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Happy 127th Birthday Chiefs!On April 1, 1893, Navy General Order 409 established the rank of chief petty officer.We cele...
04/01/2020

Happy 127th Birthday Chiefs!

On April 1, 1893, Navy General Order 409 established the rank of chief petty officer.

We celebrate 127 years of our chiefs’ trusted leadership, technical expertise, advising and mentorship that enable America’s combat ready naval force to be continuously flexible, more innovative, and lethal in achieving operation excellence on all domains.

Everyone is reminded to think OPSEC during this time of many changes.  Our enemies gauge military readiness by monitorin...
03/31/2020

Everyone is reminded to think OPSEC during this time of many changes. Our enemies gauge military readiness by monitoring information posted on social media regarding changes to your work schedule, manning, or other items affected by the current pandemic. Think before you post!

FRCMA,In response to several state “shelter-in-place” orders, we want to remind you that the entire FRCMA team is consid...
03/30/2020

FRCMA,
In response to several state “shelter-in-place” orders, we want to remind you that the entire FRCMA team is considered essential personnel and therefore not impacted by travel restrictions when such travel is required to perform official duties. As laid out in ALNAV 029/20 (link below), “when DON continuing operations must be performed, federal law exempts military and federal civilian personnel from state and local government orders in order to perform their official duties….Personnel ordered to official duties, if encountered by local law enforcement during such travel, shall identify themselves using their DoD identification card and explain the nature of their work and travel.” Refer any questions or issues to your chain of command.

ALNAV 029/20

STATE AND LOCAL SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS IMPACT ON DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY OPERATIONS

ESTABLISHES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) POLICY ON PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WITHIN THE DOD.

REF B IS A MEMORANDUM FROM THE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL DIRECTING ALL U.S. ATTORNEYS TO CONTACT STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ENSURE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES UNDERSTAND THAT THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE MUST BE ALLOWED TO COMMUTE TO THEIR JOBS DURING SHELTER IN PLACE RESTRICTIONS.

REF C ESTABLISHES AN INITIAL LIST OF ESSENTIAL
FEDERAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS TO AID STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS AS THEY WORK TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES, WHILE ENSURING CONTINUITY OF FUNCTIONS CRITICAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, AS WELL AS ECONOMIC AND
NATIONAL SECURITY.

1. Per reference (a), this ALNAV provides guidance to Department of the Navy (DON) Commanders and all personnel regarding state and local government executive orders and the DON Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response. In addition, DoD military criminal investigative organizations, including Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and other DoD law enforcement organizations, have been engaging with local law enforcement regarding this
matter.

2. Operating within their own legal authorities, some state and local governments have issued shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, self-quarantine, or similar executive orders. The DON respects the orders issued by state and local authorities and shares in the responsibility to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. To the extent practicable, DON Commanders
will act in accordance with the applicable provisions of public health emergency declarations made by state and local public health authorities. However, when DON continuing operations must be performed, federal law exempts military and federal civilian personnel from state and local
government orders in order to perform their official duties.

3. To ensure continuity of operations, Commanders may direct that personnel under their command, to include active, reserve, civilian, and foreign military under DON authority, continue to perform official duties. If personnel movement is required to perform official duties, DON personnel are
exempted from shelter-in-place, curfew, or other restriction of movement orders. Personnel ordered to official duties, if encountered by local law enforcement during such travel, shall identify themselves using their DoD identification card and explain the nature of their work and travel per
reference (b).

4. Per reference (c), the Department of Homeland Security developed a list of Essential Critical Industrial Workers which should be considered by state and local authorities when identifying essential workers needed to maintain critical infrastructure. This list includes the Defense Industrial
Base. Contracting Officer Representatives should be consulted on matters relating to contractors.

5. Commanders should seek guidance from their local Command Counsel, Staff Judge Advocate, or NCIS office.

6. Released by the Honorable Thomas B. Modly, Acting Secretary of the Navy

NAS Oceana COVID-19 Hours & UpdatesAll Navy Exchange uniform shop tailoring services are closed. The tailors will comple...
03/30/2020

NAS Oceana COVID-19 Hours & Updates

All Navy Exchange uniform shop tailoring services are closed. The tailors will complete all work on items currently in their possession and will be available for pickup. They will continue to do insignia and name tape work on newly purchased items. Also, dry cleaning services have been suspended.

‼️ NAS Oceana COVID-19 Hours & Updates ‼️

All Navy Exchange uniform shop tailoring services are closed. The tailors will complete all work on items currently in their possession and will be available for pickup. They will continue to do insignia and name tape work on newly purchased items. Also, dry cleaning services have been suspended.

03/28/2020

From the desk of FLTCM O'Rawe.

Team,

Please ensure widest distribution.

The vast majority of our Navy is doing a great job understanding and working through the numerous unexpected issues this global pandemic has created for our leadership teams, our Sailors, Civilians, Contractors and their families.

As in any large global organization there are certain areas where some folks cannot figure out solutions to particularly vexing problems and will simply need our assistance.

Compassion, flexibility and innovation are key to maintaining readiness of our equipment and our people.

I ask you consider the following:

Do not threaten to throw a Sailor out of the Navy because their Family Care Plan is falling apart…the Family Care Plan was not designed for a national emergency, a global pandemic. Your leadership is key here to helping find a way to maintain unit and personnel readiness.

Do not penalize dual-mil families or single parents. Remember, this population may be pulled in two different directions by two different chains of command or may be completely reliant on the CYPs.

Do not penalize people for staying home if they feel sick. Ensure they understand how to check in and what their responsibilities are. The default should be to protect the force, then the individual.

Empower subordinates and underwrite their decisions – if someone is sick they don’t come to work! TRUST THEM!

Keep Your Cutlass Sharp!

Very Respectfully,

Richard P. O'Rawe

Fleet Master Chief

U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Important service changes to bus routes in the Hampton Roads area due to COVID-19:https://gohrt.com/alert/important-serv...
03/27/2020
Important Service Change - Bus Routes Changing - Coronavirus Response

Important service changes to bus routes in the Hampton Roads area due to COVID-19:

https://gohrt.com/alert/important-service-change-bus-routes-changing-coronavirus-response/?fbclid=IwAR2PiFlZWpuogF_BXOmDsXGLxeVHz6wwRIt1CL9nXKb-oDCTea0asXFLhkc

Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020, HRT will begin an “Essential Service Plan” in response to the pandemic. Many routes have been temporarily suspended. We are trying to provide connections to every city and major activity center during the crisis. Routes will run on an hourly schedule except cer...

03/27/2020

Words from our Skipper to all of Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic:

FRCMA,
First, let me tell you how proud I am of each of you. It is a privilege to be your CO.

Every FRCMA, military, civilian, and contractor worker has pulled together to make sure FRCMA continues to meet the Fleet’s needs in spite of a very dynamic situation. We could not have done all we are doing if it were not for each of you making right decisions every day. Several times this week, VADM “Chip” Miller, who is the Air Boss, praised you for not quitting on making sure the Fleet remains supported. You have kept yourself and your families safe and healthy, continued producing even though restrictions are increasing, and remained flexible in adjusting to a fluid COVID-19 response environment. What more could I ask you to do?

Second, please be reassured that the old adage still applies: this, too, shall pass. That is not to say today’s COVID-19 environment isn’t a challenge for everyone; it is. It’s hard business for every one of us to figure out each day what changed from yesterday and then decide what to do about it. Each of you is reminded daily that figuring out how to keep going, at work and at home, is no task to be taken lightly, and I certainly don’t, for myself or for you and your families. Lack of groceries on store and commissary shelves, right now, is a perfect example. However, perspective is an awesome gift which sets you free…when you take time to gain it. Remember what history says it was like during and after the 1917-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic. 30-50 million dead worldwide, and the world recovered and regained momentum. So, too, will we. That’s perspective.

As you seek perspective, I ask each of you read Ms. Ellen Lord’s recent memo. Who is she, you ask? She is the Under-Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. Since all of us maintenance organizations and maintainers are included as part of “Defense Acquisition and Sustainment,” you can think of Ms. Lord as your Big DoD Maintenance Boss, right below Secretary of Defense Esper. Every one of you ultimately answers to her, whether you knew that or not. If you are not familiar with the memo I’m talking about, ask your supervisor to give or send you a copy. You should read it; I certainly did. In it, Ms. Lord reaffirms that every military, civilian, and contractor employee working in and for the Department of Defense is a critical member of a critical work force, who’s effort cannot be interrupted…no matter what. That includes each of you, and it includes what each of you is doing at work and at home, every day. No exceptions.

I am aware some of you may question why you are working while other DoD employees are not. It is tempting to make that comparison and say to yourself, “If he or she isn’t working, then neither should I.” Secretary of Defense Esper responded to that thought last week. He said that the value and importance of your individual contribution to defending this country is unique to you. No comparison between your contribution to national defense and the contribution of another, is valid. While it may make sense for one DoD worker to not work at this time, it isn’t necessarily true for you. Each of you must be individually evaluated whether it makes sense for you to work or not work during this time. As I make those decisions, I must balance the welfare of you and your families with the welfare of the Fleet. I am committed to doing the best I can to make sure each of you and your families are safeguarded to the extent possible.

I encourage you to keep doing the things you are doing now to keep FRCMA, yourself, and your families moving forward. That includes putting the “We Team” ahead of the “Me Team,” as CDR “Woody” Wood in NOLA likes to say. It also includes taking seriously, the need to take the precautions we have all talked about over the last several weeks to keep your work life and your home life, safeguarded. I am fully aware that none of you can implement every measure 100% of the time. Some circumstances do not make that possible, like the worldwide scarcity of cleaning supplies and paper products or like the inability to achieve correct social distancing limits in every scenario. I wish I had great answers about how to resolve all these less-than-ideal situations that you and your families face every day. I do not. Do understand, however, that efforts to resolve the current difficult circumstances, like resolving the worldwide scarcity of cleaning and paper products, are being made at the highest leadership levels. These less-than-ideal situations you and your families are facing cannot be fixed easily or quickly, even by the most powerful or influential leaders. Just do your best. That is all any one, including me, can ask of you. In spite of these less-than-ideal circumstances, with what you have done so far, you have gotten us successfully to this point, and I have no doubt that if you keep doing it, your collective efforts will get us all past this time of difficulty.

I thank each of you, and your families, for the sacrifices you have made, and will make, to keep this great country defended. May God bless you, may He bless your families, and may God bless the U.S.A.

All the best,

Skipper

Important notes for Sailors who are already in the SkillBridge pipeline, have requests for SkillBridge submitted, or are...
03/27/2020
Amid COVID-19 Restrictions SkillBridge Internships Continue

Important notes for Sailors who are already in the SkillBridge pipeline, have requests for SkillBridge submitted, or are considering putting in a SkillBridge request. From the article:
“Because of travel restrictions imposed on March 13, only mission essential travel is authorized away from a Sailor’s local area, to include SkillBridge. Until the order is lifted, Sailors who have not yet begun their SkillBridge programs are only authorized to participate in their local area or through virtual or online classes if available.”
Read the article below for more information and as always, take any questions to your chain of command.

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If you are starting to experience a little boredom and cabin fever at home, below are some good resources to help you fi...
03/27/2020

If you are starting to experience a little boredom and cabin fever at home, below are some good resources to help you fill your time.

So you’ve caught up on all your TV shows, binge watched some new shows and even cleaned out your closets. Now what? NavyMWRMidLant.com/atHome helps make your time at home more enjoyable and productive. Explore the @HOME things to do for fitness, recreation, education, health, finances and more. New information will be added, so return to the page for new things to do, fun projects and resources. Be sure to share any great ideas you have with us. Visit https://www.navymwrmidlant.com/athome

‼️ NAS Oceana COVID-19 Hours & Updates ‼️#COVID19
03/27/2020

‼️ NAS Oceana COVID-19 Hours & Updates ‼️

#COVID19

‼️ NAS Oceana COVID-19 Hours & Updates ‼️

#NavalStationNorfolk has updated the list of services available.  Please see below.  #COVID19
03/27/2020

#NavalStationNorfolk has updated the list of services available. Please see below. #COVID19

****Updated 31 March at 3 p.m.****

*Updates includes NEX Hours of Operation and Navy Housing Service Center closure to walk in customers*

****This post will be continually updated to reflect and cancellations and/or changes in services****

As the situation evolves regarding the spread of COVID-19, Naval Station Norfolk is working daily to assess and implement mesures to protect our Sailors, civilians and their families. Below is the latest status update of our services.

As the situation evolves regarding the spread of COVID-19, Naval Station Norfolk is working daily to assess and implement measures to protect our Sailors, civilians and their families. Below is the latest status update of our services.

- NEX: See flyer with updated hours of operation effective 5 APRIL. Food service is “To Go” only. The barber and beauty shops are closed for the next 14 days. Goodyear Tire Service open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family Optometric open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No eye exams. Open for contact lens purchase and pickup only.

- COMMISSARY: Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open Thursday's from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- E-4 EXAM: Postponed to 21 May.

- PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT: Cycle 1 for 2020 – Suspended (NAVADMIN 071/20)

- HOUSING and NGIS: NORMAL hours of operations.

- GALLEY SERVICES: NORMAL hours of operations. “To Go” only.

- LEGAL: Will only be providing remote services until further notice, with priority being given to active duty service members and their dependents. For legal assistance in the Hampton Roads area please call (757) 550-0653 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment.

- MEDICAL/DENTAL CLINIC: NORMAL hours of operations. If you feel sick with a fever, cough and any new shortness of breath and have traveled outside the United States, please stay in place and call 757-953-6200. Medical is still seeing urgent care in theclinics and will be supporting operational requirements. Patients with routine medical are being asked to delay appointments and/or conduct their visit virtually.

- FLEET & FAMILY:
- Suspended all non- mandated programs and classes.
- TAP mandated program cancelled. JKO online training
is available to meet the requirements for Sailors in
immediate need of the training.

-NMCRS: Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 757-322-1171.

-CHAPEL: All Sunday services have been suspended.

- HRT: Beginning Tuesday, 31 MARCH HRT bus service to Naval Station Norfolk has been temporarily suspended until further notice

-MWR: See service charge. Please note, the gyms will close today (25 MARCH) at 12 p.m.

-NAVY HOUSING SERVICE CENTER: Closed to walk in customers. Limited staff are on site to perform all on-line services only. Service Center can be reached by phone at 757-445-2832.

We appreciate Naval Station Norfolk’s cooperation and understanding, and recognize the challenges these emerging events present to many personnel. We will continue to update as we receive additional information.

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