Navy Nuclear Weapons Bulletin is produced by the Association’s Board
of Directors and is distributed free to NNWA members.
Edited by: Sam Samsel
Shipmates and Ladies, Our next reunion is fast approaching and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on the cruise. In this Bulletin Owen Johnson will provide you with all the latest information that we have on the cruise. It should be a fun time for all.
I want to remind all of the membership that we have the following position up for election at the annual business meeting. They are: President, Service Officer, Chaplain, Master at Arms and one Director. All who are interested in serving on the Board should make their desires know to another member who would nominate you. Remember, individuals are elected to the Board and then the Board elects the directors to the various positions.
Attached to this bulletin you will find a proposed change to the Operational By-Laws. I encourage all members to review the proposed changes and provide the Board with any comments and recommendations as soon as possible. There will be a vote on the proposed changes at the business meeting during the cruise.
The Board has approved San Diego as the location for the 2005 NNWA Reunion. Shipmate Allen "Max" Maxwell has volunteered to Host the reunion. So anyone wanting to help Max out please get in touch with him to see how you may be able to help. We hope to have more information on the San Diego reunion at the next business meeting. Max on behalf of the membership I thank you for taking on this task.
Looking forward to seeing everyone onboard the Sensation for a wonderful fun filled time at sea.
NNWA Webmaster – Ray C. Margeson – Board Member and Webmaster.
Our website, www.navynucweps.com, continues to get folks coming to it. As part of the work up to the reunion cruise, a password protected section was created for the members going on the cruise. In this section, they could see who is going as well as tips and directions for the cruise. In the future we will continue to try to provide this type of service to you as appropriate.
We have also added a guestbook and the sign ins are coming along slowly. Some of the information that we are seeing in the guestbook is what Mike Snyder, our honored Historian, would like to get from each of you. A list of the duty stations you had along with the dates you were there and your rate/rank at each duty station.
Our website is designed as a resource for all our members and your suggestions for content are always welcome.
On a final note, if you don’t get this bulleting by e-mail, let us know what your e-mail address is so we can add you to the e-mail list. We will also use e-mail to let you know of any significant items of interest – and we will not share your e-mail address with anyone except members.
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Service Officer’s Report
Fellow Dragon Keepers,
There have not been many new initiatives in veteran’s benefits. Below are a few things that you may find of interest. See you in September, at sea again!
Yours in service,
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Surviving spouses of military retirees will receive a portion of the retirement pay if SBP coverage was elected. If the retiree died of a service connected disability, the spouse may also be eligible for VA Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC). The SBP generally will be offset dollar for dollar of DIC received, but the DIC is tax free, making the overall benefit increase. Under Public Law 108-183, some spouses may receive both SBP and DIC without the offset.
Surviving spouses who receive SBP benefits of a service member who dies on active duty may elect to have the SBP paid directly to their dependent children. So if the spouse gets DIC and the children get SBP there will be no offset. However, the children may only receive the SBP until age 18, or until 22 if full time students.
VA has announced that all service-connected disabled veterans will receive priority medical care. Primary care will be scheduled within 30 days of the first request.
for service-connected disability compensation should be made on VA
Form 21-526. Help may be
received from the nearest VFW Service Officer.
Find them at www.vfwdc.org .
Click on National Veterans Service and then click directory, or
For info on a variety of military-related health
issues go to http://veterans.iom.edu
I just buried a friend who was a veteran and died
young (54) and unexpectedly. We
could not give his family a flag for his funeral service nor a military
honor guard service because we could not locate his DD-214 to prove his
military service. The
military requires notice a MINIMUM of 48 hours in advance in order to
provide service members for military honors.
Most funerals occur three days after death.
There is not a lot of time for family members to look for
paperwork – so, have your
paperwork together in an envelope in advance and tell everyone where it
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Fellow Dragon Keepers,
We have reviewed our By-laws and with the passage of time have found opportunities for refining and improving them. Please find below submissions for changes to be voted on by the membership at our next annual business meeting.
Proposed NNWA Operational By-laws Changes:
(Reason for change: To preclude an individual from applying for
membership who is not known by at least one of our members.)
(Reason for change: The way it is now written it leads one to
believe that the complete Board is required to be at a meeting to make a
quorum. This clarifies the
3. Article VIII Section 2. Change to read: “Term and Vacancy. The term of a member of the
Board shall be Two (2) years except
when a Director is elected as an Officer whereupon
his/her term shall expire to coincide with the election
schedule of Article VIII Section 1.
Vacancies may be filled by appointment by the Board and the appointee shall only serve for
the remaining term of the Board member being replaced."
(Reason for Change: To allow for the Board to elect any Director to any
position without regard to when his/her term expires. For example we now
have a Vice-President whose term expires at the same time as the
VII, Section 1. Change the
wording of the last full sentence
to include the
Webmaster as a separate Officer position and as member of the Board of Directors
comparable with the Historian, Master At Arms, Chaplain and Service Officer.
(Reason for Change: We
have become, and continue to be, more an electronically based
corporation, requiring significant attention to electronic
communication media. The
currently has the following responsibilities:
Maintains a Roster of Members
Sends / forwards e-mail to members as necessary for various
operations of the corporation.
Maintains an informational website)
Article IX, Section 1. Change
the 2nd sentence to read, “The
positions of the Chaplain, Service Officer, Historian, Master At Arms & Webmaster shall be filled from the members elected to the
Board of Directors.
(Reason for Change: Same
6. Article IX, Section 2. Change “Any officer may be removed from office and the Board…” to read
member of the Board of Directors may be removed from office and
(Reason for Change: …” The By-laws currently give no provision to remove non-officer members of the Board of Directors. Supposing the intent of Section 1 of this article is to have the supporting members to be defined as officers under the phrase “…such other positions as the President may direct.”
This will clarify the issue.
7. Article IX, Section 3. A resolution for future change is made to define the responsibilities of all of the Members of the
Board / Officers in this section. In other words, to fill in the other 66positions as follows:
(Reason for Change: to provide the minimum responsibilities for
The action for #7 will be for the membership to approve the concept for the defining of the responsibilities of the various positions. The incumbent President shall be allowed to approve the actual wording of the responsibilities and have them inserted into the By-laws as a change.
These additions and changes are respectfully submitted to the membership for consideration and will be called for discussion and vote at the regularly scheduled annual business meeting in 2004.
Yours in service,
From the NNWA Historian
I’m sorry to report the historical horizon has been pretty clear since the reunion in Branson. I have, however, received a few pieces of correspondence concerning NW activities and several additions to the lifetime Navy Nuclear Weapons duty roster in the form of copies of W Division cruise book pages. Roy Norman told me of a US entrepreneur entering into the search for an Air Force weapon lost off the Georgia coast in the ‘60’s. He sent news clippings to back it up. It will be interesting to see how that whole thing goes. I’ve also received promises of additional ship and command plaques to add to our collection. I’m beginning to feel like a dinosaur. Every ship I sailed in is now scrap except USS Kitty Hawk and she’s in her 43rd year.
As before, I appeal to you to send me lists of persons you knew in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program. The NNWA is collecting as many names as possible and need their name, rank, rate, duty station, and date in which you knew them. You might include a bit of interesting information about that person too. Don’t forget to include yourself. Your personal listing can and should include all your various ranks, rates, and duty stations. Copies of cruise book W Division pages are very good. Thanks.
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in Tampa in September and all of you in San Diego in 2005.
P.O. Box 226
Ashton, MD 20861
Treasurer Report Frank Kelly
NNWA Membership has increased to
515 members up 35 members from our last reunion, up 9 members since our
last newsletter .Of the total membership there are 469 regular members;
11 associate members and 35 life members. 132 members are in
arrears with their membership dues, 19 since 01, 30 since 02, 83 since
03. If you are wondering if your dues are paid up, and receiving your
newsletter by mail please check your mailing address on this newsletter.
The date behind your name shows the month and year your dues are paid
thru.( If the year is 01, 02, 03, your dues are delinquent If you are
receiving this newsletter electronically and wish to know when your dues
are due, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
New members since last newsletter
William E. Terry Glenn A. Jewell Ron W. Reich
Mark W. Herring Merrill A. Dalton Gerald J. Reilly
Raymond E. Murphy
Richard G. King
William C. (Bill) Melby
NNWA Financial Report
9/29/2003 Thru 6/30/2004
20TH ANNUAL NNWA REUNION
CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP SENSATION
SEPTEMBER 27, 2004
OCTOBER 2, 2004
LEAVING FROM TAMPA FLORIDA
BOARDING FROM NOON TO 3:00 PM
We have reserved 40 rooms at the Best Western Brandon Hotel in Tampa for the night of September 26, 2004. The Hotel is located at 9331 Adamo Road in Tampa, 33619-2682 Take exit 257 off I-75 and go about 1 mile west. Call 813-621-5555 or TOLL FREE at1-877-287-6026 to make reservations. Fax is 813-699-1939. Cost of rooms is $49.00 plus 12% tax for 2 double beds. When registering, mention Navy Nuclear Weapons Association., and Group number 100402. 10 ROOM MINIMUM!!!! (No problem) AND the $49.00 rate will also apply if you want to arrive a day or two early, or leave a day after the cruise.
We can leave our cars and RV’S in their parking lot during the cruise at no cost. We can hire a carrier to shuttle us to the ship for $8.00 per person one way, rather than pay $10.00 per day at the pier. Make your reservations no later than Monday, September 13, 2004 to assure you of a room.
Please notify me, email@example.com if you will use the shuttle from the Hotel to the pier so I can reserve the bus. Or mail me at 12207 Reno Gulch Road, Custer, SD 57730 or call 605-574-4261 no later than September 15th.
ON BOARD SENSATION
CRUISE LINE LIQUOR POLICY
''Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board. Fine wine or champagne may be brought on board only during embarkation at the beginning of the cruise. A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you want to consume the wine in the dining room. Guests may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages.
PERSONAL RESPONSE: On our last cruise we boarded with alcohol and it was not found or confiscated. However it may be if it is detected in your baggage. Other people have taken booze aboard with no problem, so use your own judgment.
Cruise Line lists 26 shore excursions in Grand Cayman and 42 in Cozumel.
There is something for everyone, so plan to have fun when we dock
or anchor in those ports.
Owen Johnson, Reunion Coordinator
January 01, 2014