June 2013 Newsletter

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USS Louisiana SSBN 743 (G)
The Louisiana Lookout Newsletter
June 2013

Letter from the CO
LOUISIANA (GOLD) Families, Greetings! June marks the beginning of the summer months; it is a great time here in the Northwest. With summer at our doorstep, this is a great time to enjoy quality time with family, friends and take time to enjoy the area.

Contact Information

COMMANDING OFFICER: CDR Rob Peters EXECUTIVE OFFICER: LCDR Keith Floyd CHIEF OF THE BOAT: ITSCS(SS) Jan Rega COMMAND SUPPORT TEAM CO’s Wife Sarah Peters Ombudsmen: XO’s Wife Jennifer Floyd [email protected] COB'S Wife Angie Rega [email protected] Miranda Tagaloa 360-536-8574
[email protected]

The crew performed exceptionally well assisting the BLUE crew during their recent refit and the crew played a vital role in getting the ship ready for sea. Following the refit assist, the crew got to take a well-deserved leave period and we are back to work starting our PreDeployment Training Period. As the name suggests, the crew will be busy going to schools and training, all with the aim of getting ready for our upcoming strategic deterrent patrol later this year. LOUISIANA (GOLD and BLUE) are now genderintegrated crews. Gender integration brings more available technical talent to our ship and this initiative is great for our submarine force. LOUISIANA is the third ship on the Bangor waterfront to have integrated crews. Both LOUISIANA crews are initially manned with three female officers and the plan over time is to add one female officer per year to the crew into the future. The crew is working to do more events with families. We are planning to have a family picnic in late July and to host a family day on the ship during the upcoming refit in August. As the schedule firms up, we will put out specific dates. Thank you for your unwavering support of LOUISIANA (GOLD) and our Sailors! Rob Peters Commanding Officer USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743)(G)

Alexis Fox 360-689-2662
[email protected]

COB’s Corner

LOUISIANA (GOLD) Families, Greetings families and friends! As the summer months approach I encourage you to take advantage of the many programs and services available to you whether it's from Fleet and Family or www.navylifepnw.com . Please take the time to browse this site to see what it has to offer. As we wrap up the refit assist portion of the patrol cycle I hope you are enjoying the stand down time with your Sailors. We begin an aggressive schools and trainer schedule when we return which will help ensure LOUISIANA is set to go to sea safely and mission ready. Please ensure you are ready for the implementation of the Resident Energy Conservation Program and the Privatization of Jackson Park housing. Town hall meetings will take place on 04 June at 1700 (Bangor Theatre) and 25 June at 1700 (Jackson Park Community Center) respectfully to cover these topics. I highly recommend you attend these and the upcoming FRG meetings to get up to date news as it is made available. Speaking of the FRG, I encourage each of you to consider joining the FRG and to becoming part of the FRG leadership team. Positions are opening up and it is vital that we keep this organization operational. If you are interested please contact: [email protected] . As always, I appreciate everything you do to make LOUISIANA successful. V/R ITSCS(SS) Jan Rega Chief of the Boat USS LOUISIANA SSBN743(GOLD)

June 2012
June 4th – 6th 1942 - Battle of Midway; during battle, the 4 Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive U.S. victory is a turning point in the Pacific war June 6th 1944 – D-Day - In Operation Overlord, Allied invasion fleet (over 2700 ships and craft) land troops on Normandy beaches, the largest amphibious landing in history June 14th 1777 – Flag Day - Continental Congress adopts design of present U.S. Flag June 16th - Father’s Day June 21st- First day of Summer

Happy Birthday!
Jaden Gates Gwenivere Hauf Christopher Hauf Jr. Katelyn Hoff Collin Kinney Reese Peters Annabelle Peterson Devin Lucas Alle Wedgewood

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Free Kids Clinic at Lowes
Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 AM Bring your child to Lowe’s this Saturday and they can build Mike and Sulley Scarers inspired by Disney•Pixar’s upcoming release Monsters University! Register at http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/pa ges/default.aspx

Family Readiness Group

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Free Workshop at Home Depot
1st Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Bring your children ages 5 - 12 to teach them do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and also receive a certificate of achievement.

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June Festivals, Fairs, and Events
Pacific Planetarium FREE event
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM ASTRONOMY DAY: 2013 SOLAR MAX! Head to Pacific Planetarium for a day of FREE planetarium shows, family astronomy activities, NASA Solar System Ambassador talks and demonstrations by Olympic Astronomical Society amateur astronomers. The theme this year is the 2013 Solar Maximum – learn more about the sun, the nearest star to us, and it’s effects on life on Earth, especially how storms on the sun during a solar maximum year can impact our technological lives on earth. Where: 817 Pacific Ave in Downtown Bremerton When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

St. Hans/Mid-Sommer Festival

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Enjoy a traditional Scandinavian Midsommer festival. Make a flower wreath; explore Viking Village; meet Norwegian Buhund and Icelandic sheep dogs; dance around the Maistång; enjoy crackling bonfire; enjoy Rommegrot, pea soup and other traditional foods for sale in the lodge. 18809 Anderson Parkway Poulsbo, WA 98370

Thunderbird Pro Rodeo @ Kitsap County Fairgrounds

State Park FREE Day
Washington State Parks are offering free admission days on June 8th and 9th in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day and Department of Fish and Wildlife Free Fishing Weekend. Come to a state park and enjoy the great outdoors!

FREE Entry to National Parks
Active duty military members and their dependents can pick up a free annual pass at any national park that charges an entry fee. This annual military pass also provides free entry to 2,000 additional Federal recreation sites across the country. Visit www.nps.gov for information about the military pass and to plan your visit to one of America’s 398 national parks. Check out nearby national parks with a smartphone app at http://www.nps.gov/nama

Friday-Sunday June 28th, 29th and 30th The Thunderbird Pro Rodeo is heading into it's ninth year as a charitable event in Kitsap County. We are proud to be raising awareness for Corey’s Day on the Farm for Special Needs Kids and Bremerton Athletic Teams. Watch for more details at www.thunderbirdrodeo.com Thunderbird Stadium 1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd Bremerton, WA

Fathoms of Fun Grand Parade!

Saturday, June 29th This annual event always draws a big crowd! Where: Downtown Port Orchard When: 6:00 PM

KRL Summer Reading Program
It’s that time of year again: Summer Reading for kids and teens! Every year, Kitsap Regional Library promotes this initiative to encourage a love of reading, engage families in enriching learning opportunities, and make sure kids have access to awesome books. Not only is it fun, but it also helps children do better in school! To register, download a tracker at www.krl.org or pick one up at your local branch (starting on June 1st). Read for ten hours, then bring it back to any branch to receive a book of your choice, a ticket to the Kitsap County Fair (while supplies last), and much acclaim from your librarian!

Camp Curiosity Summer Camp 2013

June 24th-August 30th for grades K-6 Call 360-535-5953 or 360-627-2041 for more information.

Concerts by the Bay
Thursday, June 6th, 13th, 20th, 28th from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Every Thursday June 6 - September 1 - Fathoms O' Fun presents Concerts by the Bay in Port Orchard Marina Park. These FREE concerts are performed rain or shine! View their full schedule at http://www.fathomsofun.org/Events/concertsbythebay.html

Quick Links to Remember
www.myffr.navyaims.com www.militaryonesource.com www.navylifepnw.com http://www.gocompass.org/kitsap.html

Ombudsman Contact Information: [email protected]
To keep current crew members and their families updated on boat information as well as local events, please "Like" the Command page: "USS Louisiana (SSBN-743G)". If you would also like to be able to contact the Ombudsmen via Facebook, please feel free to add "Louisiana Gold Ombudsman" to your Friends List.

Miranda Tagaloa 360-536-8574 Alexis Fox 360-689-2662

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