Naval Base Kitsap recently was recognized as the top U.S. Navy base in the world, receiving the 2017 commander-in-chief's award exemplary support of Department of Defense missions.
Winners from the other services were U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; and Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio.
Installations compete on how well they achieve objectives such as mission support, energy conservation, quality of life and unit morale, environmental stewardship, property management, safety, health and security, communications and public relations. Each winner gets a trophy, flag and letter from President Trump.
Two areas noted about Naval Base Kitsap were its award-winning galley and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities.
"We believe wholeheartedly in the strength of the family," said Capt. Alan Schrader, base commanding officer. "It's really important that we take care of those families who are left behind."
Naval Base Kitsap received $224,000 for base beautification projects after being named top large base in December. Of the Navy's 71 installations, it is the third largest, covering more than 11,000 acres. It is home to nearly 70 commands, 35,000 military personnel and civilian workers, and thousands of residents.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.