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Bremerton woman wins Kitsap Military Times prize

By TERRYL ASLA tasla@soundpublishing.com The Kitsap Military Times is a strong supporter of — and a strong presence at — Kitsap County Military Appreciation Day, April 16 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. At the booth, visitors could sign up to win a raffle for dinner for two at Tizley’s Europub in historic old town Poulsbo. [...]

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Veterans teach Sea Scouts seamanship, responsibility

BY TERRYL ASLA tasla@soundpublishing.com Brownsville — As darkness falls March 18, seven Sea Scout ships tie up on the east breakwater at the Port of Brownsville for their annual rendezvous. There’s the 28-foot sailboat, Sea Scout Ship Hurricane (Port Orchard); SSS Argo (Bellevue); SSS Propeller and SSS Yankee Clipper (Seattle); SSS Kelsema (Edmonds); SSS Phantom [...]

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Behind the scenes at ‘NCIS’: Q&A with Cmdr. Smith

By Terryl Asla, Asst. Editor tasla@soundpublishing.com This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Yes, Mark Harmon is a heck of a nice guy. That’s according to Cmdr. Mark Smith, USN, public affairs officer for Submarine Group Nine who arrived here in February 2016. KMT: Tell us a little about yourself. Cmdr. Smith: From [...]

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Medal of Honor Profile: Pvt1 Dexter J. Kerstetter, USA (1907-1972

PVT1 DEXTER J. KERSTETTER, USA (1907-1972): For heroism on April 13, 1945 near Galiano, Luzon, Phillippines, when he led forces in conquering a hill held by Japanese troops. Attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Employed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 1954-1972. Died at Hood Canal, interred in Tahoma National Cemetery. Disabled American Veterans post in [...]

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Medal of Honor Profile: Sgt. John D. Hawk, USA (1924-2013)

SGT. JOHN D. “BUD” HAWK, USA (1924-2013): For heroism on Aug. 20, 1944 near Chambois, France, when he crushed German troops’ attempts to escape during the Battle of the Falaise Pocket. Later became an elementary school principal in Bremerton. John D. “Bud” Hawk Elementary School in Bremerton is named in his honor. Born in San [...]

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Medal of Honor Profile: BM1 Reinhardt J. Keppler, USN (1918-1942)

BM1 REINHARDT J. KEPPLER, USN (1918-1942): For heroism on Nov. 12-13, 1942 aboard the USS San Francisco he led forces in conquering a hill held by Japanese troops. Attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Employed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 1954-1972. Died at Hood Canal, interred in Tahoma National Cemetery. Disabled American Veterans post in [...]

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Removing barriers to employment for veterans

By REP. DEREK KILMER D-Bremerton Our region has a lot to be thankful for. Along with Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the Seahawks, part of what makes the area special are the tens of thousands of military members and veterans who call it home. Those are big numbers. They underscore that in our neck of [...]

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Best training is life-or-death issue for Navy SEALs

I thank Mr. Marsh for his service to our country during a long and very difficult conflict (“Questions about training areas,” page 4, February Veterans Life). An important lesson learned during the Vietnam War is that those whom we put in harm’s way need to be supported regardless of our agreement or lack thereof for [...]

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Days worthy of our remembrance | In Our Opinion

You’re all familiar with Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Patriot Day and, perhaps, Flag Day. But every month, there’s an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of all those who comprise the military family. They are good subjects for discussion at home and in the classroom. The list of observances starts in February. We’ve included February’s [...]

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USCG interdicted 190 metric tons of cocaine in 2015

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Coast Guard assets interdicted or disrupted more than 190 metric tons of cocaine and detained more than 700 suspected drug smugglers for prosecution in fiscal year 2015. “When I met recently with the President of Honduras, he noted a 23 percent decrease in violent crime in his country — a result he [...]

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