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Wednesday, May 02, 2012 10:31 AM





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                  Placement in the Columbarium in Arlington National Cemetary      

                  School of the Boat - Logging into the USSVI websites and other videos

                      Ahoy! Key West Sailors take note!

                      And Duval Street Too

                      Finding info about any Sub Memorial in the U.S.
Last Call for 2012 Nominations for National and Region Elections - Apr 30 2012 deadline for submission   

                      Availability of rooms at the 2012 National Convention

                      USS Yakima commissioned

                     112th U.S. Submarine Force Birthday - "It's our Birthday!"
                     An APB regarding the 2012 Convention Handbook

                     2013 USSVI & SVWWII National Convention - Register Soon !

                      Navy Names Five New Submarines

                      Submariners Reflect on 112 Years of Silent Service 

                      Comm Check, Over!

                      Base Commanders and Shipmates, Get Hot!!!

                      Support the Vendors that Support USSVI
                      Second longest submarine qualified member on Eternal Patrol

                      USS Thresher SSN-593


4-20-2012 Kap(ss) 4 Kid(ss)


I have coordinated with the Child Life Specialist at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
to have our next Kap(ss) 4 Kid(ss)visit on May 9th at 0930. You know the rules, but
if you need a refresher, let me know.

Thank you

John Mansfield
South Sound Base Kap(ss) 4 Kid(ss) Chairman
360 569 0507


4-8-2012  2012 Fireworks Sale

In preparation for the subject event, please consider signing up for a watch at the Fire Works Stand. Early bird gets the worm!  E-mail or call Sam or Mike.  See Watch Bill here.


It will be located at its traditional spot in front of the QFC on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.


Base Fireworks Sale Manager Mike Sullivan suggests that we join the TNT club to help the base make the most out of our hard work, selling fireworks. No matter whether you work the sale or buy fireworks, or not participate, you can still help. Join the TNT Club on-line. Besides their literature you will be sent a $10 discount certificate by snail mail and also one by e-mail for purchases totaling over $50. If you do not use them, turn both of them over to Mike and he will ensure that those credits are made to people that are buying at the fireworks stand, and it will not effect our bottom line, but will be used to encourage buyers to purchase over the $50 mark. Go to http://www.tntfireworks.com/tntclub.php  and sign up. The fireworks sale is our primary money maker that supports base functions and our charitable donations, like scholarships. Help Please!


4-6-2012    Western District 4 Commander Needed


Regarding my candidacy for Western Region Director; If I am elected, it means a new District 4 Commander will need to be appointed to finish out my term which is due to end September of 2013. Any member who is or has been a Base Commander in good standing is eligible for the position. If you are interested in serving our organization and having some fun at the same time, I would love to hear from you. I am willing to offer any assistance required of the position (You can see the requirements on the ussvi website) or provide answers to your questions. We have an excellent cadre of Bases and officers in District 4 who perform their duties in service to us all, which really makes the DC position effortless for the most part. If you know of someone whom you think would be a good candidate, please contact me.

John Mansfield
WRD4 Commander
360 569 0507 Home


4-5-2012  USSVI Western Region Director Nominee

Vote for John, Click for bio

Western Region District Commanders, Base Commanders & POC's,
Please give this your widest distribution to all Base members.

I am seeking the position of USSVI Western Region Director in the upcoming election.

Your support and vote will be sincerely appreciated. I will continue, as always, with any position of responsibility that I've held within our organization, to provide leadership, guidance and support to You, the members, in efforts to achieve goals as set forth in our Constitution and Bylaws. I have always believed that 'communication' is the foundation and building block of an organization, and it can be done without expense as our internet technologies advance.


Our primary purpose is to honor those submariners who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, and, at the same time, I believe we can improve our presence within the communities in which we live. It would be an honor to represent all the the Bases within the Western Region as a member of the USSVI Executive Board. I will solicit your input for those meetings and at the same time, I am not a micro-manager. so I ask that if you have an issue that needs to be addressed; be prepared with suggestions and answers on how to get them resolved within your Base(s) and District(s).

My photo and biography are attached. Thank you for listening. (Reading)


John Mansfield
WRD4 Commander
360 569 0507 Home (no cell coverage)
253 202 6433 Cell

4-18-2012 Deterrent Park Update

Since the October 2011 brick installation, nine sponsors have donated 20 engraved bricks to Deterrent Park.  They will be installed, with other donated bricks, in May 2012.  These sponsors are Barton, Davison, Aiello(2), Kolbeck(2), Briggs, Langeliers, Roth(10), Sullivan and Dilg.


Bremerton Base E-board and the Pacific Northwest Submarine Heritage Association have approved special engravings the on missile deck of the full scale replica of USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN 624)'s sail and upper rudder honoring the World war II Submarine Force Medal of Honor recipients.  It will be enclosed and centered in 5 rows, the middle row will be M1.  Those engravings, brick applications/donations on order, plus any others received by April 15, 2012 are planned for installation in May, 2012.    


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.)


Recently, Kenny Roth donated 10 engraved bricks honoring those of his family that served in the military. Some of you may have known his deceased Dad, FTCM(SS) Roth.  Kenny was kind enough to permit me to print part of his correspondence that may give you food for thought.


"As a personal note to you Red, there is a VERY SPECIAL event occurring this coming June. In the list of 10 there are 3 officers. Technically there really is 2 right now, my Grandfather LtCol Wenzel Roth and my Uncle LCDR Mike Nigro, both of whom are limited duty officers. This June my little sister DT2 Linda Roth's daughter, Justine Sands, will become the first line officer in the Roth family. Her commissioning will be at San Diego St. University and she will be commissioned a 2ndLt. in the US Air Force. It is so sad that my Mom and Dad, FTCM/SS David Roth and Sherryl D. Roth, who both passed within a year of each other 2 years ago, could not be there to witness such an earth shattering news. I know you would like for me to write a paragraph on what "motivated" me to do this. Are you kidding. I thank you and everyone associated with this Memorial for allowing me the total honor of showing the privilege of serving the greatest country in the history of mankind. Thank you Red and if there is anything I can do to help just say the word. Sincerely, Kenny Roth(ET2)"





The following Members are recognized for their generous donations to the Base General Fund.
Rig for Dive Periscope Depth

Battle Stations

Deep Submergence Unit Citation
$1 - $19.99 $20.00 - $29.99

$30.00 - $49.99

$50.00 - $99.00 $100.00 +





George Schaefer

Tudor Davis

Lynn Ryan

Anonymous-WWII Vet

Updated: Mar 20,, 2012. Thanks Shipmates


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