Kilmer also thanked the Navy
League for their support.
“Before I begin, I just want to
thank Tim [Katona] and the other
board members for their extraordi-
nary work in support of our local
sea services. The work that you do
is important, and it really matters.
We are lucky to have a Navy
League that is so supportive of the
Navy’s presence here. Frankly, the
Navy is such a vital and important
part of our community. We are a lot
stronger because of the Navy’s
presence here in Kitsap County.”
The SWFPAC First Quarter
2015 SOQ was Missile Technician
1st Class (Submarines) Brent
Cunningham of Smithville, Texas,
the Vertical Missile Packing Building Leading Petty Officer.
Baretela stressed the importance
of his duties.
“Petty Officer Cunningham
works ‘behind the wire,’ and every
missile we process goes through
him. He directs the loading of every
missile into a long, white container
for safe transportation. I can’t tell
you how important it is to get that
right every time. Also, as you can
imagine, Sailors and motorcycles
sometimes don’t mix well, so his
efforts as Command Motorcycle
Safety Officer are critical to keeping
our highly skilled workforce coming
back to work every day.”
The SWFPAC Second Quarter
2015 SOQ is Missile Technician 1st
Class (Submarines) Matthew Mus-
sett of Broomfield, Colo., a supervi-
sor within the Explosive Handling
Wharf Division. According to his
citation, Mussett’s expertise in
weapons processing and solid lead-
ership was essential in the comple-
tion of 12 missile transfer opera-
tions, eight Service Unit operations,
a Follow-on Commander-in-Chief
Evaluation and a Strategic Arms
Reduction Treaty Inspection.
The SWFPAC Fourth Quarter
2014 SOQ is Missile Technician
1st Class (Submarines) Kenneth
Louk of Flatwoods, W.Va.
According to Baretela, “Petty
Officer Louk works in our opera-
tions division where he ensures we
move everything we have from one
location to another in a safe and
timely manner. It’s an important task
to ensure all the moves we conduct
are well coordinated — whether it’s
Petty Officer Mussett down at the
[Explosive Handling] Wharf, the
Marine Force Security Force Bat-
talion, or anyone else who needs to
support the moves that day.
Kriete also opened his presentation by thanking the Navy League
for their efforts.
“I want to say first and foremost,
thank you, thank you, thank you so
much for all the support you give
and continue to show to our Navy
and our nation and, ultimately, to
our Sailors and their families in our
local area,” he said.
New Mexico Crew
Six crew members of the Virginia-class submarine USS New Mexico
arrived in Albuquerque, N.M., Oct.
24 for a three-day whirlwind tour of
sites and events around Albuquerque and Santa Fe, according to a
report from New Mexico Council
Public Affairs Committee Chairwoman Angie McKinstry.
The crew members — CDR Todd
Moore, commanding officer; Senior
Chief Norm Clarke, chief of the
boat; LT Mike Hughes, communications officer; Master Chief Dan
Wilson, assistant navigator; Petty
Officer 1st Class Nicholas Moore,
electronics technician-reactor; and
Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin
Stockdale, sonarman — were able
to spend time at the New Mexico
Veterans Administration hospital
speaking to several recovering veterans, visited two classes of fourth
graders at North Star Elementary
School and answered questions too
numerous to count, and met with
two classes of Midshipmen at the
University of New Mexico Navy
Reserve Officers Training Corps.
The crew members enjoyed a
great conversation with Lt. Gov.
John Sanchez about New Mexico’s
commitment to active-duty and veteran members of the nation’s armed
forces, after which Moore presented
Sanchez with a laser-engraved crystal replica of USS New Mexico. The
From the left, CDR Jason Geddes, commanding officer of USS Nebraska;
Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Board Member Helen Miller; Navy
League Northwest Coastal Area President Alan Beam; USS Albuquerque
Commanding Officer CDR Don Tenney; Council Board Member Neva Lamb;
and Council Vice President Kevin Torcolini gather during an Oct. 30 reception
at the Samuel Adams Brewhouse & Restaurant on Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton in honor of Albuquerque. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine
arrived in Bremerton for defueling and decommissioning.