Navy Day at the Washington Capitol

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose Hernandez

OLYMPIA, Wash. The State of Washington honored the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Pacific Northwest Region at the capitol in Olympia as part of the Navy Appreciation Day, Feb. 11.

Government officials from both the Senate Chamber and the House of Representatives Chamber convened a special recognition proclamation recognizing the contributions of Navy personnel and their family members.

The event commenced with a vocal rendition of the National Anthem by Musician 1st Class Andrew Williams from Navy Band Northwest, in addition to Naval Hospital Bremerton’s color guard team parading the colors to the House of Representatives’ Rostrum.

“Every time I see Navy men and women in uniform I feel so close to them, because they have a great future in front of them,” said 23rd Legislative District Representative Sherry Appleton. “They are not only about ships, and radars and computers they are also a great part of this community because they contribute and give many of the things they learned while in the Navy back to this community to make it better for everyone, so I stand here today and salute these men and women for their service and I hope you all join me in saying thank you.”

Navy Region Northwest officials had an opportunity to tour the Legislative Building and visit the Senate Caucus, the House of Representatives Caucus and met with Washington State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee.

“The team gives more than just the job we do, we also volunteer for the community,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Wayne Papalski, from New York, N.J. “Being recognized in this fashion by the state of Washington feels incredibly good.”

“The Navy builds leaders and brings them here to Washington State,” said 26th Legislative District Representative Jesse Young. “ I think it’s needed to recognize all the men and women that serve in this capacity because the Navy and its men and women are great contributors to this community and nation.”

Navy Band Northwest performed a concert in the Capitol’s Rotunda room where spectators enjoyed live music and congratulated aircrew and first responding personnel for their rescue efforts during the Oso, Wash. mudslide. Gov. Jay Inslee was in attendance and presented three air crew members with United States Armed Forces Air Medals and the fourth member with a Navy/Marine Corps medal.

“It is a great honor for us to receive these awards especially by Washington State senators,” said Lt. Jared Wada, from Tacoma, Wash. “But I’m just one member of the Whidbey Island Search and Rescue team and we earned them together.”

Naval Aircrewman (Helicopters) 2nd Class Cory Hedges, from Fruita, Colo., noted that the aircrewmen were just doing their job.

“We were being human, the thing we are all the time. We didn’t do it for recognition; we did it because it was the right thing to do.”

150211-N-KD696-002 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Sailors and Department of Defense personnel from Navy Region Northwest are briefed by Former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro at the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day in Olympia, Wash. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-002 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Sailors and Department of Defense personnel from Navy Region Northwest are briefed by Former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro at the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day in Olympia, Wash. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-013 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Sailors and Department of Defense personnel from Navy Region Northwest attend the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day at the capitol in Olympia, Wash. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-013 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Sailors and Department of Defense personnel from Navy Region Northwest attend the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day at the capitol in Olympia, Wash. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-043 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Naval Hospital Bremerton's Color Guard parades the colors in the Washington House of Representatives Chamber during the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day at the capitol in Olympia, Wash. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-043 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Color Guard parades the colors in the Washington House of Representatives Chamber during the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day at the capitol in Olympia, Wash. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-103 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Commander of Navy Region Northwest, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Ruth, fields questions during a meet and greet at the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day in Olympia, Wash. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-103 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Commander of Navy Region Northwest, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Ruth, fields questions during a meet and greet at the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day in Olympia, Wash. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-172 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Chief Naval Aircrewman Richard L. Andraschko fields questions from the media at the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day at the capitol in Olympia, Wash., in regards to his Air crew's participation in the search and rescue efforts during the Oso Mudslide. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-KD696-172 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) Chief Naval Aircrewman Richard L. Andraschko fields questions from the media at the 11th annual Navy Appreciation Day at the capitol in Olympia, Wash., in regards to his Air crew’s participation in the search and rescue efforts during the Oso Mudslide. Navy Appreciation Day is an annual event convened in the Senate Chamber and in the House Chamber located in the Legislative Building in Olympia to honor the U.S. Navy and its personnel in the Northwest Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

150211-N-EC099-059 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Navy Region Northwest’s Honor Guard parade the colors in the Washington State Senate House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-059 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Navy Region Northwest’s Honor Guard parade the colors in the Washington State Senate House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-103 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Lt. Governor Brad Owen, President of the Washington State Senate slams the gavel to pass the “Navy Day” motion in the Washington State House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-103 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Lt. Governor Brad Owen, President of the Washington State Senate slams the gavel to pass the “Navy Day” motion in the Washington State House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-133 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Senators pin Sailors assigned to Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue team in the Washington State Senate House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-133 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Senators pin Sailors assigned to Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue team in the Washington State Senate House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-168 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Sailors assigned to Commander, Submarine Group 9 (COMSUBGRU 9) applaud the award recipients in the Washington State Senate House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-168 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Sailors assigned to Commander, Submarine Group 9 (COMSUBGRU 9) applaud the award recipients in the Washington State Senate House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-177 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Wayne Papalski, Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Cory Hedges, Lt. Cole Heller and Lt. Jared Wada pose for a group photo in the Washington State Senate House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150211-N-EC099-177 OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Wayne Papalski, Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Cory Hedges, Lt. Cole Heller and Lt. Jared Wada pose for a group photo in the Washington State Senate House of Representatives during Navy Day. Washington State Senators discuss the importance of celebrating the U.S. Navy and their achievements. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

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