VFA 34 Blue Blasters

VFA 34 Blue Blasters Strike Fighter Squadron 34, also known as the "Blue Blasters," is a United States Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet strike fighter squadron stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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04/05/2020
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US Surgeon General’s quick face covering video...

While the White House 30 Day Stay At Home guidance remains our most powerful weapon against COVID-19, CDC’s recommendation to wear a cloth face covering may help protect the most vulnerable. Watch U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams make a face covering in a few easy steps.

Good afternoon Blasters.This just released a few hours ago on Navy HR.  More guidance to come.
04/05/2020

Good afternoon Blasters.

This just released a few hours ago on Navy HR. More guidance to come.

MEMORANDUM FOR CHIEF MANAGEMENT OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

SUBJECT: Department of Defense Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health and wellbeing of our Service members, DoD civilian employees, families, and the Nation in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

DoD supports, and will continue to implement, all measures necessary to mitigate risks to the spread of the disease,
consistent with the Department's priorities to protect our people, safeguard our national security capabilities, and support the government's whole-of-nation response.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Military personnel, DoD civilian employees, their family members, and DoD contractors are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings or where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers (this does not include in a Service member's or Service family member's personal residence on a military installation). This includes all:

• Military Personnel

• DoD Civilian Employees
• Family Members
• DoD Contractors
• All other individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities

Exceptions to this requirement may be approved by local commanders or supervisors, and then submitted up the chain of command for situational awareness. Security checkpoints
may require the lowering of face covers to verify identification.
The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness will issue updated force health protection guidance on DoD implementation. The Military Departments will issue
guidance on wear for Service members. As an interim measure, all individuals are encouraged to fashion face coverings from household items or common materials, such as clean T-shirts or other clean cloths that can cover the nose and mouth area. Medical personal protective equipment such as N95 respirators or surgical masks will not be issued for this purpose as these will be reserved for the appropriate personnel.

The Department will continue to implement force protective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to our total force and their families, and the American people. The latest
DoD policies can be found at https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus.

Congratulations to LS3 Alvarez, who was selected as Wolverine of the Day while onboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) 19 Ma...
03/25/2020

Congratulations to LS3 Alvarez, who was selected as Wolverine of the Day while onboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) 19 March 2020!

Command Quarters March 4, 2020
03/15/2020

Command Quarters March 4, 2020

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday
03/10/2020

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

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#IntegratedAmericanNavalPower

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Command Quarters February 12, 2020
02/15/2020

Command Quarters February 12, 2020

Congratulations to AO1 Somkhoun on his reenlistment this afternoon and decision to stay Navy!
02/05/2020

Congratulations to AO1 Somkhoun on his reenlistment this afternoon and decision to stay Navy!

Command Holiday Party December 12, 2019
01/17/2020

Command Holiday Party December 12, 2019

Photos from VFA 34 Blue Blasters's post
01/16/2020

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01/15/2020

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11/27/2019

Photos from VFA 34 Blue Blasters's post

Looking forward to seeing some Blaster names on next weeks list!
11/22/2019

Looking forward to seeing some Blaster names on next weeks list!

Command Quarters November 13, 2019
11/14/2019

Command Quarters November 13, 2019

SCPOA and CSADD Trunk or Treat
10/31/2019

SCPOA and CSADD Trunk or Treat

Have Gun…Will Travel!
10/17/2019

Have Gun…Will Travel!

2018 Aviation Safety Award Presentation September 26, 2019
09/27/2019

2018 Aviation Safety Award Presentation September 26, 2019

Command Quarters August 28, 2019
09/10/2019

Command Quarters August 28, 2019

Command Quarters September 4, 2019
09/10/2019

Command Quarters September 4, 2019

Tips on preparing your home
09/05/2019
VDEM (@VDEM) | Twitter

Tips on preparing your home

The latest Tweets from VDEM (@VDEM). The Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management coordinates Virginia's emergency prep/response/recovery (Account not monitored 24/7 - Call 911 to report emergencies). Richmond, VA

09/04/2019

The following NMCRS offices in the path of the storm have been closed IAW local command direction and will remain closed until authorized to reopen:

NMCRS Mayport

NMCRS Kings Bay

NMCRS Parris Island

NMCRS Beaufort

NMCRS Charleston

NMCRS New River

NMCRS Camp Lejeune

NMCRS Cherry Point

The following NMCRS office will open at 1200 on 5 Sep 19:

NMCRS Jacksonville

The following offices are currently providing assistance to all Active Duty and retired Sailors and Marines, eligible family members, and eligible widows/widowers.

NMCRS Norfolk - Hours of operation Mon – Fri 0800-1600

Naval Base Fleet and Family Support Center
7928 14th St, Bldg SDA-344
Ste 238
Norfolk, VA 23505-1299

(757) 322-3134
(757) 322-1171

NMCRS Portsmouth - Hours of operation Mon – Fri 0800-1600

620 John Paul Jones Circle
Naval Medical Center Bldg 3, Room 4.1-127
Portsmouth, VA 23708-5100

(757)-953-5956

NMCRS Oceana - Hours of operation Mon – Fri 0800-1600

Naval Air Station
1896 Laser Rd, Ste 130
Virginia Beach, VA 23460-2272

(757) 433-3383
(757) 433-3384

NMCRS Little Creek - Hours of operation Mon –Fri 0800-1600

JEBLC-FS
1481 D St, Ste 103
Virginia Beach, VA 23459-8403

(757) 462-1596

After Hours, contact the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337.

In addition to the Red Cross, service relief organizations, Army Emergency Relief (AER), Air Force Aid Society (AFRS) and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) are authorized to expend NMCRS financial resources to provide support to eligible NMCRS clients.

Good afternoon Blue Blaster Family!Greetings.  I am Command Master Chief Hargrove and I want to ensure everyone has the ...
09/03/2019

Good afternoon Blue Blaster Family!

Greetings. I am Command Master Chief Hargrove and I want to ensure everyone has the tools, resources, and most up to date information concerning our hurricane response plan & preparation as Hurricane Dorian is expected to approach the Hampton Roads Area. The last update published by the National Weather Forecast Service reports there is increased confidence that eastern Virginia and northeast North Carolina has the potential of seeing significant rainfall, tropical storm force winds (around 50 knots) and very dangerous marine conditions during the timeline of Thursday and Friday this week. For information on specific hazards in this area, please go to https://www.weather.gov/akq/tropical or page NWSWakefieldVA.

Below are tools that may prove helpful as we weather the storm. The first link is the Virginia Department of Emergency Management “Know Your Zone” website, which will help in determining what evacuation zone your family resides in. This site has up to date information regarding the likelihood of evacuation, whether to shelter in place, and what routes to use to avoid major traffic delays. It is also where the attached emergency supplies checklist was found. Lastly, I have enclosed a trifold with information concerning evacuation entitlements and resources for affected families and service members who are displaced.

As additional information becomes available, we intend to keep you abreast of those new details and in return we welcome your feedback. Thank you for your time and attention.

https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/

Very Respectfully,

M.N. Hargrove

Command Master Chief

Strike Fighter Squadron 34

U.S. Navy farewells F/A-18C Hornet aircraft
02/02/2019
U.S. Navy farewells F/A-18C Hornet aircraft

U.S. Navy farewells F/A-18C Hornet aircraft

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 hosted a sundown ceremony and fly-over for the legacy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 01. Active duty service memb…

Naval Air Station Oceana
02/01/2019

Naval Air Station Oceana

Congratulations to the Blue Blasters of VFA-34 on their historic day, the last official flight of the Legacy F/A-18c Hornet.

Navy to conduct final flight of the “legacy” Hornet
01/24/2019
Navy to conduct final flight of the “legacy” Hornet

Navy to conduct final flight of the “legacy” Hornet

The Hornet, known as the “legacy” Hornet, is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft.

2018 Holiday Party
12/08/2018

2018 Holiday Party

Command Quarters November 21, 2018
12/06/2018

Command Quarters November 21, 2018

11/28/2018
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)

The previous underway period marked the end of a legacy for one of USS Carl Vinson’s strike fighter squadrons. After 36 years of flying F/A-18A/C Hornets, the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 are transitioning to F/A-18E Super Hornets. Here's a brief clip about what this means to the VFA-34 team.

Navy Detailers
11/18/2018
Navy Detailers

Navy Detailers

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10/13/2018

Greetings from USS Carl Vinson. The first couple days of flying have been smooth and the Blaster team is doing great. As we continue to settle in, we're working to get more of our workcenters access to computers. So don't be alarmed if you haven't heard from your loved one. Other than missing home, I can assure you every Blaster is safe and doing fine.

It's probably also a good opportunity to remind everyone that when we are underway at sea the ship can sometimes operate with limited communications and internet connectivity. If there are times you don’t hear from your Sailor for a few days, please hang in there. We will reach you as soon as we are able. Also remember to stay in touch with our Family Readiness Group and Ombudsman team for any official word from us, and please continue to practice good OPSEC. We look forward to returning home soon!

Our command Ombudsman can be reached at [email protected] or on Facebook at VFA-34 Blue Blasters Ombudsman and our FRG also has a page at VFA-34 FRG

Thank you for your time and patience.

Very Respectfully,

W.M. Mathis
Commanding Officer
Strike Fighter Squadron 34

09/11/2018

Blaster Families,

I wanted to provide you with the latest information regarding VFA-34’s status and plan in response to Hurricane Florence.

This morning, we made the decision to plus up our early return airlift, prioritizing those Sailors who live in high risk flood prone areas and/or those folks who have dependents that need their immediate assistance in preparation for the storm.

The remainder of the squadron will continue to stay in Fallon until the storm passes and we are able to get an airlift back home. We anticipate that this might occur Monday of next week. For all those back in Virginia Beach, please continue to plan ahead with regards to sheltering in place or, if need be, following a mandatory evacuation order.

I understand how stressful this is on every member of the Blaster family, and we are working diligently to ensure everyone’s safety throughout. Please continue to pass any feedback you have to us and we will work to address it. I will continue to pass updated information as it becomes available. Thank you kindly for your time and patience.

Very Respectfully,

W.M. Mathis
Commanding Officer
Strike Fighter Squadron 34

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733 Operations Dr Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA
23460

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My hangar mate flew A6-E's with the Blue Blasters 84 to 88. Wants to know if PAO can send stickers?
Blasters looked good landing in Philly.
VFA-34 Blue Blasters 119th Army Navy Game flyover.
Good to see Legacies over Philadelphia!
OMG, I remember back when y'all were A-6's. Do you all still use the Blue Blaster 800 Codes? Code 804 was WTF. That's the only one I remember because it was used so much on the flight deck radios.
Blaster Families, I wanted to provide you with the latest information regarding VFA-34’s status and plan in response to Hurricane Florence. This morning, we made the decision to plus up our early return airlift, prioritizing those Sailors who live in high risk flood prone areas and/or those folks who have dependents that need their immediate assistance in preparation for the storm. The remainder of the squadron will continue to stay in Fallon until the storm passes and we are able to get an airlift back home. We anticipate that this might occur Monday of next week. For all those back in Virginia Beach, please continue to plan ahead with regards to sheltering in place or, if need be, following a mandatory evacuation order. I understand how stressful this is on every member of the Blaster family, and we are working diligently to ensure everyone’s safety throughout. Please continue to pass any feedback you have to us and we will work to address it. I will continue to pass updated information as it becomes available. Thank you kindly for your time and patience. Very Respectfully, W.M. Mathis Commanding Officer Strike Fighter Squadron 34
Blaster Families- Hurricane Florence continues to move westward with the potential to impact Virgina Beach towards the end of this week. We are closely monitoring the storm and will continue to update you as soon as possible with whatever information we can provide. Expect another update from me on Tuesday morning. Now is the time to prepare - make a kit, get a plan, and stay informed. The following websites are great sources for information on your homes' flood zone and steps that you should be taking NOW to prepare. https://www.knowyourzoneva.org https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes https://www.va.emergency.gov If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our Duty phone at NAS Fallon (775) 426-2487. Very Respectfull, W.M. Mathis Commanding Officer Strike Fighter Squadron 34
1983 Oceania NAS
From the bottom my heart I want to thank every Blue Blaster. The tiger cruise was a once in a lifetime experience for me. If I needed help they help me. If I had a question and they did not know the question they found an answer. Thank you all for yawls hospitality. Welcome home blue blasters. Enjoy your time off. Sincerely MR. LOHR