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Familiarizing Military Servicemembers and Their Families with the Kitsap Region

Since the establishment of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in 1891, the Navy has been a prominent presence in the Kitsap region. In 1977, it expanded the scope of the Bangor Annex by developing it into Naval Submarine Base Bangor, and in 2004, PSNS and Naval Submarine Base Bangor were combined into Naval Base Kitsap.

This region's military population may instantly increase or decrease by two to three thousand individuals depending upon the arrival or departure of an aircraft carrier or other vessels. Many Navy personnel arrive here from across the United States and from U.S. Territories such as Puerto Rico and American Samoa. Some service members, serving under certain programs, also come from the Republic of the Philippines, Jamaica, Sierra Leone and other countries.

When military personnel arrive in Kitsap County they may depend on connecting to the culture of the area based on what their shipmates tell them or from information provided by their command. The Navy maintains to assist people with adjusting to life in the Kitsap region, Whidbey Island and Everett. Additionally, another great resource is which covers issues of interest to our local veterans and their families.

Kitsap Culture strives to provide information that supports the cultural interests of service members and their families across as broad a scope of activities and events as possible. Our goal is to post up to date information that service members and their families can benefit from whether they are here for months, years or a lifetime!


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