April is Month of the Military Child, and on behalf of my husband Mike, I want to take this opportunity to thank, recognize, and celebrate our military children.
As a mother of two boys, young men now, I understand the challenges and rewards that come with raising children in a Navy household.
Military children face something that other children don’t — deployments, moves, and absences. These experiences force children to become familiar with uncertainty and change. And isn’t that a great skill to carry over into our lives now, as we adjust to different patterns due to the coronavirus?
Today, the need for resilience is more important than ever. To our Navy children, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing your part — for the moving, being the new kid in school from time to time, and adapting to the new family routines when your parent is at work or deployed.
Military children, both youth and teenagers, are strong and they set examples for their friends, their neighbors, and their local communities on how to make personal sacrifices in the service of the collective good.
Let’s take time together to celebrate the patriotism, strength, and perseverance of our military children. Let’s applaud their daily sacrifices and the challenges they overcome. Most of all, let’s thank them for their love and support, which makes the life of service to the Navy possible.
We also want to recognize not only the parents who raise the children, but also the Navy child- and healthcare professionals. What you do matters to support Navy children.
To everyone, please join me in recognizing our Navy children and their families, not only this month but all throughout the year.
Thank you very much.
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. Read more on Navy.mil
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 Navy.mil
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.mil
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 Navy.mil
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.mil
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. Read more on
Navy Family Framework Version 2.0 is an update to Navy Family Framework Version 1.0, released in November 2017. Based on feedback from the fleet through online forums, in-person focus groups, and surveys, Version 2.0 sets new goals in light of the progress made since Version 1.0 was released.
The Navy will continue improving its commitment to families through future assessments, feedback, progress, and goal setting.
Check out the video below for a message from CNO and his wife, Mrs. Dana Richardson, on what to expect when you read Navy Family Framework Version 2.0.
As the 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games started June 21, athletes have been testing their strengths and endurance. A total of 40 Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, who advanced to the DoD level in March as part of the Navy Wounded Warrior–Safe Harbor program, are in the Team Navy.
Anytime is a good time to send your Sailor something from home and the holiday season is an especially good time to do that. Families and friends need to know some rules about sending holiday mail and gifts to Sailors, so their mail and packages are not lost or returned. Following a specific format and not to miss deadlines are musts. In addition, there is a restricted items check list.
All classes of mail addressed to Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses must contain the new Navy Standardized Address format, which includes ship or mobile unit number, (or PSC number for ashore FPOs), virtual or actual mail box number, and five-digit ZIP code to ensure delivery. Mail not addressed correctly could be returned to sender as undeliverable.
Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS) is available from selected military post offices. If mailing to an FPO, Army Post office (APO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) address, check with your local post office to determine if PMEMS service is available and specific delivery service standards.
Space Available Mail (SAM) refers to parcels mailed to APO/FPO addresses at parcel post rates first transported domestically by surface, then to overseas destinations by air on a space available basis.
Plan Sending Your Mail Ahead of Deadlines
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), in cooperation with the U.S Postal Service, Military Postal Service Agency and Joint Military Postal Activity, have released mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25 deliveries of holiday cards, letters and packages. You can refer to the information below for the deadlines.
For mail addressed to/from:
APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-092 and 094-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966
Nov. 27: Space Available Mail
Dec. 11: First-Class and Priority Mail (letters, cards and packages)
Dec. 17: Priority Mail Express Military Service
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093
Priority Mail Express Military Service: N/a (Not available for 093 ZIPs)
Nov. 27: Space Available Mail
Dec. 4: First-Class and Priority Mail (letters, cards and packages)
Domestic Mail (For ships in port and personnel on shore duty in the U.S. mailing to U.S. destinations – not including APO/FPO)
Dec. 20: First-Class Mail and Priority Mail
Dec. 22: Priority Express Mail
Additionally, international First-Class packages and Priority Mail addressed to Africa and Central and South America should be mailed no later than Dec. 1.
International First-Class packages and Priority Mail addressed to Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East should be mailed no later than Dec. 8.
Be Aware of Mailing Restrictions for Some Items
You need to check with local civilian or military post offices for information regarding size restrictions and customs declaration form requirements. NAVSUP reminds that some items cannot be mailed, such as, alcohol, switchblade knives, controlled substances, etc. If in doubt, contact your local civilian or military post office.
Also make sure that articles are packaged properly for mailing and packages do not display markings related to any type of hazardous material, such as bleach, alcohol, or cleaning fluids. Parcels found by U.S. Postal Service with such markings or labels on the outside of the box will not be processed.
Smaller is Better
In previous years, we’ve asked our Facebook fans for some help to put together tips on how you can make the ultimate care package. They told us that the smaller the packages the better because of limited space to store things aboard ships. Some gift examples included personal items, such as, your Sailor’s favorite shampoo, new socks and underwear. Favorite items also included photographs, postcards, personal sized snack packs, hobby items and DVDs for movie nights.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.
Our Navy is charged with maintaining maritime superiority. We execute this charge with our One Navy Team – our Sailors, civilians and Navy families. Our families are an integral part of our team and a vital contributor to our mission success.
Today, President Trump issued an executive order to enhance opportunities for military spouses looking for employment in the Federal Government. https://t.co/moNsW8HLwJ
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Hello team, CNO Richardson here with my wife Dana. You know Thanksgiving has always been a great family holiday and that’s why we chose this time to roll out the Navy Family Framework.
Since the very beginning of the Navy, for our entire 242 years, families have always been an essential part to naval power.
Mrs. Richardson: And our personal story in the Navy, we’ve been in for 35 years. We’ve had 21 moves, five kids, they’ve been to dozens of schools, but that’s our identity and that’s what we’re proud of. The kids are proud of my husband’s service and we’re very thankful to you and your families for your service.
CNO: And so what we did is we talked to hundreds of Sailors and hundreds of families around the Fleet and from those conversations tried to capture those very best practices. Where is it working in our Navy the very best?
Where are our families contributing the most? Where is the Navy team best supporting the families? We roll all of those best practices up and we put them in the Navy Family Framework. And so there are a number of specific goals that the framework lays out.
Mrs. Richardson: So the goals that we’re talking about are:
Improving family readiness
Making the spouse training opportunities available to everybody and easy to access
Get families the information that they need
Make sure we connect those commands to the families.
And in doing those things we will make our families stronger.
CNO: And a stronger family means a stronger fleet okay? We do, as Dana said, have so much to be thankful for – we all do together – thankful to be in our Navy, thankful to have the strong families that we have.
We also recognize that on this holiday like all holidays there are some families that will not be together. Their Sailors are deployed around the world protecting our freedom, protecting our ability to come together in peace. And so we especially want to be thankful for that sacrifice during the holidays.
So let’s get to it.