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Navy Region Northwest

Military families arrive in Seattle from Japan

MC2 Nathan Lockwood
More than 100 Sailors, Marines and civilians throughout Navy Region Northwest work with their Army and Air Force counterparts along with other agencies, including SEATAC, Port of Seattle, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and volunteers from the United Services Organization (USO) and American Red Cross to provide assistance to the more than 120 family members who arrived at Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC) March 21, from Japan as part of Operation Tomodachi. A projected 6,800 family members are expected to arrive at SEATAC as part of Operation Tomodachi on 20 separate flights.

More than 120 family members arrived at Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC) March 21, from Japan. Sailors, Marines and civilians throughout Navy Region Northwest are working with their Army and Air Force counterparts along with other agencies, including SEATAC, Port of Seattle, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and volunteers from the United Services Organization (USO) and American Red Cross to provide assistance to the incoming family members. “We welcome you to Washington state after what we know has been an arduous journey,” said Commander, Navy Region Northwest Rear Adm. Douglass Biesel. “Our thoughts and prayers have been with you, your loved ones and the Japanese people during this past week. We are thankful for your safe arrival. While Navy forces overseas continue to help the nation of Japan recover from these recent disasters, we in the Northwest are here to help and support you during this difficult time.”
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Returning Warrior Workshop comes to Portland

Eighty-three returning warriors and guests attended a 2-day transitional workshop at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Ore. March 12-13. The warriors are back from overseas contingency operations from various missions around the globe. The Returning Warrior Workshop (RWW) is a support program initiated by the Navy Reserve Force to assist Sailors and their family members with reintegration and reunion. Both Reservists and Active Duty members attended the event. The keynote speaker was Rear Adm. Mike Shatynski, vice commander, Naval Surface Forces. “What you’ve done is appreciated by your Navy and our country,” Shatynski said. “You know donít think of yourselves as heroes, but I want you to think about the world and what it would be like if you didn’t do what you do as the heroes that you are.”
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NBK worker is region’s top civilian

Non-supervisory civilian of the Year award recipient Cassie Carson, an administrative assistant for Naval Base Kitsap is responsible for a long list of work: correspondence, routing, tracking, log-in, shadow check-ins, evaluations, and maintaining files, which she can list in one breath with enthusiasm, but that is not why she works so hard. “I like assisting and interacting with the Sailors, it’s why I like my job,” said Carson, who has been working at NBK-Bremerton for more than two years. “Sailors can be entertaining, they can be frustrating… they can be a little bit of everything.” Carson’s work with Sailors doesn’t end at the administration desk. She work’s personally with expecting mothers and limited duty Sailors who have temporary assigned duty (TAD) to NBK. “I take incoming orders and make sure [Sailors] get assigned to proper departments. I ensure they are making it to their appointments and they are following the limited duty guidelines,” Carson said. “I’m dealing with peoples’ careers. I want to make their job easy.”
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Armed Services YMCA salutes service members

Twelve junior enlisted Service Persons of the Year (SPOY) representing the Active Duty branches, the National Guard and Reserve received a Gold Pan award during the 34th Annual Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Salute to the Military at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, Feb. 17-18. “The 12 service personnel of the year have risen above expectations while serving in Alaska,” said Anita Porter, ASYMCA of Alaska Special Projects Manager. “We love to bring attention to their dedication, success, and unwavering sense of service before self.” ASYMCA of Alaska sponsored the Salute in conjunction with the Anchorage community to promote awareness of the military and recognize their performance and service. “There are no words that can express my gratitude to our community and the Armed Services YMCA for all of their dedication to supporting the military,” said Navy Reservist Master-At-Arms 3rd Class Heather Afonin, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Anchorage, Operational Support Unit 2299.
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NGIS staff training a hit

On March 2, Navy Gate-way Inns & Suites (NGIS) staff from throughout Navy Region Northwest converged on the Smokey Point Complex for a day of training and to test their knowledge of NGIS policy, systems and processes. Regional NGIS Program Director, Barbara Williams, facilitated the quarterly training and friendly team competition. Teams participated in four different games, including their own version of the game show Password, a horse race, beach rally and the big wheel. The purpose of the friendly competition was two-fold: to provide a fun way of reinforcing and clarifying NGIS policy and procedures as well as providing a venue for regional team building and networking. The team representing the Smokey Point NGIS won the overall event, accumulating 1380 points.
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Changes ahead for Northwest Navigator

The Northwest Navi-gator will have a slightly new look beginning April 1, 2011. The new publisher, the Kitsap Sun, will take over production operations of the weekly publication and a few alterations to the paper’s size and design will be implemented. The Navigator’s website will also be re-designed with new functions, enhanced searchability, and the capability to get your Navy Region Northwest news from mobile devices.
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