I will not be in town for the next two luncheon meetings so our Executive Officer, another Army guy, will be running the show. We have the Sailors of the Quarter awards this month. Again, I hope that we have a large, enthusiastic crowd on hand to show our appreciation of their efforts. Cindy Macha, our Ops O has a great speaker lined up and I know that you will be sorry if you do not attend.
Just a reminder that we have our monthly Staff Officers meeting on the first Thursday of every month at the Garden Grove Elk’s Lodge. We are nearer to the bar, if that help persuade some of you to attend. We would welcome your attendance. Just show up – no reservations required. We have our meeting right after we fold, mutilate and stuff the OP-Plan in the envelopes for mailing. That reminds me, if you do not absolutely need the OP-Plan to be mailed via USPS, please send me an email or call on our reservation line and tell me that. Saves us printing and postage costs. Thanks in advance.
FINALLY, TO THE UPCOMING EVENTS.
U.S. Navy Band at Huntington Beach band shell at 6:00 p.m. on 25 August. Los Angeles/San Pedro / Long Beach FLEET W E E K 2 – 5 September.
USAF Thunderbirds perform over the beach at Huntington Beach on 22-23 October. Wings Wheels & Rotors Expo at JFTB Los Alamitos on 23 October (added attraction is that the Thunderbirds are staging out of Los Al so you can see them taxi out, take off and land while attending WWRE)! That is all.
SAN PEDRO EXCITED FOR INAUGURAL L.A. FLEET WEEK
The four-day event – Friday through Monday over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5 is expected to bring as many as 200,000 to 300,000 visitors to the Harbor Area for tours of active-duty Navy ships, military demonstrations and other attractions and activities. A free concert on the Iowa is planned for Saturday night, September 3rd, as part of the festivities. An aircraft carrier is expected to participate this year. The ships are scheduled to arrive Aug. 30 and leave September 6. Parking will be available at Berth 46 — -the outer harbor — and at 22nd and Miner streets, with shuttles and trollies available. Details are on the w e b :
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SEAL BEACH WEAPONS STATION NEWS
We have a new Command Senior Chief at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. His name is Command Senior Chief Kirby Lee. You will be seeing him at our SOQ Awards program. Please come and introduce yourself to him and welcome him aboard. Here is his bio: Senior Chief Lee, a native of Bassfield, MS, enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1994. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL he reported to the Airman Apprenticeship School, also in Great Lakes.
Upon graduation he reported to Fighter Squadron VF-101 Det, located at Naval Air Station Miramar, CA. Upon disestablishment of VF-101 Det Miramar, he reported to Aviation Machinist Mate (AD) “A” school located in Millington, TN. After graduation, he was designated as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate and reported to VAW-113 located at NAS Miramar, where he made multiple deployments on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and conducted a squadron homeport change to NAS Point Mugu, CA. In addition, Senior Chief Lee completed a joint service tour with the United States Marine Corps at HMT-303 located at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, CA from 2000 to 2003. In 2004, he volunteered for flight duty as a P-3 Flight Engineer. Upon completion of Naval Aircrew Candidate School and P-3 Flight Engineer School, he reported for duty to Patrol Squadron VP-1 at NAS Whidbey Island, WA. His other flying assignments include Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-2, and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-1, also at NAS Whidbey Island. He has logged over 5,500 flight hours completing missions in support of Operations
ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, ODYSSEY DAWN, and UNIFIED PROTECTOR.
Senior Chief Lee holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief Course. He is qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (AW) and Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist (NAWS). He was selected for the Command Senior Chief program in February 2016, and reported to his current assignment at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, CA, in July 2016.
Senior Chief Lee’s decorations include five Air Medals (Strike/Flight), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), the NATO Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.