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Perch Base held its Annual Awards Banquet on January 11, 2020, at the Pebble Creek Clubhouse. Our guest speaker was Les Parsons, Officer-In-Charge on the Trieste II submersible. Chuck Luna, our Communications Officer, MidWatch Editor and Base Historian was selected as "Sailor of the Year." Ed Gonsowski won the Earlybird Contest.

The Invocation to open the Annual Banquet and the Benediction at the end were led by our Base Chaplain, Governor Joy.

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Our Base Commander, Warner Howard Doyle, Jr., and our Western District 1 Commander, Vic Van Horn, presented some opening remarks.

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January 2020 Annual Awards Banquet Photos

Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

Our Chief of the Boat (COB), Carl Miner, tolled the bell for the January "Tolling of the Boats" ceremony, and tolled the bell for our Perch Base members who passed on to Eternal Patrol during 2019:
Dewey Reed
Karl Bergstrom
Harold Weber
Russ Rutowski
Ken Meeks

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Chuck Luna, our Communications Officer, MidWatch Editor and Base Historian was selected as "Sailor of the Year." He received the commendation, a plaque, a photo of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) (Chuck is a plankowner of the USS Phoenix,) and a set of dolphins.

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Our Keynote Speaker, Les Parsons, CDR (ret) described his experiences as Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the deep submersible Trieste II. He also introduced others in the audience who participated in the Trieste work, including our Western Region Director, Jim Denzien, Past Commander, Stan Reinhold, and Greg "Yeo" Sampson. Upon completion of Les' presentation, Howard presented him a plaque of appreciation.

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January 2020 Annual Awards Banquet Photos

Les holds the plexiglass viewing window from the Trieste II.

January 2020 Annual Awards Banquet Photos

The plexiglass viewing window in the Trieste II.

January 2020 Annual Awards Banquet Photos

Les shows us the room for the 3 occupants in the Trieste II sphere was "THIS BIG."
Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

January 2020 Annual Awards Banquet Photos

What happens to a styrofoam cup when you take it from sea level down to 16,400 feet below sea level?

January 2020 Annual Awards Banquet Photos

Howard gives Les Parsons a plaque expressing our appreciation for his presentation.
Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

The Silent Auction benefitted the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) and was coordinated by Tim Moore, the ASSM Chairman.

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Members, families and friends attending the banquet. Apologies to any that were up from their tables as pictures were taken.

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Thanks to Joan Miner for these additional pictures.

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