USS ND Commissioning Travel Options

If you’ve already indicated your interest in attending the commissioning ceremony for the USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) on May 31, 2014 please consider one of the travel options prepared by our travel partner Satrom Travel and Tour. To contact them directly, please call 701-258-5000 or email Brenda Rogerson at brenda.rogerson@satromtravel.com.

Commissioning Travel Options

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49 responses to “USS ND Commissioning Travel Options

  • Paul STorsved

    I was born and raised in North Dakota and spent 6 years in the Submarine force serving on the USS Bluefish (SSN-675) and the USS Tautog (SSN-639) from 1975 – 1981 and would be honored to represent my state at either one of these events.

    Paul Storsved STS-1/ss

    • bobwefald

      Dear Paul: No problem. On my blog in the upper right hand corner there is a place to sign up to be notified of teh christening and the commissioning. Sign up there and I believe we can get you an invitation.

  • myron bender

    I was born and raised in North Dakota and spent two years in the US Army during the Korean conflict. I am an active member of the American of the American Legion Post 6 currently serving as the Post Historian. I have served as an honorary commander at the Grand Forks U.S. Air Base and as faculty representative on the University of North Dakota ROTC Program. I would be honored to attend either of the events.

  • myron bender

    I was born and raised in North Dakota and spent 2 years in the Korean Conflict. Active member of the American Legion Post 6 in Grand Forks, currently serving as the Post Historian. I was a honorary commander with the Grand Forks U.S. Air Base and a former faculty representative on the University of North Dakota ROTC program. I would be honored to attend either of these events.

    • bobwefald

      Dear Myron: No problem. On my blog in the upper right hand corner there is a place to sign up to be notified of teh christening and the commissioning. Sign up there and I believe we can get you an invitation.

  • James F. Pezalla

    I was born in North Dakota and spent 30 years in the Navy, 20 of which was in the Submarine Force. Serving on the USS Ethan Allen (SSBN608), USS Seawolf (SSN 575) and the USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) I would be honored to attend either of the events.

    • bobwefald

      Dear Jim: No problem. On my blog in the upper right hand corner there is a place to sign up to be notified of teh christening and the commissioning. Sign up there and I believe we can get you an invitation.

    • bobwefald

      Dear Jim: No problem. On my blog in the upper right hand corner there is a place to sign up to be notified of teh christening and the commissioning. Sign up there and I believe we can get you an invitation.

  • Leela Villorente

    I was born and raised in North Dakota. I come from a proud family of North Dakotans that first settled in Norh Dakota in the early 1800s. It would be an honor for my husband and me to attend the christening and the commissioning. I have just had my 25th anniversary of working for the DON on the 1st of June and my husband served three tours in the US Navy during Vietnam and retired with 34 years as a civilian for DON.

    • bobwefald

      We would, love to have you join us! Please see my reply to judge Smith. Thanks, Bob

    • Myron Bender

      Please keep me posted as to my status as to acceptance to attend the ussnd christening. My wife, Betty Bender would like to join me if that is possible. Thanks, Myron Bender

      • bobwefald

        Dear Myron: I cannot take on the responsibility of notifying everyone personally as I simply do not want to be responsible for missing anyone. The only way for anyone to receive notice of the christening and commissioning is to sign up on our blog. Please go to the upper right hand part of the blog and sign up if you have not already done so. Thanks, Bob

      • Myron and Betty Bender

        Yes, keep us posted as to the up-coming ussnd christening event. My wife Betty and I are still interested in attending.

      • bobwefald

        Please sign up in the upper right hand corner of this blog!

  • Kirk Smith

    kirk smith

    January 5, 2013 12:08 p.m. CST

    I was born and have been a lifelong resident of North Dakota, except for my 1951-1954 enlistment in the U.S. Navy during and after the Korean Conflict (1950-1953). My only shipboard assignment was U.S.S. Windham Bay CVE-92. Our Escort Aircraft Carrier made more than two dozen ocean crossings of the Pacific carrying aircraft and military passengers between California to and from Yokosuka, Japan and other ports of the Orient during and after the Korean Conflict. I am a 1957 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law at Grand Forks. My North Dakota judicial service includes being Grand Forks County Judge 1963-1977 and North Dakota District Judge at Grand Forks from 1977 until my retirement in 2001. I am a long term, active member and one year Commander of American Legion Post 6 at Grand Forks. I would be honored to attend either of these events.

  • Mary Ebach

    I have not and am not a member of the US Navy but thank you to those who did serve. But how about a representative from the Geographical Center of North America – here in Rugby, ND

  • Marvin D. Oothoudt 2

    My father, RM1 Marvin D. Oothoudt, was from Minot and served aboard USS Shark II (314), sunk with all hands on 24 October, 1944. I was born in Minot three weeks after he and his shipmates were lost. It would be great honor to attend both the christening and the launch of USS North Dakota.

    • bobwefald

      All you need to do to get an invitation (and the only way you can get an invitation) is to sign up in the upper right corner of my blog. You can also sign up to receive automatically updates to my blog when they are published right below where the sign up is to be notified of the christening and the commissioning. No one is taking on the responsibility of trying to remember the address of anyone who wants to be notified.

  • Benny Villorente

    Would like to request that my husband be added to attending also. Alfonso (Benny) Villorente email:heridesflstc04@verizon.net . Thank you

    • bobwefald

      The only way anyone can be notified of the christening and commissioning is to sign up in the upper right hand corner of this blog. You can subscribe to this blog right below the sign up area.

  • Nancy Ponivas

    A family member in on the PCNorthDakota My God parents live in North Dakota and have been following the story. I need to go to Conn anyway!!!

  • Alfonso B. Villorente

    It would be a great honor for my wife Leela) and I to be invited to the christening of the USS North Dakota. As a welder for the Government, I have worked on many submarines. As a former Sailor, I proudly serve as an Aviation Machinist Mate (Jet) on board the USS Ranger attached to Fighter Squadron 21 (VF-21) during the Vietnam conflict. I retired as a civil servant with 34 years and my wife (also a civil servant) is planning on retiring next year.

    • bobwefald

      Please sign up to receive notification of the christening and the commissioning in the upper right hand corner of this blog. That is the only way to be notified. We would love to have you and lots and lots and lots of people come to the commissioning in the spring or early summer of 2014, but that time frame is just a guess.

  • Julie Townsend

    My son will be on the USS North Dakota, and would love to attend the Commissioning, in the spring.

  • Lon Cooke

    I am a North Dakota native who enlisted in the Navy in 1957, entered the US Naval Academy in 1960 as a RM2, graduated in 1964, served on Atlantic Fleet destroyers for four years and spent one year in I-Corp (Viet Nam) in 1969.

    My present intention is to attend the Christening of the USS North Dakota.

    • bobwefald

      To attend the christening you need to sign up on the right hand side of this blog. It’s straight forward. Are you from Fargo? Did you attend the Fargo Y Camp in 1955 or 1956?

      • Lon Cooke

        Yes, Bob, I grew up in Fargo and graduated from Fargo Central. I was a counselor at Y Camp for two summers and one summer at a church camp on Pelican Lake. My wife and I are still planning to attend the SSN North Dakota Christening and will probably book in with the North Dakota delegation at the Mystic Marriot Hotel.

  • Pete Holste

    I served in the Navy from 1967-1971 and was part of the USS New Jersey BB-61 crew from commissioning to decommissioning (the Big J’s third commissioning). Both of my grandmothers were born in Dakota Territory. My mother was born in Portal, North Dakota.

  • William Wilber

    I was born and raised in ND and enlisted in the Navy in 1967 after two years at UND. I volunteered for submarines and was assigned to the USS Hardhead SS365. I am going to the HH reunion at Groton, CT in a few weeks and plan to be at the christening on Nov 2.

  • Gerald Serhienko

    My husband served in the Navy from 1965-1968 and did 3 tours in a submarine off the shore of Vietnam. Oh, the stories he can tell about his submarine days. Both he and I were born and raised in North Dakota and have lived in Mandan for 44 years..

  • Cynthia Kempf

    Active duty Navy Nurse currently stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda. I would be honored to attend the commissioning as well as escorting my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Kunze, who are life long native North Dakotans.

    • bobwefald

      Please sign up for an invitation to attend the commissioning being going to the right hand column of this blog and follow the instructions to sign yourself and your friends up to attend the commissioning on May 31st. This is the only way you can get an invitation. You will be welcome to attend!

  • Tracey Maixner

    My husband, CAPT Donald Maixner, is currently serving in Afghanistan. We were both born and raised in ND, hailing from New England and Neche, ND. My late grandfather, Kent Vosper, served in the North Dakota State Senate for 17 years and was a vet of WWII and POW.Neche, Henry Gurke, Medal of Honor recipient and namesake for the USS Gurke was also from Neche,ND and my grandfather’s classmate.
    It would be an honor to attend the ceremony.
    Thank you,
    Tracey Maixner
    Stafford, VA
    Go Bison!!!!!!
    Go Sioux!! (will always be the Fighting Sioux to us)!

  • Ben Week

    Born in the Red River Valley (Mayville), I lived in ND for the first 43 years of my life. Son of a “Tin Can Sailor” in WWII (USS John Hughes), also born in and lifelong North Dakotan, I’d be honored to attend the commissioning.

  • Bruce Burner

    I am proud to say I was born and raised in North Dakota and served in the Navy as did my father. I served during Vietnam from 1971-1975. I was stationed on the USS Hancock (CVA-19) for 2 years then to a Seabee Battalion (USNMCB-5) for 2 years. However a very dear friend of mine spent several years in the submarine fleet and would be very honored to share in this experience with him of the commissioning of the USS North Dakota

    • bobwefald

      Please have your friend sign up for an invitation on the right hand side of this blog. The ONLY way to get an invitation is by signing up on the right hand side of this blog.

  • Bob Jacobson EM1 (SS)

    I have submitted an invitation request, but would like to know that it was actually received. I served in the Navy from 1965-1971 as a nuke electrician on board the USS Pargo SSN 650. I am a past commander of North Dakota’s Robalo Base of the USSVI, Fargo’s Post #2 of the American Legion and currently Grand Chef de Gare du North Dakota of the 40 & 8. I plan to make the trip as part of Jerry Samuelson’s group and would be proud to be in attendance.

  • Gary Williams MSC(SS) USN, Ret.

    I was born and raised in North Dakota, Joined US Navy in 1971 and Retired in 1990. I served on four submarines during my 20 years of service.
    I was on USS George Bancroft(SSBN 643(blue)), USS Bergall (SSN 667), USS Narwhal(SSN 671) and USS Von Stueban(SSBN 632 (blue)
    I have been following this SUB.

  • GK Scott

    Dear Judge Wefald, my family and I attended the 2010 commissioning of the Virginia-class USS Missouri in Groton. The ceremony exemplifies what is great about the USN and American naval tradition. We plan on attending the USS North Dakota’s event as well (and bringing friends). One suggestion that you should pass on to whomever will be selling USS North Dakota items at the event – make sure they bring PayPal or Square credit card readers. At the USS Missouri event, it was cash only, which prevented some guests from buying as much swag as desired (and supporting the sub’s relief fund). The merchandise folks should also bring order forms or info for sales after the event. Regards from Boston. PS – The USS Missouri Commissioning Committee threw one heck of a barbecue at their event, with most of the fixings straight from Kansas City. Hope ND can compare to my home state of MO at chow time!

  • Anna Clark

    I enlisted in the Navy after graduating from McClusky High School and spent the next three years as a Naval Photographer. Finished my tour and started college but soon felt the pull of Navy camaraderie and joined the reserves. Was assigned to an intelligence unit and soon received a Direct Commission. Went on to be XO and then CO of two different Intelligence units in the Detroit area. Was assigned to the Commander, Naval Reserve Intelligence Command where I served on the national staff for two years. Was then recalled as a Navy CAPT for Operation Iraqi Freedom. When my tour was over, I was hired for the same position as a civilian. My last tour of duty was to the Defense Intelligence Agency where I was reassigned to the inaugural staff of the Director of National Intelligence. Best decision I ever made was to join the Navy….retired in 2009 after 42 years of Navy service.
    Still have many family members in North Dakota and try to get back there at least once a year…but not usually in the WINTER!
    CAPT Anna Mae (Van Vleet) Clark

  • Raymond Laney

    Very interested in going to the commissioning. How can I get an invitation?
    USS Swordfish SSN579
    USS Sam Houston SSN609

    Raymond Laney

  • Cynthia Simmons and William Simmons

    Can I find out if we are on the list to attend? I thought I signed up when we came to the christening. We will be so sad to miss this as this is our only child and the 3rd generation to serve in the Navy. Thank you.

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