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MARCH 10, 2017

A salute to local military from Rep. Derek Kilmer Working for veterans, active-duty military and their families is something he’s passionate about


elcome to Kitsap County’s 2017 Military Appreciation Day. Here in Kitsap County we have a special understanding of what it means to serve. Every day we see members of the military defending the freedom of our community while at the same time making a positive impact on it. That’s because tens of thousands of servicemembers and veterans call our region home. Not to mention the thousands of Department of Defense civilian employees who live here and serve our country each day by ensuring the readiness and safety of our armed forces. Our local economy has also gotten a boost because veterans and servicemembers are a key part of it. These men and women use their skills to create a small business or bring what they’ve learned to employers looking to fill open jobs. We know that they have our backs while serving on our behalf. Here in Kitsap County, we are committed to the notion that we should have

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Rep. Derek Kilmer theirs too. Saying “thank you” is important. But those words must be backed up by action. It’s pretty simple. If you fight for your country you shouldn’t have to fight for a job. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, every brave veteran should have a home. In our region, or anywhere else in our country, you should have access to the benefits you’ve earned.

That’s what this day is about. Today is a part of our tradition in Kitsap County of going beyond saying thanks by turning our words into deeds. The sponsors of this outstanding event and the volunteers and folks who make it possible are shining examples of the dedication we show to our local heroes. The 2017 Military Appreciation Day is an opportunity for all of us to support those who serve. These events are important. As your representative, I’m focused on doing my part to show veterans and our servicemembers that we have their backs. I will continue to go to bat for our local military installations. I’m fighting to do away with outdated regulations that are currently preventing retired servicemembers in our region from taking a job they were promised at the shipyard. After the scandals we’ve seen at the VA, I’m also working to make the agency more accountable and deliver better care so America can keep its promises to servicemembers and their families. I’ve sponsored several bills on that front. But beyond working for systemic changes, our team is also committed to working for you. Every veteran and every military family should get the recognition and care they deserve. If you are grappling with the VA or any other federal agency, don’t hesitate to contact

my Bremerton office at 360- 373-9725. It’s my honor to welcome you to this great event spotlighting the services of so many of our neighbors. Your participation today – whether you are joining in the festivities or providing info about your local business – proves your appreciation and dedication. Thank you for all you do to support our local military personnel. It’s an honor to serve as your representative. God bless you – and God bless America!

About Rep. Kilmer Derek Kilmer represents Washington’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected in 2012. With more than a decade of experience in economic development, Rep. Kilmer is focused on getting our economy and our Congress back to work. Prior to his time in Congress, Kilmer served in the state House of Representatives from 2004-06 and in the state Senate from 2007–12. Kilmer grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and is the son of two school teachers. He and his wife Jennifer live in Gig Harbor with their daughters, Sophie and Tess.

We’re Proud to Support the Military Every Day of the Year! The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners is proud to support the military not only on Military Appreciation Day but every day of the year! The U.S. Armed Forces have had a presence in Kitsap County since 1891 and there are nearly 13,000 active-duty military in the county today. The military are the pride and strength of our nation, our county and our communities. Military personnel have worked and lived alongside the loggers, fisherman, farmers, shipyard and sawmill workers, manufacturers and small business owners who have built our county into one of the greatest in the state. The Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, comprised of veteran volunteers, keeps the Board of County Commissioners informed on the needs of veterans, helps distribute temporary emergency assistance and supports efforts to address challenges such as housing, job retraining and health services. We owe a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices you and your families have made to preserve and protect our freedoms. Thank you for your selflessness, courage and dedication to defending this nation.

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Mayor Patty Lent praises military and their families


ot just during Military Appreciation events, but throughout the year, we welcome our active service members, our retired veterans and our future leaders that are separating from service by providing the best possible lifestyle with established neighborhoods, new housing units along walkable sidewalks and streets with bike lanes, 35 city parks and the best police and fire protection. The legacy of the City of Bremerton is the heritage of our Naval Base and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. From their beginning 125 years ago, this important and strategic base has been the home to thousands of sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members. Our military men and women operate our ships and submarines at sea and all station positions ashore. The residents, business owners, government and public employees support these courageous military members and have created a vibrant quality of life for their families. I feel we are following in the footsteps of these unsung heroes by using their motto: “Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always.” Patty Lent, mayor City of Bremerton

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Mayor Patty Lent

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Mayor Patty Lent was elected November 2013 to her second term of office. Her political career began in 2003 as a Kitsap County commissioner. She has held leadership positions on Kitsap Public Health, Kitsap Transit, Kitsap Mental Health Services and Kitsap 911. She and her husband Doug live in Bremerton. They have five children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



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The next Stand Down in Kitsap County is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at the Sheridan Park Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., in Bremerton. Hosted by the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program and Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance, the Stand Down will include free services for all veterans. Complimentary services for veterans and their families will include vision screening, a dental van, veterans assistance, housing, employment, education, counseling and more. Dean Herring, spokesman for the Kitsap Area Veterans Alliance, said they are expecting at least 145 veterans and their family members and friends to attend. “We’re also hoping to have a medical agency there to check blood pressures and give blood sugar screenings for free,” Herring said. Qualifying veterans and family members may also receive free clothing, sleeping bags, groceries, and personal hygiene items. “Last year we gave out about 200

bags of non-perishable groceries to veterans,” he said. “Most veterans were able to have two, but those with larger families and more children were given up to four bags.” The Stand Down, named for a military term that means “at ease,” is open to veterans and their families only. Participants need to bring a DD214, military retiree ID card, or VA card. Unaccompanied family members must bring a DD214 and proof of relationship. Active duty transitioning out of the military or retiring are also encouraged to attend to get information and resources to assist in their transition to civilian life. “The whole reason we do this is to help our veterans,” Herring said. “We provide free services for veterans who need the help to thank them for their service.” For more information, call 360-3374811.

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MARCH 10, 2017

Navy, Marines, Coast Guard staying put in Kitsap By LESLIE KELLY Kitsap News Group

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“We’re here to stay.” That was the message Navy Captain Alan Schrader, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap, told members of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce recently.

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Capt. Alan Schrader “What we do here is very unique,” Schrader said. “There aren’t other places like us — that do what we do — anywhere around. So we’re here to stay.” In light of the upcoming Military Appreciation Day, Schrader was invited to speak to the chamber to tell members about Naval Base Kitsap. Throughout his remarks, he assured them that the longstanding relationship between Naval Base Kitsap and the communities in Kitsap County is strong. “We have been good partners for years,” he said. “You have been great.” He took the opportunity to tell members what exactly is part of Navy Base Kitsap and what goes on where, to the degree he could. “I know there are those of you who see the fence and wonder what’s going on behind there,” he said, of the private access Navy properties throughout Kitsap County. “Well, it’s like a little city with everything, bowling alleys, chapels and childcare. And I’m the mayor.” He cited the five properties in Kitsap County run by Naval Base Kitsap as Naval Base Bremerton, Bangor, Keyport, Jackson Park (Navy housing and hospital) and Manchester. “Some of you may be saying ‘Manchester? What’s that?’” he said. “I didn’t know, either, until recently.” He explained that Manchester is the site of a Navy fueling depot. While aircraft carriers are nuclear-powered, fuel is needed for the Navy aircraft that fly on and off of them. The Manchester fueling point has no underground pipes, he said. Rather ships bring the fuel in and it is stored in tanks until it is used to fuel other needs on ships. There are 300 employees at Manchester and storage for 79 million gallons of fuel oil. “This is very unique,” he said. “It’s not going anywhere.”

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This map shows the sites of operations of Naval Base Kitsap in Kitsap County. Also, he said, Keyport is unique in that light weight torpedoes are manufactured there. And unmanned underwater vehicles are housed and leave from there. Over time, the number of people at these locations has increased, he said. In 2004, there was one aircraft carrier stationed here and six submarines. Now, there are two aircraft carriers and eight Trident subs. While the acres that the Navy has in Kitsap County hasn’t increased since 2009, the value of the infrastructure and buildings has. “Everything has grown, but the fence lines haven’t moved. We have $11 billion in the value of our infrastructure here. And we employ 35,000 people, which is about a third of the workforce in Kitsap County.” So, Schrader said, he knows that any shifts they make “affects everyone in the county.” “When we brought a second carrier to Bremerton, that was an additional 5,000 sailors and on average 2.2 family members with each,” he said. “That was a large increase in the local population and we know it had an impact.” He also spoke about other programs he was especially proud of, including the security (600 Marines) and fire departments. “Two or three times a week, we respond to calls outside our fences,” he said. “If something’s on fire on the other side of the fence, we’re not going to let it burn. We help local fire departments and emergency services.” That is also the case on the water, he added. Because Coast Guard units are stationed in the water surrounding Naval Base

Kitsap, they are usually the closest to boats that are in trouble. “We won’t sit and watch a boat sink,” he said. “We’re usually the first on the scene.” He highlighted the Navy’s partnerships with Tribal councils. “They have an interest in what goes on on the water,” he said. “We make sure we are meeting their treaty rights and environmental concerns.” The work that all of Navy Base Kitsap does in all communities is important. “Our kids go to the same schools your kids do,” Schrader said. “Only 25 percent of the active duty personnel live on base. We are active in the community doing services that help.” Involvement includes working in the schools, at local food banks and at community celebrations. He added that Naval Base Kitsap was recently named the Best Naval Base in America. “We’re proud of what we do,” he said. “The people who come here and work here love it so much that the Navy has a hard time getting them to go elsewhere when it’s time. They want to know what else is available right here.”

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a Division Officer on USS Batfish (SSN 681), as Combat Systems Officer on USS Springfield (SSN 761), as Executive Officer on USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (BLUE), and as Commanding Officer of the USS Nevada (SSBN 733)(Blue). During his command tour, he led the combined crew through the final stages of a 27-month, $200 million Engineered Refueling Overhaul. After crew split, he then led the Blue Crew through all certifications for strategic operations and four strategic deterrent patrols. His staff and shore assignments include as Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Instructor at the University of Colorado; Executive Officer of Moored Training Ship (MTS 635); Action Officer and Executive Assistant to the Director for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment (J8), the Joint Staff; and Branch Head, Operations, Evaluation, and Training, Strategic Systems Programs (SP 205). Captain Schrader is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Staff Achievement Award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and the Battle “E” Efficiency Ribbon (three awards). In September 2016, Captain Schrader assumed command of Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), which encompasses nearly 11,000 acres in Washington, Alaska and a site in British Columbia, Canada. Locally, NBK’s installations include Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport, Manchester and Jackson Park.


MARCH 10, 2017


Bremerton Navy League supports area military By LESLIE KELLY Kitsap News Group

When Alan Beam was a young sailor and docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after time at sea, he was greeted by the local Navy League. “They met us on the pier,” Beam said. “They fell all over us making us feel welcome and thanking us for our service.” Beam never forgot what that meant to him. And that is why he is now an active member -- and president -- of the Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council of the U.S. Navy League. Beam has been a member since 1991, after he retired in the area following a long Navy career. He retired as a captain and was commander of the USS Bremerton. Founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) is a civilian organization supporting the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and U.S.-flagged Merchant Marine. It is a worldwide organization with 46,000 members in more than 250 councils, including more than 700 corporate and community affiliate members. The objectives of the League are to educate national leaders and the public about the vital importance of a capable and fully prepared Sea Services, to support the men and women of the sea services and their families, and to educate and train youth in the customs and traditions of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council area is located on the Olympic Peninsula between Seattle and the Pacific Ocean with Canada to the North across the Straits of Juan de Fuca. It is a member of the Northwest Coastal Area within the Northwest Region of the Navy League of the United States. Naval Base Kitsap, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Magazine Indian Island, and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles lie within that area. “We have almost 500 members, and have grown to be the largest council in the Pacific Northwest,” said Beam. “Through our adoption program we directly support eight local commands.” Those are: • USS Bremerton (SSN 698)

The Navy League participates in Memorial Day Services every year. This photo was taken last year aboard the USS Turner Joy. Contributed photo

Members of the Navy League visit Safeboats International, a supplier of equipment for the Navy. Contributed photo • USS Henry M Jackson (SSBN 730) • USS Washington (SSN 787) • U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles • U.S. Coast Guard Base Seattle • U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Protection Unit Bangor

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Naval Junior ROTC high School programs, and the state science fair. “One of the things we do is provide scholarships and judges for the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair,” he said. “It’s a major event.” The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League also sponsors and participates in the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival, the nation’s largest Armed Forces Day Parade, and hosts the Kitsap County Veterans Day Ceremony attended by more than 1,800 annually at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Veterans Day. Acquainting the public with the Navy is another goal of the Navy League. “Our ‘Trips and Tours’ program is the largest in the region providing valuable insight into the mission and roles of west coast sea service units, including coordinating underway cruises, ship commissionings and decommissionings,” Beam said. “We also participate in ship arrival and departure receptions, Memorial Day, Battle of Midway Island, Pearl Harbor Day and various other military celebrations.” It is through the corporate and business sponsorships (called community affiliates) and through membership dues that the League obtains funds to support the programs it sponsors, Beam said. “The League is open to anyone, except active duty Navy,” he said. “We encourage anyone who wants to learn about and help the active duty Navy in this area to join.” Individual memberships range from $25 to $55 annually. The group hosts a monthly lunch meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. “For small business owners, this (the lunch meetings) is a great way to network,” he said. Supporting the Navy and the military in this area is important, Beam said. “The Navy League is a way of learning about the Navy around here and all that that encompasses,” he said. “And that’s a pretty big deal.” More information about the Navy League of the United States, as well as information about how to join the NLUS, can be found at http://bremolympicnlus. or call 360-479-8707.

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Welcome to Kitsap Military Appreciation Day 2017 By LESLIE KELLY Kitsap News Group

Welcome to Military Appreciation Day 2017! For more than 13 years Kitsap County has honored the military presence in our communities by celebrating Military Appreciation Day. 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 16,200 active duty, 17,600 civilian employees, 6,000 reserve and 25,000 retirees in the Kitsap area. This is in addition to the nearly 50,000 military family members that live and work in the area, including those from the USS Nimitz and the USS Stennis. Their children attend local schools. The service men and women live and work and take part in leisure activities here. The contribution that they make to our local economy is substantial. Military Appreciation Day 2017 is both fun and educational for all who attend. 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 2017 is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 11, in the Kitsap Pavilion at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. The event is free


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and open to the public. More than 100 commercial booths are reserved in the Kitsap Pavilion and will provide a huge “thank you” to our military members. Every booth will donate prizes. Winners will be announced throughout the day from the main stage area. Prizes are given to local active duty, reservists and retirees who must show their military identification in order to claim their winnings. There also will be free food and nonalcoholic beverages from vendors such as the USO Mobile Canteen, McClouds Grill and others. Activities and events will appeal to the entire family. The doors of the Kitsap Pavilion open at 11 a.m. Door prizes will be awarded beginning at 12:15 p.m. At noon, the Marine Corps Color Guard will present the flags of the Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Air Force. The National Anthem will be sung and the Pledge of Allegiance will be said. Military Appreciation Day always features fun kid-specific activities. To go along with this year’s theme — the carnival ­— there will be pony rides, a free photo booth, a bounce house, a showand-tell game, as well as visits from McGruff the Crime Dog and Central Kitsap Fire Department’s mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog. A mini boot camp will be set up for the children so that they can get a feel of the training exercises the Marines conduct while on a military installation. Face painting will be available for the children including special cammo paint. This annual event is organized by the Military Affairs Committee of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and made possible through donations of time and prizes from local merchants and Kitsap community members,including the following sponsors: First Command Financial Planning, Kitsap Credit Union, Fairway Mortgage, Waterstone Mortgage, Directors Mortgage Inc., Mortgage Solutions Financial, Blue Heron Farm, Olympic Photo Group, Braces Inc., and Kitsap Daily News. The Military Affairs Committee works throughout the year for the benefit of local active duty military and their


families. The group names and honors a Navy sailor, Marine and Coast Guard member of the quarter, as well as of the year. The committee has also provided $100,000 in funding for Cougar Valley Elementary School’s STEM and Deployment program. The committee donated $500 worth of items, including a stroller, to the first baby born in 2017 at the Bremerton Naval Hospital. And the committee also helps with the Veterans Stand Downs held in Bremerton twice a year. Committee members are Jason Selby, Rita Nicholson, Tricia Reece, Tom Taylor, Tom West, Barry Doll, Dick French, Shelly King, Shane McGraw, Mark Slavik, Daniel Pierce, Dana Clay, Trev Lawrence and Monica Phillips.

Committee member Rita Nicholson tours the USS Nimitz. Contributed photo


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The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce honored its service members of the quarter. They were presented awards in February. Coast Guard Member of the Quarter is GM2 Chelsea Rittenhouse. Marines of the Quarter are LCpl. Maurice R. Armour and Cpl. William F. Sorgius. Navy Sailors of the Quarter are MASN

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