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With construction of the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) complete, the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) conducted an inspection on Friday, September 25th, 2020, with Marcus Hensley, ETCM(SS) (ret), the ASSM Co-Chairman. I asked Marcus if it was as scary as an ORSE (Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination,) TRE (Tactical Readiness Examination,) or your qual board! Marcus compared it to an ORSE! The inspection went well and the ADOA accepted the Memorial.

View the Acceptance Letter.

View the Acceptance Letter

The following Monday, September 28, 2020, the ASSM Committee conducted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony, or as is the traditional greeting of a Submarine returning home to Pearl Harbor from a successful WestPac mission with a Hawaiian Lei instead of the ribbon. Read the opening prayer by Chaplain Mike Olsen and the Lei Cutting ceremony text by Marcus Hensley, below:

View the Ceremony text.

View the Opening Ceremony text

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ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Example of a boat returning to Pearl Harbor with typical lei on the sail. In this case, the fast attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN‑762) returns from a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean Oct. 3, 2008.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Marcus Hensley, ETCM(SS) (ret), the ASSM Co‑Chairman.
Note the Lei.
Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

(l-r) Marcus Hensley, ASSM Co‑Chairman, and ASSM Board Members Marion Cartland and Joe Trotter cut the Lei.
Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

The ASSM is officially open to the public.
Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Photo courtesy of Marion Cartland.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Nice photo showing the number of people that showed up for the ASSM Public Opening.
Photo courtesy of Jerry Allston.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Our Perch Base Commander Howard Doyle took his family to see the Arizona Silent Service Memorial on 10/05/2020.
Photo courtesy of Howard Doyle.

ASSM Opening Ceremony photos

Our Perch Base Commander Howard Doyle took his family to see the Arizona Silent Service Memorial on 10/05/2020.
Photo courtesy of Howard Doyle.

SAVE THE DATE: April 17, 2021, for the ASSM Dedication Ceremony.

See the entire chronology of the Arizona Silent Service Memorial's construction HERE.

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