Issue/Date 20120514


P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465

Updated: Sunday, 13 May 2012 07:22

Fireworks Watch List

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May General Membership Meeting

(Published 5-14-2012)


The May Bremerton Base general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, May 15th, at the FRA #29 Facility.  Start time is 1900 sharp.


The  speaker will be Base Secretary Wayne Sieckowski.



Deterrent Park:  Semi-Annual Paver Installation

(Published 5-14-2012)Click for "real" big picture, be patient


On a beautiful Saturday morning, May 12th, the base members pictured here installed 20 individual sponsored and a base sponsored base Medal of Honor display of engraved pavers (bricks) in the missile deck of the full scale top side model of the of the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624), at Deterrent Park, NBK Bangor, in front of COMSUBGRU Nine Headquarters.  They are, left to right, Steve Corcoran, Sam Swenson, Mike Sullivan and Jim DeMott.


CSG9 Rear Admiral Robert Hennegan came by and passed on his appreciation to the Subvets for their endeavors to maintain and improve the park.


The next brick install will be in Sept/Oct of 2012.  If you have an inclination to donate engraved bricks that include a family or group, please give it broad ranged thought as we cannot go back and rearrange rows.


Go to Deterrent Park to locate installed bricks and more information.



Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade

(Published 5-6-2012)


Parade Coordinator John Gardner reminds us that the Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade is close at hand, Saturday, May 19th.  Wear your colors and show up before 10 AM.  Our space is C18 right behind the Seattle Base on 4th St, near intersection of Veneta Ave. Map



Gertrude Check 101

(Published 5-5-2012)


Please take a look at some information at this PDF file that hopefully will explain how the the newly formatted Gertrude Check web site is organized, etc.


As with most web sites today, many links are used to quickly get you to something that may interest you, vice scrolling down a long page. Most will be bolded in Red or Navy Blue (with no underline, but exceptions sometimes); so please use your mouse cursor to glide over text and graphic to locate links.


Upwards of 10 browsers are used  to view the web; Firefox, Chrome and IE dominate.  I am not a professional and really do not have the time to check how Gertrude Check looks on even those browsers, let alone all the rest.  My advice is to use one of the dominate browsers with the latest update.  They are all free to download.


I expect to receive your help in working out the bugs.  So feel free to help me (and provide content too).




Don "Red" Bassler

Gertrude Check Web Master



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2012 “Tolling Of The Boats”

(Published 5-2-2012)

May 24, 2012, at 10.a.m.      
Naval Undersea Museum
Sturgeon Sail – Fair Weather
Auditorium – Foul Weather

This annual event is filled with pomp & circumstance; crews from many Bangor Boats, guest speakers and this year
ADM Bacon will be honored and inducted into the Holland Club.

John Mansfield
WRD4 Commander
360 569 0507





Do Something to Help Other Veterans

(Published (5-3-2012)



Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at FRA 29

521 National Ave, Bremerton, W


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2012 Fireworks  (See Watch Bill)

(updated 4-20-2012)


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 TNT Fireworks and sign up. The fireworks sale is our primary money maker that supports base functions and our charitable donations, like scholarships. Help Please!




U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)


  Central Region adds a new District

  Finding and updating Submarine Reunion Info

  SUBASE New London Celebrates 48th Anniversary Celebration of the SUBVETs
  Cast Your Vote! Help Preserve USS Growler Submarine

  2012 Convention Website 'in the yards'

  Election Nominations are now closed

  Awards Nominations are now closed
  Placement in the Columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery

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

Other News of Interest to Submariners (Links +Back Page)

The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma III

Submarine School Begins Turning Out Computer Wizards

14 sailors implicated in Navy drug investigation

Navy official tells submarine base pace of change will slow

Sunshine, Families Welcome Louisiana (Blue) Back Home

RIMPAC To Begin June 29

Connecticut Captures 2011 CNO Afloat Safety Award

Panetta: Photos violate ‘core values’ of U.S.

Navy fires 4 leaders in 2 separate incidents

USS Columbia Commanding Officer, Chief of the Boat Relieved

The Mysterious Iranian Threat

China reports U.S. can track only half of PLA sub fleet; Conflict with Philippines

The Robotic Army Closes In On Iran

Commodore Larry Hickey Researching For Canadian Submarine Service History

Women joining third Bangor-based submarine

First Black Officer Takes Command Of SA Submarine


Michigan Visits Stirling during Western Pacific Deployment

Errors caused nuclear submarine HMS Astute to run aground off coast of Scotland

USS Mississippi Commissioning Events Being Planned

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