Electronics Technician master Chief Petty Officer Tim Preabt and his wife Linda completed a namesake state visit to Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota. On Monday, February 9th, Tim was given the honor of addressing both houses of the North Dakota Legislature. he spoke first in the Senate and then in the House of Representatives being well received in both houses. He thanked them for all the support they and the people of North Dakota have given USS NORTH DAKOTA, and he gave each house a plank owners plaque.
Here are links to several articles in The Bismarck Tribune:
Also on that Monday Master Chief Preabt was interviewed on the PMS Show on KFYR 550 AM Radio at 8:40 a.m. that morning by host Phil Parker. That evening Tim gave an excellent candid talk to the annual meeting of the North Dakota Council of the Navy League of the United States.
On Tuesday, February 10th, Master Chief Preabt spoke to more Navy League members at a luncheon in Fargo. That afternoon he was interviewed on Main Street on Prairie Public Radio. Here is a link to that interview:
After almost 3 1/2 years as the first crew member of USS NORTH DAKOTA, in which Master Chief as Chief of the Boat (COB) supervised the training of new crew members and worked closely with Commanding Officer Captain Douglas Gordon, Master Chief Preabt completed his relief during the week of February 2nd. He has been relieved by Master Chief Machinist Mate Todd Estes. When we get more information about the leadership changes on board our boat we will share them with you.
CONGRATULATIONS to Master Chief Tim Preabt and having done an OUTSTANDING job as the 1st Chief of the boat of USS NORTH DAKOTA. Well Done, Tim! We, your fellow North Dakotans, are very proud of you!!