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Sailors learn basic budgeting

Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor’s Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) hosted a Basic Budgeting class for service members, Sept. 28. Staci Fuller, Kitsap Credit Union personal financial specialist, gave a two-hour presentation with guidelines on developing a budget plan, setting financial goals and tips on balancing checkbooks. “The purpose of these classes is to help service members with managing their money and recording expenses for their own checking accounts,” said Fuller. “We want people stay on the right track by knowing where their money is going and avoiding extra fees from banks.” Participants received pamphlets with resourceful information on creating a basic financial plan and a Guide to Money booklet.
October 5, 2007
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Brothers pin on anchors together

Two brothers had the rare opportunity of being selected as chief petty officers and getting pinned together at the Naval Undersea Museum’s Jack Murdock Auditorium, Sept. 21. “This is awesome and very extraordinary,” said Master Chief Master-at-Arms Tim Moes, Marine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFCo.), Bangor senior enlisted advisor. “Siblings’ getting pinned, the same day and together is a wonderful thing. I have heard of this less than five times in my 26 years in the Navy and I have never actually witnessed it.” Chief Master-at-Arms (SW) Marcus Watkins, Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) and Chief Missile Technician (SS) Adrian Watkins of MCSFCo and Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic (SWFLANT), both made chief and went through a portion of their chief’s induction together.
September 28, 2007
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NBK honors newest chiefs

Three Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Sailors donned their khaki uniforms and chief combination covers for the first time during a chief pinning ceremony at NB Kitsap Bremerton’s Chief Petty Officer Café, Sept. 21. The newly pinned chiefs were Chief Master-at-Arms Douglas Dreher, Chief Machinery Repairman (SW) Kirk Brocksome and Chief Quartermaster (SW/AW) Eli Boddy. “The process of advancement to chief is significantly different from any other rank in the Navy or any other military service,” said NBK Command Master Chief (SS/AW/SW) Kevin Monroe. “Today we recognize a few of our Sailors with a pinning ceremony designed to commemorate a significant milestone to their careers and to recognize a job well done.”
September 28, 2007
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NHB anchors new chiefs

Naval Hospital Bremerton welcomed new members to its Chiefs Mess in a time-honored and traditional pinning ceremony that saw eight staff members put on the anchor insignia and khaki uniform as Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy. Staff and family members crowded the hospital’s quarterdeck on September 21, to congratulate Chief Storekeeper Nemencio Alba, Chief Information Systems Technician Alexis Barnhart, Chief Postal Clerk Daniel Browne, Chief Hospital Corpsman Tim Coffey, Chief Hospital Corpsman Brian Dike, Chief Hospital Corpsman George Graham, Chief Hospital Corpsman Robert Ripps and Chief Hospital Corpsman Nathan Sims on their achievement. The pinning ceremony capped off a seven weeks induction period that turned these top-of-their-game blue shirts into valued members of the command’s Chiefs Mess.
September 28, 2007
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X-ray tech named national ‘Instructor of the Year’

A Naval Hospital Bremerton staffer was named the first ever National Instructor of the Year at an award ceremony last Wednesday at the PIMA Medical Institute in Seattle. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Dennis Roseta was recognized by the Joint Review Committee in Education in Radiological Technology for his work with radiography student interns assigned to his tutelage at the NHB radiology clinic. Roseta said the effectiveness of his teaching comes from the hands-on training he allows the interns, letting them use the equipment and shoot the x-rays with their own hands. “When they first get here, they’re scared to shoot and I give them the confidence,” he said.
September 28, 2007
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USS Maine donates food for those in need

USS Maine (SSBN 741) (Blue), First Class Petty Officer’s Association (FCPOA) began a food drive to donate non-perishable goods to a local food bank, Sept.18. All food collected will go to the Bremerton Foodline, throughout the course of the blue crews training cycle, which ends Oct. 20. “The FCPOA wanted to do more for the community,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SS/SW) Brett Mallery, USS Maine (SSBN 741) (Blue) and food-drive coordinator. “All we do, when we are not on the boat, is train for six to eight hours a day and go home, but we wanted to serve a purpose and do for more than just train. We wanted to work for the greater good.” The Maine’s FCPOA’s goal is to gather three to five cans from each crew member to reach a total donation of approximately 500 items of food.
September 28, 2007
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TTF hosts unique graduation

The Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Trident Training Facility (TTF) held a unique graduation ceremony for the USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601) class, Sept. 18. Each apprenticeship class is named after the original “41 for Freedom” SSBN’s to remind the Sailors of their submarine heritage. Members of the USS Robert E. Lee Alumni Association attended the graduation because they happened to be having a reunion in nearby Portland Ore. and the dates coincidently coincided with the Robert E. Lee class graduation.
September 28, 2007
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Miles of smiles provided in Peleliu Pacific partnership

Naval Hospital Bremerton formally welcomed back three staff members from a mission that covered thousands of miles and produced an equal number of smiles. Lt. Cmdr Violeta Cruz, Lt. Elizabeth Solze, and HM2 (SW/AW) Laura Blanco deployed over four months ago on amphibious assault ship, USS Peleliu (LHA 5), for the second year of the Navy’s ‘Pacific Partnership’ humanitarian assistance mission. Peleliu visited the Republic of the Philippines, Vietnam, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Marshall Islands. “It was such a worthwhile experience,” said Cruz. “One of the things that stood out was how people in the countries we visited learned that USS Peleliu was also a source of humanitarian and medical assistance. People knew about the hospital ship USNS Mercy (that carried out the initial ‘Pacific Partnership’ mission last year) that’s painted white with the big Red Cross, and we came to them in a gray Navy warship that was capable of providing the same care and services.”
September 28, 2007
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Couples get scoop on art of matrimony

The Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor Chapel recently hosted a marriage Preventative Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) class to assist military couples in preparation for marriage. “The idea behind this course is to provide young couples a class session to explore and prepare for matrimony by teaching them life lessons,” said Stephan Matta, retired Master Chief Machinist’s Mate and marriage PREP facilitator. “My wife and I enjoy passing on the stories we’ve been through because we understand what it’s like to be new to marriage, especially for military couples.” Marriage PREP class is a skill-based marriage enrichment and communication program designed to help engaged couples prepare for marriage and to help married couples improve their relationships. “My fiancée and I decided to take this class to prepare us for our future together,” said Master-at-Arms Seaman Eric Wells of Marine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFo). “We are young and don’t know what to expect, but by taking this class, we can gain a perspective from other experienced couples, who can give us advice.”
September 28, 2007
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NBK Submariners donate items to Soldiers deployed to Iraq

Command, Submarine Group 9, their submarines and subordinate commands put together items Army Soldiers need to boast the morale of the personnel fighting the war on terrorism, Sept. 13. Sailors donated everything from dental floss to small toys to give to Iraqi children to the 150 combat Soldiers of the 571st Military Police Company “Dragon Crushers” of Fort Lewis Wash., currently deployed to Iraq. Once all the items have been collected and put in tri-wall boxes, they will be sent to the Dragon Crushers Sept. 21.
September 21, 2007
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