Shift ColorS Volume 57 Issue #1                             Navy Personnel Command                                        ...
Shift ColorsInside this issue:                                                              VADM Mark E. Ferguson III     ...
Our Navy, Our Allies: Sailors Lend Aid in the Wake of Japan EarthquakeTop: A tug boat is among debris in Ofunato, Japan,fo...
Website Links Unemployed Vets, Spouses to Jobs           By Terri Moon Cronk                 Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of...
Directory Links Wounded Warriors, Families to Resources                         By Elaine Wilson                American F...
Government Publishes Veterans Homelessness Report  From HUD and VA News Releases  WASHINGTON – The Housing andUrban Develo...
Another Step Toward Making the Claims Process Faster                       By Lauren Bailey                             li...
National Defense Act Will Make Premium-based TRICAREBenefits Available for Military Dependents up to Age 26               ...
P-MART: A Reliable Pharmacy Safety Tool for Service Members  FALLS CHURCH, Va - Since 2002,           P-MART flags medicat...
Health Plan to Remain Free for Troops             By Donna Miles                   current TRICARE enrollment fee was     ...
Study Ties Problems to Post-traumatic Stress             By Lisa Daniel                                                   ...
CHAIRMAN from Page 1those who do so are on average in theirearly 20s.  “They bear this burden proudly, theycare deeply abo...
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  1. 1. Shift ColorS Volume 57 Issue #1 Navy Personnel Command The Newsletter for Navy Retirees Spring 2011CRSC, CRDPexplained From the Combat-Related Special Compensation Board There are two concurrent receipt pro-grams available to Navy and Marineretirees who have VA-rated disabilities.They are the Concurrent Retirementand Disability Payments (CRDP) pro-gram and the Combat Related SpecialCompensation (CRSC) program. Re-tirees who receive VA disability pay-ments have their retired pay “offset”(reduced) by the amount that the VApays. Both of these programs “restore”some or all of that retired pay. The De-fense Finance and Accounting Service Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley(DFAS) calculates and pays monthly Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses residents of Chambersburg, Pa., Feb. 10. Mullen visited the southern PennsylvaniaCRDP and CRSC compensation. town as part of his “Conversations with the Country” town hall meetings. In order to be eligible for theseprograms, disabled retirees must be eli-gible for retired pay and be in receipt Chairman Asks Communities toof VA disability compensation. Chap-ter 61 (medical retirees) with less than Help Veterans Reach Their Dreams20 years service are eligible for CRSC By Karen Parrish The chairman has traveled around theonly. 20-year and Temporary Early American Forces Press Service nation for his “Conversations with theRetirement Act (TERA) retirees (15-19 WASHINGTON – He is proud and Country” since last April, working toyears of service) are eligible for both privileged to lead a military that is the raise awareness of how Americans canCRSC and CRDP. Retirees, eligible best he has seen in more than 40 years, help veterans and their families returnfor both programs, can receive com- the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of successfully from war to civilian life.pensation from only one of them. Staff said today. “They are extraordinary young men CRDP is automatic and is paid to 20- Speaking during a town hall meeting and women, and they come from allyear and TERA retirees who have VA at Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, over the country - and in some casesrated service connected disabilities of Pa., Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said, all over the world,” the admiral said.50% or higher. There is no application “I’ll state the case up front: I believe “They make a difference, and theyrequired, nor accepted. DFAS deter- that there is in our country [a] ‘sea want to make a difference.”mines eligibility and pays monthly of goodwill’ to support our men and The same service and sacrifice the na-CRDP compensation. CRDP is being women in uniform, and their families, tion witnessed in Iraq is now occurringphased in over 10-years and in 2011 is and we are now in our 10th year of in Afghanistan, the admiral said, and war.” See CRSC, Page 13 See CHAIRMAN, Page 12
  2. 2. Shift ColorsInside this issue: VADM Mark E. Ferguson III Chief of Naval Personnel RADM Don Quinn3 Japan Earthquake Aid Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel,4 Website Links Unemployed Vets, Spouses to Commander, Navy Personnel Cmd. Pam Warnken Jobs Acting NPC Public Affairs Officer5 Directors Links Wounded Warriors, Families Wm. Cullen James Editor to Resources Shift Colors, the newsletter for6 Government Publishes Veterans Navy Retirees (NAVPERS 15886), is Homelessness Report published in accordance with Depart- ment of the Navy Publication and7 Another Step Toward Speeding Up Claims Printing Regulations. The Secretary8 National Defense Act Will Make Premium-based of the Navy has determined that this publication is necessary in the trans- TRICARE Benefits Available to Dependents up action of business required by law of the Department of the Navy. to Age 269 P-MART a Prescription Safety Tool Send correspondence to: Navy Personnel Command10 Health Plan Remains Free for Troops Shift Colors 5720 Integrity Drive11 Study Ties Problems to PTSD Millington, TN 3805514 Retiree checklist: What survivors should know E-mail: Phone: (866) 827-567215 Reunions Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. BuliavacFire Controlman 1st Class Daniel Boes, left, serves as a line coach while Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class LakeishaHenderson participates in a small-arms live-fire exercise aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock(LSD 45). Comstock is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, which is underway on a regularly scheduleddeployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.2 Spring 2011
  3. 3. Our Navy, Our Allies: Sailors Lend Aid in the Wake of Japan EarthquakeTop: A tug boat is among debris in Ofunato, Japan,following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subse-quent tsunami. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class MatthewM. Bradley)Right: Marines and Sailors disembark from a KC-130 Hercules during a humanitarian assistancemission in response to the earthquake and tsunamithat struck Japan March 11. (Photo by Marine Corps Master Sgt. LeoSalinas)Bottom right: Chief Naval Air Crewman Steven Sin-clair looks out from an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopterassigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 - delivering humanitar-ian supplies to affected areas. (Photo by Mass CommunicationSpecialist 3rd Class Kevin B. Gray)Bottom left: Pumping Station 2 at Fleet and Indus-trial Supply Center Yokosuka Defense Fuel SupportPoint Hachinohe was damaged by the tsunami. (Photoby Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford) Spring 2011 3
  4. 4. Website Links Unemployed Vets, Spouses to Jobs By Terri Moon Cronk Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the “It’s about a national program we American Forces Press Service Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a longtime need to put in place to share this great WASHINGTON – Unemployed advocate of hiring veterans. resource that we call people, because ifveterans, wounded warriors, reserve- “Veterans bring a maturity. They you look at the unemployment rate, andcomponent service members and their bring leadership. They bring a life the demographic of 18-to-24-year-olds,spouses searching for jobs can find experience,” he said last year. “They and then break that down into veterans,one-stop shopping at a Web portal bring a dedication they may not have it’s higher than the national average.”designed just for them. had when they were 17, 18 or 19 years And sometimes, he added, the rate of Operated by the Army Reserve, the old.” unemployment among veterans is twicemilitary-friendly Employer Partnership Thurgood said the portal, launched on of the rate among civilians.of the Armed Forces at www.Employ- Veterans Day, still is in its infancy, but “We have ability to reach out to lends assistance not already has 7,500 registered users. personally to help you get your resumeonly to those looking for a job, but also “We’ve got over 1,300 [employers right, help you through the interviewto public and private employers who with job openings], including 95 For- process, and make the right connec-are ready to hire former service mem- tune 500 companies,” he said. tions with employers,” the general said.bers and help to support the troops, While many job websites exist on “The personal touch is something wesaid Maj. Gen. Keith L. Thurgood, the Internet, Thurgood said, veterans provide that nobody else does.”deputy chief of the Army Reserve. should know EmployerPartnership. The portal also has advice for vet- “It’s all about connecting supply and org offers a personal touch, such as a erans who want to start a business,demand,” Thurgood said. resume-building feature that translates Thurgood noted, offering training that Employers are attracted to veterans military language into civilian terms. explains how to become a smarter busi-because they are highly skilled leaders Deciphering “military speak” is a ness person and entrepreneur.from the finely tuned military atmo- common concern for human resources “It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s a greatsphere, the general explained. people in the corporate world, the gen- way for us to connect the great skill “It’s a mutually beneficial program eral added. sets that we bring to corporate Ameri-where the employer gets someone “We take [a military specialty] and ca,” he said. “In my opinion, our greatwho’s drug-free, understands collabo- translate it into something an HR pro- military does two things well: it deliv-ration, [and] can think strategically fessional can understand,” he said. ers results and grows leaders. That’sand act at a tactical level to get the job And it’s not just about the military, exactly what America needs.”done,” Thurgood said. Thurgood said. Visit Affairs Provides Benefits to Veterans’ Caregivers From a White House News Release injured veterans, and they deserve our Services Act are restricted by law to WASHINGTON – The Veterans ... support and gratitude.” the caregivers of the most seriously illAffairs Department is launching the In addition to the new benefits and and injured post-9/11 veterans. Thosefirst of a series of new and enhanced services for eligible veterans who were additional benefits include:services supporting family caregivers disabled in the line of duty since Sept. • A monthly stipend;of seriously ill and injured veterans. 11, 2001, VA also will begin provid- • Health care coverage; President Barack Obama signed the ing benefits and services to caregivers • Travel expenses, including lodg-Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus of veterans of all eras who already are ing and per diem, while accompa-Health Services Act of 2010 legislation enrolled in VA care, including: nying veterans undergoing care;in May, authorizing VA to establish a • Access to VA’s toll-free Caregiver • Respite care; andwide range of new services to support Support Line at 1-855-260-3274; • Mental health servicescertain caregivers of eligible post-9/11 • Expanded education and training Each VA medical center has designat-veterans. on caring for Veterans at home; ed caregiver support coordinators who “Caregivers make tremendous sacri- • Other support services such as will assist eligible veterans and care-fices every day to help veterans of all counseling and support groups givers. VA also has a caregiver supporteras who served this nation,” Veterans and referral services; and website,, whichAffairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. • An enhanced caregivers’ website. will provide general information once“They are critical partners with VA Some of the new benefits of the Care- final regulations are published, officialsin the recovery and comfort of ill and givers and Veterans Omnibus Health said. 4 Spring 2011
  5. 5. Directory Links Wounded Warriors, Families to Resources By Elaine Wilson American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – From benefits and compensation to edu-cation and training, an online directory is providing wound-ed warriors, veterans and their families a direct connectionto thousands of state, local and national resources. “There’s so much information on the Web right now, it’snice to have one place to access all of the content, the ser-vices, the information you need,” John R. Campbell, deputyassistant secretary of defense for wounded warrior care andtransition policy, told American Forces Press Service. “It re-ally permits the service member and family the ability to getinformation directly.” The Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs departmentscreated the National Resource Directory -- located at -- to link wounded war-riors, service members, veterans, their families and caregiv- Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr.ers to nationwide resources that support recovery, rehabilita- Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Nathan R. DeWalt is congrat-tion and community reintegration, Campbell explained. ulated by Captain Oakley “Key” Watkins, Commanding Toward that end, the directory contains information on a Officer of Navy Safe Harbor at the second annual Navybroad range of topics, including benefits and compensation, Safe Harbor Awards Ceremony. In July 2008, DeWalt waseducation and training, employment, caregiver support, struck by a vehicle while on his motorcycle severing hishealth, housing, and transportation and travel. spinal cord at the T3 vertebra. Since his accident DeWalt With such a vast amount of information, Campbell said, a competed in the Warrior Games and has begun distanceconsiderable effort went into creating user-friendly naviga- cycling. Safe Harbor is the Navy’s lead organization fortion tools to help people pin down resources quickly, wheth- coordinating non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and their it’s local grassroots efforts or national-level initiatives.People can search for a resource or program by subject, state While officials always are on the lookout for new informa-or territory. A recent addition is a state widget that people tion to post to the directory, feedback from troops and theircan customize and embed in home pages, blogs and other families plays an integral role in keeping the site current,sites. Once there, the information is updated automatically. Campbell said. The site includes an easy-to-locate section New programs and resources are added to the directory where people can submit resources for consideration or passas quickly as agencies and organizations can roll them out. on praise for outstanding service.Experts always are working to ensure they’re hitting on the “We’ll take that resource and, if we find out it’s a goodhot topics for troops and their families, Campbell noted, and one, we’ll put it up,” he said. Officials verify each resourceas a result, the site is constantly evolving. before posting, he added. A nonprofit organization, for Campbell cited veteran homelessness as an example. example, must be in good standing with the Better BusinessThe U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness is working Bureau before it can be considered for the directory.with the Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Devel- “That’s the idea: to make it easy, make it efficient, make itopment departments to eliminate homelessness entirely valuable,” Campbell VA’s goal of 2015. The directory has devoted an entire To further that effort, he said, a mobile version of the direc-section to homelessness, featuring resources that offer every- tory will launch in the spring for smart phone users.thing from emergency housing to employment assistance. “The target audience is younger service members and fami- Spouse employment is another area of growth on the direc- lies,” he added. “We’re really excited about that.”tory, Campbell noted, particularly with new programs and Campbell said he’s received great feedback on the site, andresources in the works. The Labor, Commerce and Defense is encouraged by a vast improvement in visitors, which hedepartments and the Small Business Administration, for ex- attributes to word of mouth. In the last quarter of 2010, theample, are working with the business community to expand site’s unique visitors jumped by 115 percent, he options for spouses. Officials will ensure new spouse “We’re continuing to get reinforcement that we’re doingemployment resources are added to the directory as they the right thing,” he said.arise, he said. Spring 2011 5
  6. 6. Government Publishes Veterans Homelessness Report From HUD and VA News Releases WASHINGTON – The Housing andUrban Development and Veterans Af-fairs departments recently publishedwhat officials say is the most authorita-tive analysis of the extent and nature ofhomelessness among military veterans. According to HUD and VA’s assess-ment, nearly 76,000 veterans werehomeless on a given night in 2009,while roughly 136,000 veterans spentat least one night in a shelter duringthat year. The assessment, part of PresidentBarack Obama’s plan to prevent andend homelessness in America, is basedon an annual report HUD provides toCongress and explores in greater depththe demographics of veterans whoare homeless, how veterans compareto others who are homeless, and how Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Wilyanna Harperveterans access and use the nation’s Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clay Hoskins, assigned to the air- craft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), stacks canned food at St.homeless response system. Vincent Depaul Catholic Church. Sailors assigned to Theodore Roosevelt “This report offers a much clearer volunteered at the church to help prepare food for the homeless.picture about what it means to be a in every 168 veterans -- spent at least shelter stayed for only brief periods.veteran living on our streets or in our one night in an emergency shelter or One-third stayed in a shelter for lessshelters,” HUD Secretary Shaun Dono- transitional housing program. The vast than a week; 61 percent used a sheltervan said. “Understanding the nature majority of sheltered homeless veterans for less than a month; and 84 percentand scope of veteran homelessness is -- 96 percent -- experienced homeless- stayed for less than three months. Also,critical to meeting President Obama’s ness alone. Four percent of homeless veterans remained in shelters longergoal of ending veterans’ homelessness veterans were found to be part of a than non-veterans;within five years.” family. Sheltered homeless veterans are -- Nearly half of homeless veterans “With our federal, state and commu- most often single white men between were in California, Texas, New Yorknity partners working together, more the ages of 31 and 50 and living with a and Florida while only 28 percent of allveterans are moving into safe housing,” disability; veterans were located in those states;Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. -- Veterans are 50 percent more likely -- Sheltered homeless veterans areShinseki said. “But we’re not done yet. to become homeless compared to all more likely to not be a part of a family Key findings of the report include: Americans and the risk is even greater household; 96 percent of veterans are -- More than 3,000 cities and counties among veterans living in poverty and individuals compared to 66 percent inreported 75,609 homeless veterans on poor minority veterans. HUD and VA the overall homeless population.a single night in January of 2009; 57 examined the likelihood of becoming HUD and VA are working to adminis-percent were staying in an emergency homeless among American veterans ter a joint program targeting homelessshelter or transitional housing program with particular demographic charac- veterans. Through the HUD-Veteranswhile the remaining 43 percent were teristics and found that during 2009, Affairs Supportive Housing Program,unsheltered. Veterans represent about twice as many poor Hispanic veterans HUD provides rental assistance for12 percent of all homeless people used a shelter compared with poor non- homeless veterans while VA offers casecounted nationwide during the 2009 Hispanic veterans. African American management and clinical services.assessment; veterans in poverty had similar rates of To date, more than 750,000 people, -- During a 12-month period in 2009, homelessness; including more than 15,000 veterans,about 136,000 veterans -- or about 1 -- Most veterans who used emergency have been assisted through HUD. 6 Spring 2011
  7. 7. Another Step Toward Making the Claims Process Faster By Lauren Bailey line, there has to be some company out there that can help us Veterans Affairs out with private medical record transmission. The VA is testing ways to access private medical records And there is.more quickly. My two favorite Veterans read the press DOMA, a company that specializes in electronic documentrelease and said, “Um, what the heck does this mean?” I fig- management, said they can get medical records from non-ured that if the info was murky to the Vets I know, it might VA docs in support of a Veteran’s compensation and pensionbe that way for other Veterans, too. claim in seven days. This is huge. So, here’s the deal. So, in new, true VA fashion we’re giving it a test go. Development is the lengthiest part of the claims process, The process was piloted at the Jackson Regional Officetaking around 100 days. Right now, if you were to submit (Jackson, Miss.) and is currently being further tested at sixa claim that requires medical records from a doctor outside other sites to sort of make the company walk the walk again.of the VA network it could take up to 40 days for VA to get These six additional pilots are running through this Spring.the documents. Here’s how it goes: VA requests the records We’ll know if they’re a success because VBA employeesand gives your doctors 30 days to respond. Then, if we don’t will be able to track and validate the records coming inhear back from private docs we have to send a reminder and quickly and DOMA will be giving the Regional Officesgive them another 10 days to get the records to us. And by weekly reports: How many requests were made, how many“get the records to us,” of course I mean that the records are requests were fulfilled and how long the fulfillment took. Ifmailed. Up to 40 days to get more paper? Not good. it’s a success we’ll roll it out the initiative to every Regional So, we’re banging our heads on our paper covered desks Office.trying to figure out ways to reduce wait times for claims—a The best part? Veterans won’t have to do anything: Nomove that will, over time, break the back the of the back- more liaising with your doctors, no more worrying if yourlog—and it occurs to us: If insurance companies can get records are going to make it in a timely fashion. DOMA willLauren’s car insurance updated and emailed to her over get the records electronically, through a secure transmissionlunch and the pizza joints let you order and track pizza on- from your doctor to VA in seven days flat. Keep Your Records Current From the Defense Finance and Accounting Service In order to receive your pay and other benefits on time every time, it’s important to review your retired pay account information regularly to ensure it is current. Be sure to notify the Defense Finance and Accounting Service of any changes to things like your mailing address, marital status and desig- nated beneficiaries. You can update your address, banking information and tax withholding yourself through myPay ( Other changes and notifications should be mailed or faxed to: Defense Finance and Accounting Service U.S. Military Retirement Pay P.O. Box 7130 London, KY 40742-7130 Fax: 800-469-6559 Or Defense Finance and Accounting Service U.S. Military Annuitant Pay Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald The gig crew, comprised of Sailors assigned to P.O. Box 7131 USS Constitution, pulls hard as they struggle to London, KY 40742-7131 the finish line during the 32nd annual Snow Row. Fax: 800-982- 8459 The Snow Row is a 3.75-mile triangular course that Please include your Social Security number and sign the gives participants the opportunity to display their request. boat and seamanship skills to spectators. Spring 2011 7
  8. 8. National Defense Act Will Make Premium-based TRICAREBenefits Available for Military Dependents up to Age 26 TRICARE News Release program has the potential to extend TRICARE coverage FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The signing of the National to several hundred thousand additional beneficiaries,” saidDefense Authorization Act (NDAA) of fiscal year 2011 into Hunter. “The premium allows us to provide this excellentlaw enables TRICARE to extend coverage to eligible adult benefit to our military families while responsibly addressingchildren up to age 26. A premium-based TRICARE Young the impact of health care costs on the DoD budget.”Adult program is expected to be in place later this spring. Initially, the benefit offered will be a premium-based The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 TRICARE Standard benefit. Eligible family members whorequired civilian health plans to offer coverage to adult receive health care between now and the date the program ischildren until age 26. TRICARE previously met or exceeded fully implemented may want to purchase TYA retroactivelykey tenets of national health reform, including restrictions and should save their receipts. Premiums will have to beon annual limits, lifetime maximums, “high user” cancella- paid back to Jan. 1, 2011 in order to obtain reimbursement.tions, or denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions – but As details are being finalized to offer the TRICAREdid not include this expanded coverage for adult children. Young Adult Standard option, the TRICARE ManagementDependent eligibility for TRICARE previously ended at age Activity will also begin work on the required policy and21 or age 23 for full-time college students. contract changes to offer a TRICARE Prime option later The fiscal year 2011 NDAA now gives the Department in 2011. While it is too soon to provide specifics, eligibleof Defense the authority to offer similar benefits to young family members using the TRICARE Young Adult Standardadults under TRICARE. The law was signed by the Presi- program may be able to change to TRICARE Prime later indent on Jan. 7, 2011 but full details of the TRICARE Young the year if it meets their needs more fully. The TRICAREAdult (TYA) program will not be in place until later this Young Adult Prime option will also carry a separate pre-spring, according to TRICARE officials. mium. “We’ve been working hard to make sure we could put TRI- Stay up to date about the TRICARE Young Adult programCARE Young Adult on a fast track,” said TRICARE Deputy by signing up for e-mail benefit and news updates fromDirector Rear. Adm. Christine Hunter. “Fortunately for our TRICARE. To subscribe, TRICARE beneficiaries can visitbeneficiaries concerned about health care coverage for their and look for “TRICAREadult children, the law signed by the President includes op- Young Adult” under benefit changes.portunities for military families to elect this new premium- Adults who are no longer eligible for TRICARE, but needbased plan retroactive to Jan. 1.” health insurance coverage, may wish to explore the Contin- Beginning later this spring, qualified, unmarried depen- ued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP). CHCBP is adents up to age 26 will be able to purchase TRICARE cover- premium-based program that offers temporary transitionalage on a month-to-month basis – as long as they are not health coverage for 18-36 months. Coverage must be pur-eligible for their own employer-sponsored health coverage. chased within 60 days of loss of TRICARE eligibility. For Premium costs are not yet finalized, but the NDAA speci- more on CHCBP, go to that rates must cover the full cost of the program. “This Check up... Nurse practitioner Tiffany Holm performs a routine physical on Willie Benjamin at the Tricare Outpatient Clinic-Clairemont Mesa operated by Naval Medical Cen- ter San Diego. Twelve health care providers treat more than 3,000 active duty service members, retirees and beneficiaries at the clinic. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea A. Blom) 8 Spring 2011
  9. 9. P-MART: A Reliable Pharmacy Safety Tool for Service Members FALLS CHURCH, Va - Since 2002, P-MART flags medications that may tion if not provided.the Prescription Medication Analy- be unsuitable for the deployed environ- Since 2009, P-MART has also beensis Reporting Tool (P-MART) has ment or that require a more intensive used to screen service members at War-screened 1.1 million service members medical review. P-MART generates rior Transition Units after their deploy-deploying overseas to ensure they were reports for unit medical officers who ment, producing reports outlining theirtaking appropriate prescription drugs. can prescribe different medications, prescription portfolio. The reports P-MART, a TRICARE pharmacy tool, provide a waiver or make other ar- highlight controlled substances andconfidentially checks service members’ rangements. psychotropic drugs. They are availableprescription records to rapidly and ac- “In 2010, 160,187 service members to the team of pharmacists, medicalcurately assess their medication needs were screened before deployment using providers, nurses and case managerswhen they deploy. P-MART,” McGinnis said. “A medica- caring for the service member. The “A critical part of TRICARE’s mis- tion that is fine to take while serving at reports are used to help identify at-risksion is to ensure and enhance the a desk job in Kuwait, may not be right service members who may need ad-readiness of U.S. Armed Forces,” said for a Marine on patrol in Afghanistan.” ditional treatment while transitioningRear Adm. Thomas McGinnis, chief of Of the 1.1 million service members back to civilian life.the TRICARE Pharmaceutical Opera- screened by P-MART since 2002, over For more information about TRI-tions Directorate. “P-MART is a useful 350,000 have been identified as taking CARE pharmacy programs, visit www.tool to make sure our fighting men and high-risk medications. These include The PEC web-women are taking safe and appropriate medications not easily available over- site, , containsprescription medications.” seas, those that require monitoring or more information about P-MART. When it screens a service member, that could result in a medical evacua-TRICARE Autism Demonstration Proving Positive FALLS CHURCH, Va - “We have begun the process to ity of parents indicated the child’s condition was at least adetermine how best to make the board-certified behavior little better.analyst - tutor model a permanent benefit of the extended ABA is a method of behavioral conditioning that teachescare health option,” said Michael O’Bar, deputy director for and reinforces desired behaviors while extinguishing un-TRICARE Policy and Operations. desired behaviors. This technique is an educational inter- During the recent 2011 Military Health System Confer- vention that has been found to help teach new skills andence, O’Bar reported on the Department of Defense En- improve communication abilities for children with autismhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration. spectrum disorders. The demonstration allows eligible beneficiaries to receive ABA is covered under the Extended Care Health Optionapplied behavioral analysis (ABA) intervention services (ECHO). Within ECHO, TRICARE is permitted to providefrom paraprofessionals (referred to as tutors) working under various non-medical services to active duty family membersthe supervision of board certified behavior analysts (BCBA). with qualifying conditions. However, ABA is not coveredThe demonstration covers intervention services that imple- under the TRICARE basic program, which covers onlyment basic principles of ABA. medical services and equipment. “The purpose of the demonstration is to explore the means The demonstration covers intervention services that imple-of lessening the difficulty of accessing ABA services,” said ment basic principles of ABA.O’Bar. Tutors work one-on-one with children implementing a be- “It’s helping determine the effectiveness of expanding the havior plan designed and maintained by the BCBA supervi-applied behavior analysis provider base through tutors,” sor. They gather data necessary for the BCBA supervisor tosaid O’Bar. “Our goal is to increase access to ABA ser- evaluate the effectiveness of the BP. A tutor may not conductvices.” behavioral evaluations, establish a child’s behavioral plan In a 2010 TRICARE Health Program Analysis and Evalu- or bill independently for services provided to TRICAREation Division survey, parents with children participating the demonstration expressed overall satisfaction with the The demonstration, which started in March 2008, has beenquality of ABA services. Approximately half of the parents extended to March 2012. Learn more about ECHO at www.with children enrolled in the demonstration said their child’s and the TRICARE Autism Services Dem-condition was much better since receiving ABA, the major- onstration at Spring 2011 9
  10. 10. Health Plan to Remain Free for Troops By Donna Miles current TRICARE enrollment fee was CARE Standard, a fee-for-service plan, American Forces Press Service set in 1995 at $460 a year for the basic pay no enrollment fee or premium. WASHINGTON – Though Defense family plan.” Instead, they pay a yearly deductibleSecretary Robert M. Gates seeks mod- Gates noted the dramatic increase in of $150 per person or $300 per family,est premium increases for working-age insurance premiums during that period as well as co-payments or cost sharesmilitary retirees who use the TRICARE for private-sector and other govern- for inpatient and outpatient care andPrime health plan, the benefit will re- ment employees. Federal workers pay medications, up to a $3,000 annual capmain free to service members, defense roughly $5,000 a year for a comparable on out-of-pocket expenses.officials emphasized. health insurance program, he said. Military retirees aren’t required to Gates unveiled sweeping cost-cutting “Accordingly, with the fiscal year report whether they have jobs thatinitiatives yesterday, including a rec- 2012 budget, we will propose reforms offer insurance plans, Camacho said,ommendation to increase TRICARE in the area of military health care to noting that having other insurancePrime premiums for working-age better manage medical cost growth and does not take them off the TRICAREretirees in fiscal 2012, the first increase better align the department with the rolls. Rather, he explained, TRICAREin the plan’s 15-year history. rest of the country,” Gates said. becomes the “second payer” for health “For some time, I’ve spoken about These initiatives could save the de- care, picking up co-payments andthe department’s unaffordable health partment as much as $7 billion over the deductibles from the primary insurancecosts, and in particular the benefits next five years, he said. plan.provided to working-age retirees under Military retirees automatically are en- “All of these things help us work to-the TRICARE program,” the secretary rolled in one of two TRICARE plans, gether to help us achieve the secretary’stold reporters. program spokesman Austin Camacho goals, and we are already starting to “Many of these beneficiaries are explained. Retirees who join TRI- make progress,” Navy Rear Adm. (Dr.)employed full-time while receiving CARE Prime, the system’s managed- Christine S. Hunter said. “We need totheir full pensions, and often forego care option that covers active-duty be very aware that there is a pressuretheir employers’ health plan to remain members, pay an annual enrollment [to improve efficiency and controlwith TRICARE,” he said. “This should fee of $230 per year for an individual costs] and the resources are not infinite.not come as a surprise, given that the or $460 for a family. Those in TRI- But we are all part of the solution.”Program Cuts Sustain Health Care, Maintain Quality By Lisa Daniel not approved user fees for the TRICARE system in 15 years American Forces Press Service -- a trend that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has called WASHINGTON – Defense Department officials have unsustainable, especially in light of tightening budgets thatrecommended a number of ways to cut costs in the military are projected to have no growth in 2014 and system, while still providing high-quality care and The department’s proposed fiscal 2012 budget includesprotecting the wallets of active duty service members and $50 billion for health affairs, which covers some 10 milliontheir families, a senior defense official said yesterday. patients. The budget request would save about $340 million “We’re trying to create a balanced program over the next in fiscal 2012, and almost $8 billion through 2016.five years, understanding that there is a great, and appropri- The budget calls for creating savings by cutting overheadately, hard look at the cost of health care in the department,” costs, transitioning some patients to Medicare coverage, andGeorge Peach Taylor Jr., a medical doctor and acting prin- requiring modest increases in military health care enroll-cipal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, ment fees for working-age retirees, Taylor said. Active dutysaid in an interview with American Forces Press Service. service members will continue to receive free health care, as The department is committed to “taking care of our active will their family members who choose the TRICARE Primeduty population and their families, being true to retirees and system, he said.the promises we have made to them, and making sure we “We’re trying to provide that coordination of care that youmake wise investments in the future in research and devel- don’t see much in the American health care system today,”opment,” he said. he said. “I think it’s going to provide much better patient Like the private sector, military health costs have grown satisfaction because you’re going to be seeing your ownat a rate of about 4-to-6 percent each year, but Congress has provider or provider team consistently.” 10 Spring 2011
  11. 11. Study Ties Problems to Post-traumatic Stress By Lisa Daniel toms of depression, compared to 18 American Forces Press Service percent at home. WASHINGTON – Service members Many of the soldiers who answeredwho suffer mild traumatic brain inju- that they did not have mild TBI or post-ries in combat and then struggle with traumatic stress disorder symptomsdepression, irritability, alcohol abuse actually did, the VA’s publication briefand similar problems after they return of the study says. Of those, 64 percenthome most likely are experiencing reported having problems with dis-post-traumatic stress, rather than brain tractibility and irritability, 60 percentinjury symptoms, according to a new reported memory problems, 57 percentstudy. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anastasia Puscian reported ringing in the ears, and 23 The study, sponsored by the Defense Rear Adm. C. Forrest Fiason III, com- percent had balance problems.and Veterans Affairs departments and mander of Naval Medical Center San Another notable finding, Polusny said,published in this month’s Archives of Diego, makes opening remarks at the is that after their return home, moreGeneral Psychiatry, a Journal of the grand opening of the Overcoming than 40 percent of the Iraq war veteransAmerican Medical Association publica- Adversity and Stress Injury Support reported some levels of alcohol abuse. (OASIS) residential program at thetion, tracked Minnesota National Guard “There’s been a lot of attention paid center campus on Naval Base Pointsoldiers during the last month of their Loma. OASIS is a new treatment pro- to PTSD and mild TBI and even sui-16-month deployment to Iraq, then gram that provides intensive mental cide risk, but the prevalence of problemagain a year after they returned home. health care for service members with drinking appears to be much higher The findings, based on the self- combat-related mental health symp- among returning service members thanreporting of 953 soldiers with follow- toms such as post traumatic stress any of these other problems,” she from the clinicians, showed “very disorder, depressive disorders, anxi- Researchers were surprised at thelittle evidence for a long-term negative ety disorders and substance abuse wide difference in reporting from theimpact” from concussions or mild TBI problems. war theater to home, Polusny said.on “psycho-social outcomes” –- anxi- repeated head trauma -– the subject They believe the disparity may beety, depression, drug and alcohol abuse of other studies that have suggested due to service members’ reluctanceand the like -- after accounting for long-term effects -– in the soldiers, 95 to report problems while deployed, orpost-traumatic stress, said Melissa A. percent of whom were on their first that they have a different impressionPolusny, a clinical psychologist at the deployment to Iraq in 2005, she said. of events when they return home, sheMinneapolis Veterans Affairs Health The study’s focus on mild TBI is said. The differences may reflect a needCare System and a professor at Univer- significant for today’s warfighters, Po- for better post-deployment questioningsity of Minnesota Medical School. lusny said, because “the vast majority of veterans, she added. Polusny wrote the study along with of reports of TBI are mild.” “One of the really important implica-five other clinical psychologists, and The study’s findings, she added, are tions of the findings is that we need toin collaboration with Army Col. (Dr.) “very interesting and not exactly what be carefully screening for PTSD, andMichael Rath, a surgeon with the 34th we expected.” make sure veterans receive treatment,”Infantry Division brigade that partici- The findings show that service Polusny said.pated in the study. members are much more likely to Polusny added that the findings “After we statistically controlled for report concussions and mild traumatic caused concern that combat veteransPTSD symptoms, there were virtually brain injuries after they return home may misattribute the reason for theirno long-term symptoms from concus- than they are in the combat theater. Of problems, which could hamper treat-sive and mild TBI,” she said. those surveyed, only 9 percent reported ment or cause a service member to not Polusny emphasized that the study concussions or TBI in theater, but 22 seek treatment.only investigated mild TBI, which percent reported incidents after rede- “If a veteran is having irritability andmay cause a person to be momentarily ployment. memory problems, and assumes he haddazed or confused or lose conscious- Similarly, 9 percent reported symp- a concussion when maybe he is suffer-ness for fewer than 20 minutes, but toms of post-traumatic stress disorder ing from PTSD symptoms, … we needcauses no actual injury to the brain or in theater, compared to 14 percent at to make sure we are treating veteransskull. Also, the study did not consider home; and 9 percent reported symp- for the right problems,” she said. Spring 2011 11
  12. 12. CHAIRMAN from Page 1those who do so are on average in theirearly 20s. “They bear this burden proudly, theycare deeply about our country, and it isthe freedoms we enjoy that they serveto make sure are never, ever in ques-tion,” he said. Many soldiers have deployed four orfive times, the chairman said. “The first one was six months, thesecond one was eight months, and afterthat we went to 12 months, and 15months and 15 months, and we’re nowback to 12 months,” he said. Between deployments those troopsgot only as much time as they hadspent away, Mullen said, and typi-cally spent half of that time away fromhome. Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Michael B. Watkins For Marines, deployments are shorter Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 beginbut more frequent – “Seven months their journey from Deh Dadi Two, Afghanistan back to homeport in Port Hue-out, seven months back, since the war neme, Calif. NMCB-40 will turn the camp over to the Army and NATO forcesstarted,” he said. as a major hub in the northern Afghanistan distribution network supply route. The change that punishing schedule young generation determined to make no longer acceptable, Mullen said.has wrought in Iraq is “breathtaking,” a difference and wired to serve, the “These are the same individuals whoMullen said. chairman said. on Monday of a given week, I am “It is about politics in Iraq now, it’s “What I want to have a conversation devoting the fullness of my life andnot about violence,” he said. “And it’s about with communities like yours is, leadership to their success,” he said.about a future for 26 million people.” these young men and women are com- “And on Tuesday, when they leave, I There are young Americans who gave ing back … and they will make a huge am no longer focused on them. I don’ttheir lives and many others who served difference, I believe, in our future,” think we can do that anymore.”and sacrificed to create that possibility, Mullen said. The military bureaucracy and Ameri-the admiral said. Veterans have seen their lives change, can communities must be partners in “In Afghanistan, we still are on this but their dreams remain the same, he making veterans and their familieskind of rotation … though we are now said: “They still want to go to school, successful in their post-war lives, thehome longer than we are deployed,” he they want to have a family … they’d chairman said.said. like to own a piece of the rock.” While the Pentagon and the VA Mullen said for him, part of the con- What he asks of communities are the contribute funds for health care andversation is “I want to make sure we things that will make those dreams pos- education, Mullen said, communitiesare facing the fullness of these wars.” sible, the chairman said. are where those funds must translate to The chairman said he and his wife, “Education, employment and health,” successful services.Deborah, greet returning troops, meet he said. “I recognize … the employ- “It has to be local, and leaders have towith military families, and visit service ment challenge is huge here, as it is design the model, if you will, in the lo-members wounded in the wars. throughout the country. But this econ- cal community that’s going to achieve “You go in to visit them and their omy’s going to turn, and the number of this kind of effect,” the admiral said.families, and the docs do the medicine, jobs available is going to go up.” He has seen a list of community ser-but the families really do the healing,” The model by which the Defense and vices that succeed, the chairman said.he said. “You go to try to lift their spir- Veterans Affairs departments send a “What I’m asking of communities isits, and after you spend time with them Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine who to just open up your lenses, to include… they lift yours.” is leaving service back to his or her in your outreach, these families,” he Today’s returning warriors are a community with “have a nice life” is said. 12 Spring 2011
  13. 13. CRSC from Page 198% phased-in. CRDP payments are service retirement amount, but can be combat-related determinations. “Com-taxed. Although legislation has been much less and sometimes zero. CRSC bat Zone” notations in VA documentsproposed in Congress to pay CRDP to pay is not taxed. Medical retirees can are not a combat related decision.retirees with less than 20 years service, go to The VA has added three new dis-it has not been approved yet. woundedwarriorpay.html then go abilities “presumptive to Agent Orange CRSC is for military retirees with down to the Retired Disability Income (AO).” They are Ischemic Heart Dis-combat-related disabilities of 10% or Estimator to determine the approximate ease, Parkinson’s Disease, and certaingreater. Combat-related determinations CRSC pay they will receive. If/when Leukemia’s. If you are a Vietnam vetare made by the CRSC Board for the CRDP is approved for medical retirees who was “boots on the ground” or abranch of service the member retired with less than 20 years service, it will riverine or “brown water” sailor infrom. The retiree must apply using be calculated in the same way that Vietnam, those disabilities “presump-form (DD-2860 April 2009). The “bur- DFAS now calculates CRSC pay. tive to AO” are combat related.den of proof” is on the claimant and In order for a CRSC claim to be ap- Retroactive payments are paid forthe claim should include the member’s proved, there must be a direct causal CRSC, but CRSC compensation isDD-214, VA Rating Decisions, Service relationship between the armed conflict subject to the 6-year Barring Statute.Medical Records (SMR’s), the PEB or training exercise that simulates war DFAS can pay you back pay or VAfindings letter (for medical retirees) and and the resulting disability. The CRSC Retro pay back six years from yourservice personnel records. Reconsider- board only considers VA rated service application, but can go no further backations are accepted if new documentary connected disabilities. Slips, trips, and than the VA effective date.evidence as to the cause of the disabil- falls, lifting heavy objects, as well as The email address for DoN CRSCity is provided or for any new disabili- physical training, are not combat-relat- Board is: DON_CRSC@navy.milties rated by the VA. Appeal authority ed disabilities. The fact that a veteran If you want a call from the CRSCfor CRSC is the Board for Correction incurred a disability during a period of Board, just send an email with yourof Naval Records (BCNR). war or simulated war; or in an area of phone number or leave a voice mes- CRSC compensation for medical armed or simulated conflict, or while sage on our phone at (202) 685-1683.retirees is calculated by DFAS using participating in combat or simulated The FAX number for DoN CRSC is:a complicated formula that takes into combat operations; is not sufficient to (202) 685-6610.account the PEB, VA and CRSC per- support a combat-related determina- Website is: CRSC pay can never exceed tion. Only the CRSC Board for each mil/corb/crscb/crscmainpage.htmwhat would have been the years of branch of service is authorized to make Suiting up... Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Joseph Pontori- ero dons a firefighting en- semble on the mess decks during a general quarters drill aboard the Nimitz- class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is deployed sup- porting maritime security operations and theater se- curity cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans) Spring 2011 13
  14. 14. Retiree checklist: What survivors should know Shift Colors periodically provides a checklist for retir- es, savings bonds, stocks, bonds and any securities owned.ees and their surviving family members. This checklist is p In a secure location, maintain a list of all charge ac-designed to provide retirees and their loved ones with some counts and credit cards. Include account numbers and mail-help in preparing for the future. ing addresses. p Create a military file that includes a copy of retirement p Maintain a list of all associations and organizations oforders, separation papers, DD Form 214, medical records, which you are a member. Some of them could be helpful toand any other pertinent military paperwork. Make sure your your spouse.spouse knows the location and telephone number of the p Maintain a list of all friends and business associatesnearest military installation. who may be helpful. Include name, address and telephone p Create a military retired pay file that includes the fol- number.lowing contact information for the Defense Finance and p Discuss your plans/desires with respect to the type andAccounting Service (DFAS) and Navy Personnel Command: location of your funeral service. You should decide about Defense Finance and Accounting Service cremation, which cemetery, ground burial, etc. If your U S Military Retirement Pay spouse knows your desires, it will resolve some of the ques- Post Office Box 7130 tions that might arise at a later date. London, KY 40742-7130 p Visit a local funeral home and pre-arrange your services. (800) 321-1080 or (216) 522-5955/(800) 269-5170 (for Many states will allow you to pre-pay for services.issues regarding deceased members) Navy Personnel Command p Investigate the decisions that you and your family have (N135C) agreed upon. Many states have specific laws and guidelines Retired Activities Branch regulating cremation and burials at sea. Some states require 5720 Integrity Drive a letter of authority signed by the deceased in order to au- Millington, TN 38055-6220 thorize a cremation. Know the laws in your specific area and (This file should also include the number of any pending how they may affect your decisions. Information regardingVA claim as well as the address of the local VA office; a list Burials at Sea can be obtained by phoning the Mortuary Af-of deductions currently being made from retired pay or VA fairs Division at (866) 787-0081.benefits. Also include the name, relationship and address of p Once your decisions have been made and you’re com-the person you have designated to any unpaid retired pay at fortable with them, have a will drawn up outlining all yourthe time of death. This designation is located on the back of wishes and store it in a secure location with your otheryour Retiree Account Statement) paperwork. p Create an annuities file. This file should information p When all the decision-making and documenting is com-about the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component pleted, sit back and continue to enjoy life.Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) or the Retired Serviceman’sFamily Protection Plan (RSFPP), or any applicable Civil Who should be notified in the event of my death?Service annuity, etc. Additional information regarding SBP, 1. Defense Finance and Accounting Service (800) 321-RCSBP and RSFPP annuity claims can be obtained from 1080 or (216) 522-5955DFAS office at (800) 321-1080. 2. Social Security Administration (for death benefits) - p Create a personal document file that has copies of mar- (800) 772-1213riage certificates, divorce decrees, adoptions and naturaliza- 3. Department of Veterans Affairs (if applicable) – (800)tion papers. 827-1000 4. Office of Personnel and Management (if applicable) - p Create an income tax file. Include copies of both of your (724) 794-8690state and federal income tax returns. 5. Any fraternal group that you have membership with such p Create a property tax file. Include copies of tax bills, as MOOA, FRA, NCOA, VFW, AL, TREAdeeds and any other related documents/information. 6. Any previous employer that provides pension or benefits. p Create an insurance policy file. Include life, property,accident, liability and hospitalization policies. The above information is not all-inclusive and should be p In a secure location, maintain a list of all bank accounts used with other estate planning tools to lessen trauma to(joint or individual). Include the location of all deposit box- your loved ones. 14 Spring 2011
  15. 15. Reunions Check the Shift Colors Web page ( for a full listing of ReunionsREUNION 2011 DATE PHONE NUMBER E-mail/Web addressAll hands LSMs/LSMRs May 23-24 (952) 894-1116 maral315@msn.comASR Oct. 17-21 (502) 477-0876 mbneal@insightbb.comDestroyer Leader Association DL 1, DL 2, DL 3, DL 4, DL 5, Sept. 22-25 (540) 345-5826 destroyerleader1@cox.netDDG 35 & DDG 36 www.destroyerleaderassociation.orgGuantanamo Bay Association Aug. 23-27 (717) 266-1102 www.gitmobay.orgHSL 94 March 19 (609) 865-2529 tdunn90@comcast.netMCB 11 & 11TH NCB SEABEES Sept. 21-25 (512) 267-8873 mcb11.comMine Division 113 Vietnam Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 (651) 455-1876 MineDiv113Reunion@msn.comNAS Barber’s Point Sept. 13-29 (352) 637-5131 dmclean8@tampabay.rr.comNAS Chase Field April 1-3 (562) 338-5088 www.naschasefield.comNAS DaNang April 6-10 (502) 477-0876 mbneal@insightbb.comNAS Sanford (all units and squadrons 1942 - 1968) June 23-26 (386) 668-4851 dlfrsf@aol.comNaval Nuclear Power Unit Group (PM-3A) May 15-20 (717) 469-2075 Reserve Recruiters April 1-3 (904) 704-1229 chetsheets@aol.comNaval Training Center Bainbridge (all Sailors and WAVES Sept. 29 - Oct. 2 (423) 326-3654 Kali8824z@aol.com1942-1976) www.usntcb.orgNavy Facility Barbados (all personnel 1957-1979) June 2-8 (802) 893-6187!/group. php?gid=310630185646&ref=tsNMCB 128 Aug. 18-21 (815) 372-3152 sargejohn@comcast.netNOB/NAS Trinidad (including Fasron 105, VPB 208, VPMS Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 (870) 496-2285 barrett27@dishmail.net8, VP 48, VPB 213, VP 34, and USMC SeaBee Dets.)Sangley Point Navy recruits - batch February 1958 April 1-3 (407) 851-5443 (310) 530-5429 (619) 482-0215USS AMPHION (AR 13), USS ARCADIA (AD 23), USS May 12-15 (815) 238-8369 mcaanreunion@yahoo.comMARIAS (AO 57)USS BAINBRIDGE (DD 246) May 17-19 (910) 791-7735 BudPoythress@aol.comUSS BAUSELL (DD 845) June 14-18 (928) 854-2205 www.ussbausell.comUSS BERGALL (SS 320/SSN 667) Sept. 21-14 (772) 774-8049 (401) 789-7099 BOSTON (CA 69/CAG 1/SSN 703) July 14-17 (603) 672-8772 www.ussboston.orgUSS BRADLEY (DE/FF 1041) Oct. 20-23 (845) 634-3993 bgottsch@verizon.netUSS BREMERTON (CA 130) June 26-30 (406) 837-4474 jmbluff1@centurytel.netUSS BROUGH (DE 148) Sept. 11-16 (989) 345-0237USS BRYCE CANYON (AD 36) Oct. 13-16 (619) 562-5690 thenezz@cox.netUSS CADMUS (AR 14) May 12-15 (716) 655-5415 mcaanreunion@yahoo.comUSS CAMBRIA (APA 36) April 14-17 (703) 660-8602 usscambria@gmail.comUSS CANBERRA (CA 70/CAG 2) - all hands 1943-1970 Oct. 12-16 (740) 423-8976 usscanberra@gmail.comUSS CANOPUS (AS 34/AS 9) Sept. 8-11 (503) 689-1712 www.usscanopus.orgUSS CARPENTER (DD 825) April 28 May 2 (256) 351-8552 smokycolors@yahoo.comUSS CASCADE (AD 16) Sept. 25-30 (866) 340-9219 Spring 2011 15
  16. 16. USS CHILTON (APA 38) Oct. 13-16 (757) 588-8802 bagresto@aim.comUSS CLINTON (APA 144) Oct. 10-14 (409) 945-6148 deape@aol.comUSS CONY (DD/DDE 508) June 8-12 (863) 307-3187USS CROMWELL (DE 1014), USS DEALEY (DE 1006), Sept. 8-11 (508) 248-5072 marc-a@charter.netUSS JOHN WILLIS (DE 1027), USS VAN VOORHIS (DE1028), USS LESTER (DE 1022), USS HARTLEY (DE1029), USS JOEPH K TAUSSIG (DE 1030), USS COURT-NEY (DE 1021), USS HAMMERBERG (DE 1015)USS CRONIN (DE/DEC 704) May 4-8 (712) 274-8967 www.usscronin.orgUSS DONNOR (LSD 20) April 28 - May 1 (610) 775-7539 dheimb@1usa.comUSS DUNCAN (DDR 874) May 1-5 www.ussduncan.orgUSS DYESS (DD/DDR 880) Sept. 24-29 (610) 566-6843 mjlenzi@verizon.netUSS EVERETT F. LARSON (DD/DDR 830) Oct. 5-9 (937) 633-0040 tnordqu670@aol.comUSS FLETCHER (DD/DDE 992) Oct. 3-6 (908) 496-8858 www.ussfletcher.orgUSS FOX (DLG/CG 33) June 16-19 (843) 569-0981 www.ussfox.orgUSS GALVESTON (CLG 3) Sept. 21-25 (866) 398-2655 galveston@comcast.netUSS GENERAL H.W. BUTNER (AT/TAP 113) May 12-16 (757) 488-2858 jsailorjack@aol.comUSS GENERAL W.A. MANN (APA 112) April 28-30 (251) 344-8030USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG 20) Sept. 11-16 (419) 992-4478 wsbiller@wcnet.orgUSS GRAFFIAS (AF 29) Sept. 20-25 (256) 812-2023 John_w_morrow@yahoo.comUSS GREENWISH BAY (AVP 41) Sept. 29 - Oct. 2 (910) 582-3791 ussgreenwichbay@gmail.comUSS GURKE (DD 783) June 23-26 (408) 263-2836 dd783_reunion@tstephenson.comUSS HANCOCK (CV/CVA 19) May 10-15 (765) 778-4247 htmUSS HOLDER (DD/DDE 819/DE 401) Oct. 6-10 (831) 458-9062 www.ussholder.comUSS HORNET (CV 8, CV 12, CVA 12, CVS 12) Sept. 14-18 (814) 224-5063 www.usshornetassn.comUSS HUSE (DE 145) Oct. 16-19 (561) 368-7167 dbp14@hotmail.comUSS INCHON (LPH/MCS 12) Oct. 26-30 (717) 203-4152 ussinchon@gmail.comUSS INGERSOLL (DD 652/DD 990) Sept. 22-25 (619) 435-0338 www.uss-ingersoll-vets.comUSS JAMES E. KYES (DD 787) Sept. 18-20 rc-navy@comcast.netUSS JASON (ARH 1/AR 8) June 6-10 (417) 649-6140 (417) 439-3592USS JOHN R. CRAIG (DD 885) Sept. 7-11 (734) 525-1469 www.ussjohnrcraig.comUSS KALAMAZOO (AOR 6) Aug. 11-14 (352) 210-0230 usskalamazoo@gmail.comUSS KASKASKIA (AO 27) Sept. 15-18 (270) 821-1869 jimbo7426@hotmail.comUSS KENNETH D BAILEY (DD/DDR 713) May 12-15 (413) 592-1355 blueobblue@aol.comUSS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CV/CVA/CVS 39) Oct. 27-30 (607) 532-4735 gcarroll@rochester.rr.comUSS LAWRENCE (DDG 4/DD 250) June 21-26 (814) 322-4150 dguts@usslawrence.comUSS MAURY (AGS 16) & USS SERRANO (AGS 24) Oct. 20-24 (480) 969-3086 jmww03@cox.netUSS MORTON (DD 948) May 11-15 (541) 471-2777 kieftmorton66@aol.comUSS MULIPHEN (AKA 61) Sept. 2011 (813) 685-9477 president @ussmuliphen.comUSS NEW (DD 818) Oct. 13-16 (806) 570-2450 ussnewdd818@gmail.comUSS NIAGARA FALLS (AFS 3) June 2-5 (949) 322-0109 en2burrell@gmail.comUSS NIMITZ (CVN 68) Oct. 26-29 (228) 243-2699 www.ussnimitzassociation.org16 Spring 2011
  17. 17. USS OGLETHORPE (AKA 100) Sept. 22-25 (908) 475-4435 misty639@embarqmail.comUSS OKLAHOMA CITY Association (CL 91, CLG 5, CG 5, Aug. 23-30 (800) 998-1228 brian@hcttravel.comSSN 723) (480) 998-1112USS OUELLET (FF 1077) July 21-24 mcass4435@aol.comUSS OZBOURN (DD 846) Sept. 21-25 (814) 337-3197 www.ozbourn.orgUSS PAWCATUCK (AO 108) May 9-12 (623) 214-9835 dwshs53@aol.comUSS PURDY (DD 734) April 13-17 (610) 433-4787 chiefdi@juno.comUSS RANDOLPH (CV/CVA/CVS 15) Sept. 11-18 (321) 454-2344USS RANGER (CVA/CV 61) Sept. 14-17 (619) 449-2475 (203) 453-4279 uss.ranger@yahoo.comUSS RANKIN (AKA/LKA 103) Oct. 6-9 (412) 367-1376 ussrankin@aol.comUSS RATON (SS/SSR/AGSS 270) Sept. 7-11 (360) 697-2842 ratonagss270@hotmail.comUSS RAZORBACK (SS 394), USS REDFISH (SS 395), Sept. 12-16 (864) 446-8561 rjpressly@wctel.netUSS RONQUEL (SS 396)USS RICHARD L. PAGE (DEG/FFG 5) May 19-22 (603) 986-4661 pagedegffg5@yahoo.comUSS SALISBURY SOUND (AV 13) Sept. 18-22 (505) 293-3841 salisburysound.orgUSS SAMPLE (DE/FF 1048) June 2-5 (702) 771-0606 nachomoms@yahoo.comUSS SIGOURNEY (DD 643) Sept. 29 - Oct. 2 (410) 974-4043 tincan643@verizon.netUSS SIMON LAKE (AS 33) Sept. 18-22 (505) 831-3849 usssimonlake.orgUSS SPROSTON (DD/DDE 577) Sept. 14-18 (412) 262-4802 www.sproston.comUSS STODDARD (DD 566) Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 (573) 547-8523 cjrauh@ldd.netUSS TARAWA (CV/CVA/CVS 40) April 28 - May 1 (401) 539-1149USS THEODORE E. CHANDLER (DD 717) Sept. 22-25 (575) 748-3909 plumber@pvtn.netUSS THOMAS C. HART (DE/FF 1092) July 27-31 (804) 748-2951 twosouls1life3@verizon.netUSS TIRU (SS 416) Aug. 18-21 (269) 429-1039 2011reunion@usstiru.orgUSS TOLOVANA (AO 64) Oct. 2011 (714) 892-8025 joemooreao64@yahoo.comUSS TUNNY (SS/SSG/APSS 282, SSN 682) Oct. 19-23 (248) 685-3180 gerryyoung@comcast.netUSS WALKE (DD 416/DD 723) Oct. 16-21 (920) 788-4916 rwilliamson@new.rr.comUSS WARRINGTON (DD 843) Sept. 21-25 (916) 791-6700 stashuman843@msn.comUSS WASP (CV/CVA/CVS 18), USS HOBSON (DD 464/ April 29 - May 4 (716) 649-9053DMS 26)USS WINDHAM BAY (CVE 92) Aug. 24-27 (210) 495-4845 windhambay@aol.comUSS WORDEN (DLG/CG 18) Sept. 28 - Oct. 2 (717) 733-9223 dlg18@dejazzd.comUSS YOSEMITE (AD 19) April 27 - May 2 (615) 859-6616 chief5777@comcast.netVA 176 “Thunderbirds” Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 (757) 340-1611 sutton1@cox.netVB 109, VPB 109 Sept. 15-18 (814) 866-6683VP 44, VPB 204, VP 204, VPMS 4 Sept. 21-24 (636) 532-0460 www.vp44goldenpelicans.comVP 48 Sept. 21-25 (724) 255-1007 www.vp48.orgVP 60 July 29-31 (407) 774-7506 limasierra60@gmail.comVP 65 “Tridents” May 13-15 (805) 388-8408 aahernandez@verizon.netVR 7, VR 8 Sept. 7-8 (765) 395-7935VS 21 (circa 1953-1962) Sept. 11-14 (703) 368-8695 skp406@aol.comVX/VXE 6 May 19-22 (614) 906-6289 Spring 2011 17
  18. 18. Retired Activities Office Phone ListingArizona Illinois Oregon WashingtonPhoenix, AZ (N&MCRESREDCEN) Great Lakes, IL (NTC) White City, OR (VA SORCC) Bremerton, WA (NavSta Bremerton) (602) 353-3033 (847) 688-3603 Ext 118 (541) 353-2111 (360) 476-5116 0830-1500(Mon-Fri) 0900-1500 (Mon-Fri) ext. 3886 1-866-572-4341California Louisiana Pennsylvania 0900-1330 (Mon-Fri)China Lake, CA (NAVAIRWPASTA) New Orleans, LA (NAVSUPPACT) Willow Grove, PA (NAS JRB) Everett, WA (NAVSTA) (760) 939-0978 (504) 678-2134 (215) 443-6033 (425) 304-3775 0900-1100 1300-1500(Mon-Fri) 0900-1200 (Mon-Fri) 1-800-773-1569 1-888-463-6697 opt5 then optLemoore, CA (NAS) Massachusetts 1000-1500 (Mon-Fri) 2 ask for RAO (559) 998-4042 Rhode Island 1000-1300 (Mon-Fri) Quincy, MA (NAVOPSUPPCTR) 0800-1630 (Mon-Fri) Whidbey, Island, WA (NAS) (617) 753-4636/26 Newport, RI (NAVSTAMPT)Point Mugu, CA (360) 257-8054/55 1200-1600 (Wed/Fri) (401) 841-4089 (805) 982-1023 0900-1500 (Mon-Fri) Maryland 0900-1200 (Mon-Fri) 0800-1600 (Mon-Fri) WisconsinSan Diego, CA (CORONADO - NAS) Bethesda, MD (NNMC) S. Carolina Milwaukee, WI (NAVOPSUPPCEN) (619) 437-2780 (301) 295-4120 Charleston, SC (NAVWPNSTA) (414) 744-9766 0900-1200 (Mon-Fri) 0930-1530 (Mon-Fri) (843) 764-7480 0900-1500(Mon-Fri)San Diego, CA (NAVSTA) Maine 0800-1630 (Mon-Fri) (619) 556-8987 Brunswick, ME (NAS) Greenville, SC (NAVOPSUPPCEN) 0800-1600 (Mon-Fri) (207) 921-2609 (864) 277-9775 opt 4 Overseas LocationsSeal Beach, CA (NWS) 0900-1200 (Mon-Fri) 1-866-524-6585 Opt 4 Guam (562) 626-7152 Michigan 0900-1100 1300-1500 (Mon-Fri) NAVACTS 0900-1500 (Mon-Fri) Mt. Clemens, MI (SEL ANGB) Tennessee (671)339-7635/333-2056/7/8Sunnyvale, CA (Onizuka Air (586) 307-5580 Millington, TN (NAVSUPPACT) ItalyStation-formerly Moffett Field) 0900-1500 (Tue-Fri) (901) 874-5147 La Maddalena, IT (NAVSUPPACT) (650) 603-8047 Minnesota 1000-1400 (Tues-Thurs) 011-390-789-73-6161 0930-1530 (Mon-Fri) Minneapolis, MN (NAVAIRRESCEN) Texas DSN: (314) 623-8205Connecticut (612) 726-9391 Corpus Christi, TX (NAS) 24HRS (Mon-Sun)Groton, CT (SUBASE) 1000-1430 (Tue/Thu) (361) 961-3113/2372/3722 Naples, IT (NAVSUPPACT) (860) 694-3284 Missouri 0800-1230 (Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri) 011-39-081-811-6550 0900-1500 (Mon-Fri) 1300-1500 (Wed) DSN: (314) 629-6550 St. Louis, MO (NAVOPSUPPCEN) 1000-1400 (Mon/Thurs/Fri)Delaware (314) 263-6443 Ft. Worth, TX (NAS JRB)Wilmington, DE (N&MCRESCEN) 0930-1330 (Tue/Thur) (817) 782-5287 Japan (302) 998-5194 0800-1600 (Mon-Fri) Atsugi, JA (NAF) 1130-1330 Friday 0800-1630(Mon-Fri) Houston, TX (NAVOPSUPPCEN) Local: 0467-78-5015 Ext 264-4190 New Hampshire (713) 795-4109/4068Florida 011-81-311-764-4190 (fm conus) Portsmouth, NH 0900-1200 (Tue-Fri) DSN: (315) 264-4190Jacksonville, FL (NAS) (207) 438-1868 Kingsville, TX (NAS) (904) 542-2766 Ext 126 0900-1200 (Tue/Fri) 1000-1400 (Tue-Thu) (361) 516-6105/6333 Sasebo, JA (COMFLEACT) 0900-1500 (Mon-Fri) New Jersey 1300-1500 (Mon/Wed/Fri)Mayport, FL (NAVSTA) 011-81-611-752-3108 (fm conus) Lakehurst, NJ (NAVAIRENGSTA) San Antonio, TX (NAVOPSUPPCEN) DSN: (315) 252-3108 (904) 270-6600 Ext 122 (210) 225-2997 Ext 119 (732) 323-5099 1300-1500 (Wed) 0730-1600 (Mon-Fri) 1000-1400 (Mon-Fri) 0900-1500 (Wed/Thu) Yokosuka, JA (COMFLEACT)Milton, FL (NAS WHITING FIELD) (850) 623-7177 Nevada Virginia Local: 046-816-9626 1000-1300(Wed/Thu) Fallon, NV (NAS) Dahlgren, VA (NSWC) 011-81-46-816-9626 (fm conus)Orlando, FL (DFAS BLDG) (775) 426-3333 (540) 653-1839/3291 DSN: (315) 243-9626 (407) 646-4204/4262 0730-1600 (Mon-Fri) 1-800-500-4947 0800-1630 (Mon-Wed/Fri) 1000-1400 (Mon-Fri) New Mexico 0800-1530 (Mon-Fri) 0800-1500 (Thurs)Pensacola, FL (NAS) Cannon AFB, NM Hampton Roads Regional Office Spain (850) 452-5990 Ext 3111 (578) 784-4679 Norfolk, VA (NAVSTA) Rota (NAVSTA) 0900-1300 (Mon-Fri) 0800-1600 (Mon/Wed/Fri) (757) 322-9105 011-34-956-82-3232 (fm conus) New York 1-800-372-5463 DSN: (314) 727-2850Georgia 1000-1400 (Mon-Fri) Amityville, NY (AFRESTRGCEN) 1100-1700 (Mon/Wed/Fri)Kings Bay, GA (SUBASE) Little Creek, VA (NAB) (631) 842-6620 1100-1500 (Tue/Thurs) (912) 573-4512 (757) 462-8663 0730-1630 (Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri) 0930-1500 (Tue/Thur) Thailand 1000-1400 (Mon-Fri) 0900-1630 (Thurs) 0930-1200 (Wed) JUSMAGTHAI Norfolk, VA (NAVSTA)Hawaii 0930-1400 (Fri) 66-2-287-1036 / 1045 ext. 165 (757) 322-9113 1000-1400 (Mon-Fri)Pearl Harbor, HI (NAVSTA) 1-800-372-5463 (808) 474-1999 Ext 6317 1000-1400 (Mon-Fri) 0800-1500 (Mon-Fri) Updated January 2011 18 Spring 2011