On August 7, 2020, Vice Adm. John B. Mustin relieved Vice Adm. Luke M. McCollum as Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force, during a change of command ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. Read the full story from Lt. j.g. Jacob Dirr, COMNAVRES Public Affairs at the Navy’s website: https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/News-Stories/display-news/Article/2305287/chief-of-navy-reserve-changes-command (Photo from … More Chief of Navy Reserve Changes Command
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In the 9 June 2020 copy of MOAA’s (Military Officers Association of America) magazine, a great story by Todd South can be found relating how US Public Health Officers are on the front lines in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic: “In times of peace and war, they were there. In the ports plagued by foreign illness, … More “On the Front Lines: USPHS Officers and the COVID-19 Pandemic” MOAA Magazine
On April 24, the Navy accepted delivery of the guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) from Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding division. For the fleet, the vessel will carry a very special honor bearing the name of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. MCPON Delbert Black was “known for guiding the … More Navy Honors First MCPON: USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119)
NOUS Northwest companions have a great opportunity to learn some Pacific maritime history during the current shelter-in-place situation affecting our three northwestern states. This event will take place at 11:00 (Pacific Time) on 1 April. From Norwich University: “April 1, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the amphibious assault by American units on Okinawa in … More Webinar on the Battle of Okinawa available 1 April
The third in a series of WWII webinars will be available from the National Museum of the Pacific War on 8 April 2020 at 09:00 Pacific time. You can learn about this free event and sign up at the following website: https://mailchi.mp/9101999f909d/fdr-and-end-of-wwii-webinar?e=3224382909 The title of the topic is “FDR and the End of WWII”, presented … More Learn some history from the Nimitz Museum while you are sheltered in place!
CAPT John Laible, USN (Ret.) and Cricket Laible (both pictured below) volunteered to be National History Day Judges in Yakima, WA on 7 March 2020. High school and Middle school students were judged on the basis of historical quality and depth, demonstration of the relationship between the topic (Breaking Barriers) and theme, and effectiveness of … More 400+ Participants in the National History Day Competition in Yakima, WA!
Volunteer judges needed for Oregon and Idaho! Nine companions and family members from NOUS Northwest are currently acting as volunteer judges for National History Day in contests taking place across Washington. We expect other judges to sign up to judge at Idaho and Oregon contests and at the Washington State final contest. Those state level … More National History Day is Underway in the Northwest!
(NOTE: IF ANY PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER JUDGE HAS A QUESTION ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY DESCRIBED BELOW, PLEASE CONTACT OUR HISTORY DAY COORDINATOR, CAPTAIN RICHARD A. GRIFFIN, USNR [RET.] @ email@example.com FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.) BUT……….BEFORE GOING ANY FURTHER, CHECK OUT THIS GREAT VIDEO TO GET AN IDEA ABOUT NATIONAL HISTORY DAY! https://youtu.be/oTkYADnO_-U And now, many thanks to Hannah … More National History Day Competition Dates Are Fast Approaching in Washington State. NOUS Volunteer Judges Are Needed!
NOUS Northwest Companions: Now is the time to put 17 February on your calendar for participation in the Commandery’s next Discussion Group. We have a huge topic for this session: The Arctic Region. Our Discussion Group Leader, CAPT Joe Valenta has done some great preliminary work on this subject, prompted by the melting of the … More Coming Up: Discussion Group – “The Arctic Region”