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Navy's WWII 75th Anniversary logo

The official logo for the Navy's commemoration of 75th anniversary of World War II. Starting with the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2016, through the anniversary of the Japanese surrender aboard USS Missouri (BB 63) on September 2, 2020, the Navy will commemorate the pivotal role Sailors played in America's World War II victory. Learn more at www.history.navy.mil/wwii. U.S. Navy graphic by Annalisa Underwood

Pearl Harbor commemoration kicks off Navy's 75th anniversary observance of WWII
11/29/2016
From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) released a logo to kick off its commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Navy's experiences in World War II, officials announced Nov. 29.
Starting with the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2016, through the anniversary of the Japanese surrender onboard USS Missouri on September 2, 2020, the Navy will commemorate the pivotal role Sailors played in America's World War II victory. For the U.S. Navy, it will begin four years of commemorative events and close review of the history of what was a transformative event for the Navy, the nation and the world. Read more


USS Zumwalt leaves Panama, underway for San Diego
After dealing with propulsion issues while in the Panama Canal and a pit stop there for repairs at a former U.S. naval station, USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is underway and bound for her new homeport of San Diego......... read more

Military couple assignment policy: 5 things to know
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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Navy's enlisted rating modernization plan
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Following the completion of its review earlier this year, the Navy announced Sept. 29, it will modernize all rating titles for Sailors with the establishment of a new classification system that will move towards occupational specialty codes similar to how the other services categorize skill sets. more...

Choice of TRICARE retail pharmacies changes Dec. 1, 2016

On Dec. 1, 2016, Express Scripts will add Walgreens to the TRICARE® retail pharmacy network. CVS and CVS pharmacies in Target stores will no longer be in the network. more...

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

SECNAV announces new administrative separation policy
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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Makin Island ARG, 11th MEU Enter US 5th Fleet
11/30/2016
by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dennis Grube,
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Public Affairs

INDIAN OCEAN (NNS) -- The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations after concluding operations in U.S. 7th Fleet, Nov. 30.
While in U.S. 5th Fleet, the Navy and Marine Corps team will support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to ensure the free flow of commerce, freedom of navigation, and regional security.
"Our Navy-Marine Corps team capitalized on every opportunity to work with our partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region as we exercised the spectrum of our amphibious capabilities," said Capt. Mike Crary, commander of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5. "This team put their training to work and proved their capabilities in 7th Fleet, and I am confident they have the training, determination, and teamwork necessary to accomplish any mission that comes their way as we head into the dynamic 5th Fleet operating area."
While in U.S. 7th Fleet, the Makin Island ARG and 11th MEU participated in bilateral training exercises and conducted operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The series of bilateral engagements, which included exercises Keen Sword 17 with Japan, Tiger Strike 16 with Malaysia, and a theater security cooperation engagement with Sri Lanka was meant to strengthen communication and coordination with allies and partners to increase combat readiness and crisis response time.
"These Marines and Sailors clearly understand the importance of working with our partners and allies to learn from one another, enhance capabilities, and strengthen relationships," said Col. Clay C. Tipton, commanding officer of 11th MEU. "When faced with unforeseen events, the team came together to overcome the challenges of real-world situations and I couldn't be prouder of their performance. Once again, the Navy-Marine Corps team proved its unique ability to put Marines ashore, accomplish the mission, and return to ARG shipping without the use of a secured base, seaport, or airfield."
The Makin Island ARG is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), the command ship for PHIBRON 5 and the 11th MEU; amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45). Embarked units which extend the ARG's capabilities include the "Blackjacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, Fleet Surgical Team 5, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 11, and Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5.
The 11th MEU is a sea-based Marine air/ground task force comprised of a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines; an aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced); a combat logistics element, Combat Logistics Battalion 11; and a command element with a commanding officer who leads the entire MEU.

San Diego native passes the helm at Navy Medicine West
11/29/2016
by Navy Medicine West Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Following a dynamic, three-year tour as the commander for Navy Medicine West (NMW), Rear Adm. Bruce L. Gillingham will relinquish command to Rear Adm. Paul D. Pearigen at a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., Dec. 5, at Naval Base San Diego.
The conclusion of the ceremony will mark the beginning of Gillingham's next assignment, where he will assume responsibility for operations, research, patient safety, worldwide deployments, and future capability development for the Falls Church, Virginia-based U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), as the deputy chief of BUMED for Readiness and Health and the first Navy Medicine chief quality officer.
As I move on to my next assignment, I leave behind an amazing command and a wonderful city," said Gillingham, a San Diego native and graduate of Helix High School and the University of California, San Diego. "Much of the success Navy Medicine West has enjoyed is due to the unflagging support we have received from the community at all levels."
Pearigen, an emergency medicine physician by trade and Memphis, Tennessee native, previously served as the BUMED liaison to the Defense Health Agency and chief of the Navy Medical Corps.
Known for his staunch advocacy of high reliability, process improvement, collaboration, and innovation, Gillingham led more than 17,500 active-duty and civilian personnel through numerous milestones which would improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery for thousands. This achieved a 95 percent score in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) satisfaction-with-healthcare category, and led the U.S. Navy with the highest number of military treatment facilities distinguished by prestigious Department of Defense patient safety awards.
More than 850,000 beneficiaries are cared for at 10 hospitals and 50 primary care clinics throughout the Navy Medicine West region, which encompasses the U.S. west coast, Hawaii, Guam, and Japan. Gillingham also oversaw the manning, training, and equipping of more than 2,000 personnel for missions throughout the globe, such as the deployment of hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of Pacific Partnership -- the largest multilateral humanitarian and disaster relief preparedness mission in the Asia-Pacific region.
During his tenure, Gillingham's scope expanded when Aug. 1, 2015, the Bethesda, Maryland-based Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) was aligned under the umbrella of Navy Medicine West, making him responsible for the entire U.S. Navy Medicine Research and Development (R&D) enterprise. The R&D enterprise is comprised of eight research labs dispersed throughout Asia, Africa, South America, and the continental U.S. The R&D enterprise achieved numerous breakthroughs in medical research, and was a key contributor in the fight against emerging diseases such as Zika and the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak for which members of NMRC received personal recognition from President Barack Obama.
"More than 17,500 Sailors and civilians from the Navy Medicine West enterprise served throughout the globe to ensure the health and well-being of our warfighters, even in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth," said Gillingham to his staff in a recently recorded farewell video message. "Your actions were truly the embodiment of the Navy Medicine tagline, 'World-class care, anytime, anywhere.' I want you to know how very proud I am of your accomplishments, and how grateful I am to have had the honor and privilege of being a part of your success."

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SAN DIEGO (Nov. 7, 2016) Capt. Frank Bishop, lead ophthalmologist at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), places a suction cup on a patient during a surgical procedure utilizing femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS). NMCSD is the first military medical facility to ever offer FLACS, which offers patients increased precision and less damage to surrounding tissue. U.S. Navy photo by PO1 Elizabeth Merriam

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 7, 2016) Capt. Frank Bishop, lead ophthalmologist at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), places a suction cup on a patient during a surgical procedure utilizing femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS). NMCSD is the first military medical facility to ever offer FLACS, which offers patients increased precision and less damage to surrounding tissue. U.S. Navy photo by PO1 Elizabeth Merriam

San Diego to be homeport for two new DDG class ships
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.
Rafael Peralta is being built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine and John Finn is being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Both ships are Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
The U.S. Navy continually monitors force readiness and ability to provide the most robust, capable maritime force possible. Stationing destroyers in a West Coast port supports the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, placing our most advanced capabilities and greater capacity in that vital theater. By 2020, approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft will be based in the region.
Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW). The destroyer's armament has greatly expanded the role of the ship in strike warfare utilizing the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS).

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SAIL-Sailor Assistance, Intercept for Life-suicide prevention program
11/30/2016
by PO2 Jacob G. Sisco, Navy Public Affairs Support Element

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Have you heard of the Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL) Program? SAIL is a voluntary approach to intervention. It uses evidence-based tools, the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Safety Plan to monitor the needs of Sailors who accept the program.
SAIL provides rapid assistance, ongoing risk management, care coordination and reintegration assistance for service members identified with a suicide-related behavior. SAIL is not designed to replace existing services and is not a form of treatment. It is designed to supplement mental health treatment by providing continuous caring contacts throughout the critical first 90 days after a suicide related behavior.
The Fleet and Family Readiness Regional Program Director in Silverdale, Washington, Karen Boeve, describes SAIL as "a voluntary program designed to assist Sailors who have experienced suicidal thoughts. We provide outreach and caring contacts with sailors, helping them navigate the healthcare system to ensure they get the best possible care."
When a Sailor is identified as having suicide related behavior, a few things happen. Their command issues a situational report, and the command suicide prevention coordinator will send the Sailor's contact information to the Navy Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171). OPNAV N171 will record the Sailor's information and forward it to Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). CNIC will then send the information to the appropriate Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC).
Once the FFSC has the Sailor's information, they will contact the Sailor within 24 hours. The Sailor will be invited to participate in the SAIL program. FFSC will contact the Sailor at three, seven, 14, 30, 60 and 90 days after the initial contact. Another part of FFSC's responsibility is to conduct an appropriate assessment and develop a safety plan for the Sailor, and ensure they are connected to the appropriate services. FFSC will assist in reducing any barriers to treatment; and they will provide ongoing care to the Sailor.
There are numerous benefits to the Sailor, including: ongoing caring contacts, safety planning and assessments, assistance in coordinating services and help in navigating those systems, and help with reintegration within the command.
"By maintaining a line of communication and coordinating care services, we can reduce the risk of future suicide attempts," said Boeve.
The SAIL program also has command benefits. There will be an additional point of contact monitoring the Sailor's care and will provide resources for that Sailor. The command will receive updates on the Sailor's progress and help with reintegrating the Sailor back into the command.
"The program launched in Naval Region Northwest on Aug. 29, 2016 and commands and sailors are reaching out for assistance," said Boeve.
Even though 85 percent of Sailors say they will seek help if overwhelmed by stress, two out of three believe there are barriers to seeking help, and one in three believe their shipmates will see them as weak (source: 2012 Behavioral Health QuickPoll).
"Suicide prevention requires ongoing efforts to promote health and a sense of community," said the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Vice Adm. Robert Burke. "It is a shared responsibility."
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.

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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 utr@usosandiego.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.

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