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Lynden employee invited aboard Aircraft Carrier

Posted on Wed, Mar 16, 2011

Gaylon Nunn on stern of ship

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will always remember,” says Gaylon Nunn of Lynden’s Help Desk in Seattle. Gaylon was one of 14 people recently invited aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier on a Distinguished Visitor (DV) embark. He was flown from Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) in San Diego to the carrier while the crew was conducting training operations at sea. “We flew out to the ship aboard a Navy C-2 Greyhound transport plane making a cable-arrested landing on the ship’s flight deck. The landing wasn't at all like landing at SeaTac,” Gaylon explains. “It was quite violent and took about three seconds to go from around 130 knots to 0. The seating on the C2 is backwards, and there are no windows, so the anticipation before landing was a little tense.”

Once onboard, Gaylon viewed flight operations, visited the bridge, Primary Flight Control and had the opportunity to eat with crew members and officers.

Ready to go!“I was surprised when they took us right out on the flight deck where we were only feet away from where jets were taking off. They also took us to the stern where jets were landing. We were standing right next to where the arresting cable was paying out. Sparks were flying!” he says.

Gaylon’s trip also included meeting pilots of Strike Fighter Squadron 41 Black Aces and touring the weapons control and war planning rooms. His two-day adventure ended with a catapult launch off the bow of the ship back to the station in San Diego. “The launch nearly knocked my wind out,” he says.

Before leaving the ship, Gaylon passed out information about Lynden’s transportation and logistics capabilities to the ship’s officers along with Lynden baseball caps which was fitting since he was given a cap from the John C. Stennis. “It was eye opening for me to see how the men and women of the US Navy work to protect our freedom,” he says of his trip.

Additional Photos

C2 Greyhound
(C-2 Greyhound)

Supply ship
(Supply ship)

Bow of the ship
(Bow of the ship)


Group photo
(Group photo - Gaylon is on the far right)


*Photos courtesy of Gaylon Nunn

Tags: Lynden, Lynden employees, USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier

25 years in Hawaii celebrated in Honolulu!

Posted on Mon, Mar 14, 2011
Hula at 25th Anniversary celebrationThe aloha spirit is alive and well in Honolulu, where Lynden International celebrated its 25th year in Hawaii with an anniversary event last month. More than 100 customers, vendors, employees and friends gathered to reminisce about Lynden’s long service to the islands. Seattle executives Dave Richardson, Randy Jackson and John Kaloper were on hand and participated in special recognition of Marvalyn Mallette Ringling, Lynden’s first employee on the island in 1986. Marvalyn is pictured at right doing the hula for guests.

Lynden International employees at Hawaii event
From left, Jeff Bell, Phyllis and Dave Richardson, Chris and Marvalyn Ringling and Kahu Kordell Kekoa, a Hawaiian Minister who performed a blessing of Lynden and its guests during the anniversary event.

Tags: Lynden International, 25th Anniversary in Hawaii, Shipping to Hawaii, Lynden employees, Hawaii

Alaska Marine Lines moves wind turbine to Sitka school

Posted on Fri, Mar 11, 2011
Alaska Marine Lines helped transport a wind turbine to Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe School as part of a U.S. Department of Energy program to raise awareness of wind energy in rural communities. The Wind for Schools Program introduces wind energy to small towns and engages rural teachers and students in its benefits.

Sitka was the second school in Alaska to install a turbine through the program which is coordinated by Alaska’s Renewable Energy Alaska Project and the Alaska Center for Energy & Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Students and teacher hold turbine blade Students and teacher hold the turbine blades at Mt. Edgecumbe School in Sitka, AK.

When Alaska Marine Lines Vice President Dave Curtis heard about the program, he thought the Seattle-to-Sitka barge could be put to use assisting the school. After some coordination, the following oversize pieces rode the Alaska Marine Lines barge for the project’s Skystream Turbine: a 200-pound pallet box, foundation kit, miscellaneous parts weighing approximately 500 pounds and a 60-foot monopole weighing 865 pounds. The turbine was constructed and installed at the school in December.

Twelve more communities throughout Alaska are raising funds to install a wind turbine at their school. Lynden Transport, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska Hovercraft and Lynden Air Cargo have offered to provide in-kind assistance to transport the turbines and towers. The companies will help in the next few years as these communities raise the remaining funds they need.

Each school applies to participate in the program to install a wind turbine at the campus. The turbine then provides electricity to the school, but primarily acts as an educational tool for the students to learn about energy and electricity using an established curriculum.

“The Lynden companies’ sponsorship is a great help to our program and helps reduce our costs and fundraising burden,” says Jill Maynard, Research Technician at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. “The turbine installation in Sitka was a great success. We appreciate the support.”

Tags: U.S. Department of Energy, Sitka, Alaska Marine Lines, wind turbine, Alaska

Lynden Transport Expands Service to Oklahoma and North Dakota

Posted on Tue, Mar 01, 2011
Lynden Transport service mapIn response to customer and industry demand, Lynden Transport is offering new scheduled Less-than-Truckload (LTL) service to Oklahoma and North Dakota. Starting March 1, Lynden Transport trucks will depart twice weekly from Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa bound for Williston, ND and points in Alaska and Canada 

Lynden Transport has supported the oil industry for years with Alaska Alcan Highway Service departing twice weekly from Houston and Dallas and return service to Texas departing from Fairbanks, AK.

"The oil industry in North Dakota and Oklahoma is booming, and we made these service changes to give our customers more choices with departures and arrivals. We also would like to help customers who may want to venture into these markets and take advantage of new opportunities. We have extensive experience moving equipment, supplies and oversized freight in support of the oil industry in Texas, Alaska and Canada, so this is a logical next step for us. We anticipate North Dakota to be an extremely busy trade lane," says Sherri Brown, Regional Manager for Lynden Transport in Houston.

The new routes are the latest addition to Lynden Transport's other service improvements which include a Mobile Shipping App, online GPS tracking maps, Dynamic Routing, and Predictive Delivery, a service providing customers up-to-date delivery times for their shipments in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Juneau and Ketchikan.

Tags: trucking to Alaska, Trucking, Oil Industry, Lynden Transport, shipping to Alaska

Rolling Stone contest features Lynden employee

Posted on Tue, Mar 01, 2011
Go Periscope - the band of Florin Mehedini, a help desk tech at Lynden Inc. - is in a contest to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone and perform on Jimmy Fallon’s show. From the contest website:

"The editors at Rolling Stone picked 16 unsigned bands to compete for the most coveted prize in music - the cover of Rolling Stone.  It's up to you to choose the winner."

You can help out Florin and his band by giving them a high rating on the Rolling Stone contest website. Hurry, voting for the first round of the contest ends March 2nd!

Go Periscope were also recent guests on King 5's New Day Northwest morning show. You can watch their interview and performance here.

Tags: Rolling Stone, Go Periscope, Lynden employees

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