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Forcm Wright Weekly 4 Dec 09

  1. 1. FORCM WEEKLY REPORT – 4 Dec 09 Greetings Shipmates! Hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and were able to slow down enough to spend some time with family and friends breaking bread together or interacting via phone or one of the social networking sites serving around the world. I spent a few days in the office this week and on Wednesday, Donna and I were joined by VADM Debbink to greet two flights with over 477 single service members and 27 families as they returned back to the states on the eve of Thanksgiving. It is such an honor and privilege to be able to greet these service members and witness the reaction of the families and spouses when they see their loved ones. On Friday and Saturday Donna and I were in Nanticoke, PA to honor MA2 Brian Patton who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving the country that he loved. Please keep MA2 Patton’s family, friends and Shipmates in your thoughts as they deal with their recent loss. Tuesday I spoke with Class 149 at the Senior Enlisted Academy where all U.S. military services and military representatives from South Africa were in the audience. This continues to be a great strategic communications opportunity that allows the senior enlisted leaders to learn what you are doing around the globe 24/7/365. Wednesday evening a small group was privileged to visit the Naval Observatory. I suggest that you visit to schedule a tour that includes a presentation of the mission and history of the Naval Observatory, a view of USNO's timekeeping responsibilities with a presentation/explanation of the Master Clock system, and (weather permitting) viewing of celestial objects with the 12-inch Alvan Clark refractor with an astronomer. This morning the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Wounded Warrior Visit to the Pentagon was held. We welcomed approximately 40 DOD-wide military patients who recently returned from duty in Iraq and other areas of conflict. The service members and their families received a VIP tour of the Pentagon. This is just a small way we attempt to say Thank-you to these patients. During a conference call with MCPON West and the other FLTCM and FORCMs, MCPON wanted us to remind us that we are still dealing with DUIs and sexual assaults across our Navy, as leaders we must continue to be engaged with the Deckplate Sailors. We are starting to see the unauthorized wearing of “ball caps” with the NWU, help educate your Shipmates on proper wearing of this new uniform. As all-ways, remember to think about safety and conduct ORM before you start a new or routine task. Pearl Harbor Day: "In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941 the mettle and determination of a generation were challenged when the Imperial Japanese Navy unleashed a sneak attack on the U.S. Navy fleet at anchor in Pearl Harbor. In the face of these attacks the Sailors of the U.S. Navy responded with honor, courage and undying commitment. Heroic actions were embodied by common men who, when suddenly faced with the challenge of battle, responded with the resolve and character that defined the Navy and nation. Sailors today are part of this long blue line who have provided protection and security to the nation and the world." This excerpt was taken from the official Navy website. To review additional information and first hand accounts of that tragic day in Naval history visit, I encourage you to read these stories, remember our heritage and the Sailor's that have gone before us. MONTHLY COMMUNICATION PRIORITY: Continuum of Service
  2. 2. FORCM WEEKLY REPORT – 4 Dec 09 Latest Updates Advancement Results for Cycle 204 and 85: Congratulations to all who were advanced to PO1, 2, and 3 from the most recent advancement cycle! VADM Ferguson released a statement concerning the delay in releasing results: "It took a little bit longer to work through the numbers this time," said Ferguson. "We looked very carefully at a change in behavior that's taking place in the force. We are seeing significantly lower attrition and losses. More Sailors in the junior ranks are staying in the Navy." Additionally, VADM Ferguson commented that Navy's unprecedented retention and record low attrition means fewer vacancies in the E-4 and E-5 rates for Sailors to advance and resulted in a decline in overall opportunity. While the Navy continues to advance to vacancy it will also target the best and brightest for advancement. To listen to the complete podcast, visit Reserve Sanctuary: Recently there have been questions concerning Reserve retainability beyond sanctuary. Sanctuary is reached after completing 18 years of active service while on ADSW, Recall, or Mobilization orders. Sailors on ADT or AT do not attain sanctuary. A number of mobilized Sailors have been approved to enter sanctuary by N13 IAW SECNAVINST 1800.2. Additionally, if a Sailor desires to remain mobilized past 17 years of active service, the Sailor's command will need to submit a request to N13 via PERS-4G1 for the Sailor to perform that active duty service. Again, that request is submitted IAW SECNAVINST 1800.2. 17. The POC for 17 year waivers and sanctuary requests at PERS-4G1 is LT Joseph Oatis, Ready Now!: The December issue of “Ready Now!” that honors our families is available for your review at: px Post 9/11 GI Bill: Many of you have heard that you have until 31 Dec 09 to transfer your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your dependents. This is false. While I do recommend that you elect to transfer your benefits to your dependents (even if you are on the fence) because you can make modifications to this down the road or retain the benefits for yourselves but if something happens to you, your next of kin cannot make this election posthumously on your behalf (unless the Member is killed in combat). The Navy is trying to limit short term extensions on enlistments for the purpose of transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and so 31 Dec 09 was the date Navy set to let Sailors know that after that point, they will have to commit to regular re-enlistments to be approved to transfer the benefits. Members of the Armed Forces (active duty and drilling SELRES--not VTU members) will retain the option to transfer education benefits after 31 Dec 09 in accordance with the legislation but will not be approved unless they have the requisite numbers of years left of service (this is a tool retention tool, not a reward for Service already performed). The TEB process is fairly simple and can be completed by logging onto the following website: To review eligibility, questions and for instructions on how to transfer benefits, visit the VA website at Senior Enlisted Academy Non Resident Course (SEA NRC): Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Non-Resident Class 32 was cancelled due to reduced enrollment. The non- resident course is structured to hold up to 54 students per class with seven classes per year. This course provides the SELRES community the opportunity to attend the SEA with- in their required two-weeks of active duty per year. Shipmates, it’s time to look at your Chiefs mess and send those E7/8/9’s who haven’t attended (E7’s limited to 10%). MONTHLY COMMUNICATION PRIORITY: Continuum of Service
  3. 3. FORCM WEEKLY REPORT – 4 Dec 09 Designating seven eligible personnel from your NOSC to attend one of the seven classes held each year would fill the quotas presently available. 95th Navy Reserve Anniversary Celebration: On March 5th, 2010, the Chief of Navy Reserve will host the 95th Navy Reserve Anniversary Celebration at the Navy Memorial to showcase the tremendous talent and contributions made by past and present Sailors of the United States Navy Reserve. VADM Debbink would like to recognize a few of our outstanding FTS and SELRES Sailors celebrating one of the following milestones at the Navy Memorial: * Officer and Enlisted Awards (Specifically for IA operational support) * Enlisted Warfare designation pinning * Direct Commissions Submit nominations for the Navy Memorial event via email to CMDCM(AW/SW) Rose NLT Monday, 1 February 2009. All nominations must be approved and submitted by the local NRA. Do not nominate Sailors previously recognized. Requests must contain the following information: * Full Name * Rank/Rate * Member's e-mail and phone number * Command/Unit assigned * Command Point of Contact (name, email, phone) * Type of recognition to receive (award, warfare pinning, commission) * For awards, submit OPNAV 1650/3 award recommendation and citation Participants will be selected by a panel chaired by the OCNR Chief of Staff. Master Chief Rose will personally notify selected individuals and their supporting command. Those who were not selected to participate will be contacted via e-mail by Friday, 5 February. ADT/IDT/IDTT is authorized for SELRES participants. Berthing and location information will be provided to members selected via SEPCOR. Facebook and Twitter: The Navy Reserve has an official fan page on Facebook and is on Twitter. If you have a Facebook account, you can go to the link below, or type in a search for Navy Reserve to get the most recent Reserve Force news. To follow us on Twitter, go to and click "Follow navy_reserve" icon at the top of the page. Cards to Our Troops: This year Xerox is sponsoring a program to send thank you cards to our deployed troops. It's a simple process and should only take a few seconds. You go to this web site,, pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print and send to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets the card, but it will go to a member of the armed services. The site also posts messages received from deployed troops letting you know just how much they appreciate the postcards! So take a few seconds and remind our deployed troops that we support them and pray for their safe, speedy journey home. Capital One Mascot Challenge: The U.S. Naval Academy is looking for your support to win this year's Capital One Mascot Challenge. The goal is to win the contest prior to this year's Army Navy game on 12 December. To vote for Bill the Goat, go to Cast your vote today! MONTHLY COMMUNICATION PRIORITY: Continuum of Service
  4. 4. FORCM WEEKLY REPORT – 4 Dec 09 Mental Health for Our Returning Warriors: The Joint Forces Quarterly, issue 54, 3rd quarter 2009, published an article discussing the mental health issues faced by our returning warriors; "Healing Hidden Wounds" The Mental Health Crisis of America's Veterans. It discusses the background behind the mental health issues, the mandate for action as directed by the SECDEF and barriers to care. The article also outlines a model of reintegration and recovery focused on building a culture of resiliency. It discusses the advantages and shortfalls of all 4 service programs. The: Army's Battlemind program, USMC's Combat Operational Stress Control Program, Navy's Operational Stress Control Program and Air Force's Landing Gear Program. The article is attached for your review. I encourage you to read and share this information. Around the Force: RC Sailors Fulfill Joint Requirements During VIGILANT SHIELD 10. 42 Reservists provided a total of 389 days of operational support to the Joint Forces Headquarters, National Capital Region, CENTCOM, NORTHCOM and US Fleet Forces Command staffs during the month of November. The combined efforts contributed valued staff depth and skills during the Alaska survey in support of ANR Area Air Defense Planning (AADP), watch standing at the command’s Maritime Domain desk and command and control staffing during VIGILANT SHIELD. Navy Reserve Special Warfare and Rotary Wing Units Train Together. Reservist from SEAL Team 17 (ST-17) conducted exercises with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 (HSC-85) in San Diego, California. The RC SEALs and helicopter crews worked through over 200 fast roping and rappelling evolutions in the SOCAL operating area, advancing the qualifications and currency of 35 RC Sailors. HSC-85 and ST-17 are based in San Diego, CA, and are comprised of Sailors reporting from all over the country to serve. Both units are ready and responsive force multipliers in the Navy’s Total Force. 30 DAY OUTLOOK * MCPON CPO Call, NAF Washington, DC (5 Dec) * PRT Review Update, Millington, TN (7-11 Dec) * Landstuhl Germany (20-24 Dec) 60 DAY OUTLOOK * Recruiter of the Year (11-15 Jan) * 52nd Annual Surface Navy Association Conference (12-14 Jan) As of 2 December 09: Operational Support Snapshot N095 H1N1 Vaccinations RC Sailors (FTS/SELRES) Onboard: 66,430 FY10 Pres Bud End strength 65,500 (Delta +930) Military: 59/59 (100%) RC Sailors Performing Operational Support: 18,298 Civilian: 2/3 RC Sailors Mobilized or Deployed: 6,653 Contractor: 0/0 RC CPO's Mobilized or Deployed: 778 Totals: 61/62 (98%) RC Flag Officers on Active Duty: 21 Weekly Savings Using VR Airlft Capability: $824K MONTHLY COMMUNICATION PRIORITY: Continuum of Service