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NSGA Winter Harbor, Maine - Photos taken on May 17, 2002
Images from   Richard Carlson CTR1 USN (Ret)

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Welcome sign greets you upon entering the base.

The Rockefeller building ready for the ceremony, with Navy flags flying.
Note from AL Grobmeier: the Flags spell-out "NAVYCLOSURE"

CMDR James Guest, USNSGA Winter Harbor Commanding Officer who spoke
of the history of the command from itís beginning at the Otter Cliffs Radio Station
commissioning on August 28, 1917 until the present day.

RADM Joseph Burns, USN, Commander, Naval Security Group Command. The task of honoring
the history of the base was left to RADM Burns. He recounted how the base began with 11 sailors
back in 1935. When the base hit its height of use, around 1997, there were as many as 1,000 sailors
and civilian workers on the premises. It has been one of the most sought-after duty stations, with
first-rate facilities and drop-dead gorgeous scenery.

Governor of Maine, Angus King Jr. spoke about the future potential for the property, which is
becoming part of Acadia National Park. Governor King said the National Park Serviceís plans
to convert the base into a learning and educational center will fit in well with the existing
research and educational facilities in Hancock and southern Penobscot counties. The base is
within commuting distance of genetics labs Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and the
Jackson Laboratory, plus the College of the Atlantic, and the University of Maine campuses at
Machias and Orono. As a result, some cooperative and like-minded research is likely to arise
on this site. Governor King added, "This is one of Godís blessed spots. He stopped making real estate like this long ago."

L-R (standing) CMDR James Guest, Governor King, Roger Bartow (Winter Harbor Town
Manager), Paul Haertel (Supervisor for Acadia National Park). Roger Bartow is presenting gifts
to CMDR Guest, one of which was a lobster measure - representing the key to the town. It was
a gesture of neighborly thanks in a nod to the areaís fishing heritage.

Partially hidden, seated behind CMDR Guest, is RADM J. D. Burns, COMNAVSECGRU.
Seated to the far right, is LTJG S. J. Gallagher, Executive Officer, USNSGA Winter Harbor.

A large bronze plaque, which describes the historical use of the French Norman
Revival style Rockefeller Building, will be placed on the building, which is now listed
in the National Register of Historic Places.

Post-ceremony gatherings and fellowship with lunch on the upper patio.

Post-ceremony gatherings and fellowship with lunch on the upper patio.

Front entrance to the Rockefeller Building. Jeffís Catering from Bangor, Maine,
catered the event. As always, it was first rate!

Al Lucier. NCVA member, from Putnam, CT.

Dick Carlson, NCVA member, from Winterport, ME.

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