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Give Something Away Day

July 15 “Give Something Away” Day is about everyone that
cares about anyone or anything to give away something.

It’s from the U.S. Navy core values to give back.

Below are just a few recent examples of how we’ve given back to this world.

Let’s also remember the hospital ships USNS Mercy’s and USNS Comfort’s 2020 COVID-19 deployment as they’ve supported the communities in need.

What are you doing to GIVE today?

NEX Customers Support Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (July 7, 2020)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) — Twice a year, NEX customers are given the opportunity to donate to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) by purchasing a $5 benefit ticket. The results of this year’s spring campaign showed NEX customers donated nearly $192,000 to support NMCRS. Read more on

NEX Bahrain presented a check to Naval Support Activity Bahrain’s Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, representing the money NEX customers donated during the NEX/Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society spring campaign. (U.S. Navy photo by NEXCOM Public Affairs/Released)

VAW-124 Aviators Teaming with U.S. Coast Guard to Safeguard Mariners (July 2, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Naval aviators assigned to Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 124 aboard Naval Station Norfolk assist the U.S. Coast Guard to respond to a potential mariner in distress in the waters off the Atlantic Ocean. Read more on

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2018) An E-2C Hawkeye waits on the Naval Air Station Jacksonville flight line Oct. 11, 2018, to possibly assist with coordinating relief efforts in the Florida Panhandle region in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. (U.S. Navy photo by Reggie Jarrett/ Released)

USS Kidd Renders Assistance at Sea (July 1, 2020)

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) assists a fishing vessel in distress while in the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations. Read more on

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 30, 2020) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) tows a distressed fishing vessel, after the vessel experienced engine problems leaving it unable to operate at sea. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy/Released)

NMCB-5 Completes 100th U.S. Navy Seabee Project in Timor-Leste (June 26, 2020)

DILI, Timor-Leste (NNS) — U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5’s Detail Timor-Leste conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 100th Seabee project in Timor-Leste, a two-room education facility at the Ensino Basico Central Fatumeta Pre-Secondary School. Read more on

DILI, Timor-Leste (June 3, 2020) Utilitiesman Constructionman Mario Moreno (left) and Construction Electrician Constructionman Brandon Siciliano, with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5’s Detail Timor-Leste, ensure an electrical panel is level prior to securing it to the exterior wall at Fatumeta’s school. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder 3rd Class Sierra Hall/Released)

NAVFAC EXWC Becomes Navy’s Newest SMART Facility Offering Scholarships for Students (June 24, 2020)

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) — Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) is honored to become the newest science, mathematics and research for transformation (SMART) sponsored facility, offering scholarships to academics currently studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Read more on

Norfolk-Based Sailor Saves Lives during Evening Run (June 22, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — An evening run turned into a lifesaving event June 9, thanks to Lt. John Miller, assigned to Navy Warfare Development Command, Naval Station Norfolk. Read more on

NORFOLK, Va. — Lt. John Miller is credited with saving two lives while on an evening run near his residence. He is assigned to Navy Warfare Development Command, Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photos by Ian Delossantos, NWDC/Released)

Rota Rocks: Spreading Smiles throughout the Community (June 18, 2020)

NAVAL STATION ROTA, SPAIN (NNS) — Similar to people around the world, 2020 has been a challenging year for personnel stationed at Naval Station Rota. The community, both on-base and off-base, spent six-plus weeks inside their homes during Spain’s State of Alarm and the subsequent de-escalation has been a gradual return to the “new normal.” Read more on

Lindsey Smelser, the driving force behind Rota Rocks group, poses for a photo with her four children in base housing, June 2, 2020. Smelser created the group to bring smiles to participants and make the daily walks fun for children during Spain’s de-escalation.
Rocks lined up by Lindsey Smelser’s children who had painted them to hide as part of Rota Rocks project.

USS Halsey Assists Distressed Mariner (June 17, 2020)

EASTERN PACIFIC (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) assisted a fishing vessel in distress while operating in the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations June 16. Read more on

Coronavirus Defense: Navy Develops 3D-Printed Tactical Masks for U.S. Forces Korea (June 17, 2020)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — The coronavirus pandemic has caused a global shortage of surgical face masks and other personal protective equipment, including for warfighters stationed at U.S. Forces Korea. Read more on

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea — Soldiers assigned to 4-2 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry ROK/US Combined Division hold community-use masks created by their unit’s 3-D Printers on April 22. (U.S Army photo by KCpl. Hanmin Yun. 2ID/RUCD Public Affairs)

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 Rescues Hikers Near Pagat Caves (June 16, 2020)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (NNS) — The Guam-based “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 responded to a search and rescue (SAR) request from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam for three missing hikers, June 14. Read more on

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veteran Employee Readiness Group Delivers U.S. Flag Collection Honoring Departed Veterans to Local Funeral Home (June 15, 2020)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — A tradition four years in the making, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veteran Employee Readiness Group once again answered the call honoring veterans of the community with a donation of 113 worn United States flags to Sturtevant Funeral Home Jun. 12. Read more on

Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Veteran Employee Readiness Group (VET-ERG) presented 113 U.S. Flags to Sturtevant Funeral Home June 12 in honor of Flag Day. The flags were donated from the workforce and from within the community to be part of Sturtevant’s Retire the Flag Program. From Left to Right: VET-ERG Member Ricky Burroughs, VET-ERG Founding Member Jonathan Echols, Sturtevant Funeral Home Representative Robie Gardner, Shipyard Commander Capt. Kai Torkelson, Command Master Chief Gene Garland, VET-ERG President Nicholas Boyle, and Retired/VET-ERG Founding Member Rick Nelson.

Key West SAR Team Performed Two Rescues, Assisting Three Civilians (June 15, 2020)

KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) — Sailors assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West provided quick-action search and rescue (SAR) during two separate events on June 1. Read more on

Training Support Center Great Lakes Holds Unique Pizza Party (June 12, 2020)

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) — Staff at Training Support Center
(TSC) Great Lakes participated in a pizza party June 12. TSC Petty Officer
Association (POA), Chief Petty Officer Association (CPOA) along with TSC Great
Lakes’ Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions student organization
spent all morning lifting the morale of command students by delivering 300
pizzas to the barracks that they live.

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 12, 2020) Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes staff members deliver pizzas to USS Franklin barracks June 12. Students in all TSC barracks were treated with the delivery of 300 pizzas thanks to the Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers association along with CSADD. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Walsh/Released)

Eye on Innovation: NNSY Personnel Help Local Medical Facilities in Fight against COVID-19 (June 10, 2020)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and medical professionals work around the clock to care for those affected, there has been a need for equipment and a call-to-action for those willing to assist. Read more on

Code 2330 Nuclear Engineer David Shamblin used his personal 3-D printer to print personal protective equipment that was donated to Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia.

Marking the 109th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Excellence

By Rear Adm. John Meier, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

U.S. Naval Aviation marks its early beginnings on May 8, 1911, with a purchase request made by Capt. Washington Irving Chambers for the Navy’s first aircraft. In the years leading up to World War I, pioneer aviators pushed the development of hydroaeroplanes and flying boats, turning them into effective tools for warfare and working to integrate Naval Aviation into the Navy’s mission to protect and control the seas.

The colorful history of Naval Aviation is filled with hundreds of unlikely milestones, linked through the years by imagination, innovation, and good fortune—all building on the hard-fought lessons and determination of daring pioneers.

Catapult launch of a C-2 flying boat from the USS North Carolina in Pensacola Bay. Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command.

These lessons have
sharpened for me in the last week amid a whirlwind of change, as I find myself stepping
into the shoes of leaders who many of us have studied and tried to emulate
through the years.

Just one week ago
today, I assumed command of AIRLANT, when I relieved Rear Adm. Roy “Trigger”
Kelley as Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic in a small, but memorable ceremony
at AIRLANT headquarters on May 1. Talk about big shoes to fill: Trigger
superbly commanded AIRLANT for more than two years and is retiring after 36
years of Naval service.

So today, it’s most
fitting to step back and to commemorate a truly great day in our Naval Aviation
history: Our 109th birthday!

For starters, everyone
who knows Naval Aviation knows of the courage and exploits of Eugene Burton Ely,
who performed the first aircraft takeoff from the cruiser USS Birmingham anchored in the Chesapeake Bay
on November 14, 1910. The story goes he flew about three miles in less than
five minutes and set his plane down on a nearby beach. That pivotal takeoff
would lead to accomplishing the first carrier arrested landing on the cruiser
USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4) in San Francisco Bay just two months later on January 18, 1911.

But few may know the name of the officer who proved to be the driving force in formally establishing Naval Aviation: Capt. Washington Irving Chambers—the first to have oversight of the Navy’s Aviation program. In fact, it was Chambers who arranged for that first takeoff and arrested landing by aviation pioneer Ely! Talk about aviation innovation at its best!

At the time, Secretary of the Navy George von Lengerke Meyer selected Chambers to determine the feasibility of Naval Aviation for military uses by the U.S. Navy bestowed upon him the responsibility for developing aviation in the Bureau of Navigation. Chambers prepared and submitted the first requisition for a Triad A-1 aircraft, and that airplane was purchased on May 8, 1911, thus officially marking the birth of Naval Aviation.

A hand-picked group of
aviators assisted Chambers in creating this defining program and came to be known
as the Navy’s first designated aviators, a cadre from which all Naval aviators
have followed in their stead.

Some of these follow-on pioneers included the likes of Cmdr. Theodore Ellyson, who was the first of these Navy-designated aviators. Initially serving as a submariner, Ellyson was ordered to North Island, Calif., for instruction in aviation under Glenn Curtiss, the founder of the U.S. aircraft industry. While stationed in North Island, Ellyson earned his wings and served as an experimental test pilot for the budding Naval Aviation program.

Lieutenants T. Ellyson (left) and J.H. Towers (right) in the A-2, Navy Triad. Photo courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command.

Other pioneers who paved the way included Adm. John Towers, who fostered many organizational elements of Naval Aviation. Tower trained under the tutelage of Curtiss and Ellyson, and ultimately became the first aviator to reach the rank of admiral. During his distinguished career, Towers created the first official Naval Air Station and flying aviation unit at Greenbury Point, Maryland.

Still others, such as Lt.
Cmdr. Henry Mustin, distinguished themselves as pioneers. Mustin completed the
first catapult launch from the stern of the armored cruiser USS North Carolina (ACR-12) off the
coast of Pensacola, Florida. He was an outspoken proponent on the potential of
Naval Aviation and assisted in the design of seaplanes with his fellow naval
aviator, Kenneth Whiting. Every aviator who launches from a carrier today
follows in their hallowed footsteps and all of us recognize these pioneers
through the Air Stations that bear their names.

These aviators are just a handful of many who would define a century of innovation and triumph. The U.S. Navy has led a wild ride through the years, transitioning from sea planes launched from the back of warships to Super Hornets, propelled by twin turbofan engines, and finally to the cutting-edge stealth technology of our F-35. From the successes of our early aviators, we have defined an organization of Naval Aviation that has evolved as the Navy has matured in its mission of forward power projection.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2017) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 approaches the flight deck for landing during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Juan Cubano)

As Naval Aviation expanded, so did the role of the squadron. That expansion paved the way for squadron designations that identify the functions of aviation within the fleet. On July 17, 1920, the Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels prescribed a standard nomenclature for the types and classes of naval vessels and aircraft. It is from this that the letter “V” was first used to designate heavier-than-air aircraft. It is a designation still used in assigning carrier hull numbers.

On July 1, 1938, the term Air Group became official with the creation of Air Group Commander billets. Numerical designations of these Air Groups followed in 1942, with the first being Carrier Air Group Nine (CVG-9). These Carrier Air Groups became Carrier Air Wings in 1963. The unique culture of Naval Aviation has also matured alongside technology and organization. Our aviators continue to ride on that cutting edge of innovation and our nation continues to depend upon and to benefit from that evolution. 

PHILIPPINE SEA (May 4, 2020) Sailors brace, as an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Wolf Pack of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 lands on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59). Russell is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Lynch)

Also, this month – on May 24 – the aviation industry will mark Aviation Maintenance Day. In the U.S. Navy, there is a long and proud history between aircraft air crew and ground crew. For instance, on Nov. 16, 1923, the Bureau of Aeronautics directed that all planes attached to vessels of the fleet were to be overhauled once every six months. The long linage of air crew and their ground crew were forever linked.

Navy Seaman Wolfgang Calero, left, and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Amber Ballantine perform maintenance on the wing of an EA-18G Growler in the hangar bay on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, July 11, 2016. Calero, an airman, and Ballantine, an aviation structural mechanic, are assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 136. Navy photo by Seaman Daniel P. Jackson Norgart

As the first CO of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), I am watching with great pride the tremendous progress the ship has made in the last several months. She’s now more than six months into her 18-month Post Delivery Test and Trials (PDT&T) phase of operations, and the ship has attained flight deck certification and conducted more than 2,300 catapult launches and arrested landings using state-of-the-art flight deck technology.

NORFOLK (Feb. 3, 2020) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Alexis Lanier, from Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, assigned to the air department aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), folds the American flag as the ship gets underway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zack Guth/Released)

Beyond earth’s orbit,
one of the aviators who embraced innovation and powered aviation to new heights
in the 1960s was Neil Armstrong. Before he walked on the moon as an astronaut,
Armstrong was a Naval Aviator. He is only one of more than a hundred Naval
aviators who have become astronauts—one in a line of great pilots, who continue
to proudly represent the nation as a U.S. Naval aviator.

As our U.S. Navy propelled further, we saw other pioneers advance in Naval Aviation, such as Naval Reservist Lt. Cmdr. Kathryn P. Hire, who was selected for assignment to Patrol Squadron (VP) 62 on May 6, 1983 and became the Navy’s first woman to be eligible to compete for assignments in aircraft engaged in combat missions. Seven years later, on July 12, 1990, Cmdr. Rosemary B. Mariner relieved Cmdr. Charles H. Smith as commanding officer of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-34), becoming the first woman to command an operational aviation squadron.

Such are the individual triumphs and collective successes that have defined Naval Aviation through the years. These are triumphs we celebrate not only on May 8th, but every day of the year.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 22, 2020) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Rooks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, left, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Fighting Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean, April 22, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Gruss/Released)

Finally, on this very day we mark the anniversary of Naval Aviation, is understanding the vital importance of our aircraft carriers. Our CVNs represent the most survivable air bases in the world. I expect that we work every opportunity to demonstrate the readiness, the lethality and the primary point that maneuver warfare is inherently naval. I believe that we are close to a point where CVNs will not be able to respond to our nation’s crises if force structure is further reduced or if we cannot increase the operational availability of these national assets. Operating these national assets are our people. For the people who have paved the way of Naval Aviation for the past 109 years, to those who stand the watch today, our people are in fact our greatest resource.  Our collective actions and deeds should reinforce that sentiment each and every day. 

Watch the video above to see how an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the flight deck of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during flight operations March 24, 2020. (U.S. Navy video by Chief Mass Communication Specialist RJ Stratchko)

A Message from CNO and Mrs. Gilday on Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and Mrs. Linda Gilday thank all military spouses on Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Shipmates, my wife, Linda, and I wanted to take a moment to say thanks to all military spouses on Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Let’s take
time together to applaud the service, dedication and support of military
spouses, and recognize spouses for the daily sacrifices and challenges they
overcome, especially now during the Coronavirus.

For the past
25 years, Linda has been a constant source of strength. Despite moving around
the world, she has maintained a successful career in both the public and the
private sectors, supported me every step of the way, and she’s been an
incredible anchor for our family.

countless military families around the world, the love, resourcefulness, and
support from spouses make a career of naval service worthwhile.

For all the responsibilities military spouses carry, both seen and unseen, a heartfelt thank you. We could not do it without you. We’ll see you in the fleet!

Education and Learning an Operational Imperative

By John Kroger, Chief Learning Officer and Vice Adm. John Nowell, Chief of Naval Personnel

innovation, and personal and professional development are part of our Naval
heritage and continue to be important in enabling the warfighters of today.

service is moving forward in recording and recognizing educational and learning
achievements in our formal fitness reports to ensure it is viewed as a
strategic priority, alongside our ships, aircraft and weapons systems. 

will give our Navy a warfighting advantage and allow us to thrive and win
against any competitor in this rapidly changing and complex global environment.

and a commitment to continuous learning is an operational imperative and,
through our enhanced talent management processes, we will empower and reward officers
who accelerate their intellectual development and improve their performance
through education and learning opportunities.

support these goals, and in conjunction with MyNavy HR’s efforts to integrate
education effectively into Sailor 2025 talent management initiatives, fitness
reports (FITREPs) will include specific comments regarding education, learning,
and support for a learning culture. This requirement will allow us to identify,
select, and reward those officers who have demonstrated the commitment and
ability to learn, as well as those who encourage and support the learning of
others, by placing them into positions of influence at the tactical,
operational, and strategic levels.

NAVADMIN 137/20, released May 7, brings together key elements of the Navy’s Education for Seapower Strategy 2020 and the MyNavy HR Sailor 2025 initiative to better align and integrate naval education into warfighting development and talent management. From selection boards to detailing, those officers with a proven commitment and ability to learn, and who encourage others to learn, will thrive, and this must be formally documented and considered in Fitness Reports.

As acting
Secretary of the Navy James E. McPherson has said, “To deter and outfight potential opponents in a great
power competition, our force of professionals is going to have to outthink
them, and we can only do that through continual learning and education. Our action today will ensure that our
talent management system rewards officers who advance warfighting effectiveness
through intellectual development and represents an important milestone as we
implement our comprehensive “Education for Seapower

and continuous learning will hold greater value within the modernized and
enhanced talent management system – promotion boards, selection processes, and
detailing decisions. To enable this, we must have all of the right information
available through our performance evaluation system.

to the message, documentation in FITREPs must include personal achievements in
education and learning that contribute to a culture of continuous learning,
improved knowledge, and warfighting effectiveness at both the individual and
unit level. Education and continuous learning progress, achievements and contributions
will also receive greater emphasis during statutory and administrative
selection boards.

value that education and continuous learning brings to our Navy team’s quest to
maintain overmatch against any threat is undisputed. It is imperative to
document an individual’s commitment to intellectual growth so that our
warfighters have a benchmark to strive for in bettering themselves year after
year across their career.

Instruction 1610.10E
reflects the policy changes and provides guidance to
reporting seniors regarding the documentation of professional military
education, off-duty education, and other educational and learning achievements
pursued during a reporting period. Additionally, personal achievement in
education and learning, and support of the education and learning efforts of
others, will be linked to block 1.0, 3.0, and 5.0 performance trait content in
existing FITREP assessment criteria.

reporting seniors are directed to document all education and learning whether Professional
Military Education, Navy, civilian, or unit level education. The reporting
senior should also consider the degree to which the member performs
self-assessment and improvement, pursues professional development and
education, improves current skills and knowledge, and acquires new skills.

examples of continuous learning that should be documented include: resident and
non-resident professional military education coursework, professional and
academic qualifications and certifications, civilian education coursework,
personal reading program that includes (but is not limited to) selections from
CNO’s Reading List, participation in discussion groups and military societies,
writing in national security or military journals, and involvement in learning
through new technologies.

and guidance on filling out the applicable areas of a FITREP can be found in
the message.

As the chief of naval operations detailed in FRAGO 01/2019, our nation expects a Navy ready to fight today and the policy updates announced in NAVADMIN 137/20 actively moves the Navy forward in terms of the modernization and transformation needed to ensure we are ready for tomorrow. We will instill continuous learning behaviors to broaden and deepen warfighting knowledge, which will enable adaptation, improvement, and strengthen mission command to outthink and outfight any adversary. The changes to the FITREP system ensure that we, as a Service, keep sight that learning is the ultimate warfare enabler and intellectual development a critical warfighting capability.

In closing, we hope leaders at all levels see the importance in this change – and support every member of the team’s pursuit to learn, develop, and ultimately become better warfighters.  

“SAIL” More Important than Ever

By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Last month, there was a significant decrease in the SAIL referral rate and there is concern that commands are not submitting referrals due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now more than ever, the Navy Suicide Prevention Program is encouraging commands and Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPCs) to continue submitting SAIL referrals following instances of suicide-related behaviors (SRBs). SAIL services are critical during this crisis and commands must continue to submit referrals. Due to COVID-19 operations, caring contacts have transitioned from in-person contacts to telephonic contacts, but SAIL Case Managers are still standing by to assist Sailors.

Sailors sometimes do not speak up about their feelings of hopelessness or emotional distress prior to an SRB because they fear judgement and other negative perceptions. The Navy created the SAIL Program to provide a support network that assists Sailors in navigating resources. Participation in SAIL initiates a series of caring contacts during the first 90 days after an SRB to ensure the Sailor has ongoing resources and support. SAIL is not therapy and does not replace therapy or the care the Sailor may receive from medical and chaplains. It is risk assessment, safety planning and a link to all the additional resources that Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers to support our Sailors.

The SAIL Program
launches into action when a command notifies their SPC when an SRB occurs.
SPC then contacts the Navy Suicide Prevention Program, which forwards the
Sailor’s information to Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). CNIC
contacts the appropriate FFSC Case Manager, who first reaches out to the
command, and then reaches out to the Sailor to offer SAIL. SAIL case managers
help Sailors understand, choose and engage with resources they need.  Sailors are empowered to strengthen their coping
throughout the process.

Although risk factors associated with SRBs do not cause or predict suicide, several relate to social connection:

– Lack of social support and sense of isolation

– Loss of relationship or significant personal loss

– Feeling like a burden to others, helplessness

– Feeling like a burden to others, helplessness

If you hold a leadership position, be sure to actively
to your Sailors with the intent to understand, not just respond. After
someone experiences an SRB, one of the most important things they need is
support. Support from leadership
is critical at this time. Remaining transparent with others in discussing
thoughts of suicide or other forms of self-harm openly promotes help-seeking
behavior. Facilitating positive
and ongoing dialogue around stress helps empower proactive self-care.

is just as critical to readiness as physical health. Feeling
connected to others can help reduce the isolation of suicidal thoughts, which
often stem from a desire to stop intense pain rather than a desire to die. Leaders
at all levels of the Navy contribute to their shipmates’ understanding of resources
and command climate. Whether you’re a deckplate leader, front-line supervisor
or commander, investing
in relationships
with your team through mentorship and other forms of
social connection helps create an environment where all Sailors feel heard and valued.
We all play a part in creating a supportive
where those who need help have the courage to seek help and
feel heard.  

To learn more about the SAIL Program and access additional
resources for leaders, visit this

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate
assistance, the Military Crisis Line is available 24/7.  Call 1-800-273-8255 (Option 1), text 838255 or
visit for free and confidential support.

Chaplain Corps Provides Irreplaceable Services

RADM Brent W. Scott Navy Chief of Chaplains

I recently read an opinion article that suggested it would
be reasonable to consider what amounts to reducing the religious liberty of
service members and their families. The author offered that diminishing the
Chaplain Corps would help the Navy meet its $40 billion requirement. The truth
is, however, that it would only provide less than one-half of one percent in
governmental saving and it would ultimately cost taxpayers more. Stated
differently, chaplains reduce the frequency and severity of a wide range of
costly destructive behaviors.

The Navy Chaplain Corps is an extremely efficient
organization. The Navy’s 840 chaplains care for more than 564,000 active
component service members in the Navy, the Coast Guard, and the Marine Corps.
On average, every chaplain cares for more than 670 service members, not
counting their family members and the civilians who are also authorized to use
their services. The idea that Professional Naval Chaplaincy is a fertile ground
for finding cost savings is completely spurious.

Some of the most valuable and far-reaching contributions of
the Chaplain Corps go largely unknown to the average citizen. Chaplains
contribute to the National Defense at the international level, the Service
level, and the personal level. The Navy Chaplain Corps, representing
fundamental national values, contributes directly to the National Defense and
America’s relationships with other countries. For instance, Navy chaplains
engage with foreign civil and religious leaders in partner nations to build friendship
and represent the power of free people through piety, devotion and practical
support without violence or prejudice.

U.S. Sailors salute a service member’s remains on the pier before bringing them aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) for a burial-at-sea Aug 10, 2019. The John C. Stennis is pierside in its new home port, Norfolk, after completing a seven-month deployment, and is preparing for refueling complex overhaul. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mitchell Banks)

Chaplains provide value and irreplaceable service to the
Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland
Security, supporting our most fundamental form of diversity within the Navy,
diversity of thought and perspective. Without Navy chaplains at home and abroad
to facilitate the free exercise of their religion, many devout citizens from
every faith would take their virtues, strengths, knowledge, and abilities to
other services or simply refrain from military service altogether.

Without the confidential communication that Navy chaplains
offer the people they serve, fewer service members in distress would seek and
receive the medical, social, or mental health assistance they need to stay fit
to fight. Multiple studies, like the 2013 study done by the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, show that chaplains are the most trusted helping
professionals for Navy personnel seeking assistance. Chaplains help Marines,
Sailors and the Coast Guard to stay ready, lethal, and fit to fight by ensuring
that everyone at home or at sea gets the care they need from the right
professional at the right time.


Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly issues
his weekly Vector message to the Department of the Navy workforce on Fridays.
Below is the text of each Vector, the most recent appearing first.

Revisit this NavyLive blog each week for the latest SECNAV Vector.

Vector 11 – Feb. 11, 2020: Information Management

Very shortly after I left the military and transitioned to the private sector, I learned one of my greatest lessons in business. I was working as the lead corporate development executive for an aviation service company and I traveled all over the country evaluating other companies as potential acquisition candidates for my firm. During this process, someone told me of a nearly foolproof indicator that I should always assess before making a determination as to whether the business I was visiting was healthy and a good candidate to be acquired: the quality of the employee bathroom.

I quickly learned that this advice was profound because the condition of that bathroom invariably told the story of what management thought about their employees – and what the employees thought about their management. A dirty, unkept employee bathroom indicated that neither felt positively about the other. It was a cultural sign that took precedence for me regardless of the many other factors I evaluated in the business itself.

As our entire economy has evolved over the last several decades into one that is highly dependent upon information, I believe a new standard has emerged alongside the “employee bathroom test” to help determine the health of an organization. That new standard is just as visibly measured as bathroom quality. The quality, or lack thereof, is the information technology that is provided for employees to do their jobs. Therefore, across the Department of the Navy (DON), we must recognize that advanced information management, digital modernization, and the technology tools that enable them, must be elevated as core strategic priorities. They will ultimately help define the long-term cultural health of our organization.

Cybersecurity, data strategy and analytics, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing have all combined to create massive opportunities and vulnerabilities across our entire enterprise. A critical element of mission readiness is our ability to access agile, reliable, and secure global communications and information, from the network enterprise to the tactical edge. We cannot lag behind our global competitors in providing the technology standards, networks, and tools for YOU to be able to perform your mission with greater speed, accuracy, visibility, and connectivity.

That is why we consolidated Department-wide information management strategy and functions into a restructured and empowered Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) led by Mr. Aaron Weis. Mr. Weis left a successful career as CIO in the private sector because he was drawn to our mission and he likes big challenges. He came to the right place! Under his leadership, the DON is executing a unified vision driving transformation and operational capability. If we are going to win tomorrow’s fights, we must ensure operationally relevant information is in the right hands, at the right time. We need all hands on deck to execute the following three lines of effort of our new Information Management Strategy:

Modernize – We will modernize the DON infrastructure from its current state of fragmented, non-performant, outdated, and indefensible architectures to a unified, logical modern infrastructure capable of delivering information advantage. We will design a performant, defendable cloud-enabled, network leveraging robust identity management.

Innovate – We will use technologies like 5th Generation wireless and Artificial Intelligence to maximum effectiveness, and field new operational capabilities. We will create Digital Innovation Centers to accelerate software development and leverage best practices in the private sector and industry to fuel our digital transformation.

Defend – We will employ continuous active monitoring across the enterprise to increase cyber situational awareness and institute a security culture where a personal commitment to cybersecurity is required to gain access to the network. We will transform the compliance centered culture to one where security is constant readiness. We will work with our defense industrial base partners to secure naval information regardless of where it resides.

These efforts will be led by the Office of the CIO, but their effective implementation depends upon each of us. Our command of the informational commons must be no less a priority than the lethality of our weapons. Without it, our naval force will be unable to deliver what the American taxpayers deserve – and those in uniform on our Navy and Marine Corps team rightfully demand.

You have my commitment that we will improve our technology and tools to a standard that is visibly recognizable, and comparable to what would be expected of any great organization operating in the Information Age. But I ask that you – every Sailor, Marine, and civilian – take seriously your own role as a guardian of the digital information you have, and will have at your fingertips. Everyone in the DON enterprise must become a Cyber Sentry. The more advanced we become as an Information-Based organization, the more our adversaries will seek to attack and exploit us in this domain. We will not be able to stop them unless everyone does their part to protect the advantages digital information provides, and limit the vulnerabilities it creates.

Go Navy, and as always, Beat Army!

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16-year-mark Cap
Removed from GI-Bill Transferability Policy
(Jan. 10, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Sailors who are serving beyond 16 years
and meet service-commitment eligibility criteria now retain the option to
transfer GI Bill benefits to dependents as outlined in NAVADMIN 006/20
announced Jan. 10.

Navy Announces New
Legalman Conversion Opportunities
(Jan. 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Beginning in 2020, the Navy’s Legalman (LN) community is expanding career opportunities for Sailors interested in cross-rating. Read more on


MyNavy HR Announces
MAP will Remain at 20% of Total Advancement Opportunity in 2020
(Jan. 9,

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Top-performing junior Sailors will continue to have the opportunity to be promoted to the next rank under the Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP), as outlined in NAVADMIN 005/20. Read more on


Navy Reserve
Announces One-Stop Shop for Reserve Order Opportunities
(Jan. 28, 2020)

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) announces the release of ZipServe, a new application that allows Reservists to apply for all Reserve order opportunities. Read more on


Sailors Can Access
MyNavy Portal Without Common Access Card
(Feb. 3, 2020)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — Sailors have been asking for it and today the Navy delivered! Sailors can now access MyNavy Portal (MNP) from their personal mobile devices using their mobile web browser without a CAC. Read more on


Navy Announces
Institution of Surface Warfare Officer Leather Jacket
(Jan. 9, 2020)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) qualified
officers can now stand bridge watches in a soon-to-be issued leather jacket per
NAVADMIN 004/20 released Jan. 9.

CNO Message to the Force: We must be protectors and exemplify our values

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

one for every Sailor — active and reserve, uniformed and civilian — is the operational
readiness of today’s Navy. That means being ready both in our personal and
professional lives — and part of that readiness is continuing to hold ourselves
to high ideals of integrity and service.

on my first three months as chief of naval operations, I want each and every Sailor
to think about who we are as a Navy and the constitutional oath we commit
ourselves to. That oath is what binds us together. It is the foundation of our
profession. It is our north star. It defines us.

is no overstatement to say that naval service requires deeper and broader
knowledge than it ever has before. You must summon all your energy to ensure
that we are ready to fight today; not tomorrow, not in some distant future but
today. That all starts with good order and discipline at every level of the
chain of command. 

be clear, we must be men and women of integrity. We must be honorable. We must
be standard-bearers. We must be above reproach. And we must not give anyone
cause to question our fundamental values. That is what sets us apart as a
fighting force. 

I am counting on you. I expect commanders at every level to epitomize integrity
and exemplify our core values at all times. Senior enlisted leaders, I expect you
to anchor up and show your Sailors what right looks like on the deck-plates,
day-in and day-out. And I expect every Sailor to display the character and honor
that has always defined our Navy. These ideals are central to who we are.

responsibility for ethical and professional behavior must be taken seriously — and
we must own it at every level. We must be protectors and exemplify our values.

counting on each of you to set a strong personal example of responsible
behavior, both on and off duty.

there is much work to be done, the tenacity and ingenuity of our Sailors will
take us where we need to go — and do so at a flank bell. 

you in the fleet.

PCU John F. Kennedy’s Seal Crafted to Honor the President

By Capt. Todd Marzano Commanding Officer
Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy

During my time serving on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) while the
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier was undergoing maintenance at Huntington Ingalls
Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, the keel of the future USS John F.
Kennedy was laid. PCU John F. Kennedy has come a long ways since I first
observed initial construction in the dry dock back in 2015 following the keel laying.
At that point I had no idea I’d be fortunate enough to be the ship’s first
commanding officer and I’m incredibly honored, humbled, and excited to be given
the opportunity to lead such an amazing team of high quality crewmembers.

Upon reporting to PCU John F. Kennedy, I was given the honorable
task of creating the ship’s seal
. The design was a collaborative effort,
with many valuable inputs from the crew. Each element of the seal is
significant for its relevance to the ship’s namesake, naval service, and our
great nation.

The 35 stars located throughout the outer ring of the
seal represent the Honorable John F. Kennedy as the 35th president. The 35th
star is positioned after his middle initial and the two gold stars between CVN
and the number 79 symbolize this is the second aircraft carrier bearing his
name. The first was CV-67, commissioned back on Sept. 7 1968, and served our
nation for nearly 40 years.     

The Roman numeral CIX (109) is a tribute to John F.
Kennedy’s heroic naval service as the boat commander of PT-109 in the South
Pacific during World War II. He displayed extraordinary courage, both in combat
as a naval officer, and as President of the United States. 

The bow on view of the ship advancing through the
water reflects the enormous power of our Navy’s newest class of aircraft
carrier, fully ready to support the needs of the nation.  

President Kennedy’s image against the backdrop of the
moon represents his bold vision to lead the space race. The importance of
achieving this goal was highlighted during his speech at Rice University Sept.
12, 1962 when he said, “No nation which expects to be the leader of other
nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space. For the eyes of the
world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have
vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a
banner of freedom and peace.” 

Finally, the motto “SERVE WITH COURAGE” truly exemplifies President John F. Kennedy’s life.  From the first day of his presidency, he challenged every American during his inauguration speech to “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” He regarded serving one’s nation as an honor and held the utmost respect for those who did so with courage, especially when faced with adversity.

It was this passion that inspired President Kennedy to study and write about exceptional leaders throughout our nation’s history who served with courage, and it was the example set by these impressive individuals who helped mold him into one of our country’s most influential presidents. His powerful words spoken Jan. 20, 1961 during the inaugural address are just as applicable today, and when USS John F. Kennedy heads out to sea, the crew will “serve with courage” and take a great deal of pride and satisfaction knowing they are members of the United States Navy. 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Oct. 29, 2019) The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) reaches another construction milestone, Oct. 29, 2019, as its dry dock area is flooded three months ahead of its slated production schedule leading up to the christening of the second Ford-class aircraft carrier, scheduled for Dec. 7, 2019. The flooding of the dry dock follows other milestones, including the laying of the ship’s keel on Aug. 22, 2015, the placement of the 588-metric ton island superstructure on May 29, 2019, and the arrival of the crew on Oct. 1, 2019. Kennedy is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Ferrero/Released)