One gets the feeling that the Navy isn’t especially enthusiastic about having a bunch of civilians invading their turf for a trade show. Just getting through security to enter the Navy's Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, Va., last week for the Muiti-Agency Craft Conference took me over an hour. And then once inside, taking photos were strictly forbidden. Unless, ironically, you’re with the media. For us, taking pictures was OK as long as the subject was boats and products associated with the show. In other words, it’s OK to take pictures if they’re going to be published, but not for personal use.
With a degree in English literature from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!), journalism experience at the once-upon-a-time Seattle P-I, and at-sea experience as a commercial fisherman in Washington and Alaska, Bruce Buls has forged a career in commercial marine trade journalism, including stints at Alaska Fishermen’s Journal and National Fisherman, WorkBoat’s sister publications. Bruce spent 16 years as WorkBoat's technical editor before retiring in May 2015. He lives on Puget Sound’s Whidbey Island, about 20 miles north of Seattle (go 'Hawks!).