Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veterans ERG

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Veterans ERG The purpose of the Veterans ERG (VET-ERG) is to strengthen the networking and professional development of our Veterans employed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

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Flagship 12.17.2020

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On 12/22/2020, the Crew took up a collection of non-perishable food items and perishable household items and delivered t...

On 12/22/2020, the Crew took up a collection of non-perishable food items and perishable household items and delivered them to VETHOUSE Inc. of Virginia Beach. Just another opportunity to provide support during the holidays to our local community and Veterans.

FYI: They do have vegetables for sale from their garden.

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Congrats to one of our own, as well as our Membership Officer!! Great job Teresa!! Keep up the great work as always!!

Congrats to one of our own, as well as our Membership Officer!! Great job Teresa!! Keep up the great work as always!!

Shipyard Spotlight: Teresa Coon

Story by Hannah Bondoc, Public Affairs Specialist

Photos by Shelby West, NNSY Photographer

Many people at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) are familiar with the purple dragon that represents Operations Security (OPSEC), or the signs and training videos that are shown to employees to remind them to protect their work from prying eyes. But they may be less familiar with the individuals are the driving force behind the department—particularly Teresa Coon, NNSY OPSEC Manager.

The beginning of her story started in San Antonio, Texas with her five siblings and parents, where she often played outside in the woods with the rest of the neighborhood kids. After high school, she joined the Navy as a Seaman Apprentice because she wanted to see the world. “At the time I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, but it sounded like a good idea,” Coon said.

From there, Coon was stationed overseas in 2001, and was chosen for the Military Working Dog (MWD) program, through which she was deployed to Iraq and Africa; while she was in Iraq, she met her husband. When she decided to leave active duty, she still wanted to work with dogs; however, this unfortunately changed when she was attacked by one of the working dogs. After learning to cope with the trauma, she came back to the Virginia to have reconstructive surgery when she heard that there was an opening at NNSY in the Physical Security Branch (Code 1121). She submitted her resume, and was offered the job in 2014. “At the time I was thrilled because my house was right around the corner,” Coon said. “Once I started, I realized what the mission here was—and it was something I could get behind.” She also liked it how many fellow veterans she was able to meet. “Being a veteran and having gone through everything I’ve gone through sometimes makes it hard for people to relate to you,” she added. “I feel more accepted with other people who have gone through similar experiences that I have.”

Although Coon was initially hired in the Code 1121, she was asked to switch to the Information Security Branch (Code 1122) and run the Safe and Vault Program after she came on board, in which she was responsible for classified storage areas and all the safes at NNSY. While in this position, she began assisting the OPSEC Program Manager at the time, Ernest Fentress, in May 2015. “I’d help teach or whatever he needed,” she explained. “I knew OPSEC had always interested me, so when he moved out of the shipyard, I jumped at the opportunity to fill that role.” She applied and was selected to fill the position.

After two years, Coon still loves her job and has a full understanding of the value of her job. “My role here is to make sure everyone knows and understands the importance of critical information,” she said. “You might not think you play a significant role but you do. You have information someone out there wants. I’m here to remind everyone that the information they have is important and they should be protecting it. Just because something may not be classified or sound important doesn’t mean it isn’t—both at work and home.”

Not only is she the OPSEC Manager, but she also had had a hand in other things around the shipyard, including creating the Monthly Security Awareness Bulletins, photo reviews, and establishing/disestablishing security spaces. She also is an active member of the Veteran Employee Readiness Group (VET-ERG). “If there’s a task and someone’s needed, I’m always willing to help,” she explained.

Her peers also agree that she is always willing to help, including Public Affairs Specialist Kristi Britt, who has worked with Coon on photo approvals for the past few years. “Teresa is one of the most hard-working and dedicated individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” Britt said. “She goes above and beyond in everything she does and she inspires me to be the best I can be for America’s Shipyard. Knowing Teresa is knowing you have a lifelong friend, someone who will be there for you and help you however she can. Teresa is truly the best!”

Although many people have helped her along the way to where she is now, the person she still thanks the most is her father. “My dad was the kind of person who would help a complete stranger,” Coon recounted. “If he saw someone, regardless of what it was or what they needed, he was always there if they needed help. He taught me that regardless of who it is you should always help people if you can. He was my hero.”

Coon takes great pride in her work and NNSY. “I feel like if I can help even one person, then I’ve accomplished something great,” she said. “I might not be an engineer on the waterfront or a mechanic that’s working on the ship, but we all play a role in getting our ships back out to the Fleet. What we do both here and at our other locations is important and that is what helps our nation. That’s what I’m most proud of in being a part of it.”

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY)

USS Alabama (BB 60) Float Undergoes Extensive Renovation

Story by Troy Miller, Public Affairs Specialist

Photo by Shelby West, NNSY Photographer

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is currently working on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Pasadena (SSN 752), USS San Francisco (SSN 711) and USS Alabama (BB 60). Wait! USS Alabama?

NNSY was one of the industry players to help build up America’s seagoing strength by constructing 30 major vessels during World War II (1939 – 1945). Tasked April 1, 1939 to build the fourth and final USS South Dakota class battleship, USS Alabama (BB 60), 3,000 men and women worked 24-hour days for 30 months to complete the project nine months ahead of schedule.

Eighty-one years later, shipyard employees came together to renovate the USS Alabama float. The float has participated in parades for the City of Portsmouth, City of Norfolk, City of Suffolk, as well as other cities located in Hampton Roads. This is the first time the float is undergoing this much renovation since it was first built in the early 1980s.

“The trailer that the Alabama was sitting on had reached its end of service life,” said NNSY Executive Support Department Command Facility Manager Ty Haughn. “In addition, the ship itself needed body and structural repair, and to be completely repainted.”

Shipyard employees, from 3-D designers to flange turners, to welders, to lofters, to painters among other trades joined together and formed a team to help promote pride, both within and outside of the shipyard.

“I’ve seen the float in parades before, but I can’t wait to see it in future parades after the renovation,” said NNSY Shipfitters Shop (x 11) Lofter Jason Bishop. “I can’t wait to tell my son at the next parade that I knew the people who made it look awesome again.”

The Alabama’s new trailer is lower than its previous trailer, thus allowing people to see the fine and intricate details of the float they couldn’t see before. The float will also receive 3-D printouts of ports, hatches and gun turrets to make it the more realistic.

“We have plans to restore the carbon dioxide system to recreate the guns firing and to come up with a system that would simulate diesel engine smoke coming out of the stacks,” said Haughn.

Renovating the float consisted support from the Shipfitter Shop (Shop 11), the Welding Shop (Shop 26), the Sheet Metal Shop (Shop 17), the Boat Shop (Shop 64), the Lifting and Handling Department (Code 700), Rigging and Equipment Operations (Code 940), the Executive Support Department (Code 1100), Executive Support Department Facilities (Code 1101.5) and the Public Affairs Office (Code 1160).

As community events resume, the float will continue to be showcased during parades, sporting events, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) events, job recruiting fairs, and other community outreach events to proudly show the legacy and service of America’s Shipyard.

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Trump gives most feds Christmas Eve off, Congress passes CR to avert shutdownFederal agencies will be closed on Thursday...
Trump gives most federal employees day off on Christmas Eve | Federal News Network

Trump gives most feds Christmas Eve off, Congress passes CR to avert shutdown

Federal agencies will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, President Trump announced, giving federal employees an extra day off the day before Christmas. Full story here:

President Donald Trump is closing federal agencies and offices on Thursday, Dec. 24, effectively giving federal employees a four-day weekend over the Christmas holiday.

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY)

Norfolk Naval Shipyard VET-ERG Leads Charge with Annual Toys for Tots Collection

Story by Kristi Britt, Public Affairs Specialist

Photos by Tony Anderson, NNSY Photographer

To help bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Veteran Employee Readiness Group (VET-ERG) led the charge with their annual Toys for Tots collection to gather toys to be given to children within the community. Even in the face of the ongoing pandemic, the team persevered and with the help of generous NNSY employees collected 704 toys.

“Each year we take time to give back to our community, while trying to improve upon our efforts from the year before. This has been an annual tradition for the VET-ERG for over 10 years now,” said VET-ERG President Nicholas Boyle. “During these troubling times, it’s even more important to remember that there are some who are less fortunate than others, and every little bit helps.”

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was first established in 1947 to help support children in need during the holiday season. Since its founding, more and more organizations have joined the effort to do their part. Presently, the program distributes an average of 18 million toys to seven million children annually. This has been an annual tradition for the NNSY VET-ERG, the team always excited to help the community in any way they can.

“It’s incredible to see the turnout this year, even in the face of COVID – to get this amount says a lot about the shipyard being willing to give back to our community – I couldn’t be prouder of our workforce,” said VET-ERG Member Colten Brinkman who led the program for NNSY this year.

Another group that embraced the giving spirit for this year’s collection was the NNSY Chapter of the National Association of Superintendents (NAS), donating $5,000 to purchase gifts.

“It was an amazing opportunity to be able to give something back to those in need,” said NAS President William Stubbs. “The NAS normally enjoys their annual Christmas party and with COVID restrictions in place it was not a wise decision to hold it this year. Being able to put a smile on the faces of potentially hundreds of children is what the NAS’s outreach to the community is all about. We have a tendency to think of all the luxuries, like Christmas parties, that COVID has taken away but when you look at how that inconvenience can be used as a greater opportunity to bless those that really need it most, it really puts things into perspective. My hope is that maybe one of the children who received a gift from this donation will be a future leader at NNSY. Small sparks of good will set large fires of culture change.”

“On behalf of all of us in the VET-ERG, I wish to express our thanks and gratitude to National Superintendents Association for this amazing donation to the Toys for Tots campaign,” said Boyle.

The NNSY VET-ERG celebrated the end of this year’s campaign Dec. 9, turning over the collected gifts to the Marines.

“This is amazing and I thank the efforts of the VET-ERG and the NAS for taking charge and making this happen,” said Deputy Shipyard Commander Capt. Todd Nichols. “This is a wonderful achievement and I’m sure it will bring a smile to many within our community.”

Command Master Chief Gene Garland added, “In today’s environment with COVID-19 and a lot of families in need, this is a great way to make someone’s Christmas brighter. A child will get up on Christmas morning and will see toys from a place of giving. We’re making a difference in our community and I thank everyone who helped to contribute to this huge donation!”

VET-ERG Founding Member and retired NNSY employee Rick Nelson attended this year’s closeout to help sort out donations and he noted what an achievement this was for NNSY. “Realizing there are kids who are getting presents for Christmas that may not have gotten something otherwise – it’s remarkable what the shipyard has done. The commitment of the VET-ERG is always commendable and they continue to step up to the plate to help our fellow shipyarders and our community. I’m proud of the legacy we’ve built and how they continued to grow.”

To learn more about the Toys for Tots program, visit To learn more about the NNSY VET-ERG, email Nicholas Boyle at [email protected].

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We took a poll to support VETHOUSE Inc. VETHOUSE Inc is a private, non-profit organization, that supports local homeless...
Donations – Vetshouse Incorporated

We took a poll to support VETHOUSE Inc. VETHOUSE Inc is a private, non-profit organization, that supports local homeless Veterans. They have a house on North Oceana Blvd in Virginia Beach with the capacity to house 8 females and 15 males. Residents are required to put in sweat equity, and be self-sufficient. They rely entirely on local donations and do not receive any time of Federal or State government subsidy.

We would like to start a short term collection to be completed by Monday, Dec 21, before we depart for curtailment.

The following items are in desperate need:
-Non-perishable food items
-Household consumables (toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, soaps, detergents, etc.)

If you would like to donate items, please contact us.

Donations Make a Donation Vetshouse, Inc. exists due to the kindness of people like you. If you would like to make a donation to Vetshouse, Inc., please contact Mr. Willard Smith at (757)-724-8614 or email us at [email protected] Or use our secure Paypal link below: We are in need of the followin...

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY)

NNSY's PAO did a wonderful series on Veterans at the Shipyard. It is a 5 part series.

Here is Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

In celebration of Veterans Day, we sat down with veterans within our workforce to learn a bit about their personal journeys in the military and at America's Shipyard. In this series, we explore the Veterans of Norfolk Naval Shipyard. In episode five, the participants share what America's Shipyard means to them.

We are the #ForceBehindTheFleet! We are #AmericasShipyard!

Video by Ryan Hill, Videographer with the Shipyard Audio Visual Production Office, Code 1170.

Series Written by Kristi Britt, Public Affairs Specialist, Code 1160.

This video is also available on YouTube:


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I just want to take a minute and thank all the Veterans in this group. It has been my pleasure to be the information and awareness officer! I look forward to getting over all of this COVID stuff, and really start to do some more cool events. I have been a part of this groups since I got in the yard and I have never had a negative experience. This group has helped me in so many ways. A special Shout out to Rick Nelson for being such a great Mentor. Ive never met a finer Marine. Please help me to get the word out to any veteran you see in the yard. We all need help at one point or another. Lets do our best to make sure everyone knows that they don't have to go at it alone!
Just wanted to express my gratitude for all of you that have bravely served our country, you're all incredible heroes! I have a great amount of respect for our troops and have been feeling especially patriotic recently. I decided to watch David Salzberg's latest combat documentary called Above the Best (some of you may be familiar with his other combat films) and I was thoroughly impressed. The movie follows soldiers and pilots deployed in 2007 in the most dangerous valley of Afghanistan and shines a spotlight on the danger these men and women put themselves in to protect not only our country, but also each other. Highly recommend if this sounds like a film you could enjoy! The trailer's on Youtube.
With 3000+ Veterans at NNSY, we should be able to Fill the Field. Come out in your Battle Rattle and show what your made of. Don't just "LIKE", Show Up!
Crew, don't forget about Mondays 9-11 observance Fall-in for Morning Colors. Be safe doing the Hurricane Preps this weekend, and check on your 'Battles'.
Happy Birthday Puddle Jumpers.
Hello I'm Richard Retired US Navy First Class Electrictions Mate I'm in code 970 shop 71..