the Month.”  Mike works tirelessly to manage our Legislative Affairs and he keep tabs on all government/citizen group activities that may have an adverse impact on Navy operations in the Puget Sound region and beyond.  This is a well-deserved recognition for Mike.  BZ!

We have begun early planning for the upcoming decommissioning of the USS Bremerton and the future USS Bremerton Memorial.  

This month, the Kitsap Great Give, April 20, a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Kitsap Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in Kitsap County will be held and the Navy League will be included in this year’s fundraising events.  Please plan to support the Navy League in this year’s Great Give.

On a sad note, Doug Lent, husband of Navy League board member Patty Lent, passed away suddenly.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Patty and the family during this time.

That is all for now.  Thank you all for your support of the Navy League.  In the meantime, stay safe.

David Ellingson

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