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Time to update your calendars - REGROUPEX 20 is nailed down!

Sorting through the feedback from the REGROUPEX 20 planning survey, the 19th - 21st of June, 2020, seems the way to go. Hotels in the Silverdale/Kitsap/Bremerton area are available and interested and the only critical issue remaining is getting a commitment from the USN for a tour of an operational boat that weekend. Mark your calendar now.

We’ll have a window before and after for hotel reservations if you want to extend your stay. I’ll plan on arriving Thursday evening, and departing Tuesday AM, as has become my practice, unless one of you can convince me otherwise.

Speaking of tours, I need a volunteer to be responsible for arranging said event, a genuine Boat Tour Coordinator.

You don’t need to reside in the Bremerton area, though it might help. Just contact the Bremerton chapter of the USSVI for help if you need it, get in touch with the PAO at Naval Base Kitsap, as Subase Bangor is now called, and determine what they need from us in order to make it happen.

I will handle gathering all the necessary security information from those who want to participate through the website - as Boat Tour Coordinator you will only have to handle the arrangements.

So let me know if you are interested - we are on the clock. I’ve been told that we may need as much as a year’s advance notice - that’s less than three weeks to initiate contact.

Look for a Familygram shortly in your email - I’ll include more details on registration, costs, help needed, reunion sponsors, etc., as we get things organized.

I can’t wait to see us all together again!

Brad Williamson
Boat Tour Coordinator Status
Speaking of Boat Tour Coordinators, while we still need one, the pressure is off. I spoke to the PAO's office at Kitsap today. The schedule is unknown at this point, they only need 14 days to process our security checks, and asked if we'd check in quarterly, and initiate the request at the t minus 2 or 3 month point.

It's all good, but don't let the lack of panic keep you from volunteering.

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