SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 22, 2017) Two F/A-18E Super Hornets from the "Kestrels" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 fly over the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The ship and its carrier strike group are on a western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Sean M. Castellano.
CSG 1 conducts South China Sea patrol
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Navy announces Assignment Incentive Pay for some Sailors heading to NAS Lemoore
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Thursday that some Sailors who are considering orders to sea-duty squadrons at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore may be authorized Assignment Incentive Pay (AIP).
AIP is a temporary compensation tool used to incentivize voluntary assignment to billets determined to be historically difficult to fill.
"We recognize Lemoore is a hardship duty station for many Sailors," said Rear Adm. John Nowell Jr., Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy. "This is why we're working hard to compensate Sailors who choose to serve there and go to sea."
Those Senior Chief and Chief Petty Officers who are issued orders on or after Jan. 31, 2017, for Aviation Machinist Mate (AD), Aviation Electrician's Mate (AE) and Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM) with the Navy Enlisted Code (NEC) 8342 or 8800 are eligible to apply and may receive AIP.
Sailors that already have orders or are currently stationed at NAS Lemoore are not eligible to receive AIP.
To apply, members should submit applications and bid for an AIP assignment on the navy on-line career management system. The maximum AIP bid for this assignment is $500. Members may view maximum AIP bid amounts through their command career counselors or on the NPC website www.npc.navy.mil.
NAS Lemoore is the Navy's Master Jet Base on the west coast and home to 16 sea duty F/A-18E-F squadrons.
Posthumous Advancement for Navy SEAL
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced Thursday that a SEAL killed in action last week will be posthumously advanced to senior chief petty officer.
Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, died Jan. 29, 2017, in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida.
The Navy approved an exception to policy request for Owens' posthumous advancement, effective the day of his death.
Owens was eligible for the fiscal year 2018 active duty Senior Chief Petty Officer Selection Board, which will convene in April.
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy released NAVADMIN 025/17, Feb. 6, reminding female Sailors that the third cycle selections for conversion to Submarine Force ratings closes April 1.
This cycle's conversions will be for the 2018 initial enlisted integration of the USS Ohio (SSGN 726) submarine crews in Bangor, Washington.
The Submarine Force is seeking hard charging, motivated female applicants from all ratings and ranks, seaman recruit to senior chief petty officer, to apply for conversion.
Applications are due by April 1, with selection process beginning in May.For additional information and to begin the application process, Sailors can go to http://www.navy.mil/ewis.
SAIL suicide prevention program launches Navy-wide
From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy's 21st Century Sailor Office announced Feb. 6 that the suicide prevention program Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL) is now available Navy-wide at all Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) locations.
SAIL, which was launched as a pilot program last August in the Pacific Northwest, is designed to provide rapid assistance, on-going risk assessment and support for Sailors who have exhibited suicide-related behavior. It is aimed at supplementing existing mental health treatment by providing continual support through the first 90 days after suicide-related behavior.
"We are excited that we are able to bring this important program to the fleet ahead of schedule," said Capt. Michael Fisher, Director, Navy Suicide Prevention Branch. "Having SAIL available across the Navy is a great addition to the ongoing work that commands are doing to promote help-seeking behavior, self-care, and support for our Sailors who reach out for assistance. Instilling hope is the hallmark of SAIL and we believe those Sailors who take advantage of this terrific program will see its benefit."
The Chief of Naval Personnel's Suicide Prevention Branch is partnering with the Navy's Bureau of Medicine (BUMED), CNIC, and SAIL case managers who are serving as FFSC counselors to run this new program.
SAIL is not designed to replace clinical treatment for any suicide related behavior. However, upon receiving information from commands about a Sailor who has demonstrated suicide-related behavior, Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPC) will work with CNIC, and in turn an FFSC case manager, whose responsibility will be to reach out to the individual Sailor to see if they would volunteer to participate in the SAIL program. Case managers will contact Sailors in the 90 days following suicide-related behavior.
Suicide Prevention is a cooperative Navy-wide effort that takes engagement, awareness, and action at all commands and ranks. N1, BUMED, CNIC work together to provide a range of resources to include mental health treatment, spiritual counseling, personal wellness counseling, crisis intervention as well as financial education.
The Military Crisis Line offers confidential support for active duty and reserve service members and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at http://www.militarycrisiline.net or send a text message to 838255.
United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at email@example.com to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.