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A hearty welcome from Admiral Rich By Rear Admiral Mark Rich Commander, Navy Region Northwest

On behalf of the more than 130,000 Sailors, spouses and children, civilian employees, and retirees that make up the Northwest Navy family, welcome to Military Appreciation Day. Few places in the country have a stronger relationship between the local military presence and the civilian community than here in Kitsap County, and this event is a prime example of that great partnership. If you’re a long-time resident, you’re well aware of that fact. And if you’re new to this beautiful area, it will soon be evident that Kitsap County appreciates the military, and the military very much appreciates Kitsap County. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps first sailed in to this area in 1841, and we’ve kept a permanent presence here for more than 120 years. In

Rear Admiral Mark Rich order to successfully sustain our critical operations here in the Puget Sound we focus on three themes: security, stewardship and community. The Navy’s mission in the Northwest directly supports our National Security given the many key strategic capabilities that are located or home-ported here in the Northwest. We in turn, provide security in terms of facilities, ranges and operations that enable the Fleet to train and deploy — to “Be


Ready.” We provide physical security at our bases as well as to the communities that we’re a part of through community mutual aid agreements or emergency management partnerships. From our installations here in Western Washington, we have ensured peace through deterrence, forward presence and engagement; and when deterrence failed, we’ve responded to crises and fought the Nation’s wars. We’ve built and maintained our country’s fleet and maintained the lines of communication that made this region into a global hub of commerce and innovation. The Northwest Navy has faced many challenges and changes to our operations over the decades we’ve been in this region. We are again facing challenge, change, and uncertainty, but working together with our community partners, we will remain a strong and vital force both locally and globally.

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The city of Bremer ton welcomes the hundreds of men and women who are serving in our Armed Forces today and are here to participate in our Military Appreciation Mayor Patty Lent Day. Our community has so much to be thankful for because of the freedoms provided by our veterans and the safety and security we enjoy today because of our current members of the Army, Navy Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. All our citizens and residents realize that not only do you conduct vital combat operations during conflict and in war efforts, but you respond to humanitarian needs such as

the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Katrina that devastated Louisiana. Our own Navy keeps our many miles of international shipping lanes open for commerce and protects freighters and cargo throughout the world. The very special appreciation of our city and community extends to our sailors because they continue to dedicate their precious time off duty participating in hours of community projects including: cleanup of Ivy Green Cemetery, Bremerton Gateway, Retsil Veterans Home, NAD Park with the repair of the F-8 Crusader, and Hal’s Corner; as well as reading, tutoring, coaching and engaging our local school children to help build their selfesteem and confidence so they can become successful leaders in the future. You all are very valued assets and the driving force behind what the Navy has accomplished. I give my personal thanks for your commitment and dedication in performing and accomplishing your mission at home and abroad. Mayor Patty Lent City of Bremerton

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Military Appreciation Day 2013 By Jessica Ginet

Welcome to Military Appreciation Day 2013! For more than 10 years Kitsap County has celebrated the military presence in our area communities. Kitsap County serves as the home of several military installations under the Navy Region Northwest designation. According to the Navy Region NW Public Affairs Office, there are 21,000 active duty, 6,000 reserve and 35,000 retirees in the area. This is in addition to the 42,000 military family members that live and work in the area. Their children attend local schools; service men and women live, work and play here. The contribution of these individuals to our local economy is substantial. Military Appreciation Day 2013 is meant to be both fun and educational. Local businesses and those that serve the military have generously

provided free and discounted items for our local service men and women. Military Appreciation Day 2013 is April 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kitsap Pavilion at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. The event is free and open to the public. Over 80 commercial booths are reserved in the Kitsap Pavilion on April 20 to provide a big ‘thank you’ to our military members. Every booth will donate prizes. The University of Phoenix has donated a Kindle Fire for one lucky door prize drawing winner. Prizes are given only to local active duty, reservist and retirees who must show their military identification in order to claim their winnings. Fun filled activities and events will appeal to the entire family. The doors of the Kitsap Pavilion will open at 11 a.m. Door prizes will be awarded every 30 minutes

beginning at 12:10 p.m. The Marine Corps Color Guard will present the flags of the Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Air Force. At 11:15 a.m. the Kitsap Chordsmen will perform the National Anthem on stage. The event will feature two honorable keynote speakers. Rear Admiral Mark Rich, Commander of Navy Region Northwest, will speak on stage at 11:20 a.m. followed by Port Angeles native and newly elected Congressman Derek Kilmer. Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent will also be in attendance. Entertainment options will abound, with dance performances by the Galleta School of Dance and the Sunshine School of Dance. The Sweet Adelines will sing.

Kitsap County Military Appreciation Day Schedule of Events

11 a.m. Doors open to the public 11:10 a.m. Marines Color Guard posts the flag and the National Anthem is sung. 11:20 a.m. Rear Admiral Mark Rich will speak. U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer will speak. 11:35 a.m. Ted Brown Music students will perform on the stage. 12:10 a.m. Galleta School of Dance will perform on stage. 12:15 p.m. Ronald McDonald will arrive. 12:45 p.m. Sweet Adelines will perform on stage. 1 p.m. Ronald McDonald will take the stage. 1:20 p.m. Galleta Dance will perform on stage. 1:55 p.m. Sunshine School of Dance will perform on stage. 2:30 p.m. Ronald McDonald will take the stage. 3:05 p.m. Hands on Entertainment will be on stage. 3:30 p.m. Grand prize drawing on the stage.

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Helping military families reach their financial goals By Leslie Kelly

Dick French doesn’t have to think very long before he tells others how he got connected with First Command. “It was 1986,” he said. “I went to them for advice about financial planning. I was young and I didn’t know anything except that I wanted to save so I could retire someday.” Now French is an administrative manager for First Command and works at the Silverdale office. First Command is a financial services company that helps military families with their planning, investing, insurance and banking needs. The seeds of First Command’s commitment to serving the financial planning needs of American military families were planted in the early 1950s, when Air Force Lt. Col. Carroll Payne had the occasion to work closely with the families of several crew members killed in a training flight. Saddened by the survivors’ financial difficulties, Lt. Col. Payne began thinking about how he might be able to help other military families avoid the same fate. In 1958, he began laying the groundwork for the company that would become First Command. After retiring from the Marines, French went to work with First Command as a financial advisor from 1991 to 1995. He returned to work for the company in 2007 and is now the administrative manager. The company is participating in Military Appreciation Day because it knows the need for military families to plan their finances, he said. “Most of them stick their heads in the sand,” he said. “Military families, especially young ones, are more focused in how they are going to deal with their bills today. They don’t want to think about the future.”

But having been there, French is glad that a friend referred him to First Command back in the 1980s. He was able to learn how to save for a home, put kids through college and set his long term goals. That’s meant putting something in his IRA every month since then. “These military guys, they’ve gone to boot camp,” he said. “They have learned discipline. Now it’s just a matter of getting them to apply that to their finances.” French said part of that is looking at what each client will have from the military once they retire. Sometimes, he said, they don’t even realize that they won’t be getting that weekly paycheck. “We get them ready to be able to carry on the standard of living that they are used to,” he said. “We look at their household budget and their income and we set priorities. We make goals and we work with them so they can achieve them.” Many of the financial advisors that work for First Command are former military and are familiar with military incomes and benefits and that helps when they are working with military families, he said. The company has offices throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Guam which helps clients when they are re-assigned to other military bases. They boast of having 450 advisors and have plans to hire more. At Military Appreciation Day, French hopes to make connections with military families wanting to learn more about financial planning and the services offered by First Command. “Our advisors will be ready and waiting,” he said. “And we’ll have some great give-aways.” They are located at 10049 Kitsap Mall Blvd. NW in Silverdale, or call 360-6920277.

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Kitsap County veterans advisory board to hold ‘Stand Down’ By Luciano Marano

The Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance (KAVA) will hold a county-wide Stand Down Saturday, April 27, at the Sheridan Community Center in Bremerton from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The purpose of the event is to make available to local Veterans and their families a variety of free services ranging from clothing donations and haircuts to legal advice and even medical aid for those who need it. “It is a very needed event that helps veterans and their family members who have served us well,” said Jim McKenna, Kitsap County Veterans Assistance program manager. KAVA is a group of local Veterans, businesses and donors who organize events like the stand down to sup-

port the county’s military community. Prior stand down events have been well received. “There were around 200 people in attendance last year,” said McKenna. “The demand is still high, the need is there, and we’re anticipating a good turn out.” Of course, not all attendees are seeking serious assistance. Veterans have been known to attend the event simply to mingle with friends, have lunch and see familiar faces. Spouses and children are welcome, and similar assistance will be available to them as well. Veterans seeking assistance will be required to provide either a DD214 form or official discharge papers and unaccompanied relatives will need to supply the same paperwork and proof of relation to a Veteran. If an individual does not have the

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required paperwork, there will be a verification service available at the event. “There will be legal assistance, clothing, food, hair cuts and a dental clinic there,” said McKenna. Also present at the event will be representatives from the Work Source program to help veterans with finding employment as well as resume writing assistance and job interview tips. “It’s really a community coming together to help veterans,” said McKenna. The Sheridan Community Center is located at 680 Lebo Blvd., in Bremerton. The term “stand down” typically describes the brief period of light duty that follows the return of a military unit or ship from a deployment. It can also describe the stopping of a course of action.

Kids boot camp set for Saturday By Leslie Kelly

It will be an event every military kid will want to try. It’s called a mini boot camp and will be put on by the U.S. Marines during Military Appreciation Day this year. Kids ages 5 to 16 years will be welcome to join in on a 15-minute version of what their military parents may have endured in boot camp. First, they’ll be taught military bearing. That’s simply standing still and paying attention.

“That may be a challenge for some of them,” said Michael Ho, organizer of the event. Then there’ll be learning customs and courtesies. Kids will have to repeat the proper greeting for the day and they must not forget their “Yes Sir” and “Yes Ma’am’s.” Next will be a section on exercise with age appropriate goals. Included will be a round of push ups, jumping jacks and a cardio run. The junior boot campers will then make their way through the bounce house obstacle course.

And all of this will be done with camouflage face paint, available to the kids at the boot camp location. For those kids who complete the boot camp, they will receive a certificate of completion. Marines will be on hand to provide motivation for the kids as they take part, said Ho. “It’s a little tiny taste of what we go through,” he said. Besides the boot camp, kids can also view a display of small defense weapons and security vehicles.

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Key to fitting in around here is getting out By Leslie Kelly

When Debbie Doll landed in Bremerton in 1989 after her husband Barry was assigned to the Bremerton Navy Base, she wasn’t sure what her first steps should be. Having been raised in North Dakota, Doll didn’t know much about the mountains. They had been stationed in California. But Washington was new to them. They wanted to fit in. So the family joined a church. “Church might not be for everybody,” she said. “But somehow you have to get out and get involved in the community. Don’t just sit home and be depressed.” Doll said they fast became fans of the area. “The Bremerton area has a lot to offer,” she said. “It’s close to Seattle if you want the big city. But it’s also rural. There’s so much to do, hiking and camping and the mountains are gorgeous.” One of the benefits of this area, she said, is that many of the people you run into are themselves tied to the military, either through friends and co-workers, or they are retired military. “They understand what you are going through,” she said. “They are here to support you.” She’s had a bit of that support lately as her husband is currently in Afghanistan. Since he

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retired from the Navy in 1999, he went back in the Navy Reserves. “After 9-11, he felt he needed to,” she said. “He became a Reservist with the Navy and entered as an officer.” Because of that, he is often referred to as a “Mustang,” and he is now at the rank of lieutenant. Last July their world was rocked when he was called up and sent orders to go to Afghanistan for 11 months. Since then, she’s taken over her husband’s business, the Barry Doll Agency, an American Family Insurance office, and is the available parent to their three children, Elizabeth, 18, Christian, 16, and Joseph, 14. “I had always home-schooled them,” she said. “But when this happened I had to go back to work and they had to go to school.” The family stays in touch through email and Skype and she sends a care package to Barry every Monday morning. She’s had a lot of support from friends and the local VFW with those packages. “The closest coffee to him was three-quarters of a mile,” she said. “So we sent him a Keurig and the VFW has sent him (Keurig coffee) cups.” They also sent blankets and toiletries. The care packages she sends get shared with the others Barry is serving with. What’s most difficult and different from when Barry was on active duty assignments, is that he was an individual augmentee, which

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Barry and Debbie Doll and their children have made Bremerton their home for years. means he was sent without the other members of his reserve unit. “He’s Navy, but he was sent to an Army base to be part of Special Forces Task Force 10,” she said. “He’s serving with Marines, Navy Seals, and Airborne. But before going, he didn’t know any of the people he’s serving with.” Likewise, she said, there are no other spouses here from his unit, who’s husbands are gone. “That’s different from when he was gone on active duty,” she said. “It’s very difficult. But that’s why I’m so glad that I’m a part of this community and I have people I can rely on.” She’s not part of any spouses support group now, as she was when her husband was active duty. But she said that was a great way to connect when she first was in Bremerton and she suggests it for spouses new to the area. “The biggest thing is to get connected when you are first here,” she said. “Don’t stay home. And if you live on base, get off the base and

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