Navy Releases New Parental Leave Program

BIG NEWS! Navy Releases New Parental Leave Program!!

The program applies to all active duty Sailors. Reserve Sailors who were performing active duties, or mobilized more than 12 continuous months, and are the parents of a qualifying birth or adoption on or after Dec. 23, 2016 are also eligible.

The three family leave categories under the Military Parental Leave Program are:

* Maternity Convalescent Leave is a six-week (42 days), non-chargeable leave period for the Sailor who gives birth, commencing the first full day after a Sailor is released from the hospital following a birth.

* Primary Caregiver Leave is a six-week (42 days) non-chargeable leave period for the parent who gives birth or is designated with primary responsibility for caring for the child or children following a birth or adoption.

* Secondary Caregiver leave is a two-week (14 days) non-chargeable leave period for the parent not designated with primary responsibility for caring for the child following a birth or adoption.

Details about the leave periods are described in NAVADMIN 149/18.

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106087

Ombudsman Turnover

Blacklions,

It has been my extreme pleasure to have served VFA-213 as your Ombudsman for these past two years. When I first accepted the position, I knew that it would be difficult, but I was never aware of how rewarding the job would become. I have truly cherished my time serving as your Ombudsman. 

Your new Ombudsman will be Michaela Stuart, who has graciously accepted to take up the position. I can tell you with absolute confidence that you are in excellent hands. 

Thank you all for your time, commitment, trust, and your friendship. 

Sincerely,

Adam Reilly

As Blacklions, We Stand United as One Family

The response to any tragedy is critical to the healing of those left behind.  Please allow the next of kin notification and investigation processes to be completed as designed.  As families of the fallen deal with this tragedy, it is critical that everyone refrain from sharing information through social media or with friends and family.  Well-intentioned social media posts during past tragedies have caused unintended yet irreparable harm to those left behind.  Honor the fallen and their families by honoring the process.  Thank you.

 

Upcoming Events this December

12/9 - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Granby Street at 9am

12/9 - Winter Family Fest at NAS Oceana Youth Center at 3:30 pm

12/14 - A Winter's Evening Series: Dickens Christmas at the Hunter House Victorian Museum at 7p

12/16 - Winter Wonderland at Slover Library at 10:30 am

12/16 - A First Cup of Christmas Cheer at the Hunter House Victorian Museum at 2pm

12/31 - Last Night on the Town at Town Center/ Colombus Ave at 5:30 pm

Click here for the complete list

Trees for Troops Tree Drive!

All trees distributed at Fort Story

The 10th annual Trees for Troops event will commence 1 Dec from 1200-1900 at 720 New Guinea Road (Auditorium) on board JEBFS.  They will close at 1900, which is 30 minutes later than last year.  This will allow more folks to come get a tree after work.  "Initial tree issue" (01 Dec) will be for priority groups, which include:  (E1 to E6 personnel, spouses of deployed service members, and exceptional family members program personnel and families in need.)

Beginning 2 Dec, all remaining active duty military ID Card holders may receive a tree (if trees still remain).  The tree lot will be open from 1200 to 1900, with a limited supply of trees.  Trees cannot be sold and are only intended to go to active duty service member's homes.  We are unable to reserve trees for personnel.  Only one tree is authorized per person, household, or sponsor.  No trees are to be used for community or command functions, common areas or parties.  Please empty vehicles to fit a six to nine foot tree.  Please bring your own help and rope to tie trees onto vehicles.

Things to Do in November!

Creative Writing Classes offered throughout November with The Muse Writers Center of Norfolk

11/5 at 7:30 PM - House of Blues Brews and Stews at 2200 Parks Ave in Virginia Beach

11/8 at 11:30AM - Veterans Day 5K at Dam Neck Athletics

11/10 at 4pm - Million Bulb Walk at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

11/16 at 7:30 PM - Women in Music at TCC Roper Performing Arts Center

11/18 at 7AM - Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon 5K at Town Point Park in Norfolk 

11/23 at 5:30PM - Holiday Lights at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront (on the Boardwalk)

11/24 at 9AM - Planes, Trains, and Santa at the Military Aviation Museum

11/24 at 10AM - 36th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market at 1000 19th Street in Virginia Beach

 

View the Full list here

Homecoming Transition

Hello Blacklions!

With our loved ones now home and given time to acclimate over the past month, I wanted to take this time to remind everyone that the ombudsman website is still active and is here to help with any questions that you and your spouse might have. Just because deployment is over does not mean that you cannot still contact your ombudsman! I am here to help. 

I will continue to update the website with any pertinent information or events that are scheduled for our area such as career opportunities, information on military resources, or fun things to do in our area--so please continue to check the website periodically. And if you haven't done so already, register for the ombudsman newsletter for an easy way to stay informed!

Keep in touch!

-Adam

More HomeComing News!


- At the Bush's "Homecoming Celebration" at Nauticus Museum (1 Museum Drive Norfolk, VA 23510) on August 20 from 6-10pm, Homecoming information will be on repeat every 20 minutes starting at 6:20pm.

- The base access list will be at Gates 2 and 3A. Signs to the pier and parking lots start from Gates 2 and 3A. I would advise spouses to use a different gate as the line at Gates 2 and 3A will be lengthy.

- The base access list is only valid for Homecoming. If you are wanting to tour the base another day, your sailor will have to sponsor you on.

- All bags and vehicles are subject to be searched.

- Prepare for lots of walking and waiting.

- There will be separate tents for CVN 77, CVW-8, CSG-2 and DESRON-22 - squadron's will be included in the CVW-8.

- There will be water and snacks in the CVW-8 tent, but I suggest bringing your own water bottle as it will be HOT out.

- This tent will be open to the entire air wing not specified people.

- They have said "No" to individual tents for each squadron.

- The tent will be located in parking lot qp-1.

- Please wear family friendly attire and comfortable shoes. You could always change into heels or wedges once your sailor has started walking off the boat.

- Homecoming signs must not be any larger than a poster board. Banners are not allowed. Please no inappropriate messages on the posters.

- There are absolutely NO: Pets allowed on the pier or in vehicles, coolers, weapons (doesn't matter if you have concealed carry. Personal guns are not allowed on military installations), alcoholic beverages, bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, skate boards, BALLOONS, bubbles, personal tents, chairs, umbrellas or wagons. Strollers are ok. Service dogs are allowed, but must remain in the parking lots. Side note for coolers and chairs: they are not allowed on the pier, but are allowed on base.

- There will be handicap parking spots close to the pier.

- NEW MOM'S: You can pick up your admittance bracelets at the Bush's "Homecoming Celebration" or the day of there will be a list you can check into. Each new mom is allowed to have their children and 1 "helper" in the tent with them. If you have a photographer, that photographer is considered your 1 helper. A family member and photographer are not allowed. Only one of them can be in the tent with you. Make sure to bring more than enough Breastmilk/formula, diapers and wipes as Homecoming is a lengthy process.

- Make sure to pack eye protection and sunscreen as the Virginia sun is unforgiving!

- The First Kiss winners and New Parents will depart first.  Then it will be a "Free-for-All" for everyone else. There will be 5 brows lowered. So it should be a relatively quick process getting everyone else off.

- The Norfolk NEX is hosting a FREE sign making event on August 19th from 11am-2pm. All materials are provided and while supplies last.

- OPSEC is of the upmost importance. Please keep any dates, countdown calendars and times off of social media until the USS George H.W. Bush releases the information to the media. Please only give information to those you personally know.

More HomeComing News!


- At the Bush's "Homecoming Celebration" at Nauticus Museum (1 Museum Drive Norfolk, VA 23510) on August 20 from 6-10pm, Homecoming information will be on repeat every 20 minutes starting at 6:20pm.

- The base access list will be at Gates 2 and 3A. Signs to the pier and parking lots start from Gates 2 and 3A. I would advise spouses to use a different gate as the line at Gates 2 and 3A will be lengthy.

- The base access list is only valid for Homecoming. If you are wanting to tour the base another day, your sailor will have to sponsor you on.

- All bags and vehicles are subject to be searched.

- Prepare for lots of walking and waiting.

- There will be separate tents for CVN 77, CVW-8, CSG-2 and DESRON-22 - squadron's will be included in the CVW-8.

- There will be water and snacks in the CVW-8 tent, but I suggest bringing your own water bottle as it will be HOT out.

- This tent will be open to the entire air wing not specified people.

- They have said "No" to individual tents for each squadron.

- The tent will be located in parking lot qp-1.

- Please wear family friendly attire and comfortable shoes. You could always change into heels or wedges once your sailor has started walking off the boat.

- Homecoming signs must not be any larger than a poster board. Banners are not allowed. Please no inappropriate messages on the posters.

- There are absolutely NO: Pets allowed on the pier or in vehicles, coolers, weapons (doesn't matter if you have concealed carry. Personal guns are not allowed on military installations), alcoholic beverages, bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, skate boards, BALLOONS, bubbles, personal tents, chairs, umbrellas or wagons. Strollers are ok. Service dogs are allowed, but must remain in the parking lots. Side note for coolers and chairs: they are not allowed on the pier, but are allowed on base.

- There will be handicap parking spots close to the pier.

- NEW MOM'S: You can pick up your admittance bracelets at the Bush's "Homecoming Celebration" or the day of there will be a list you can check into. Each new mom is allowed to have their children and 1 "helper" in the tent with them. If you have a photographer, that photographer is considered your 1 helper. A family member and photographer are not allowed. Only one of them can be in the tent with you. Make sure to bring more than enough Breastmilk/formula, diapers and wipes as Homecoming is a lengthy process.

- Make sure to pack eye protection and sunscreen as the Virginia sun is unforgiving!

- The First Kiss winners and New Parents will depart first.  Then it will be a "Free-for-All" for everyone else. There will be 5 brows lowered. So it should be a relatively quick process getting everyone else off.

- The Norfolk NEX is hosting a FREE sign making event on August 19th from 11am-2pm. All materials are provided and while supplies last.

- OPSEC is of the upmost importance. Please keep any dates, countdown calendars and times off of social media until the USS George H.W. Bush releases the information to the media. Please only give information to those you personally know.

Important Information For Homecoming!

Getting base access: 
ALL individuals that do not have a DOD ID card need to be on the list if they are not traveling in the SAME vehicle as someone who does have an ID card.  DEADLINE IS AUG 9 to be added to the list. 

Photographers need to be cleared as a vendor,  the sailor needs to sign up the photographer through the ship.  It does NOT matter if the photographer is riding in the same car, has their own DOD ID...if their presence at homecoming is to take photos they need to be cleared as a vendor.  DEADLINE is AUG 9to be added to the list.

REAL ID Act - All states in question have been until Oct 2017, that being said it is being highly suggested to make sure you have a second form of ID if you plan to use one of the ID's not in compliance. 


If someone is denied base access due to background check, they CANNOT be escorted on the base by a DOD ID card holder. 

If someone does not have the correct ID's or is not on the list the whole vehicle will be turned around. 

The base access list will only be good for a set time (still working on this) if family wants to come back after that time they need to be in a vehicle with a DOD ID card holder. 

Getting to the pier: 
 

Gates 2 and 3A will be the designated gates for those that need to be be checked on through the access list.   Those that have DOD ID's are encouraged to use alternate gates

There will be signage to the pier and the parking lots
 

There will be VIP parking, parking passes will be emailed to those appropriate people ahead of time. The commands will be designating who those people are. 
 

At this time handicap parking is an unknown, there will be golf carts to help those needing assistance to pier. 
 

What to bring/not bring:
All bags will be searched pier to entrance to the pier
No: Pets on the pier or in vehicles! Coolers, weapons regardless of permits, alcoholic beverages, bicycles, roller stakes, roller blades, skate boards, BALLOONS!!!, Personal tents or chairs. 
 

I am still following up on umbrella's
 

Those with service animals need to reminded that there will be Military Working Dogs (MWD), through out the pier and tents.  It is HIGHLY encouraged that those with service animals wait in parking lot to ensure those animals and the MWD's do not have any altercations. Please have all service animals wear their vests. 
 

On the Pier:
 

Hospitality - this tent isrun by MWR, there will be water and pizza as well as a coloring station and photo backdrop, with tables and seating.  This tent will be outside the pier and open most likely at 6:30 am. 
 

New Parents tent - tables and seating will be provided, catering will include breakfast items and water.  This tent will have cooling fans. Wrist bands will be passed out at the Welcome Home Celebration. Those not in attendance can receive their wristbands will be given them the morning of once verified on list. 
 

The Leadership and New Parents tent will be on the pier and they will greet their loved ones in front of the tent.  
 

1st Kiss winners will have access to the New Parents tent and will have wrist bands to meet their sailors in front of the tent. 
 

There will be bleachers on the pier, there is a security guard rail between the bleachers and the ship. family members will meet their sailors at the head of the pier.  It is going to be extremely important that once families greet their sailors to move off the pier and towards the parking lots.
 

There will be separate tents for CVN 77, CVW-8, CSG-2 and DESRON-22 - squadron's will be included in the CVW-8 ( I am inquiring if these tents are open to the general public withing these communities or reserved space for specific individuals) 
 

*** Please know that the majority of this information is fluid and there is lots of planning that can still change.  

 

 

Very Respectfully, 

 

Kate Tynes

A Message From SECO

Hello Service Providers,

During the month of June, the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program office will host several events that we would like to invite military spouses to attend. Please review the following information for more details about each event and for registration procedures to join the discussions.

To join the LinkedIn discussions, participants will need to have a LinkedIn profile and request approval to join the MSEP Spouse Group page at the following link: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4159976 <https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4159976> . Once approved, members can join all group discussions hosted by the MSEP Spouse Group. We find the link works better using Chrome versus Internet Explorer.

 Thank you for sharing this information with your military spouse community and for your continued commitment to support the recruiting, hiring and retaining of military spouses.

1.      LinkedIn Military Spouse Employment Partnership Networking Series

 Please join us on June 22 at noon EDT. Newport Group will be highlighted during the discussion on June 22.

During the discussions, participants will have the opportunity to:

.         Connect with key human resources professionals and hiring managers from the companies and organizations of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.

.         Discover new employment resources and services.

.         Ask questions and get feedback.

.         Network with other military spouses and share employment experiences.

Please go to https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4159976  for more information about the networking series and to join the discussions.

2.      Military Spouse Employment Partnership Partner Connect

Please join us on Thursday, June 15 at 3 p.m. EDT.

 MSEP employers will join us on the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Facebook page for a 60-minute question-and-answer session. This is an opportunity for military spouses to ask questions and communicate with human resources and hiring experts from these companies. The following MSEP employers will be present to answer questions about leveraging your skills, networking and how to find the right position: Leidos, DXC Technologies, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and Newport Group.

 If you or military spouses in your community are interested but are not able to attend, you can check out the thread and find more information by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/DoDMilSpouse/events/ <https://www.facebook.com/DoDMilSpouse/events/> .

 For a list of upcoming Facebook chat discussions, visit the MySECO website <https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/Portal/Content/View/3854> .

 3.      Go to School - Stay Out of Debt!

Please join us on Wednesday, June 14 at noon EDT.

Certified Career Counselors will answer all of your questions and give feedback directly related to you and your situation. Learn tips from the experts to help you succeed, and network with other military spouses.

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/352984988454332/ to sign up for this event.

4.      Funding Education - Details coming soon!

We will host a webinar on Tuesday, June 27 at noon EDT to share information about funding your education.

5.      Pay for College with Scholarships Tailored Just for You!


Make college more affordable by using MySECO's Scholarship Finder to search through more than 90 scholarships carefully chosen just for you. Browse our database of financial resources offered specifically to military spouses and family members to make paying for college fast and easy.

Start now at https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/Portal/SpouseProfile/SpouseFundingSources/Search <https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/Portal/SpouseProfile/SpouseFundingSources/Search> .

 Anne Kelly, Contractor

MSEP Account Manager

Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program (SECO)

Office:   703-496-9000 x5632

Mobile: 703-254-8412
 

Have an Interest in Yoga? Unsure where to start?

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to take a minute to share some info about a fantastic organization in Hampton Roads called Bhav Brigade. Bhav holds free-to-attend outdoor yoga sessions across Norfolk and Portsmouth and each class is available to all levels. I've never done yoga before and I wanted to give it a try and the night classes I've been to have been incredibly relaxing and beneficial. If you are curious and have time to check it out, visit their website or Facebook page to see when their next event is. All you have to do is bring your yoga mat. 

Each class sponsors a specific local charity so they ask that you donate whatever you're comfortable with at the end of the class but donations are not required. Below is a list of their upcoming events. Maybe I'll see some of you there!

 

CVN 77 June Newsletter

USS George H.W. Bush Family Readiness Group

Board Members:                                           Committee Chairs:
Kristy Parker - President                                    Elisia Wilson - Merchandise
Kate Tynes - Vice President                               Jessica King - Helping Hands
Katie Superdock - Treasurer                             Amy Gilmore and Jeannine Ricker - Welcoming
Joanna Puszczalo - Secretary                           Carrie Williams - Homecoming

Advisors:                                                         Ship Liaison:
Kristi Pennington                                                Terence "Fig" Newton
Shannon Duff
Johanna Phillips

Message From The Board:

Hello CVN 77 Families and Friends,

Some days have flown by and others have seemed to dragged along but we have made it halfway! This is the time to take a moment to look how far we have came, how much we've accomplished and start getting to those "I'll do it when they are gone" lists.   Take a second to congratulate yourself and remember it's down hill from here.

The CVN 77 Board and Homecoming Committee are busy planning homecoming festivities. There are lots of questions arising about these events, please be patientand understand once the information is available it will be shared.

There are some great outings and fundraisers in the next few months below, make sure to mark your calendars and we'll see you there.

"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming" - Dori

Best Regards,
The CVN 77 FRG Board

Message from The Ombudsman:

 

Congratulations to all the new PO3,PO2's, and PO1's this exam cycle! We are looking forward to the upcoming chief results also being released before the ship pulls in. To those who did not advance this cycle keep pushing ahead, studying and getting qualified.  We are proud of each and every one of you and all you do. 

 

Hurricane season is upon us, starting June 1st through the end of November. Everyone needs to have a plan now how to handle storm season. Please make sure you have a hurricane survival kit packed with all the essential items you will need and mapped out several evacuation routes in case there is a need to leave. Please take a moment to review the information on this website (https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes?gclid=CPunsNXciNQCFZ2Pswod2vQKNQ) for what to do if a hurricane comes.  

 

Department of the Month- : CRMD

Greetings from the Command Religious Ministries Department (CRMD)!

Our work is critical to the morale of our ship’s crew. CRMD ensures that all personnel can exercise their constitutional right to practice their faith as they choose. In addition to providing 37 religious services and studies each week, CRMD also offers 100% confidential counseling to all personnel regardless of religious background; provides 24/7 pastoral care during urgent or emergency situations; coordinates service projects in home and overseas ports; offers the United Through Reading program connecting all personnel with their children; processes American Red Cross emergency notifications; and manages the library named after our ship’s sponsor, Dorothy Bush Koch, the daughter of our namesake. The library includes over 3,500 Books, over 2,500 DVDs and 11 musical instruments – all available for checkout.
 
CRMD consists of five chaplains and eight assistants. We are privileged to serve alongside your Sailor. While we acknowledge their hard work, we recognize that our mission is worldwide because you are holding down the fort where you are. Thank you for all you do to support us and please know we are praying for you daily. May God bless you with courage and strength as we all press forward toward the home stretch. Team CRMD
 
Chaplains: CDR John Logan, LCDR Margaret Siemer, LT Solomon Lloyd, LT Josh Earls and LT Imad Barakeh; Religious Program Specialists/Staff: Senior Chief Terence Newton, RP1 Matthew Hansen, RP1 Kenneth Armstead, RP2 Jason Mills, RP3 Geno Macerelli, AN Adriana Rodriguez, AMAN Auriana Hernandez
 

Shoe Box Auction:

Thank you to all those that donated care packages and donated funds for our auction, 51 boxes were sent to the ship last week.  The support from friends and family is what keeps the FRG going, we couldn't have done it without you!
 

CVN 77 FRG Merchandise:

We have new summer Red Friday T-shirts, Woman's tanks and tee's and children's items.  Check them out at our June meeting, Halfway Pool Party or online here: http://merchandise77.wixsite.com/ghwb




 

Paint Nights:

Join the CVN 77 FRG for a special paint night at Pinot's Palette in Norfolk on Friday, June 30th at 6pm.  To attend this event you have to register below. $10 of each ticket will be donated back to the CVN 77 FRG.  The painting example will be slightly different than pictured, but will be a water scene that includes the ship and a plane flying off. 
https://www.pinotspalette.com/norfolk/event/167790

Out-of-towners:
If you are unavailable to attend the above event, there is another option.  Individuals can attend any event held near you and $15 will be donated to the CVN 77 FRG per ticket purchased! 
https://www.paintnite.com/virtual-fundraiser/VF-GHWBFRG
 

Gift cards and basket donations needed: 

The CVN 77 FRG Board is collecting donations of gift cards (chain restaurants, local Hampton Roads businesses, hotel nights, movie tickets, etc.) as well as gift basket donations for our Night Before Homecoming Raffle Table.   
Donations can be sent to CVN 77 FRG 1731 Gilbert Street P.O. Box 15367 Norfolk, VA  2351.  Please direct any questions or concerns to Kate at vicepresident@cvn77frg.org.

First Kiss Tickets:

Purchase tickets for a chance to have one of the first kisses off the ship at homecoming!!!
Tickets are available to be purchases at all FRG meetings and events as well as online by contacting: firstkiss@cvn77frg.org.

Tickets are $1 a piece, there is no limit on number of tickets purchased. Drawing will be held approximately one month before homecoming.

Tickets may only be purchased by loved ones attached to the ship's company.  Those with sailors belonging to other commands should contact their FRG for more information.  Proceeds raised help fund the events and activities planned by the FRG such as halfway parties and homecoming events. 

Happy Grams:

The June suns are ready to head to the ship!



Happy Grams are available for purchase at all FRG meetings and events as well as online by contacting cvn77frg@cvn77frg.org.

Nautical Quilt Raffle:

The FRG received a beautiful donation of two nautical themed quilts made by a parent of one of our sailors.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online (online fee will be added) or at our events. To purchase online please email treasurer@cvn77frg.org with the following information: Number of tickets wanting to be purchased and which quilt raffle you want your tickets to go into. Drawing will held at the Night Before Event.

Anchor: Oversized Throw                                                             
 

Star: 52" Square Throw



 

Treasurer Position Available:

The CVN 77 FRG Board is accepting letters of interest for the Treasurer position until 6/30/17. 

While this position does not require financial experience it is a plus. The individual would be responsible for keeping monthly records of expenses and income, using PayPal for online invoicing, attending monthly board meetings and all FRG sponsored events, payment of all bills and reimbursement of any purchases. 

If you are interested in this position please email Kristy Parker at president@cvn77frg.org.   Interviews will be taking place in early July.

July Picnic in the Park:

Due to the 4th of July holiday, the FRG will not be holding a traditional meeting at the church. 
We invite you to Blue Gap Farm in Hampton on 7/15/17 at 10am.  Pack a lunch and grab the sunscreen and join us! There is plenty of space to run, a great playground, a nature trail and a 150 animal farm.  Admission is free and animal feed is available through self service machines, don't forget your quarters! 

Blue Gap Farm: 60 Pine Chapel Rd, Hampton, VA 23666 

Check out all the fun we had at our May meeting:

For our May meeting we did arts and crafts!!
 

Dates to Remember:

June 3rd: Adults' Halfway Party, Dave and Busters, Virginia Beach
June 4th: Social Meeting, 2pm at the Tabernacle Church 7000 Granby St Norfolk.
June 10th: Kids' Halfway  Party, JEB Little Creek Gator Pool
June 30th: Paint Night at 6pm, Pinot's Pallet Norfolk
July 15th: Picnic in the Park 10 am, Blue Gap Farm Hampton 

Ombudsman Contact Information:


Alysia:           757-870-9562                Sheyanne:     757-848-8937

Natalie:          757-870-8719                Rob:           757-324-8007 

Contact Us:

 

President:  Kristy Parker, President@CVN77FRG.Org

Vice President:  Kate Tynes, VicePresident@CVN77FRG.Org

Treasurer:  Katie Superdock, Treasurer@CVN77FRG.Org

Secretary: Joanna Puszczalo, Secretary@CVN77FRG.Org

Merchandise:  Elisia Wilson, Merchandise@CVN77FRG.Org

Helping Hands:  Jessica King, Helpinghands@CVN77FRG.Org

Welcome: Amy Gilmore and Jeannine Ricker, Welcome@CVN77FRG.Org

Homecoming: Carrie Williams, Homecoming@CVN77FRG.Org

Our main email is:
CVN77FRG@CVN77FRG.Org  

A Message From the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)

Dear GHWB Family and Friends,

We are a couple days shy of the mid way point of our scheduled deployment and I’d like to take a few moments to update you on deployment and our team.

As you know, the primary mission of the USS George H.W. Bush and Carrier Air Wing Eight team thus far during deployment has been to support Operation Inherent Resolve – the coalition fight against ISIS. We began in February from the eastern Mediterranean Sea and for the past couple of months have continued that support from the Arabian Gulf. The entire team has performed beautifully. It is both humbling and uplifting to watch them operate on a daily basis.

Concurrently, our Carrier Strike Group Two teammates continue to engage in a myriad of missions within the Gulf and throughout this general operating area to ensure the free flow of commerce on international water and provide the stability that comes with regional security.

In addition to the usual circumstances that come with operating in this region – heavy merchant traffic, restricted sea space, reduced visibility, and a substantial adversary close-by to the east – the temperature is steadily on the rise. Despite these challenges and the fact that our absence from home is approaching four months, the crew remains focused and morale remains high.

I attribute the performance and morale to a number of factors. First and foremost, the talent and dedication of the modern Sailor is simply astonishing. Second, everyone on this team understands the critical nature of the work at hand and is committed to doing their part to achieve victory and lasting stability.

A third absolutely essential ingredient to our success to this point is the unbelievable support we continue to receive from home. Whether it originates from national organizations such as Operation Shower or Turn for Troops, local organizations such as Scouts, churches, and schools, or individual family members and friends, each gesture has profound impact and is deeply appreciated. On behalf of the 4,800 folks embarked on our ship, I thank you all.

The second half of deployment is filled with great promise on both professional and personal fronts. We expect to continue to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the enlisted advancements from the March exam cycle will be announced soon, officer promotion boards are beginning to report results, and the CPO selections will be released before we return home. Additionally, we are planning a swim call, a steel beach picnic, and we have some exciting port visits in our future that provide us the opportunity to showcase our Sailors to our allies and friends – and allow for some fantastic liberty.

In closing, we have much work yet to accomplish and we fully embrace our responsibility to stand a complete and professional watch. Your tremendous support is much appreciated and will remain absolutely critical to our success moving forward. We look forward to being re-united with you soon.

All the best,

Will Pennington