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 ( 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:


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.

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!

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

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:

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

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 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   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: