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Updated 2-8-2012 MARDI GRAS NITE: The February meeting will celebrate Fat Tuesday with a New Orleans style feed. The Eboard and friends will provide pots of Cajun delicacies. Come early and bring your cast iron stomachs, parade beads and hurricane glasses.



2-2-2012  The 2012 Lt William “Willie” Spoon Memorial Scholarship Program is in progress. Eight $1000.00 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors & college students who are children or grandchildren of local submarine parents, grandparents or members of the Bremerton Base. The awards will be made at the June 19th General Membership Meeting. Applications are available at the National Office in Silverdale (open 6-to noon weekdays) or by contacting Scholarship Chair John Gardner via e-mail at Applications must be submitted by 5 May 2012.

Also the annual Lt William “Willie” Spoon Memorial Scholarship raffle is underway and members should receive their tickets soon. SELL EM! The Grand prize is $300 and will by drawn on June 19th. Other prizes will also be drawn during the following week.

1-30-2012 Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation currently sponsors 127 students, who each receive an annual scholarship of $3,400. Each recipient may potentially receive a total of $13,600 for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. The number of new awards granted each year is determined by graduation/attrition of current Dolphin Scholars and donations. Dolphin Scholarship Foundation is proud to have awarded over eight million dollars to more than 1,000 students attending universities and colleges through the United States.

Completed applications and all required documents must be on premises by March 15.

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1-28-2012 Annual Award Nominations Base Commanders and POC's, please give this the widest distribution within your Bases. Also, if you've had changes in POC's, please let me know so I can change my email lists.


I hope you all had a great entry into the New Year and are ready to move forward in 2012.

I speak to you here tonight.....oops, wrong speech.....

Within our organization there are members who give tirelessly of their time, talents and often, own funds, to create interesting, fruitful and memorable activities that will benefit everyone at the National, District and Base levels.

One of the ways we can recognize those efforts is through the award program.

We had nice awards for a Base and a few Newsletters last year in District 4 but I know the potential is out there for more.

One of the most significant ways to honor those who help with these successes is by making recommendations and submitting nominations for awards in a timely manner.

There is an "Awards Handbook" on the website, giving details on each award, suggested criteria for them and lists of those who've won them in the past.

Every member has the right to submit a nomination for any award. I'd like to encourage everyone, specially Base Commanders, to take the time necessary to 'bone up' on the award process and submit recommendations for those who are doing exemplary work within your district or base.

Award nominations are due by April 30th, 2012.
Newsletter of the Year submissions are due by May 15th, 2012.
Contact information for whom and where to submit nominations is also on the website

I will be submitting nominations for a few awards concerned with Bases and Base Commanders, but you know who does what within your Base better than I.

So, make the effort and give recognition where it is deserved. Let's get a few more awards for our District and the Western region.

I have had the honor to judge award competitions in the past and know for a fact that there are members in District 4 that could easily have beaten out those who received them last year. Make your voice heard and at the same time honor those who sacrifice time with their families and other activities to make meetings productive, enjoyable and worthy of their time.


John Mansfield
Western District 4 Commander
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updated 1-21-2012  Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV).  Canceled due to school closures preventing preparation.  Will be rescheduled. You are invited to observe a remote operated vehicle (ROV) demonstration at the Olympic High School pool on ????????,  from ???????????.   The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)  class, consisting of 30 students and 15 ROVs will put on the show. The pool is very warm so if you want to watch the kids displaying their ROV's, dress accordingly. Life member Dennis Wendt will assist in this demonstration.


1-21-2012 Deterrent Park Up Date Since the October 2011 brick installation, three sponsors have donated 4 engraved bricks to Deterrent Park.  They will be installed, with other donated bricks, in May 2012.  These sponsors are Barton, Davison and Aiello(2), Kolbeck(2), Briggs and Langeliers.


An engraved brick for a loved one that served his/her country could be an everlasting memory.  You may want to consider one or more for gifts for other occasions.  All the Park information you may want to know about the Park and an order form are online. (And the donation is IRS deductable.)


Over time, dues increase, so if you  have good intentions of sticking it out, please consider a life membership, no matter what your current age. (pay now or pay more later/GC ed)




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Navy senior chief dishonorably discharged for sex abuse

Kitsap Sun staff

BREMERTON — A Navy senior chief based at Naval Base Kitsap has been dishonorably discharged for sexual abuse and other violations, according to a Naval Region Northwest spokesman.
James D. Thomas, a culinary specialist, was tried and convicted in a military court-martial for two counts of wrongful sexual contact, three counts of unlawful striking, touching or grabbing and two counts of violating the Navy's sexual harassment policy, said Navy spokesman Dale Davis.

Thomas has been
demoted from senior chief petty officer to seaman recruit and dishonorably discharged from the Navy, Davis said.    Read more:

Submarine Drones Must Be Self-Navigating, Naval Experts Say
W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times, Feb 9, 2012

WASHINGTON - Achieving complete autonomy in future robotic submarines is crucial to the Navy's plans to use drone technology.

This was the message of several speakers at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's robotic conference at Washington's Omni Shoreham Hotel, who said that submarine drones could be useful in a variety of roles in science and national security.

Unlike aerial drones, which are remotely controlled using GPS signals and data links, robotic submarines would not be able to receive satellite commands as they scour the ocean floor. So the machines need to be able to navigate on their own to carry out missions.

Submarine drones would need advanced onboard computers to detect and dodge mountains jutting from the sea bed.

Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., said autonomy would someday have a place on the short list of historic naval achievements.

There are development projects underway around the country. In Southern California, Boeing Co. has been testing an 18-foot bright-yellow submarine drone off the coast of Santa Catalina Island.

Boeing first tested the sub in its 1-million-gallon test pool at its Anaheim, Calif., facility, which was the birthplace of the guidance systems for the world's first nuclear submarine.

Restsil Finds the "Right Guy at the Right time"


RETSIL —Washington Veterans Home has had trouble holding on to superintendents the past few years, but it might have found a stabilizer in Don Veverka.

Veverka was living in Medford, Ore., and running a retirement center in Grants Pass. In September, he and wife Jill, en route to Olalla to visit family, got a call from John Lee, director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, who wanted to know whether Veverka would be interested in the job.  Read More Here


Horse and Cow Will go on Without a Founder


BREMERTON —Horse and Cow bar chain founder Jimmy Looby is dead, but his family vows to continue the tradition, with new ones planned for downtown Bremerton, Hawaii and San Diego.Up and down the Pacific Coast and in Guam over the years, the locations of the submariner bars ebbed and flowed with base closures and fleet arrivals. Each was a place thirsty submariners could call their own, where sub plaques, banners and photos washed across the walls and where shots were lined up 24 at a time, missile style.

"Same thing, it works," said son Mike Looby, 52, who sold the old Bremerton Horse and Cow in 2010 after a decade of standoffs with the Navy, the state liquor board, the county and neighbors over too many DUI's and too much noise in the "Bar-muda Triangle" shared with Romeo's and the 19th Hole.  Read More Here

Washington Navy League Councils Adopt USS Henry M. Jackson
By Lt. j.g. Brandon Stewart, USS Henry M. Jackson Public Affairs, Jan 28, 2012

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Ballistic missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), based at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and named for one of Washington state's most famous native sons, was formally adopted by two Puget Sound-area councils of the Navy League, Jan. 25.

Henry M. Jackson's two commanding officers, Cmdr. Matthew Terwilliger (Blue Crew) and Cmdr. Jeffrey Farah (Gold Crew), hosted a ceremony in which the presidents of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council and Greater Everett Council signed adoption papers for the submarine.

"I am very excited about the Bremerton-Olympic Council and Greater Everett Council adopting our ship," said Terwilliger. "I cannot tell you what it means to all of us on the crew to know there are people in the Pacific Northwest supporting us."

Representatives from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, led by executive director Lara Iglitzin, were also in attendance at the ceremony.

Henry M. Jackson, commissioned in 1984, is the only Ohio-class submarine not named for a U.S. state. Its namesake, the late Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson (1912-1983), represented the state of Washington in Congress for more than 42 years, the last 30 as a U.S. senator. (The good old days!GCed)

As part of the ceremony, Navy League representatives donated memorabilia for display aboard the boat, including a poster and hat from one of Jackson's political campaigns.
The council presidents, Carolyn Dankers (Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula) and James Sketchley (Greater Everett), also presented awards to Henry M. Jackson's Sailors and junior officers of the year.

"We look forward to knowing you better and establishing a long-lasting relationship," Dankers said.

"With this partnership, we are looking at good things for the future," added Sketchley.

Henry M. Jackson originally was to have been named USS Rhode Island. The contract to build Rhode Island was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Conn., June 6, 1977, and her keel was laid there Jan. 19, 1981.

Shortly after Jackson died suddenly in office Sept. 1, 1983, Rhode Island was renamed Henry M. Jackson in his honor. The name Rhode Island was transferred to another Ohio-class submarine, USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740).

Henry M. Jackson was launched Oct. 15, 1983, sponsored by Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Jackson, and commissioned Oct. 6, 1984, with Capt. Ralph Tindal in command of the Blue Crew and Capt. Michael Farmer in command of the Gold Crew.

Today, Henry M. Jackson is one of eight Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, providing the survivable leg of the nation's strategic deterrent forces.



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