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Seabees help out Navy museum

Seabees from CBMU 303 Det. Bangor recently helped out Puget Sound Navy Museum (PSNM) by assisting them with minor upgrades to one of their exhibition rooms. The conversion of a room into a mini theater where visitors can come in and enjoy an educational film about the nearby shipyard was the task at hand. The staff needed the Seabees to paint the walls and cover a few windows, which gave them more wall space to incorporate more mounted exhibits and to darken the room. “The staff at PSNM is always appreciative of the continuing support that the Seabees provide. The museum has a small staff and is unable to perform the kinds of work that they help us with,” said Lindy Dosher, assistant director and curator of the museum. “The completion of these projects helps the museum provide better service to the Navy and the community, both as a resource for researchers and to help expand our public outreach programs.”
March 10, 2011
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NUWC Keyport top Sailor named NAVSEA SoY

Navy Diver First Class (DSW/SS) Fredrick “Blake” Robinson has been selected as Naval Sea Systems Command’s Sailor of the Year. Robinson recently, was named NUWC Sailor of the year for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, representing both Keyport and Newport. He then moved on to the Naval Sea Systems Command level of competition. The announcement was made March 3, at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard. Reached by phone, Robinson had high praise for his seven competitors, four on active duty and three in the Navy Reserve. “I think the Sailors I competed with were top notch. I feel honored to represent Naval Sea Systems Command.” A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Robinson has been stationed at Keyport’s Dive Locker for three of his 13 years in the Navy. He is an integral part of Keyport’s Diving Division and serves as 3M Coordinator and Leading Petty Officer, managing 11 enlisted personnel at the locker. Keyport Commanding Officer, Capt. Stephen Iwanowicz says Robinson’s military professionalism and diving experience adds to Keyport’s mission.
March 10, 2011
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Michigan (Blue) crew returns from deployment

Sailors from the Blue crew of the guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) got an extended homecoming from their most recent deployment, returning to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Feb. 21-23 after three months underway. Families and friends of Michigan Sailors stood by at Bangor Plaza for three days to welcome home the Blue crew following a long journey from Guam. “It’s always good to be back home,” said Sonar Technician (Submarine) 1st Class (SS) Steven Earl, who arrived with the first wave of Blue crew Sailors. “When you’re underway, it makes you appreciate things at home that much more.” After conducting a crew turnover with their counterparts from the Gold crew, the first Sailors from the Blue crew flew into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Feb. 21, with the remainder arriving Feb. 22 and 23.
March 3, 2011
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NMCRS fund drive kicks off

The Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) held a ceremony to start off its annual fund drive, marking the beginning of the push for donations through April 16. Sailors and Marines are being asked to help support the charity as a way to give back to fellow service members. “The most important thing to remember about the NMCRS fund drive is that all the funds come right back to us,” said Rear Adm. Douglass Biesel, commander Navy Region Northwest, and key speaker for the NMCRS kick-off breakfast.”The money we donate goes directly to the Sailors, Marines and their families when they need help.” The money collected through the drive is given out as grants, scholarships and loans to help Navy and Marine Corp service members and their families. The Quick Assist Loan, used for basic day to day bills, is the most popular loan given out, according to Kathy Phillips, the director of the NMCRS for Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor.
March 3, 2011
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‘Quit the Spit’ campaign exposes dangers of chew

It was ‘Quit the Spit’ day at Naval Hospital Bremerton as the Tobacco Cessation Facilitator, Dental Services and Health Promotion teamed up to actively promote the Great American Spit Out (GASpO) Feb. 24. The event was part of “Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud,” a U.S. Department of Defense on-going educational campaign tailored specifically for the U.S. military to give up tobacco products. “Chewing tobacco is a dangerous concept with definite health risks,” said Patrick W. Graves, Naval Hospital Bremerton tobacco cessation facilitator. “When a person puts chewing tobacco into their mouth, they are instantly exposed to significant dangers such as oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, esophagus cancer, stomach cancer and colon cancer. A dip of chew has 28 cancer-causing carcinogens.” Data compiled by DoD states that chewing tobacco is used by 19 percent of 18- to 24-year-old military males, approximately twice the national average. Chewing tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking because the body absorbs 3-4 times more nicotine, making it potentially more addictive than cigarettes.
March 3, 2011
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Nimitz officially welcomed

Members from Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS-IMF) and the city of Bremerton gathered at Samuel Adams Restaurant & Brewery on NBK, Bremerton for a “Welcome Aboard Nimitz” party, Feb. 15. The gathering was to officially welcome the Nimitz to the shipyard and wish the crew a pleasant stay on NBK during her time in dry-dock. “This party was an informal meeting to give us the opportunity to meet the commanding officer, the executive officer and senior enlisted members of the ship’s command,” said Greg Wheeler, a Bremerton city council member and a guest at the party. The party kicked off with introductions and friendly greetings from the VIPs of the party; the Nimitz command, and Bremerton’s dignitaries.
February 24, 2011
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National Children’s Dental Health Month leaves ‘em smiling

There were shared smiles all around from the young children at the Jackson Park Naval Housing Child Development Center (CDC) when Lt. Melanie Perry visited Feb. 15. Perry, general dentist assigned to Dental Health Clinic Bangor, was visiting classes at the CDC as part of the annual awareness campaign, National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). The American Dental Association has designated February as NCDHM to “raise awareness about the importance of oral health.” “The goal is to reach as many of our younger family members as possible to stress how serious and important it is to start taking care of their teeth at a young age,” said Perry. “Repetition is the key, and we remind and reinforce them to continue with their brushing habits. We also encourage them to tell their parents what they are doing to get them to help them out.” “I brush my teeth every day,” exclaimed Alexander, age 4.
February 24, 2011
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NBK Galley celebrates African American Heritage

Sailors, Marines, and military retirees attended the African American Heritage Meal served at the Bangor Galley on Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor Feb. 14. The lunch was to celebrate African American Heritage Month by providing a special buffet of traditional Cajun soul food items. In the dining area of the galley was the noise of clinking silverware and casual conversation as service members enjoyed their meal provided by the galley’s culinary specialists. The meal consisted of Southern fried catfish, Southern fried chicken, sweet potatoes, dirty rice, baked macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, and other specialty items. “I really enjoyed the food at the galley today,” said Master at Arms Seaman Apprentice Travis Urick from Marine Corp Security Forces Battalion on Bangor. “I think it’s great the culinary specialists cook specialty foods for certain occasions.”
February 24, 2011
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TTF selects year’s top Sailors

Sonar Technician (Sub-marines) 1st Class Jonathon Carr is the TRIDENT Training Facility (TTF) Bangor 2010 Sailor of the Year (SOY), and Missile Technician (Submarines) 2nd Class Jordan Taylor is TTF’s Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY). Carr’s selection is coming on the heels of his recognition as TTF’s Sailor of the Quarter for the second and third Quarters of 2010. Carr, an instructor in the Combat Systems Training Department, is a qualified Master Training Specialist, the Course Supervisor for 4 courses and Leading Petty Officer (LPO) for 11 instructors and 54 students, dedicating over 830 hours in the Submarine Multi-Mission Team Training (SMMTT) and Common Operational Advanced Employment Trainer (COAET) training 24 submarine crews on three different platforms—SSBN, SSGN and SSN.
February 24, 2011
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NHB hosts blood drive

Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) staff lined up to donate their needed blood at a blood drive coordinated with the Armed Services Blood Bank Center (ASBBC) on the NHB quarterdeck Feb. 17. “I donate blood to help out people in need. Since you don’t know who your blood is going to, you might end up saving a close relative or a friend without knowing it,” said NHB Laboratory Technician Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roberto Mangahas. As NHB’s first blood drive of this year, it comes at a time when traditionally it has been difficult to get donors. “Our schedule of blood drives for the most part reflect the required 56 days between donations for donors,” said NHB Laboratory Blood Bank Supervisor Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Michael Mathis and blood drive coordinator. “Usually this time of year, people are on leave or have a cold and it’s difficult to motivate eligible donors to just come by and donate a unit.”
February 24, 2011
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