Northwest Navigator: News and Information from Navy Region Northwest in Washington State's Puget Sound, including Bremerton, Kitsap County, Oak Harbor, and Everett

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Holiday gift giving made easy

As you read this, I hope you are in a warm home with power, egg nog and the various other trappings of holiday cheer. Before I get to the main message, I’d like to pass on parts of a message from the Chief of Naval Operations; his words are most appropriate. He writes, we know it is not easy defending our way of life — that it is not easy to work so hard to ensure that so many others may live in freedom. It requires sacrifice and a special determination. It requires teamwork and selflessness. Shoulder to shoulder with your counterparts in the Joint Force, you stand up for liberty, dignity, and tolerance against enemies who stand for nothing but hate, fear, and tyranny.
December 22, 2006
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Where do you turn?

By now I’m fairly certain you’ve heard the tragic news of the Kim family who, while on travel in Oregon, became stranded in the snow on an unused logging road. Although James Kim died while trying to get help for his family, his wife and two children survived. Without their husband and father, the Kims’ will need help getting through the coming months and years. They’ll need somewhere to turn. Where do you turn? People and families have countless needs. It doesn’t take a death in the family to need resources. It doesn’t even take a tight budget or a problem within the family. Sometimes you just have a question; sometimes you’re the new person on the block; and sometimes you just want to know.
December 15, 2006
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A pre-stand down potpourri

December 8, 2006
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Free fitness? You got it!

Several months ago, I wrote about fitness and its countless benefits to you and your family. The Navy has embraced a culture of fitness and I hope that you — Sailor, Marine, family member, civil servant, or contractor — have also embraced that culture of fitness. It’s often said that half the battle is in the mind, frequently expressed as mind over matter. I recognize that starting (or maintaining) a culture of fitness in your life and that of your family can be a challenge. That’s why I’m thrilled to write about two fantastic programs that our fitness centers have implemented. The first program includes family friendly zones. The Regional Fitness Centers designed family friendly zones for parents wanting to work out while watching their children. A family fitness room, situated inside each fitness center, is offered as a convenience to patrons, so parents can have the opportunity to receive a quality workout, while keeping an eye on their child.
November 17, 2006
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Remembering USS John C. Stennis’ ground-zero flag

As President Bush proclaimed last week, this week has been National Veterans Awareness Week and tomorrow is Veterans Day. This is a time for solemn reflection but also for celebration and remembrance. Veterans deserve nothing less than our full memory, engaged in the knowledge that their service purchased today’s freedoms. In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued an Armistice Day proclamation. The last paragraph set the tone for future observances: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice.”
November 10, 2006
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Valuing and leveraging diversity

I learned an interesting fact last week while reading the This Day in Naval History page on the Navy’s Web site. I read that in 1944 the Secretary of the Navy was pleased to welcome the first African American women into the Naval Reserve. The Navy has always been at the forefront of diversity and will continue to be. Underlying the Navy’s diversity strategy is the basic tenet that diversity is imperative and absolutely essential for future mission accomplishment. We are a global Navy in a global military in a rapidly globalizing world. Improving diversity takes time, but incorporating diversity allows us to capitalize on the valuable differences of experience, culture, and talent in our great nation and Navy.
October 27, 2006
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Happy birthday Navy

It is a rare pleasure to write a happy birthday message to the Navy family on the actual day of the Navy’s inception. Two hundred thirty-one years ago, the founders of our country had a vision of a maritime nation; the U.S. Navy was born from that vision. Let me take the opportunity to wish all of you — Sailor, Marine, family member, civilian employee — happy birthday. This is your celebration; today is your day. Your service makes possible what we do and the course we set.
October 13, 2006
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We’re all ambassadors

I had the opportunity and pleasure to host the Friends of the Navy reception onboard Naval Station Everett last week. It was great to get together with the Marine Corps Security Force Company’s Ceremonial Drill Platoon, the Navy Band, other Sailors, and especially community, business, and civic leaders. The Sailors at that reception last week were front line Navy ambassadors. Today’s column is every bit about that very subject: being a Navy ambassador. Although there is a distinct focus on active duty Sailors, this is an important issue for every member living in the Pacific Northwest region. Whether you’re a Sailor, family member, or civil service employee, you are a Navy ambassador every minute of every day.
October 6, 2006
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Thumb rate or heart rate?

Which is your work out? Do you exercise your fingers over the remote control or are you pounding the pavement, lifting weights, shooting hoops, or swimming laps? Whichever it is, I sure hope you’re out there breaking a sweat and getting exercise. The Navy has embraced a culture of fitness and I hope that you — Sailor, Marine, family member, civil servant, or contractor — have also embraced that culture of fitness. Although fitness is a mandated requirement for active duty members, that doesn’t mean it isn’t vital to everyone. I’m not a physician and I won’t quote you studies and statistics, but I won’t beat around the bush: your health requires an active lifestyle and a lifestyle that includes fitness.
September 29, 2006
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Are you a thrift saver or a spend thrift?

I had the opportunity last week to open a financial education seminar at the Bangor Theater. It was presented by the education division of the National Association of Securities Dealers, who made the same presentation onboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The information was great and I hope that many of you took advantage of this free training. Few things are more valuable than your financial future and security. As I’ve written before, there are a lot of choices available to you with which to plan and manage your finances. Numerous choices exist both in method and in organization and institutions willing to assist you.
September 22, 2006
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