A new dock is in use at Naval Station Everett.
The single-lane small craft launch dock was designed specifically to ensure efficient operations for harbor security boats at the naval base.
The dock will allow for more effective responses to security threats, boat rescue missions, anti-terrorism efforts and other emergency events involving mutual aid, said base spokeswoman Kristin Ching.
The $2.5 million project was built by Manson Construction of Seattle, which also received $317,000 for construction of a compensatory mitigation project.
The mitigation project involved removal of a derelict pier and creosote-treated wood pilings at the former Everett Kimberly-Clark facility, thereby restoring near-shore aquatic habitat and improving water quality.
The new dock is not a public boat launch. Its location along Naval Station Everett's East Waterway improves the Navy's ability to support efforts by Coast Guard and Snohomish County emergency response teams. Access to the launch from the base means that Navy vessels can quickly mobilize in any given security or life-threatening condition, Navy officials said.
Navy Band Northwest concert
The Navy Band Northwest presents its free holiday concert, "Home for the Holidays," at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Everett Performing Arts Center.
The Navy band also plans to perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Oak Harbor High School auditorium.
An appearance by Santa Claus is planned and the U.S. Marine Corps will be accepting Toys-for-Tots donations at each location.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/NavyBandNorthwest.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Christina J. Harris graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Harris is the daughter of Del Harris of Bothell.
Air Force Reserve Maj. Tony Edwards of Snohomish serves as the 86th aerial port squadron commander with Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 446th Airlift Wing. He just added a second Bronze Star in three years for his service as a logistics officer.
His first star was awarded in 2008 for his work in Afghanistan. The second star was awarded after he played an essential role in the transfer of control of Kirkuk Regional Air Base to Iraqi control in 2011.
Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Fleet Reserve Association unit and branch 18: Lunch noon, meeting 1 p.m. second Saturdays, 23003 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. 425-771-2774.
A group of veterans of wars in foreign lands (not associated with VFW) meets at 1 p.m., second Wednesdays, Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard, Everett. Call Ernie at 425-512-9786 or the senior center at 257-8780.
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 12: 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. All veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call Keith Reyes, 360-631-4467, or Phil Sacks, 425-741-7311.
Legion Post 76: Arlington American Legion Auxiliary breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., first Saturdays, 115 N. Olympic Ave. Cost is $5. Proceeds benefit veterans. Call 360-435-2492. Bazaar/bake sale to support veterans is noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.
Legion Post 92: Stanwood offers prime rib dinner, 4:30 p.m., third Fridays. Legion and auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m., second Mondays, 26921 88th Ave. NW, Stanwood. Service office, 360-629-8021, open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to help veterans.
Legion Post 66: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Call John, 425-743-7430.
Legion Post 96: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Legion Hall, 1201 First St., Snohomish. Call 360-568-5340. Post 96 is raising funds for a large mural created by David Hose.
Legion Post 58: 7 p.m. third Tuesdays, Odd Fellows Building, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Call Bob at 360-863-3544 or go to www.americanlegionmonroe.org.
Legion Post 6: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, the Fleet Reserve Association Club, 6802 Beverly Blvd., Everett. Call Marvin at 425-224-4137.
Legion Post 181: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Lake Stevens Community Center, 1812 124th Ave. NE. Call Tom at 425-314-5865, Tony at 360-631-3242, or Vern at 425-343-9637; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or go to [URL]www.post181.org;http://www.post181.org.
Legion Post 178: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Legion Hall, 2nd Street and Cedar Avenue NE, Marysville. Social hour at 6 p.m. Call Jeremiah at 253-405-8175 or Lett at 425-220-4940.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Sultan VFW Post 2554 and Ladies Auxiliary: 7:30 p.m., second Thursdays, United Methodist Church, 211 Birch Ave., Sultan. Call 360-793-1879 or 360-793-3296.
Monroe VFW Post 7511: Noon, second Thursdays, IOOF Hall, 610 Lewis St., Monroe. Call Ken, 425-315-3509.
Edmonds VFW Post 8870 and Ladies Auxiliary: Lunch at 11:45 a.m., meeting at 12:30 p.m. second Fridays, Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds. Call Fred at 206-940-7502, email email@example.com or [URL]www.vfw8870.org.
Arlington Boyer-Daniel VFW Post 1561: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. For meeting location, call 425-232-8453, 360-435-6677 or go to vfw1561.org. All veterans who have served honorably and received a combat or campaign medal are eligible to join.
Snohomish Gay Jones VFW Post 921 and Auxiliary: 1 p.m. third Saturdays, Boys & Girls Club, 402 Second St., Snohomish. Most overseas veterans are eligible. Help for all veterans who need a hand-up. Call 425-397-7111.
Everett Old Guard VFW Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursdays, 2711 Oaks Ave., Everett. Ladies Auxiliary 2100: 6:30 p.m. second Monday. Call 425-337-1559 or go to www.vfwpost2100.org.
Lynnwood VFW Post 1040: first Thursdays, Alderwood Youth Club, 19619 24th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Call Martin, 425-774-7416, or Frank, 425-697-4102.
Gold Bar VFW Post 9417: 6 p.m. first Thursdays. Call "Sarge" Watkins at 425-931-1638. Ladies Auxiliary: 4 p.m. first Wednesdays. Call Arden King at 360-793-2786.
Oak Harbor's Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post 7392: 360-675-4048 or go to vfwpost7392.org.
To submit news for this column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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