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Seafair events approaching

Plans for the 2008 Seafair Festival are well underway and this year promises to be another outstanding summer of excitement and celebration. This year planners are looking for record military involvement whether it is participating in the triathlon, or volunteering as a course monitor for the torchlight run.
June 27, 2008
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Family law and jurisdiction

As many of us are unfortunately aware, either through personal experiences or anecdotes related by others, military service does not always lend itself to tranquil domestic relations. Extended deployments, frequent permanent moves, and long working hours can all contribute to a troubled marriage. It is a sad fact that military members face a disproportionately high rate of divorce, which of course can give rise to related issues of spousal support, child custody, child visitation, and child support. With that in mind, the reader might find it helpful to have one of the fundamental principles of the law — the concept of jurisdiction — explained so as to better understand why and how a court may do what it does. After all, a court may only issue a judgment with regard to divorce, support, or custody if it has the requisite jurisdiction to do so.
June 20, 2008
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Scotch broom no match for Navy goats

Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Bangor, is testing a different approach to ridding itself of weeds growing widely around base. According to Terri Jones, a Navy forester for Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) environmental department, NBK Bangor is testing the effectiveness of using goats to rid the base of scotch broom, an evasive weed that is found on base.
June 20, 2008
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Old Man IV: serving Navy for 51 years

Commander, Navy Region Northwest’s vintage barge, Old Man IV, attended the Bell Street Pier Classic Rendezvous in Seattle June 13-15. The event, sponsored by the Classic Yacht Association, allows the public to tour classic ships. For a ship to be considered classic it must be of good design, construction, and maintenance, and built before 1943. Although Old Man IV was built in 1957, its presence at the event promotes the tradition of the Navy.
June 20, 2008
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NW region implements Motorcycle Safety Council Charter

Members of the Navy Region Northwest Motorcycle Riders Safety Council (MRSC) signed its charter into effect June 13, which is intended to act as the “eyes and ears” of the regional commander for motorcycle safety issues. Rear Adm. James A. Symonds and Command Master Chief (SS) Ronald Johnson signed their names to the charter as well, putting into place the platform for the MRSC to provide direct feedback to regional leadership.
June 20, 2008
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Navy Band rocks 17th Annual International Military Band Concert

Navy Band Northwest played the 17th annual International Military Band Concert at the Washington State Center for Performing Arts in Olympia, June 15. Navy Band Northwest teamed up with the 56th Army I Corps Band and Band of the 15th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery to thrill an audience with their two-hour Father’s Day concert. “This is a fellowship of musical communication between not only armed forces, but different nations, because we have the Canadians here as well as U.S. Navy and Army,” said Musician 3rd Class Drew Williams. “We are playing some extremely difficult pieces that could only be accomplished with the mass number of musicians we have here tonight.”
June 20, 2008
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Base housing utilities could cost residents

Homes at Navy housing at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport, Everett and Whidbey Island are currently being fitted with gas and electricity meters, and upon completion of the installation and a year-long trial period, residents could begin receiving bills for their utility usage. The measure aims to reduce the consumption of electricity and gas in base housing, as well as penalize those who use above average and reward those who use less. The installation of the meters, locally, is scheduled to be completed late 2009 and will only affect privatized base housing managed by Forest City.
June 20, 2008
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MWR to host ‘Great American Backyard Campout’ at Camp McKean

The Great American Backyard Campout, hosted by MWR’s Pacific Edge Outfitters (PEO), is happening Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton’s Camp McKean. It is a great way to get into the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. And best of all, it’s free! The Great American Backyard Campout is part of a nationwide event that is happening in various locations across the country, including Bremerton and Whidbey Island. The event enjoyed great success last year, attracting over 100 campers to the Whidbey campout, and participants agreed that it was a great family experience and an opportunity to get together and spend quality time with each other.
June 20, 2008
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Week-long Rose Festival festivities conclude

The 101st annual Rose Festival’s Fleet Week came to a close, June 9, when the four U.S. Navy vessels who participated in this year’s Rose Festival sailed out from the Tom McCall Waterfront Park’s in downtown Portland. Guided-missile cruiser, USS Lake Champlain (CG 57); guided-missile frigate, USS Gary (FFG 51); and guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Preble (DDG 88); departed Portland in the early morning as hundreds of appreciative citizens gathered at the pier to wave goodbye to the ship’s crew.
June 13, 2008
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Admirals knighted at Portland Rose Festival

Four U.S. Navy admirals were knighted, June 6, at the Royal Rosarian honorary knighting ceremony, held during the 101st Annual Portland Rose Festival. Vice Adm. Robert Conway Jr., Commander, Navy Installations Command; Vice Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander U.S. 3rd Fleet; Rear Adm. Timothy Giardina, commander, Submarine Group Trident; and Rear Adm. James Symonds, commander, Navy Region Northwest, were among a total of 48 citizens receiving the honorary knighthood into the Royal Rosarians.
June 13, 2008
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