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Category: Naval Base Kitsap


WA lawmakers say Puget Sound should fare well under Obama’s new defense plan

President Obama’s new defense strategy plays to the strengths of the Puget Sound’s military resources and could shield the region from severe cuts in Pentagon spending, lawmakers said Thursday.

The new defense guidance prioritizes threats along the Pacific Rim and maintains spending on the nation’s fleet of 11 aircraft carriers.

That direction could translate to steady work for aircraft carrier maintenance at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton and a carrier consistently anchored in Everett, Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, said. Naval Base Kitsap should be able to continue with its $700 million upgrade to its explosive handling

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Pols embrace Washington’s military, cite Pentagon’s $8b impact on state’s economy

Washington’s military brass got a warm embrace from the state’s cities Wednesday when an association of local governments signed a “community covenant” affirming their support for the armed forces.

The covenant doesn’t bind local governments to any specific initiatives. It’s a gesture of goodwill honoring the more than 66,000 members of the military stationed in Washington.

“They are our neighbors, they are our parents, our brothers, our friends,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire, who signed the covenant at a conference in Olympia for the Association of Washington Cities.

Rising military spending in the state contrasted with the budget gloom facing the

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USS Nimitz to call Western Washington its home

The aircraft carrier Nimitz arrived at Naval Base Kitsap today with news that it will be staying in Washington for much longer than its scheduled maintenance.

Navy  Secretary Ray Mabus announced that the ship will call Everett its home port after the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln departs for a four-year overhaul in Hampton Roads, Va.

That’s decision is a big boost to Everett’s economy. The Nimitz has 2,800 sailors and a payroll of more than $200 million.

The Herald of Everett reports that Washington lawmakers campaigned to get a new carrier when it was announced that the Abraham

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USS Nimitz headed to Kitsap, bringing 2,700 sailors and $200m payroll

Joint Base Lewis-McChord isn’t the only Western Washington military installation growing with new service members.

The aircraft carrier Nimitz is expected to arrive Thursday at Naval Base Kitsap for a yearlong maintenance assignment.

It’s bringing a crew of 2,700 sailors, and The Union-Tribune of San Diego reports that Washington lawmakers are pushing to keep the carrier docked in Kitsap permanently.

As the U-T put it: “It’s a major economic issue for San Diego, as a carrier brings with it $203 million yearly in sailor salaries, plus $4 million in annual utility spending. On top of that, Navy families

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Local links, April 8

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers of the 24th Quartermaster Company received a heroes’ welcome when their plane landed for a layover in New Hampshire, reports.

Other local links:

17th Fires Brigade
Handling Stress While Deployed [DVIDS]
Radiation Assessment [DVIDS]

42nd Military Police Brigade
New Soldiers Link Up, Prepare With Military Police [DVIDS]

Naval Base Kitsap
Bremerton’s Youngest Sailors Ready to Move Into Fancy New Digs [Kitsap Sun]
Stennis Getting $137 Million Tune-Up for Next Deployment [Kitsap Sun]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Daisy Scouts help troops

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Local links, March 31

I’m back from a few days off. If you haven’t read it, check out my Sunday stories about the Stryker vehicle. In the main story, I covered a bit of the history and what folks across the military (from joes to generals) and Congress think about the vehicle today. In a sidebar, I wrote about future modifications to the vehicles. And you should check out the print edition: It’s got plenty of cool graphics, a box descrbing the 10 variants and a timeline of the Strykers vis-à-vis Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Other local links:

Military spouses

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Local links, March 22

If you haven’t had a chance — and the news of the health-care reform bill passing the House has pushed it down our homepage — check out the story of some local Women Airforce Service Pilots. I got a chance to interview two of them, and I had more fun during those two sit-downs than with almost any other interview in a long time.

Other local links:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Fort Lewis unit detonates 1930s-era mortar shell near Kelso airport [The Daily News]
City of Olympia, port focus on military cargo [The Olympian]

2nd Battalion,

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Local links, Feb. 18

The big U.S.-Afghan operation to clear the Marjah district of Helmand province has succeeded in allowing coalition forces to take control of main roads and government centers, the top Marine commander in southern Afghanistan said. For a refresher, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment is along for the fight.

Other local links:

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Crater Analysis Class Makes Big Impact on IA Soldiers [DVIDS]

17th Fires Brigade
Security Exercise [DVIDS]
Poll Station Recon [DVIDS]

Air Force
AMC Vice Commander Visits 380th AEW in

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