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The Navy Nuclear Weapons Association  (NNWA) is a nationwide organization of military and civilian participants in the US Navy Department nuclear weapons program during the years 1946 to present. Many of our members meet annually in September or October at various locations across the US to reminisce with long-lost friends, provide support with veterans affairs and medical information, visit historical sites, enjoy quality entertainment in hospitable environs, and salute our departed. The NNWA invites you to join our society of cold-War Keepers of the Dragon"

We publish semi-annual newsletters with information concerning our unique experiences while in the Navy. We are a not for profit corporation governed by a membership approved By-Laws, an SOP/PDL and an elected Board of Directors We maintain a NNWA roster of all members, their addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, so that you may find some long-lost shipmates. 



Gray Dragon

The latest version of the NNWA By Laws have been published.

If you are an active member with an e-mail address and don't get an e-mail from the webmaster on or soon after the first of every month, email the webmaster.

The 2017 reunion will be from September 18th through 22nd in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza San Diego.

Don't forget to Check your dues status then use the Application to renew


Website changes in last two months

4/1 - Published latest NNWA ByLaws

3/20 - Noted passing of Richard D. Grosser and GMT2 James F. Hoffarth

3/14 - Reinstated member John C. Moran

3/13 - Added New members John E. Cross, Sr. and Randy C. Hudson

3/3 - Added new members Stephen E. Hill and Thomas E. Sledge

2/21 - Posted Dee Rochester's obituary

2/19 - Noted passing of GMTCS L. Dee Rochester, past NNWA President 2000-2001 2/12 - Noted passing of CWO2 Robert Franklin Smith

Service Officer Postings  for the past six months - see Service Officer Postings for more postings

VA CoPay Debt Options - 03/20/2017

VA Vet Choice Program - 03/20/2017

White House Petition on Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Issue - 03/18/2017

More Veterans get Access to Online Exchange Shopping - 01/20/2017

Rep. Valadao Introduces Legislation to Expand Benefits for Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans - 01/17/2017

New VA Death Confirmation Policy - 12/26/2016

Navy Restores Enlisted Ratings - 12/24/2016

VA Ratings for 146 Medical Centers Released - 12/24/2016

Veterans Omnibus Bill goes to the President - 12/16/2016

A bit of General Stuff - 12/16/2016

VA Will Allow Vets to Select Burial Site - 12/12/2016

Scam Alert: Top Five Veteran Swindles - 11/09/2016

Vets, retirees will see a 0.3% COLA hike in 2017 - 10/20/2016

  Looking for

Bob Daigle would like to communicate with any of the guys from Nuclear Weaponsman Class NW1 in 1958 at Sandia Base

Seeking Help

Ray Graulich is trying to find out how he can get proof that he received hazardous duty pay while on USS Saratoga from '64 to '67. Click if you can help


TAPS for those who were in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program

L. Dee Rochester


       18 February 2017 2/19

Past NNWA President

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Robert Franklin Smith


      24 June 2014 2/18

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William Scott Hanks


     30 January 2017 2/2

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David L. Cobb


NNWA Secretary 2006-2012

     21 January 2017 1/21

Reverend Randall D. Scallan


NNWA Chaplain

     15 January 2017 1/16

TAPS for a spouse

The following spouse of a Navy's Nuclear Weapons Association member is deceased.







April 07, 2017

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