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by MC1 Kegan E. Kay, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego, Sept. 22.
Jackson transited to San Diego from Mayport, Florida almost two months ahead of schedule, following the successful execution of Full Ship Shock Trials and post-shock maintenance and repairs. .....read more
SRB update released
by Chief of Naval Personnel
Public Affairs Office
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy released an update to the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan for active component (AC) and full time support (FTS) Sailors Sept. 20 in NAVADMIN 212/16, that closes two skills and announces new award levels for Nuclear ratings from the list released earlier this year in NAVADMIN 155/16.
Skill removals and award level decreases take effect 30 days after release of the NAVADMIN. The NAVADMIN contains the complete list of SRB skills award levels with changes.
Sailors should expect to see more frequent SRB updates via NAVADMIN as well as through the SRB page on Navy Personnel Command's website.
SRB rewards Sailors who attain special training in skills most needed in the fleet and helps meet critical skill reenlistment benchmarks. Award levels are adjusted as reenlistment requirements for specific ratings and skill sets are met.
Enlisted Community Managers continuously monitor the health of their community and make recommendations to leadership, as required, to maintain acceptable manning levels in critical skills. As reenlistment requirements for specific ratings and skill sets are met, award levels are reduced to zero and posted on the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) SRB webpage click here.
Eligible Sailors desiring SRB reenlistment are encouraged to work with their command career counselors, command master chiefs and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well before their EAOS. Requests are required to be submitted a minimum of 35 days prior to the requested reenlistment date.
Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood mobile app now available
"Pregnancy and parenthood can be compatible with a successful military career when Service members and the Command both understand their roles and responsibilities, said Capt. Candace Eckert, director of N1 Diversity. "This app makes that task easier by identifying regulations, instructions and references from a wide variety of sources and offering them in one easy-to-use app. The app includes information regarding assignments, retention, separation, standards of conduct and much more." ......read more
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To protect Sailors and Marines suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any other diagnosed mental health condition, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has made his department the first in the military to assure such conditions are considered before separating a service member. ......read more
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This policy update is being made in response to the increased popularity of tattoos for those currently serving and in the population from which the Navy draws its recruits. It is also meant to ensure the Navy does not miss opportunities to bring in talented young men and women who are willing to serve......... read more
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The Navy realizes how important families are, and when they're not whole it can add stress to a Sailor's life. Collocation of dual-military couples is part of supporting families. It is a priority, along with balancing fleet readiness. The revised policy updates the collocation and distribution procedures and makes orders negotiation less cumbersome........ read more
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SAN DIEGO - The Navy announced the future guided-missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113) and USS RAFAEL PERALTA - DDG 115 are scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following their respective commissionings.
Rafael Peralta is expected to arrive in San Diego in fall of 2016 and John Finn will follow in early 2017.
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Oct. 31 deadline for wear of the Alternative Combination Cover (ACC) is approaching and Navy leaders want to remind all officers and chiefs to acquire that cover or the current combination cover by that date.
The deadline for wear was announced last October in NAVADMIN 236/15, which detailed the plan to redesign several uniform elements for Sailors that improve uniformity across the force, as well as improve fit and function of the uniforms. This policy phased out the female "bucket" cover and mandated the ACC and the current combination cover for wear by both men and women. Wear-tests and Sailors' feedback were incorporated into the final designs that were announced.
Since the release of that message, the ACC has been available for purchase in Navy Exchange (NEX) Uniform Stores and through the call center.
The ACC and combination cover for officers and chiefs can be worn by both men and women in service and dress uniforms.
Based on availability in the NEX, Sailors are advised to make their purchase now to avoid any issues that would prevent them from having the cover in time for the wear date.
To view the full NAVADMIN, click HERE.
For more information on upcoming uniform updates, click HERE.
Navy announces new suicide prevention program
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Sept. 16, the Navy's 21st Century Sailor Office announced the new suicide prevention program known as Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL), aimed at supplementing existing mental health treatment by providing continual support through the first 90 days after suicide-related behavior.
"This program is designed to boost our existing efforts to prevent suicide across the Fleet by showing there is someone that will stay in touch with them and make sure they are doing well," said Capt. Michael Fisher, dir., Operational Stress Control and Suicide Prevention branch. "This is part of a wide range of actions we are taking to help our Sailors. Doing this will boost our suicide prevention work that's ongoing Navy-wide."
The SAIL program started in the Pacific Northwest Region on Aug. 29, 2016, with a phased regional rollout plan scheduled for completion by the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 throughout the Navy.
The program is designed to provide rapid assistance, on-going risk assessment and support for Sailors who have exhibited suicide-related behavior and was inspired by the Marine Intercept Program (MIP), a suicide prevention project with similar goals.
Navy Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171) is partnering with Navy Bureau of Medicine (BUMED), Commander Navy Installation Command (CNIC), and SAIL Case managers who are serving as Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC) counselors to run this new program.
Upon receiving information from commands about a Sailor who has demonstrated suicide-related behavior, Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPC) will work with CNIC, and in turn an FFSC case manager, whose responsibility will be to reach out to the individual Sailor to see if they would volunteer to participate in the SAIL program. Case managers will contact Sailors in the 90 days following suicide-related behavior.
Suicide Prevention is a cooperative Navy-wide effort that takes leadership engagement and awareness at all commands and ranks. OPNAV, BUMED, CNIC work together to provide a range of resources to include: mental health treatment, spiritual counseling, personal wellness counseling, crisis intervention as well as financial education.
The Military Crisis Line offers confidential support for active duty and reserve service members and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.militarycrisisline.net or send a text message to 838255.
Secretary of the Navy names two Littoral Combat Ships
From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 22, that the next Freedom and Independence variant Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Marinette (LCS 25) and USS Mobile (LCS 26) to recognize the two cities' significant contribution to Navy ship building.
The ceremony took place at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
The future USS Marinette (LCS 25), a Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, will be the first commissioned U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.
The future USS Mobile (LCS 26), an Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, will be the fifth ship to bear the name. The last USS Mobile (LKA-115) was a Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship and served for more than 24 years before being decommissioned in 1994.
A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions in areas such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.
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Marinette will be built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Mobile will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.
Additional information about Littoral Combat Ships is available online at www.navy.mil/local/LCSIndependence/ and
United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.