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NBK Navy College online exclusively by October 2017

BREMERTON — Sixteen stateside Navy College Offices are scheduled to close Oct. 1, and the remaining four, which includes Naval Base Kitsap, will discontinue by Oct. 1, 2017, raising concerns of how sailors at NBK will begin, continue and finish their education. After Oct. 1, the majority of Voluntary Education services in the continental United [...]

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Who’s Waldo? Book character turns out to be Navy dad on surprise leave

By RICHARD WALKER rwalker@soundpublishing.com POULSBO—The stocking-capped, striped shirt-wearing character from the “Where’s Waldo” books knelt down in front of three children at the “Where’s Waldo” party July 29 outside Liberty Bay Books and asked them if they knew who he was. The children eyed him curiously. Jessica Ross, the children’s mother, didn’t give him a [...]

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‘Spouses’ are female and male

FOR SPOUSES ONLY | JOEY PRICE What is a spouse? Webster’s says it is a husband or wife. Why is it then that every time we go to a spouse club activity, we think female? Everything is set up to encourage the female spouse. Centerpieces, door prizes and items to sell all are targeted to [...]

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Blue Star museums and galleries offer free fun for active-duty families

By TERRYL ASLA and LESLIE KELLY Kitsap Military Times Looking for fun and free places to visit before school starts? Each summer since 2010, participating Blue Star Museums have offered free admission for active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. Besides artifacts and exhibits, some of these sites also offer virtual [...]

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Public Meetings

The following is a brief list of public meetings that may be of interest to military families. BREMERTON Bremerton City Council: 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Norm Dicks Government Center, Council Conference Room, 345 Sixth St., sixth floor, Bremerton. www.ci.bremerton.wa.us. Bremerton School Board: 5 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month, 134 Marion Ave. N., [...]

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Where to find qualified, free help when dealing with Veterans Affairs

BY VETERANS ADVOCATE THOM STODDERT The Internet is nice, but for those of us who still prefer face-to-face guidance, Kitsap County has many legal and ethical certified service officers. First there are Veteran Service Organizations’ Representatives who are also accredited by the VA. These folks are paid by their respective service organization with full- time [...]

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To ‘leave this world a better place for our kids’: The enduring lessons of the Canoe Journey

By RICHARD WALKER rwalker@soundpublishing.com LITTLE BOSTON — As Northwest Native canoes passed the spit across the bay from Point Julia on July 24, the setting seemed to fit the theme of the 2016 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Nisqually. The theme of this year’s gathering of Northwest canoe cultures is teqwu?ma?, a word that is both the [...]

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Sailors assist at Canoe Journey

POINT JULIA — Naval Base Kitsap sailors helped carry ashore Native canoes, some weighing over three-quarters of a ton, during a visit to the lands of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, July 24. The landing was part of the 2016 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Nisqually, an annual gathering of Northwest Coast Native canoe cultures. This year, [...]

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Milestones reached for Enlisted Women on Submarines

PUGET SOUND, Wash. (NNS) – One of the first enlisted women to serve aboard a Navy submarine earned her submarine qualification, or “dolphins,” on August 2nd and is preparing to deploy aboard USS Michigan (SSGN 727). Chief Culinary Specialist Dominique Saavedra, a native of Los Angeles, became the first female enlisted Sailor to earn her [...]

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D-Day was huge

 

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