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  1. 1. Riverine Squadron TWOFamily Preparedness Brief 14 October 2011 Updated 17 Oct 11
  3. 3. UNCLASSIFIED Operations Security (OPSEC) Operation Security is vital to mission accomplishment and the well- being and safety of Riverines and their loved ones Every person in this room needs to be able to: 1. Understand what type of information is CRITICAL 2. Identify threats to risks to security 3. Apply countermeasures to operational risks OPSEC deals with controlling unclassified information!UNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  4. 4. UNCLASSIFIED Facebook and Social Networking • Use it, love it, don’t forget OPSEC • The threat is real: – Dec. 2009 Al- Qaeda call for their members to monitor what we say about ourselves, our units and our families online in order to gather intelligence. – “Information on every U.S. Naval unit should be quietly gathered… their ranks, what state they are from, their family situation, and where their family members live… …search for the easiest ways of striking these ships…. • Things to avoid: – My sailor, son, daughter… etc is deployed/headed to XYZ – “ “ is coming back in May/X amount of days – “ “ is returning via ship/airport/bus – Detailed personnel information – Address, telephone numbers, schedules – Unit morale, results of operations, off-duty hangouts BEST PRACTICE: Talk about events that have happened not that will happen, unless that information has been released to the media. Otherwise, don’t provide specific details!UNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  5. 5. UNCLASSIFIED Smartphones and Geotagging • Process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video, websites and SMS messages. – The equivalent of adding a map to everything you post on the internet • Geotags are automatically embedded in pictures taken with smartphones. • Many people are unaware of the fact that the photos they take with their smartphones and load to the internet have been geotagged. Uncheck, when • Do you know how to check not needed devices and photographs for metadata?UNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  6. 6. UNCLASSIFIED Example of Geotagging • Adam Savage, host of the popular science program “Mythbusters,” posted a picture on Twitter of his automobile parked in front of his house that was geotagged. • Geotagging revealed exactly where he livesUNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  7. 7. UNCLASSIFIED 7 Security Tips for Smartphones • Install anti-virus software, and keep it updated. • Use a PIN code or pattern lock on your phone. • Turn off geotagging, or turn off photo auto- uploads. • Avoid location "check-ins." • Dont store passwords on the phone. • Enable remote wiping of data. • Encrypt public Wi-Fi transmissions.UNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  8. 8. UNCLASSIFIED Location Based Social Networking Applications • Foursquare, Facebook Places, Gowalla, SCVNGR • Growing in popularity, a variety of applications are capitalizing on users desire to broadcast their geographic location • Applications focus on various locations to earn points, badges, discounts and other geo-related awards • Exposes places of duty, home, and after work activities, and establishes patternsUNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  9. 9. UNCLASSIFIED RIVRON TWO Facebook Page • Check in on our new Facebook page to see deployment updates, stories, and news! • Preferred method of following your family members http://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverine-Squadron-Two/123218297782973UNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  10. 10. UNCLASSIFIED OPSEC Resources • http://www.facebook.com/NavalOPSEC • U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) ‐‐ Social Networking OPSEC Training • Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Norfolk ‐‐ Social Networking OPSEC Brief • MCPON to Sailors: Be Smart about Online Threats • The Basics: Protecting Personal and DoD Information • Navy Information Operations Command website • CHINFO Social Media Resources PageUNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  11. 11. UNCLASSIFIED OPSEC Conclusion • Tagging photos with an exact location on the internet allows anybody to track an individual’s location and correlate it with other information. • Location based networking apps can expose places of duty, home, after work activities, and establishes patterns . • What should you do if you identify information online that risks OPSEC? – Record and archive the information and remove it if possible. – Notify your command of any potential OPSEC violation. – Inform the individual of the OPSEC violation. Use this as a teachable moment and provide him/her with OPSEC best practices and resources so they don’t repeat this mistake.UNCLASSIFIED LT Eduardo Vargas eduardo.vargas@navy.mil (757) 462-1876
  12. 12. UNCLASSIFIED Communication Discussion CMDCM John Lees (CMC)UNCLASSIFIED
  13. 13. UNCLASSIFIED Communications Discussion • Communications between the various support nets are in place: – OMBUDSMAN – FRG – Command Leadership – CHAPLAIN – Friends at the command – Etc. • KEY POINT IS TO COMMUNICATE NEEDS/ISSUES with RIVRON TWO!UNCLASSIFIED
  15. 15. Appointed by the Commanding Officer, the members of your Ombudsman Team are spouses of service members within the command. As officialcommand representatives, they are a point of contact for all family members connected to the command - including spouses, parents, and extended family members. The Ombudsman Code of Ethics guarantees professionalism and confidentiality, within program guidelines. Ombudsmen are a key resource for family members, staying up to date on military and civilian programs that can help families solve a variety of problems. When you aren’t sure who to call, call your Ombudsman. They can help answer your questions or point you in the right direction so you and your family can get the assistance you need. Here are a few examples of when to call your ombudsman: Resource & Referral Marital Difficulties Financial Matters At Risk Pregnancy Births General Information on the Riverines
  16. 16. Monday thru Friday 7am to 6pm via email at: rivron2ombudsman@aol.com I will check this during the day often.I do work fulltime and am unable to have my cell phone will not work in the building.After 6pm weekdays and weekends via telephone at 757-390-6601 or email rivron2ombudsman@aol.comI ask that you do not call after 9:30 p.m.any night unless it is a true emergency.Email is ALWAYS the best way to reach me.
  17. 17. Please fill this out and send to OMBUDSMAN! If you need acopy, just call or email!
  18. 18. UNCLASSIFIED Family Readiness Group (FRG) Mrs. Cara Ledsinger (President)UNCLASSIFIED
  19. 19. UNCLASSIFIED Family Readiness Group • The FRG is a private organization, closely affiliated with the command, comprised of family members and friends, Sailors, and civilians associated with the command and its personnel, who support the flow of information, and provide practical tools for adjusting to Navy deployments and separations. • The RIVRON 2 FRG’s help plan and coordinate informational, care-taking, morale building, and social activities to enhance command preparedness. • Frequent updates and upcoming fun or informational events are distributed mostly by email. • To get on the FRG distro list, please email Cara at: rivron2frg@yahoo.comUNCLASSIFIED
  20. 20. UNCLASSIFIED Fleet and Family ServicesUNCLASSIFIED
  21. 21. Deployment Readiness Susan Presnell 757-462-7563susan.presnell.ctr@navy.mil Fleet and Family Support Program
  22. 22. Readiness Goals Provide ideas and suggestions for deployment readiness and preparation Identify normal emotions and reactions to deploymentReview coping strategies and support informationCover Resources for Service Members and Families
  23. 23. Practical PreparationsPaperwork: • Page 2 • ID cards • SGLI • Wills • Powers of Attorney • PassportsHome and Vehicle: • Repairs and maintenance • Insurance • Registration / Base Stickers • Storage • Pets 23
  24. 24. Financial Readiness• Develop a „Spending Plan‟• Determine who & how to pay bills• Set savings goals• Manage Credit Cards• Taxes• “My pay”• NMCRS 24
  25. 25. Service Member’s Personal Readiness Uniforms and accessories Civilian clothing “Health and Comfort” items Relax items Special occasions 25
  26. 26. Emotional Readiness Anticipation of Loss Detachment & Withdrawal Emotional Disorganization Stabilization Anticipation of Homecoming Your feelings may change from one minute to the next
  27. 27. Coping Strategies• Be “ready to deploy”• Educate about schedules• Reassure each other• Establish new routines now• Spend quality time together• Meet command members• Develop a support network• Start planning for home coming!• Communicate!
  28. 28. Maintain CommunicationE-mail • Remember it’s not always availablePhone Calls • Commercial / Cellular / DSNSKYPE Set it up before you leaveRegular Mail • Send letters, pictures and care packages • USPS Free mailing suppliesALWAYS remember OPSEC – Get Them Home Safe & Stay Safe at Home! 28
  29. 29. Handling Emergencies Contact information-INFO Card Ombudsman- (ICE on cell phone) American Red Cross Navy Marine Corp Relief Society NFAAS-Navy Family Accountability & Assessment System Be sensitive to emails & phone calls
  30. 30. Helping Children Cope Know age-appropriate reactions. Communicate feelings–validate theirs. Discuss separation, deployment and expectations. Maintain routines, traditions and structure. Help them measure time. Comfort items. United Through Reading. 30
  31. 31. Deployment Opportunities 4-6 weeks prior 2 weeks prior D-Day Set goals Maintain a positive attitude, take care of yourself Start a plan for Home Coming  31
  32. 32. Navy Spouses –”I have learned that..During deployment, the brakes on the cargo out; I grocery shopping for two areasof the world, and my friends become myfamily. Some people really do care, and somepeople really don’t, and it isn’t always whoyou thought it would be; and your eyebrowsWILL grow back after you have lit the grill forthe first time.” 32
  33. 33. Support System Chain of Command Chaplain Ombudsman Family Readiness Officer/ Support Group Friends and family Church COMPASS www.gocompass.org Military 1 Source militaryonesource.com 1-800-342-9647 33
  34. 34. Fleet & Family Support Programs• Deployment Services• Parenting Education / New parent support• Financial Programs• Life Skills• Relocation Assistance• Employment Assistance• Clinical Counseling• Community and Military Resources444-NAVY or 1-800-FSC-LINELittle Creek 757-462-7563www.cnic.navy.mil/navylifema 34
  35. 35. RESOURCESNavy-Marine Corps ReliefSociety (NMCRS)www.nmcrs.org1-757-462-1596American Red Crosswww.redcross.org1-877-272-7337 35
  36. 36. UNCLASSIFIED Families During Deployment LT Brian Hill (Chaplain)UNCLASSIFIED
  37. 37. Key Considerations for Family Readiness• Emergency Care Arrangements• Communication• Handling Stress/COSC: The Family Element
  38. 38. Emergency Situations Are You Ready?• Legal, financial, etc.• NMCRS Pre-Authorization Form• Childcare Arrangements – POAs • Loco Parentis • Childcare – Navy Family Care Plan • Even if not “required”, a great model to make sure all the bases are covered • OPNAV 1740.4D – Especially the checklist enclosure
  39. 39. Childcare Arrangements Important Thoughts• You never know what may happen at any time?• If you, as the spouse and primary caregiver, become incapacitated, what happens? – Yes, your spouse MAY get to come home, but how long does that take? – In the absence of arrangements, it is very possible that children would go to social services for care.• Don’t just make the arrangements, make sure someone knows the arrangements. – Who can pick up kids from school? – Who has authority to make medical decisions, for them and you?• Don’t be an island…make sure someone would notice if something happened to you.
  40. 40. Communication How to Stay Connected• Have a plan – Make it your plan – what works for others may or may not work for you – If it works for you, great; if it doesn’t, be willing to modify it if necessary• Methods – E-mail…Blessing and Curse – Skype…see above regarding e-mails – Pre-recorded videos – UTR/Children’s story recordings
  41. 41. Operational and Family Stress: Management and Resiliency• Our Riverines are not the only ones who are impacted by Operational Stress, Riverine Families are impacted as well.• In addition, there are all the added stressors of maintaining day to day life with half the manpower.• Family members can notice, and be impacted by, stress reactions of their loved ones• Family members react to their own stresses in similar ways
  42. 42. The Operational Stress Continuum
  43. 43. Stress Reaction Characteristics
  44. 44. The Family Stress Continuum
  45. 45. What Do I Do?• Be aware of the signs – If you see them in yourself, reach out for help – If you see them in others around you, support them in getting help – If you see them in your Riverine, call: • Chaplain – LT Hill 757-284-6664 – LCDR Ryan 757-617-0971 • Ombudsman • Command Representative
  46. 46. What Do I Do?• Routine will help – Expect to establish a new normal – Accept that things will not be the same• Know What to expect emotionally – Emotional Cycle of Deployment • Pre-deployment (varies) • Deployment (1st month) • Sustainment (months 2 thru 5) • Re-deployment (last month) • Post-deployment (3-6 months after deployment)
  47. 47. What Do I Do?• Maintain Connectedness – Spouse • Gone, but not forgotten • Communication points highlighted earlier • Tips for children to follow a little later in the brief – Family Members, if supportive – Friends – Formal Support • FRG • Command Family Events • Fleet & Family
  48. 48. Final Thoughts• You will not think of everything beforehand, accept it!• You will not handle everything perfectly, forgive it!• You will get through it, believe it!!!
  49. 49. UNCLASSIFIED Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS)UNCLASSIFIED
  50. 50. What is the FOCUS Program? Resiliency training for military families with children Helps families cope with challenges of:  Multiple-deployment stress  Physically or psychologically-injured service member Free & Confidential Offered at family-friendly hours
  51. 51. FOCUS Services • Skill building groups for children, parents, and families• Educational workshops and community outreach• Consultations• FOCUS World- online resiliency training at www.focusworld.org
  52. 52. FOCUS World•Learn new ways to manage feelings•View videos that model effective ways toaddress common family challenges•Download parenting tips and activities•Create a timeline to share important memorieswith each other•Chat with family members in a secure space
  53. 53. UNCLASSIFIED Command Facebook Page ITC James Firkins (Comms Leading Chief)UNCLASSIFIED
  54. 54. UNCLASSIFIED Command Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RIVRON2• A Riverine Squadron TWO presence in cyberspace!• Purpose: – Connect Riverines past and present with each other and professional & personal organizations. – Update families on official command information and events. – Communicate Family Readiness Group (FRG) sponsored events and support family interaction. – Support incoming Riverines. – Be a repository of unit and personal pride.• Ensure we practice good OPSEC.
  55. 55. UNCLASSIFIED Command Facebook PageUNCLASSIFIED
  56. 56. UNCLASSIFIED Command Facebook Page What can you do as a user? • Read and follow posted links from RIVRON2 and other “liked” pages. • Post to the RIVRON2 Wall. • Forward photographs to the site administrators to be posted. •james.firkins@navy.mil •alvin.faircloth@navy.mil • Administrators will verify Photo is appropriate and remove any geo-tagging before posting. You will then be “tagged” in the photo unless otherwise requested.UNCLASSIFIED
  57. 57. UNCLASSIFIED Command Facebook Page OPSEC  Check out the Army checklist on the left for more details. It can also be found on the Slideshare site. http://slidesha.re/cjFKx1 (link can be found on the RIVRON2 facebook page)UNCLASSIFIED
  58. 58. UNCLASSIFIED Command Facebook Page Contact ITC James Firkins, RIVERINE SQUADRON TWO, N6 • james.firkins@navy.mil •(757) 462-1892 • or message me on facebook!UNCLASSIFIED
  60. 60. Daddy Dolls• Your picture is imprinted (special dye process) into the fabric of a stuffed doll w/ optional voice recorder and line of text• Recommended by Child Psychologists• Can help children cope with the stress of separation/deployment• Available in 3 sizes – 12 inch; 17 inch; 3 feet(new)• Processing time approx. 1-3 weeks; max 5 wks
  61. 61. How to Get Daddy Dolls• Navy Exchange – At last check, 30 kits with voice recorders available at Personalized Services area at Little Creek NEX – $34.99 for 17” doll w/recorder – Mail off form, but recorder already in hand• Website – www.hugahero.com – 12” – $23.95; 17” - $27.95 – Voice recorder - $7.00• Photo guidelines and image resolution checker available through the website.
  62. 62. Operation Hug-A-Hero®• Operation Hug-A-Hero® provides the Hug-A-Hero® dolls to families based on the following criteria (listed in order of priority) – Families of fallen heroes – A family with a community services referral (e.g. Chaplain, Family Services Coordinator, School Counselor, etc.) – Children with special needs registered with the EFM program – Household income – Number and age of children in household – Date of deployment – Length of deployment
  63. 63. Operation Hug-A-Hero• Currently, we learn about families via email, telephone requests, or the completion of one of our on-line applications, selected from among the choices below and based upon the most common scenarios which include: ★ Self-Referral – An application initiated by a family served by our mission on behalf of his/her children ★ Personal Referral - A application initiated by a loved one or family friend ★ Community Referral - An application initiated by a school counselor, pastor, chaplain or family services professional ★ Workplace Referral – An application initiated by someone in the chain of command or by someone in the recipient family’s management circle (e.g. direct supervisor, Chief, employee assistance program)
  64. 64. Other Options• Other Hug-a-Hero items – Buddies – Dog Tags – Blankets – Pillows• Build-a-Bear• Any item that lets your child maintain a connection to you in a special way.
  65. 65. UNCLASSIFIED Deployed Pay Notes YNC Rod Brown (Admin Officer)UNCLASSIFIED
  66. 66. PAY AND ALLOWANCES• Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay (HFP/IDP): $225 per month or part there of. Shouldsee changes in pay on Dec 1st payday.• Combat Zone Exclusions (Tax Free): Deployed location is a Tax Free Area. All taxes exceptfor FICA and State will be credited. Should see changes on Dec 1st Payday.•Family Separation Allowance: $250 per month or prorated for partial (day to day) after 31consecutive days. Should see changes on Jan 1st Payday•Please note that is it not just up to the Squadron to get these allowances and extra paysstarted. The Squadron will inform PSD of the changes and PSD will pass this informationto DFAS.
  67. 67. PAY AND ALLOWANCES CON’T• Per Diem is a daily allotment to reimburse service members for the out-of-pocket costof food, lodging and incidental expenses that occur while on military business ortemporary assigned duty (TDY or TAD) away from their home station. Per Diem sets thelimit to how much a service member can be reimbursed for meals and lodging. Per Diemwill be set at $124 a day while in country.• Per Diem Cont: Per Diem is paid on a monthly basis. At the end of the month eachRiverine is responsible to submit a travel claim in order to be paid for the month past.Additionally, each Riverine is responsible for assuring their GTCC is paid off each month inorder to carry a zero balance.
  68. 68. What is Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS)Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) standardizes amethod for the Navy to account, manage, and monitor the recovery processfor personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spreadcatastrophic event. The NFAAS provides valuable information to all levels ofthe Navy chain of command, allowing commanders to make strategicdecisions which facilitate a return to stability.NFAAS allows Navy Personnel to do the following:Report Accounting StatusUpdate Contact/Location informationView Reference Information
  69. 69. Use Username andPassword and click login
  70. 70. 1. Yourdependentscan eitherVerify Info asCurrent orEdit theirinfo. Alldependentswho need tobe updatedmust beedited in thisscreen.
  71. 71. UNCLASSIFIED Medical Contacts HQ or Detachment MedicalUNCLASSIFIED
  72. 72. UNCLASSIFIED Naval Medical Installations Hampton RDs Contact Numbers All Emergencies call - 911 Key Point: Tricare - 1-877-874-2273 or www.tricareonline.com If you need Medical guidance while your Routine Medical Appointments - 1-866-645-4524 spouse is deployed, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth/Naval Hospital Portsmouth contact RIVRON 2 Emergency Room (757) 953-1365 Medical: (757)284-6661 Information (757) 953-5000 Customer Service Office (M-F; 0730-1600) (757) 953-2600 / 4560 Customer Service Help Desk (M-F; 0730-1600) (757) 953-9796 Patient Information (757) 953-5002 Visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcp for a complete listing of phone numbers and more information regarding NMCP/naval Hospital Portsmouth and its off site Branch Clinics. Off Site Branch Clinics Boone Branch Health Clinic (757) 953-8351 Sewells Point Branch Health Clinic (757) 953-9000 Yorktown Branch Health Clinic (757) 953-8454 NNSY Branch Health Clinic (757) 386-3226 Oceana Branch Health Clinic (757) 953-3933 Dam Neck Branch Health Clinic (757) 953-9915 Tricare Prime Clinic Chesapeake (757) 953-6366 Tricare Prime Clinic Virginia Beach (757) 953-6708 NorthWest Branch Health Clinic (757) 953-6246 Tricare Prime Clinic NorthWest (757)953-6246UNCLASSIFIED
  74. 74. Emergency/Disaster Response• Ordered/Recommended Evacuations – Update NFASS, call CDO and relay plans – Command will assist with evacuations if required• Hazardous Damage/Situations – Call CDO, command will make every attempt to provide vehicles/personnel to either evacuate or remove hazards – Command can assist in coordinating temporary housing• Maintain Communications – Command representative will contact you following severe weather or other disasters if you do not contact the command• Call if you need assistance with any emergency/situation – Roadside assistance, household flooding, etc
  76. 76. UNCLASSIFIED Plan for Deployment Day • Muster at Det Bldg: D-3.5 hours – Bring carry-on items only – Coffee/snacks/drinks provided – Farewells • Board Buses/depart for AMC Terminal: D-2.5 • Arrive AMC Terminal: D-2 – Proceed through security once at terminalUNCLASSIFIED