Issue/Date 20120618


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

Updated: Monday, 18 June 2012 06:48

Fireworks Watch List

Gertrude Check: Before political correctness, a  universal navy term for requesting an underwater telephone check with another boat or skimmer

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Bremerton Base June General Membership Meeting

(Posted 6-16-2012)


This Tuesday evening, June19th, 1900, Bremerton Base will conduct its annual Scholarship Awards presentation.  The meeting will be lead off with opening ceremony, announcements and right into the scholarship awards, followed by dessert.  Eight $1000 scholarships will be awarded.


The scholarship raffle for the top prizes will also be drawn at the meeting.



FLASH-01: The USSVI National Election is now open

Submitted by: Pat Householder - Elections Master on 6/15/2012

Please give this message the widest possible distribution.

All Regular (US Submarine Qualified) members have several ways to vote.

1. Go to, then click the VOTE NATIONAL ELECTION button.Follow the instructions to log in as a member, then register your vote. (Be sure to have your copy of AMERICAN SUBMARINER Magazine at hand so you can review the full text of the Proposed Amendments and the Candidate Bios.)

2. In AMERICAN SUBMARINER Magazine, you will find a paper ballot you can complete and mail in. If you do so, BE SURE to enter your name and Base on the ballot so that I can verify your eligibility to vote before entering it into the vote tracking system.

3. At, under the DOCUMENTS button, then the ELECTIONS button, there are downloadable documents covering the Proposed Amendments, Candidate Bios and A Ballot, all of which can be printed out for use.

It is important to remember that Proxy Voting is not allowed. This means, each member must do his own voting, regardless of method chosen. Bases cannot vote as a bloc, and any votes received as such will not be accepted. Proxy voting can lead to a loss of membership for the person attempting to do so.

Your vote is your voice in the future direction and operation of our organization, so please carefully consider your alternatives and vote your choices.


Bremerton Base Retrieves the Traveling Dolphins

(updated 6-17-2012)


Bremerton Base, with competition from the Seattle Base, showed up at the June 14th South Sound Base with 8 members and 1 guest to retrieve the Traveling Dolphins. All members got to tell a "true" sea story from their Navy experiences.  They were Jim DeMott, Steve Corcoran, Hank Hollis, Bud Berg, Ralph Harris, Dutch Kaiser, Wayne Peterson and Red Bassler.


Western Region District 4 Commander John Mansfield, a South Sound Base member, was on hand to lead the competition.  John is still searching for a relief, as he will need one if he does win the Western Region Director (an E-board Position)  he is running for.  Suggest you vote for John, as he will give the Northwest some clout at the national level.


Past National Commander and 2012 Election Master Pat Householder was also present and informed us about election procedures.


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Base Member goes on Eternal Patrol

(Posted 6-17-2012)


Life and Holland Club member Denny Davenport went on eternal patrol on June 11, 2012 in Longmont, CO. Denny served in Spinax, Sand Lance, Segundo and Sculpin.  Denny retired in 1983 as an RM1(SS). Sailor, rest your oar!



First Female Submariners Find Few Obstacles

by Ed Friedrich The Sun

(Posted 6-17-2012)


BangorFemale submariners are fitting right in.

Since reporting to their boats in November, 25 women who broke one of the Navy's final gender barriers have gone on patrol and been accepted among their crews.

"The men adjusted to us being there, and we adjusted to them," said Lt. j.g. Megan Bittner of the USS Ohio gold crew. "It was quick. There were no big problems. No stumbling blocks along the way. It was just learning as a junior officer how you fit on the boat."  Read Whole Story



American Submariner On Line

(Posted 6-10-2012)



Your new edition (2012-2) electronic American Submariner is posted on line at Select "USSVI Magazine" and read or download after you log in. I wish you all a great read.





Puget Soundings Editor Sets 30 June as Cut Off Date for Next Issue Input

(Posted 6-7-2012)


Editor Dave Pittman requests input for next issue of Puget Soundings.  Got an image, article or announcement to submit, e-mail to Dave.



2012 Fireworks  (See Watch Bill)

(updated 6-7-2012)


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 . See Watch Bill.


The fire works stand will be located at its traditional spot in front of the QFC on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.

Base Fireworks Sales 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!



Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at FRA 29

521 National Ave, Bremerton,

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The Election


The biannual USSVI National election is upon us. By the time you read this post, the polls will be open and the latest hard copy edition of the American Submariner (AS) will be in your hands.

You can vote with a mail in ballot from the AS, or via the national web site. I prefer the internet method. It is very simple. See Election Master’s instructions in left column. If you do not know how to log in, follow the instructions. If not call me 360-509-0250, and I will help you.

On-line voting was opened Friday, June 15th. No rush, that form of voting will not close until Sept 2, the beginning of the national convention in Norfolk. Mail in ballots should mailed in so they arrive no later than 25 August, 2012

Only 4 of the 8 national positions are competitive. Senior Vice Commander, Secretary, Treasurer, and Western Region Director bios are on pages 26 through 30 of the
American Submariner Volume 2012 Issue 2. I have my preferences and would be glad to express them to you in person, or by phone. However, all candidates are willing to compete and have shown their willingness to lead in the American Submariners.

The details of all proposed amendments are on pages 29 through 35 of the AS. To me, the proposed change #2012-02 (PA-2) to amendments to the constitution is vital and needs to be passed and my preference of the synonymous names is “American Submariners”. It will identify us for what we are from the day we qualified. Hopefully, it would encourage active duty submariners to join up as many think they need to be out of the service to be submarine veterans. The American Submariners name would also be easily recognized by all Americans. At the bottom of page 30 are the details of PA-2.

Also, PA-8, gives the national organization authority over local leadership of national conventions. Apparently, the national organization has financial responsibility but had but an advisory role in organizing and operating the conventions. At the bottom of page 33 are the details of PA-8.


I do not think we can expect a volunteer at the national level to watch dog convention preparations, as there may 2 or 3 in early to late stages at once. Most conventions take 2 to 4 years to plan and prepare. I will vote no on PA-8.

I have no problems with the other PA’s.

Vote, and vote wisely. Don’t vote more than once for frauds have been detected before.


Red Bassler
Bremerton Base Webmaster


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General Membership Meeting

Saturday, July 14th, 10 AM

Keyport Undersea Museum

Lower Level

Mary Bonnin Room

Guest Speaker

Bill Galvani

Coffee & Donuts Too!

Deterrent Park Donors


for Sep-Oct 2012


Paver Installation








U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)


    The USSVI National Election is now open

    USS Miami fire SITREP

    Another Submarine Goes on Public Display

    You earned the right! Law Now Allows Retirees and Vets to Salute Flag

    A landmark in US Submarine History

    Need a National Public Relations Chairman

    Lost Boats in June

 War Veterans Status report

    USSVI Profit and Loss Statement Available

    Take a ride aboard USS Mississippi!

    Gaining and retaining the Bubblehead Bubbas
   1999 Joe Negri Winner and past Holland Club Commander on Eternal Patrol June 3 2012

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