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  4. WASHINGTON (NNS) -- If you think you've got what it takes to be an officer, the annual call for applications to the 2021 Seaman to Admiral program, known as STA-21, is on the streets. This year's board will meet in mid-September. Applications must be postmarked on or before July 1 to be considered by the board. Some leeway is being granted for additional documents to be being added later, though the July 1 deadline for initial applications is hard and fast. "The program's goal is to provide our highly-motivated, active-duty personnel an opportunity to obtain their undergraduate degree and earn a commission as a naval officer," said Cathy Kempf, a retired Navy commander who heads selection and placement for STA-21 as well as Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). "The program is very competitive as the selection boards look for the top-notch Sailors who go above and beyond their normal duties while already having an academic background that positions them to complete their degree in 36 months or less." This year's STA-21 details are in NAVADMIN 152/20, released on May 26. STA-21 is one of several routes the Navy offers to go from the deckplates to the wardroom. Other options include the U.S. Naval Academy, NROTC, and Officer Candidate School. More senior Sailors can apply for direct commissions through the Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer Programs. There are also routes to a commission in the medical community through in-service procurement programs. For Sailors with significant college credits, STA-21 can be the fastest route to a commission, which is why competition for quotas is keen. Of 323 applications received for the fiscal-year 2020 board, only 305 were deemed eligible. Of those, just 55 were selected. This year's board is expected to offer the same opportunity. Once selected, Sailors attend college full-time and collect their full paycheck for their current paygrade while in school. Tuition is paid for by the Navy through an annual $10,000 stipend. Any costs over that must be covered by the Sailor, though they can use their GI Bill to cover any difference. Qualifying college entrance exams scores are required and cannot be waivered. Sailors can use either the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Testing exams, provided they were taken within the last three years, specifically between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2020. Because the recent COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of many scheduled exams, the Navy will allow applications to be accepted after the July 1 deadline as long as test scores are received before the board meets, currently slated for the second week in September. Fitness counts, too, as applicants can't have below an overall "good" score on any Physical Fitness Assessment over their past three cycles. Here, also, there are COVID-19 considerations allowing Sailors to use scores from the latest full test taken within the past year because this spring’s tests were suspended. The following community options are open for application this year -- Surface Warfare (SWO), Surface Warfare Engineering (SWO/ED), Nuclear (Surface/Sub), Special Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Naval Flight Officer, Pilot, Civil Engineering Corps, Nurse Corps and Information Professional. No applications will be accepted this year for Human Resources, Intelligence, Information Warfare, Medical Corps, Supply Corps, Surface Warfare Officer Information Professional (SWO/IP), Oceanography (OCEANO) and SWO/OCEANO. Sailors flexible on community preference can apply under the "core option." Here, Sailors are not assigned a community up front but compete for spots in the unrestricted line designators of pilot, naval flight officer, submarine or surface warfare, as well as EOD and SEAL. More information on this year's board specifics are available in NAVADMIN 152/20. Overall program requirements and application details - as well as program contacts -- can be found at http://www.sta-21.navy.mil.
  5. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 291910Z MAY 20 MID110000745230U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 159/20 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/MAY// SUBJ/TERMINATION OF DEPARTURE AUTHORITY FOR INDIVIDUALS AT HIGHER RISK FROM COVID-19// REF/A/NAVADMIN/OPNAV/212136ZAPR20// REF/B/MEMO/OSD/20MAR2020// REF/C/MEMO/OSD/21MAY2020// REF/D/JTR/DTMO/01MAY2020// NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 116/20, NAVY MITIGATION MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK UPDATE 4. REF B IS MEMO FROM UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND READINESS (USD PR), AUTHORIZED DEPARTURE-INDIVIDUALS AT HIGHER RISK FROM COVID-19. REF C IS MEMO FROM USD PR, AUTHORIZED DEPARTURE FOR INDIVIDUALS AT HIGHER RISK FROM COVID-19-TERMINATION OF DEPARTURE AUTHORITY. REF D IS THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.// RMKS/1. Paragraph 3.F of reference (a) announced the authorized departure of dependents in line with reference (b). This NAVADMIN announces the termination of that authorized departure in line with reference (c). 2. In line with reference (c), Department of Defense eligible family members and civilian employees who did not have travel orders approved prior to 7 May 2020, may no longer use the authority of reference (b) to depart their duty station. For those currently at a safe haven authorized by reference (b), the Department of State has extended all current global authorized departures until 11 June 2020. All authorized departure allowances are terminated effective 11 June 2020. For those who had orders approved after 7 May 2020 and have travelled to a safe haven, contact the Military Pay and Compensation Policy Branch (OPNAV N130) via e-mail at nxag_n130c(at)navy.mil for further guidance. 3. In line with table 6-19 of reference (d), dependents departing a non- foreign location OCONUS or foreign location will receive return transportation from the safe haven to the Service Members permanent duty station (PDS) if the days remaining on their tour of duty on the dependents scheduled arrival date is 60 or more days. The secretarial process must be used for return travel to the PDS if the days remaining on the tour of duty on the dependents scheduled arrival date is 59 days or less. For those cases, submit requests to OPNAV N130 via e-mail at nxag_n130c(at)navy.mil. 4. In line with section 060107-B-3 of reference (d), if return travel cannot be completed by the termination date of 11 June 2020, due to circumstances beyond the control of the traveler, a request for extension of safe haven allowances may be submitted to OPNAV N130 via email at nxag_n130c(at)navy.mil. 5. Family members must work with their Service Member to contact their command as soon as possible to make return travel arrangements, regardless of when they plan to travel back. International travel is difficult due to the limited travel options and starting the process early is important. Delay in making return travel arrangements risks the inability to travel before 11 June 2020, when safe haven allowances cease. 6. Service Members should contact their command to determine if any restriction of movement, isolation or quarantine requirements are required by the host country upon return. 7. Service Members with questions regarding this NAVADMIN should contact MyNavy Career Center (MNCC), available 24/7, by phone at (833) 330-MNCC ((833) 330-6622) or via e-mail at askmncc(at)navy.mil. 8. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, whichever occurs first. 9. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  6. Has anyone else checked their Continuity Report in BOL and noticed two Board IDs are listed 21360 and 82360? I recognize the first but not the second. Both with convening date 5Oct.
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  8. Can confirm that I got the same auto reply receipt via email from the CSCSELBOARD. I also called MNCC to verify that my package was received, and they stated that the auto reply email is my receipt and that I should be GTG. Good luck to all, as it is now out of our hands!
  9. Never heard of that. Pretty cool you actually care enough to search about stuff related to our jobs as a spouse. A good place to search for stuff related to his required rate is a good starting point. Maybe it is something required for his job which looks good. Try googling "Navy LaDr" and add his rate in there. It's not the end all be all, but a good starting point to read for you to understand and reference later.
  10. Hey everyone. Quick question for y'all! My husband is deployed currently and has been super busy, but he told me in an email his Senior signed a designation letter as a Production Maintenance Chief for him to send with his package. What does that mean? I try not to bug him with a million questions or emails because I know he is busy, so I figured I'd ask y'all to get some insight. Thank you in advance for any replies.
  11. Due to the Electronic Submission of Selection Board Documents (ESSBD) application experiencing technical difficulties on 29 May 2020, the deadline to submit correspondence to the FY-21 Active-Duty Enlisted Advancement Selection Board for Chief Petty Officer (E7) has been extended for one work day. Letters to the board (LTBs) may continue to be submitted through 2359 CDT, 1 June 2020, via ESSBD or encrypted email to cscselboard@navy.mil . There is no need to resubmit correspondence, provided you received an acknowledgement of receipt from within ESSBD or via the automated reply of the email server. All previously received correspondence remains on file. If further assistance is required, please contact the MyNavy Career Center at 1-833-330-MNCC (1-833-330-6622/DSN: 882-6622) or askmncc@navy.mil . This policy waiver extending the deadline applies only to this specific board as the deadline is defined by Navy policy and can be adjusted at the service level. The Reserve/Staff O-4 Board deadline could not be extended as that deadline was set by statutory limitations defined by law.
  12. Nice catch. Get your stuff in ladies and gents!
  13. Deadline extended to June 1. Check out myNavyHR
  14. WASHINGTON — More than 100 members of a fighter squadron were kept behind as the USS Gerald R. Ford went underway Thursday after one of its sailors tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a Navy official. The sailor, who tested positive Wednesday, is a member of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, which flies F/A-18F Super Hornet aircrafts and is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. The sailor, who has been in isolation since last week, was never aboard the aircraft carrier but the individual had been in contact with other squadron members who had been on the ship Tuesday ahead of it going underway, said Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, a spokeswoman with Naval Air Force Atlantic. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/fighter-squadron-is-pulled-from-uss-gerald-r-ford-after-sailor-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-1.631753
  15. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 291924Z MAY 20 MID110000745277U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 160/20 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/MAY// SUBJ/GUIDANCE ON CONDUCTING CEREMONIES FOR RETIREMENT OR TRANSFER TO THE FLEET RESERVE DELAYED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC// REF/A/DOC/NPC/2OCT13// REF/B/NAVADMIN/OPNAV/261427ZMAR20// REF/C/DOC/DOD/1JAN20// REF/D/INST/SECNAV/14MAR06// REF/E/DOC/JTR/1MAY20// NARR/REF A IS MILPERSMAN 1800-010, GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCTING CEREMONY FOR RETIREMENT OR TRANSFER TO THE FLEET RESERVE. REF B IS NAVADMIN 089/20. REF C IS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) FINANCIAL MANAGMEMENT REGULATIONS. REF D IS SECNAVINST 7042.7K, GUIDELINES FOR USE OF OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIONAL FUNDS (ORF). REF E IS DOD JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.// RMKS/1. In line with reference (a), this NAVADMIN announces interim policy guidance pertaining to command-sponsored retirement ceremonies delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has limited group gatherings and congregate events, such as command- sponsored retirement ceremonies designed to express the appreciation of the Navy for the many years of faithful and honorable service our Service Members have devoted to their country. This NAVADMIN amplifies reference (a) by permitting commands to approve delays in the execution of command-sponsored retirement ceremonies following an effective retirement date for Service Members up to 6 months after the cognizant installation commanding officer allows group gatherings of over 10 people. This authority also extends to the retirement ceremonies of those Service Members who receive voluntary extensions of their retirement dates pursuant to reference (b). 2. As detailed by reference (a), upon notification of an approved retirement or Fleet Reserve transfer date by Naval Personnel Command, Service Members may request a command-sponsored retirement ceremony. A request for use of any command resources, logistics or personnel support for a retirement ceremony constitutes a request for an official command-sponsored ceremony. 3. Commands using the authority in this NAVADMIN may approve requests by Service Members on a case-by-case basis after fully considering existing Navy mitigation measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Commands, as directed by reference (a), will make every reasonable effort within regulations, budgetary constraints and practicality to provide the items requested. 4. Upon approval by a command, the retirement ceremony becomes an official command function. Use of appropriated funds may be authorized consistent with reference (c) and budgetary constraints. The sponsoring command will use current year operating funds in the fiscal year the retirement ceremony is held. 5. Limitations on the use of appropriated funds. Appropriated funds shall not be used for food, receptions or unofficial functions. Specifically, associated events such as receptions are considered personal in nature and should not be funded with appropriated funds. However, a command may provide notice of the time and location of a directly related reception so long as it will not increase the cost to the Government. Pursuant to reference (d), Official Representation Funds (ORF) shall not be used for retirement ceremonies. Additional questions concerning the use of appropriated funds for necessary expenses should be addressed through the command comptroller or legal counsel. 6. To request a command-sponsored retirement ceremony, Service Members shall follow the procedures in reference (a) and shall request in writing to the commanding officer or commander of the parent command. The request or extension shall be submitted early enough to allow for adequate planning. Reference (a) directs the ceremony be sponsored by the last permanent duty station regardless of whether the retiree transferred to a new activity while pending placement on the retired list. 7. Limitations on personal travel entitlements. Commands should exercise caution when funding personal travel for Service Members after retirement to the location of their command-sponsored retirement ceremonies. Retired Service Members will not qualify for travel benefits under reference (e), section 030101. Reference (e), section 030501, permits commands to issue invitational travel orders for an individual who participates in a ceremony directly related to the interest of the DoD component. Travel approval authorities must scrutinize requests from Service Members for invitational travel orders on a case-by-case basis consistent with reference (c) and budgetary constraints. 8. This interim policy guidance is in effect for 1 year from the date of issuance. Requests from retiring Service Members will only be approved for command-sponsored retirement ceremonies held preceding retirement or following the effective retirement date for up to 6 months after the cognizant installation commanding officer allows group gatherings of over 10 people. This authority permits commands to delay command-sponsored retirement ceremonies consistent with reference (a) while recognizing the limitations posed by COVID-19 to the celebration of traditional naval ceremonies and events. 9. For questions concerning these policy changes, please contact MyNavy Career Center at (833) 330-6622 or via e-mail at askmncc(at)navy.mil. 10. Released by VADM John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  16. For those that still emailed there LTB did everyone get this email after it was sent?
  17. WASHINGTON— Thousands of troops who have deployed to help battle the coronavirus pandemic could soon receive hazard pay and awards to recognize their service, the military’s top general said Thursday. A group of Pentagon officials comprised of the senior enlisted leadership from each service is now determining what the rules will be for hazard pay and awards for personnel, Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a virtual town hall event at the Pentagon. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/troops-could-receive-hazard-pay-awards-for-service-in-coronavirus-relief-efforts-1.631538 Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge. See other free reports here. Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here. Please support our journalism with a subscription.
  18. OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Jason Webley was meritoriously advanced to the rate of chief petty officer in a pinning ceremony held at Fleet Activities Okinawa White Beach Naval Facility, May 27. Webley, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native assigned to Pacific Missile Range Facility Far East Det. Okinawa, was selected as the 2019 U.S Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year while stationed aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronal Reagan (CVN-76) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. He joined the Navy in 2007. This is the first time Sailor of the Year program-related pinning ceremonies have been held outside of Washington, D.C. The ceremony is normally held at the Navy Memorial but because of travel restrictions in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 local ceremonies are being held across the Navy. The ceremony followed social distancing guide lines and was attended by CFAO-area chief petty officers. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith gave his remarks from Washington, D.C. via video and Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, was the guest speaker. “There is no transition more important to our Navy as an institution than becoming a Navy chief petty officer,” Kacher said in his remarks as he congratulated Webley on his achievement. “Because when it comes down to it, it is the Chief Petty Officer who shows the rest of us what right looks like.” Webley was pinned by his wife and children and his cover was donned by CFAO Command Master Chief Michael Fluent. Webley credits his faith and team onboard Reagan for his selection as SOY and advancement. “It is a direct reflection of my leadership, my peers and the hard work of my junior Sailors that worked alongside me onboard USS Ronald Reagan put forth, so this is for everyone.” The Sailor of the Year program was established in 1972 by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John Whittet to recognize an individual Sailor who best represented the ever-growing group of dedicated professional Sailors at each command and ultimately the Navy.
  19. The success of the new Enhanced Counter-Narcotics Operations by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are slowly coming out. Since April 1 the Command has dedicated more naval assets to stemming the flow of illicit drugs into the United States. During four short days in mid-May the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard stopped three narco submarines in their tracks. https://www.forbes.com/sites/hisutton/2020/05/28/navy-and-coast-guard-stop-3-narco-submarines-in-4-days/#344b0a134808
  20. A Navy ship recently turned its laser weapon system to the skies to take out a drone flying nearby as the service looks to counter aerial threats at sea. The amphibious transport dock ship Portland "successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle" while it was in flight during a May 16 test at sea, the Navy announced in a news release. Video footage of the test appears to show the drone on fire before it suddenly disappears. https://news.yahoo.com/amphibious-ship-obliterates-drone-laser-175128368.html
  21. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 272000Z MAY 20 MID510001200546U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN CMC WASHINGTON DC COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 156/20 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N2N6// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N2N6// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N2N6/MAY// SUBJ/2020 NAVAL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AWARDS RESULTS// REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N2N6/101455ZDEC19// AMPN/REF A IS NAVADMIN 285/19, 2020 NAVAL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AWARDS SOLICITATION// POC/SCOTT/LT/OPNAV N2N6C/TEL: (703) 604-6288 /EMAIL: ALLISON.SCOTT1(AT)NAVY.MIL// RMKS/1. It is with great pleasure I announce the selectees for the 2020 Naval Intelligence Community Awards. 2. Rear Admiral Thomas A. Brooks Intelligence Junior Officer of the Year Awards. The Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI) established the Intelligence Junior Officer of the Year awards in 1990 to promote high morale and recognize professional excellence in the Naval Intelligence Community. This years RADM Thomas A. Brooks Intelligence Junior Officer of the Year awardees are: a. Sea: LT Jonathan J. Hilzinger, Destroyer Squadron TWO b. Shore: LT Amber N. Bixler, U.S. Strategic Command 3. Commander Dan F. Shanower Intelligence Specialist of the Year (ISOY) Awards. The DNI established the Intelligence Specialist of the Year awards in 1995 to promote high morale and recognize professional excellence in the Naval Intelligence Community. This years CDR Dan F. Shanower Intelligence Specialist of the Year awardees are: a. Senior Sea: IS1(IW/SW/AW) Jon R. Garland II, Naval Information Warfare Training Group, Fleet Intelligence Detachment Washington, DC b. Senior Shore: IS1(IW/SW/AW/NAO) Jeffrey S. Campbell, Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center c. Junior Sea: IS2(IW/SW/AW) Benjamin W. Fagan, USS AMERICA (LHA 6) d. Junior Shore: IS2(IW/SW/AW) Jonathan D. Toler, Navy Element, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 4. Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for Leadership. The VADM Rufus L. Taylor Award was established in 1985 to recognize leadership from deserving personnel who exemplify excellence and exceptional dedication to duty within the Naval Intelligence Community. This years VADM Rufus L. Taylor Award for Leadership awardees are: a. Active: LCDR Jay P. McVann, Carrier Air Wing ONE b. Reserve: CDR Jennifer L. Gillooly, NR Office of Naval Intelligence Nimitz Command Support Unit 5. Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award for Excellence in Intelligence Instruction. Established in 1989, the VADM Rufus L. Taylor Award for Excellence in Intelligence Instruction honors instructors who exhibit principles which VADM Taylor exemplified throughout his career. This years VADM Rufus L. Taylor Award for Excellence in Intelligence Instruction awardees are: a. Information Warfare Training Command San Diego: IS1(IW/SW/EXW) William G. Pozuelos b. Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach: IS1(IW/SW/AW) Amanda M. Monroe 6. Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton Award for Leadership and Mentorship. The DNI established the RADM Edwin T. Layton Award for Leadership and Mentorship in 2001 to recognize outstanding leadership and mentorship in the furtherance of Naval Intelligence performance. This years RADM Edwin T. Layton Award for Leadership and Mentorship awardees are: a. CAPT Albert A. Alarcon, U.S. Pacific Fleet b. CDR Kevin D. Barnard, Carrier Strike Group TWELVE c. CAPT Richard L. Bosworth, Center for Information Warfare Training d. IS1(IW/SW) Gregory J. Dowdy, Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe Analytic Center, Royal Air Force Molesworth e. ISCS(IW/SW/AW) Aubrey J. Gillespie, USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) f. CDR John D. Heavrin, U.S. Pacific Fleet g. LCDR Kristen M. Kelso, Naval Special Warfare Development Group h. LCDR James E. Martin, USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) i. IS1(SCW/SW/AW/IW) John C. G. Minor, U.S. Strategic Command j. ISCS(IW/SW/AW) Shauntel M. Moon, Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center k. ISCS(EXW/IW) Eugene M. Padden, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE l. CDR Andrew Schimenti, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet 7. Herman Dworkin Award for Maritime Analytic Excellence. Since 1983, the Herman Dworkin Award is presented annually to the civilian or military analyst working maritime issues who exemplifies, through their work and attitude, Mr. Dworkins traits of analytic expertise. This years Herman Dworkin Award for Maritime Analytic Excellence awardee is: a. Mr. Christopher M. Hendricks, Office of Naval Intelligence 8. I am honored to lead such a fine cadre of Intelligence Professionals and congratulate you all for your service to the nation. BRAVO ZULU! 9. Released by VADM Matthew J. Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  22. Everything bottom right corner for mine. I created labels with full name SSN and “enclosure ( )”. And then I hand wrote my enclosure numbers once I decided my order.
  23. WASHINGTON — The Defense Department announced its stop-movement order will remain in place indefinitely, though some bases could meet new phased-in guidelines as early as Tuesday to allow travel for military personnel and their families. A memorandum issued by Defense Secretary Mark Esper dated May 22 states he has canceled the prior travel guidance that went into effect April 20, which was expected to end June 30. He extended the travel restrictions for all government travel of personnel and their families indefinitely unless locations meet specific criteria to allow travel to resume. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/pentagon-stop-movement-order-to-remain-in-effect-unless-local-conditions-at-bases-meet-criteria-for-travel-1.631275 Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge. See other free reports here. Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here. Please support our journalism with a subscription.
  24. OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff pulled into Okinawa, May 24, making the ship’s first port visit in more than 70 days. While on liberty, Sailors will have limited access to specific designated areas on the pier and neighboring beach. This type of “safe haven” liberty allows for quality of life and readiness, while strictly mitigating the risk of contracting COVID-19. Ship’s personnel and 7th Fleet staff will not physically interact with anyone who is not part of the crew, including people from the base and local community. This port visit will pave the way for future ships to do “safe haven” liberty in a manner which Sailors’ morale and quality of life is considered while mitigating the risk of COVID-19. “It is not lost on me how difficult a longer than normal deployment can be on top of the stress of the COVID pandemic on my Sailors and their families,” said Blue Ridge commanding officer, Capt. Craig Sicola. “These types of port calls are absolutely required to restore our mental readiness, stay healthy, and enable us to fight another day.” Blue Ridge’s MWR committee has worked diligently to ensure that, Sailors will have access to areas of the base and have entertainment available while in Okinawa, all while inside the designated safe zone or “bubble.” Wi-Fi is being installed on the pier so that Sailors can use their phones and laptops. The beach will be open for Sailors to swim and lounge out on the beach, and sporting events like softball, soccer, kickball, volleyball, and basketball will be available at the facilities on base. “A lot of great work has gone into planning this port visit,” said Blue Ridge’s senior MWR representative, Chief Navy Counselor Min Jun, from Davis, California. Sailors were also given the opportunity to order personal items from Kadena’s Exchange and have it delivered to the pier. “Providing pierside delivery was an excellent way to help Sailors get the items they need to keep them running their best during deployment,” said Lt. j.g Raymond Kosak, Blue Ridge’s disbursing officer. All purchases will be delivered to a drop off station on the pier and fully disinfected by a qualified cleaning crew or be placed in large storage containers for an appropriate time that will ensure it is COVID-free. With the exception of a few mandatory personnel to ensure the ship’s safe arrival, there will be no interaction with any personnel outside the designated liberty areas. For the docking process, all COVID mitigations will be in place to include social distancing, masks, gloves, and minimal interactions. “It is important to realize that the Blue Ridge has maintained a COVID-free bubble since the outbreak,” said Sicola. “We are taking extreme caution to retain this bubble by not allowing any human interaction with personnel outside the bubble and maintaining strict disinfecting procedures for items and equipment on the pier.” The visit to Okinawa comes after Blue Ridge recently broke its record of consecutive days at sea, which had previously been 64, last set during the summer of 1972 during the Vietnam War. “Being underway this long has really opened my eyes to how the Navy operates. I'm so proud to be serving on the Flag Ship for U.S. 7th Fleet and even more excited to be able to get the opportunity to pull into Okinawa,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Justine Hughes from Albany, Oregon. “The fact that this ship has taken on the challenge of maintaining our presence at sea during this time of worldwide crisis is very humbling and makes me feel like I have a bigger purpose in this military organization.” Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy, and as the 7th Fleet command ship, is responsible for fostering relationships within the Indo-Pacific region.
  25. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 261636Z MAY 20 MID110000739290U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 152/20 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/MAY// SUBJ/FY-21 SEAMAN TO ADMIRAL-21 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT// REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/14DEC09// REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/171350ZJUL17// NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1420.1B, ENLISTED TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS APPLICATION ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL. REF B IS NAVADMIN 177/17, NUCLEAR TRAINED SAILOR APPLICATIONS TO OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS AND MODIFICATION TO FY-19 NUCLEAR LIMITED DUTY OFFICER IN- SERVICE PROCUREMENT BOARD PROCESS.// RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN solicits applications and provides guidance for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21) Commissioning Program. 2. STA-21 is a full-time undergraduate education and commissioning program open to enlisted personnel of all paygrades and ratings who meet the eligibility requirements specified in reference (a). 3. Deadline for submission of applications for the FY-21 STA-21 Program is 1 July 2020. Application packages must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. It is recommended that applications be mailed prior to the deadline as early submission allows timely feedback to the Sailor for submission of missing or illegible documents. Deadline for submission of additional documentation to an applicant package is 1 August 2020. No additional documents can be added after this date. The selection board is scheduled to convene in September 2020 and the selectees will be announced via NAVADMIN. 4. The following target options and core are open for application for the FY-21 Selection Board: Surface Warfare (SWO), Surface Warfare Engineering (SWO/ED), Nuclear (Surface/Sub), Special Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Naval Flight Officer, Pilot, Civil Engineering Corps, Nurse Corps and Information Professional. 5. The following target options have zero select opportunity for the FY-21 Selection Board: Human Resources, Intelligence, Information Warfare, Medical Corps, Supply Corps, Surface Warfare Officer/Information Professional (SWO/IP), Oceanography (OCEANO) and SWO/OCEANO. 6. The Nuclear (Surface/Sub) target option is now open to Sailors who are serving in the Fleet and hold an active Nuclear Navy enlisted classification (NEC)(N1XX/N2XX). All applicants must be able to begin their first day of class in the first semester of their course work prior to commencing their eighth year of service. See the Nuclear Program Authorization (PA 150A) dated May 2019 for more specific information and all other requirements to apply for the program. Additionally, applicants holding a Nuclear NEC must receive conditional release, in line with reference (b), if applying for options outside the Nuclear community, from the Nuclear Enlisted Community Manager (OPNAV N133D). 7. The following information addresses lessons learned from the FY-20 STA-21 selection process and board. This information is provided to preclude common errors: a. Of the 323 applications received for FY-20, only 305 were board eligible. A total of 55 were selected to participate in the FY-20 STA-21 Program. b. Each year, packages are not considered due to non-qualifying Scholastic Aptitude Test/American College Test (SAT/ACT) test scores, missing commanding officer (CO) endorsement/recommendation, recent non-judicial punishment, missing physical fitness assessment (PFA) cycles and missing or illegible submission of documents and not meeting program age or PFA requirements. c. Minimum eligibility requirements must be met before submitting an application. Applications should be mailed only when fully completed. Officer interview boards shall consist of three officers, the applicant CO may not be a board member and should not submit an interview appraisal sheet. The personal interview of the CO should be conducted only after the application is complete and the officer interview board has submitted their appraisals. The full picture of an applicant academic and officer potential can only be determined by reviewing the SAT/ACT scores, high school/college transcripts and a completed application package. d. The CO endorsement is extremely important, especially the ranking of the individual among his/her peers. The endorsement should contain specifics about the individual academic potential, commitment, leadership, service above self and potential as a naval officer. CO comments should specify the primary option to which the individual is applying and address how the individual meets qualifications for that option. For junior Sailors with only schoolhouse evaluations, the CO must address this issue in his or her endorsement. e. An interview board and nomination review board shall be conducted in line with reference (a). It is recommended that officers of the applicant designator of choice, if available, be asked to participate in the interview/nomination review board to assess the applicant for their community. Officer appraisals provide important insight on the applicant. The appraisal from the board should be a frank and honest assessment of the leadership and academic potential of the applicant. Appraisal forms should be typed in 10 or 12-point font. f. The applicant personal statement should address why the Sailor wants to become an officer, how the Sailors selection would improve the Navy and why the Sailor is applying for a specific option. Sailors must also address any hardships or unique experiences that shaped their character. Junior Sailors should provide information on high school experiences as high school transcripts rarely provide in-depth information on involvement in sports, clubs, volunteer hours, work, etc. Additionally, applicants should address any anomalies in the package (e.g., poor high school grades, college grades, service school grades or poor evaluation performance). The explanation should include details of the situation, how the applicant has overcome these issues and why the applicant will be successful in the future. g. The application is a reflection of the applicant. Applicants must review their packages in their entirety before submitting. Check for misspelled words and improper grammar. Ensure all transcripts (high school and all colleges) are enclosed. Within the last year, applicants must have passed the PFA, to include body composition assessment and the physical readiness test with performance in the good category. Due the immediate suspension of the PFA for Cycle-1 2020, minimizing the risk from coronavirus disease, points will be awarded from the most recent observed score from the latest full test taken within a year of application (i.e., spring and fall of 2019). A grade of satisfactory or failure of the above required physical readiness test will make the applicant ineligible. h. Qualifying SAT/ACT scores are required. Include any additional recommendations, qualifications or other accomplishments as a part of the package. SAT/ACT can be from tests taken between 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2020 (3 years). Due to recent events, applications will be accepted pending receipt of SAT/ACT test scores. i. It is recommended that the command retain a copy of the entire application package. The command copy should not be given to the applicant. 8. Mail completed applications to: Commander Naval Service Training Command (N92/STA 21) 250 Dallas Street Ste A Pensacola FL 32508-5268 9. For questions, specific details, eligibility criteria, application requirements, and selection procedures, refer to reference (a), contact your command career counselor or visit the STA-21 website at http://www.sta-21.navy.mil for the most up-to-date information. 10. Point of contact is Naval Service Training Command, STA-21 Program Officer, at (850) 452-9433/9563 DSN 459 or via e-mail at pnsc_sta21(at)navy.mil. Point of contact for the Nuclear target option policy change is the Nuclear Enlisted Community Manager, OPNAV N133D at (703) 604-5491/DSN 664 or via e-mail at bullnuke(at)navy.mil. 11. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  26. UNCLASSIFIED// ROUTINE R 262253Z MAY 20 MID110000739987U FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 155/20 MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/CNO/MAY// SUBJ/U.S. NAVY COVID-19 STANDARDIZED OPERATIONAL GUIDANCE // REF/A/NAVADMIN/OPNAV/171541ZAPR20// REF/B/NAVADMIN/OPNAV/212136ZAPR20// REF/C/MEMO/OSD/7APR2020// REF/D/MEMO/OSD/13APR2020// REF/E/INST/OSD/19JUN2019// NARR/ REF A IS NAVADMIN 113/20 RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT (ROM) GUIDANCE UPDATE. REF B IS NAVADMIN 116/20, NAVY MITIGATION MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK UPDATE 4. REF C IS USD P&R FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION (FHP) SUPPLEMENT 6 - DOD GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 LABORATORY DIAGNOSTIC TESTING SERVICES. REF D IS USD P&R FHP SUPPLEMENT 8 - DOD GUIDANCE FOR PROTECTING PERSONNEL IN WORKPLACES DURING THE RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. REF E IS DODI 6490.03, DEPLOYMENT HEALTH, JUNE 19, 2019.// POC/RADM KARL THOMAS/OPNAV N3N5B/703-692-9291/KARL.O.THOMAS1 (AT)NAVY.MIL// RMKS/1. TO INCREASE PROBABILITY OF A COVID-FREE MISSION READY CREW, UNITS WILL ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING STANDARDIZED OPERATIONAL GUIDANCE. FLEET, TYCOM, AND OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS MAY ISSUE MORE SPECIFIC GUIDANCE TO UNITS WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY. THIS GUIDANCE BUILDS ON REFS (A) AND (B) WHILE INCORPORATING GUIDANCE FROM REFS (C) THROUGH (E). IT WILL GUIDE HEALTH PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUALS AND UNITS, PRESERVATION OF OPERATIONAL READINESS, AND PROTECTION OF SHIPMATES, INSTALLATIONS, AND COMMUNITIES FROM COVID-19 TRANSMISSION. ALTHOUGH BIASED TOWARD THE SHIPBOARD ENVIRONMENT, THIS GUIDANCE APPLIES TO ALL PERSONNEL AND UNITS DEPLOYING TO AND FROM HOMEPORT (ORIGINATING UNIT LOCATION FOR RESERVE PERSONNEL). IT DOES NOT APPLY TO ROUTINE TRAVEL (E.G., TDY, TAD) UNLESS CONNECTED WITH A DEPLOYING INDIVIDUAL OR UNIT. ADHERENCE TO THIS STANDARDIZED GUIDANCE INCLUDES ACCOUNTING FOR SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES INVOLVING CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES OR CONTRACTORS PER PARAGRAPH 9. EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES MAY NECESSITATE WAIVERS TO THIS GUIDANCE TO MEET EMERGENT OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS. THE NAVAL COMPONENT COMMANDER (NCC) IS THE WAIVER AUTHORITY UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSED. 2. DEFINITIONS. 2.A. COVID-19 CASE: A MEMBER DESIGNATED BY A MEDICAL PROVIDER BY ONE OF TWO METHODS: 1) A POSITIVE COVID-19 LABORATORY TEST, OR 2) ASSESSED AS PRESUMED POSITIVE PER THE COUNCIL OF STATE AND TERRITORIAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST (CSTE) CRITERIA FOR A PROBABLE CASE. 2.B. PATIENT (OR PERSON) UNDER INVESTIGATION (PUI): AN INDIVIDUAL WITH SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 WHO HAS A TEST RESULT PENDING OR WOULD HAVE BEEN TESTED HAD A TEST BEEN AVAILABLE. MEMBERS ARE NO LONGER A PUI WHEN THEY: A) RECEIVE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 LAB TEST RESULT; OR, B) HAVE MET ALL CRITERIA FOR RETURN TO WORK IN PARAGRAPH 7.D. ASYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS QUARANTINED DUE TO CLOSE CONTACT WITH A COVID POSITIVE MEMBER ARE NOT CLASSIFIED PUI. ASYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS BEING TESTED FOR COVID-19 ARE NOT CONSIDERED PUIS WHILE AWAITING TEST RESULTS. 2.C. HIGH-RISK PERSONNEL: THOSE INDIVIDUALS, DESIGNATED BY A MEDICAL PROVIDER, THAT MEET THE CDC HIGH-RISK CRITERIA AVAILABLE AT: HTTPS://WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/NEED-EXTRA-PRECAUTIONS/PEOPLE- AT-HIGHER-RISK.HTML THIS LIST EVOLVES AS KNOWLEDGE OF COVID-19 GROWS AND SHOULD BE CHECKED FREQUENTLY. 2.D. CLOSE CONTACT: INDIVIDUALS IDENTIFIED AS BEING WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 6 FEET (2 METERS) OF A COVID-19 CASE FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME (>15 MINUTES). CLOSE CONTACT CAN OCCUR WHILE CARING FOR, LIVING WITH, VISITING, WORKING WITH, OR SHARING A DENSELY POPULATED SPACE WITH A COVID-19 CASE. CLOSE CONTACT CAN ALSO BE ESTABLISHED VIA DIRECT CONTACT (E.G., BEING COUGHED OR SNEEZED UPON BY A COVID-19 CASE). DETERMINATION OF CLOSE CONTACT PRESUMES THE INTERACTION TRANSPIRED DURING THE COVID-19 CASES POTENTIALLY INFECTIOUS PERIOD CURRENTLY DEFINED AS 48 HOURS PRIOR TO SYMPTOM ONSET (OR POSITIVE TEST IF ASYMPTOMATIC) TO THE TIME THE COVID-19 CASE IS PLACED IN ISOLATION. SOME EXAMPLES SPECIFIC TO THE SHIPBOARD ENVIRONMENT INCLUDE: A) INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE COVID-19 CASES BERTHING AREA ASSIGNED AN ADJACENT RACK INCLUDING DIRECTLY ACROSS A NARROW AISLE; B) PROLONGED INTERACTION WITHIN RELATIVELY CONFINED SPACES INTERNAL TO THE SHIP (E.G., WORK SPACE, GALLEY, GYM, SMOKING DECK, CHAPEL, ETC.). 2.E. MEDICAL SCREENING: COVID-19 MEDICAL SCREENING SHOULD INCLUDE EVALUATION FOR BOTH TYPICAL AND ATYPICAL SYMPTOMS. TYPICAL SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INCLUDE: COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING, FEVER, CHILLS, MUSCLE PAIN, GASTROINTESTINAL DISTRESS, AND RECENT LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL. ATYPICAL SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: SORE THROAT, RHINORRHEA (RUNNY NOSE), NASAL CONGESTION, NAUSEA, DIARRHEA, HEADACHE, INCREASED CONFUSION, DIZZINESS, AND MALAISE. A COMPLETE LIST OF COVID-19 SYMPTOMS CAN BE FOUND AT: HTTPS://WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/SYMPTOMS-TESTING/SYMPTOMS.HTML. 2.F. SELF-MONITORING. PER THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC), SELF-MONITORING INCLUDES ASSESSING ONSET OF FEVER BY TAKING ONES TEMPERATURE TWICE A DAY AND REMAINING ALERT FOR THE ONSET OF COUGH OR BREATHING DIFFICULTY. CDC DEFINES FEVER AS TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO 100.4 F (38C) DEGREES. INDIVIDUALS THAT DEVELOP FEVER, COUGH, OR BREATHING DIFFICULTY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY SELF-ISOLATE, LIMIT CONTACT WITH OTHERS, AND SEEK ADVICE BY TELEPHONE FROM A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER TO DETERMINE IF FURTHER MEDICAL EVALUATION IS REQUIRED. 2.G. RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT (ROM). GENERAL DOD TERM FOR LIMITING PERSONAL INTERACTION TO REDUCE RISK TO THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF A BROADER COHORT. ROM IS USED TO MINIMIZE RISK OF INDIVIDUALS ENCOUNTERING COVID-19 CONTAGIOUS INDIVIDUALS, AND TO PREVENT PERSONNEL WHO HAVE BEEN IN A HIGHER RISK AREA FROM POTENTIALLY INFECTING OTHERS. ROM INCLUDES ISOLATION, QUARANTINE AND ROM-SEQUESTER. 2.G.1. ISOLATION: MEDICAL TERM FOR THE STRICT SEPARATION OF PERSONNEL FROM OTHERS DUE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF POTENTIAL COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR A POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST. 2.G.2. QUARANTINE: MEDICAL TERM FOR SEPARATING ASYMPTOMATIC PERSONNEL FROM THOSE PEOPLE REASONABLY BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE, TO PREVENT THE POSSIBLE SPREAD OF THE COMMUNICABLE DISEASE. FOR THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, PERSONNEL WITH NO COVID-19 SYMPTOMS WHO HAVE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM A HIGHER RISK LOCATION OR HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH A KNOWN COVID- 19 POSITIVE PATIENT SHOULD BE QUARANTINED. THE QUARANTINE PERIOD IS 14 DAYS. 2.G.3. ROM-SEQUESTER: U.S. NAVY TERM FOR PREEMPTIVE SEPARATION OF FORCES TO REDUCE RISK OF INFECTION WHILE ESTABLISHING A COVID-FREE BUBBLE. ROM-SEQUESTER CAN BE CONDUCTED ONBOARD SHIP, IN CONTRACTED FACILITIES, OR IN PERSONAL RESIDENCE DEPENDENT ON UNIT-SPECIFIC SCENARIOS. DURING ROM- SEQUESTER, INTERACTION WITH INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING OUTSIDE OF THE ROM- SEQUESTER LOCATION MUST BE MINIMIZED. INTERACTION WITHIN ROM-SEQUESTER LOCATION IS RESTRICTED TO BASIC NECESSITIES SUCH AS FOOD DELIVERY. 2.H. BUBBLE. U.S. NAVY TERM FOR INDIVIDUALS, UNITS OR INSTALLATIONS THAT HAVE ESTABLISHED LOW PROBABILITY OF COVID-19 INFECTION. A CREW THAT HAS BEEN UNDERWAY, OR ROM-SEQUESTERED AT THE PIER, FOR GREATER THAN 14 DAYS WITHOUT COVID-19 POSITIVE PERSONNEL AND NO COVID-19 SYMPTOMS IS WITHIN A BUBBLE. 2.I. BUBBLE TO BUBBLE TRANSFER (B2BT). U.S. NAVY TERM FOR MOVEMENT OF UNITS OR PERSONNEL FROM ONE BUBBLE TO ANOTHER VIA CONTROLLED MEANS. A WIDE VARIETY OF MODES/MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION CAN BE USED FOR B2BT. THE KEY FACTOR IS THAT THE EVOLUTION IS CLOSELY CONTROLLED TO MINIMIZE RISK OF COVID-19 EXPOSURE. 3. MINIMUM ACTION REQUIRED PRIOR TO DEPLOYED OPERATIONS. 3.A. MANDATORY MEDICAL SCREENING BY A MEDICAL PROVIDER. 3.A.1. PRE-DEPLOYMENT SCREENING WILL CONSIST OF AN ASSESSMENT OF COVID-19 EXPOSURE HISTORY, A TEMPERATURE CHECK, A CHECK FOR COVID-19 SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS LISTED IN PARA 2.E, REVIEW OF ANY PAST COVID-19 TESTING AND A THOROUGH EVALUATION OF THE MEMBERS HIGH RISK FACTORS. 3.A.2. RECOMMENDATIONS TO DEPLOY HIGH RISK INDIVIDUALS MUST BE APPROVED, AT A MINIMUM, BY THE ISIC. MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND WILL MEDICALLY SCREEN CIVIL SERVICE AND CONTRACT PERSONNEL FOR DEPLOYMENT ON MSC VESSELS IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING MSC INSTRUCTIONS AND CONTRACTS. 3.B. CONDUCT MINIMUM 14-DAY ROM-SEQUESTER PRIOR TO DEPLOYMENT. DEPENDING ON SCHEDULE AND OPERATIONS, THE NCC WILL DETERMINE IF ROM-SEQUESTER IS WARRANTED PRIOR TO INTEGRATED PHASE. 3.B.1. CONDUCT DAILY PERSONNEL SCREENING (QUESTIONNAIRE/TEMPERATURE CHECKS). 3.B.2. ALL PERSONNEL DEPLOYING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES WILL UNDERGO A 14- DAY ROM-SEQUESTER PRIOR TO DEPLOYMENT. IF TRAVELING OCONUS AND THE HOST NATION REQUIRES 14-DAY IN-COUNTRY ROM, CONUS PRE-DEPLOYMENT ROM-SEQUESTER IS NOT REQUIRED UNLESS THE HOST NATION EXPLICITLY MANDATES BOTH. 3.B.3. ACCEPTABLE ROM-SEQUESTER FACILITIES ARE: SHIP BERTHING, LIVING BARGE, INDIVIDUAL BARRACKS/HOTEL ROOMS, OR PERSONAL RESIDENCE (WITH LIMITED CONTACT WITH OTHER RESIDENTS). EACH HAS PROS AND CONS THAT MUST BE WEIGHED AGAINST UNIT-SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES AND RISK. MINIMIZING CONTACT WITH OTHERS AND FOLLOWING PUBLIC HEALTH MITIGATION MEASURES IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESSFUL ROM- SEQUESTER. 3.B.4. PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND SANITIZE MORE FREQUENTLY WHILE MANNING ESSENTIAL WATCH STATIONS, COMPLETING REQUIRED MAINTENANCE, AND CONDUCTING REQUIRED UNDERWAY PREPARATION (LOGISTICS, TRAINING, ETC.). 3.B.5. DEVELOP OPERATIONAL BENCH FOR REDLINE PERSONNEL TO MAINTAIN MISSION ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS (NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, BRIDGE, COMBAT INFORMATION CENTER, CWC WATCHES, MEDICAL PROVIDERS, ETC.). 3.C. DEPLOYING UNITS WILL TEST OUT OF ROM-SEQUESTER PER FLEET APPROVED COMMUNITY CONOPS. THESE CONOPS WERE REVIEWED BY BUMED FOR THE LATEST SCIENTIFIC EFFICACY AND SHOULD BE FOLLOWED TO ENSURE STANDARDIZATION AND CONSISTENCY ACROSS THE FORCE. TESTING IS THE BEST WAY TO IDENTIFY ASYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS. HOWEVER, TESTING DOES NOT GUARANTEE A CLEAN DEPLOYING UNIT DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FOR FALSE NEGATIVE TESTS. 3.D. SHIP RIDERS (E.G., CONTRACTORS, TECH REPS, INSPECTION TEAMS, ETC.), DIRECT SUPPORT PERSONNEL, AND ALL OTHERS ASSISTING COMMANDS PRIOR TO BUBBLE ESTABLISHMENT WILL ADHERE TO LOCAL FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS (DAILY SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE, TEMPERATURE CHECKS, PPE, RESTRICT SHIPBOARD MOVEMENT, SANITIZATION, ETC.). WHEN INVOLVED IN MOVEMENT TO SEQUENTIAL COMMANDS, IT MAY BE ADVISABLE TO ROM-SEQUESTER TEAMS, USE B2BT, AND TEST PERIODICALLY. 3.E. SHIP RIDERS (E.G., CONTRACTORS, TECH REPS, INSPECTION TEAMS, ETC.), DIRECT SUPPORT PERSONNEL, AND ALL OTHERS PENETRATING AN ESTABLISHED BUBBLE WILL COMPLETE A 14-DAY ROM-SEQUESTER AND TEST OUT PRIOR TO EMBARKING. OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY SOMETIMES PRECLUDE THIS PRIOR TO SUPPORT PERSONNEL PENETRATING AN ESTABLISHED BUBBLE. NCC APPROVAL IS REQUIRED TO PENETRATE AN ESTABLISHED BUBBLE. 4. MINIMUM REQUIRED ACTION FOR MAINTENANCE, BASIC, ADVANCED/INTEGRATED, AND SUSTAINMENT PHASES. 4.A. MAINTENANCE PHASE. AGGRESSIVE AWARENESS, DIAGNOSIS, CONTACT TRACING, AND IN SOME CASES, ROM-SEQUESTER ARE CRITICAL TO COMBAT COVID-19. COMMANDERS MUST REMAIN ALERT TO THE REALITY SOME SAILORS CARRYING COVID-19 MAY BE ASYMPTOMATIC AND MITIGATE RISKS ACCORDINGLY. THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM MEASURES APPLY: 4.A.1. FOLLOW LOCAL HPCON STATUS AND FHP MEASURES. EMPHASIZE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY (FACE MASKS, PHYSICAL DISTANCING, AVOID LOCAL AREAS WITH HIGH POPULATION DENSITY, SELF-MONITOR, ETC.). REPORT AND ISOLATE PERSONNEL WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS. SCREEN ALL PERSONNEL AND VISITORS DAILY AT WORK, TO INCLUDE TEMPERATURE CHECKS. CLEAN AND DISINFECT SPACES DAILY IAW NAVSEA CLEANING GUIDANCE. CONSIDER ADDITIONAL COVID-19 ORM MEASURES FOR MAJOR EVENTS (E.G., DRILLS). 4.A.2. SUPPORT ORGANIZATION COMMANDERS (E.G., SHIPYARD PERSONNEL, CONTRACT SUPPORT, TRAINING TEAMS, ETC.), SHOULD CONSIDER CURRENT HPCON, CDC THREAT LEVEL, METHOD/MODE OF TRAVEL, ETC WHEN ASSESSING RISK AND DETERMINING IF ROM- SEQUESTER IS WARRANTED. FOR EXAMPLE, A TEAM OF SHIPYARD WORKERS MOVING FROM AN AREA WITH LOW COVID CASES TO AN AREA OF LOW, MEDIUM OR HIGH COVID CASES MIGHT NOT WARRANT ROM-SEQUESTER UNLESS COMPELLED BY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS TRAVEL THROUGH A HIGH RISK AIRPORT. REGARDLESS, VISITORS SHOULD FOLLOW THE SAME DAILY SCREENING PROCEDURES, SELF-MONITORING, TEMPERATURE CHECKS, PPE, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PROTOCOLS AS SHIPS FORCE. 4.A.3 AIRCRAFT SQUADRON COMMANDERS SHOULD CONSIDER THE CURRENT RISK LEVEL PER PARAGRAPH 4.A.2 TO DETERMINE IF ROM-SEQUESTER IS REQUIRED FOR TRAINING DETACHMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, A SAILOR MAY USE A PERSONAL VEHICLE TO DRIVE FROM MILITARY BASE TO MILITARY BASE WITH INFREQUENT GAS OR FOOD STOPS TO MAINTAIN A MODIFIED BUBBLE. REGARDLESS, TRAVELERS SHOULD FOLLOW THE SAME DAILY SCREENING PROCEDURES, SELF-MONITORING, TEMPERATURE CHECKS, PPE, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PROTOCOLS DICTATED BY LOCAL HPCON CONDITIONS. 4.B. BASIC PHASE. INCLUDES SAME MEASURES AS THE MAINTENANCE PHASE, PLUS: 4.B.1. UNDERWAY OPERATIONS WITH ABILITY TO GET MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITY (MTF) SUPPORT WITHIN 72 HOURS. SCREEN HIGH RISK SAILORS AND ENSURE PPE LOADOUT MEETS FLEET GUIDANCE. FOLLOW PLATFORM SPECIFIC COVID-19 CONOPS AND SOPS. 4.B.2. UNDERWAY OPERATIONS WHEN MTF SUPPORT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE WITHIN 72 HOURS. SAME MEASURES AS LOCAL OPERATIONS, PLUS, IAW FLEET COMMANDER GUIDANCE, CONSIDER MEDICAL TEAM AUGMENT, MEDEVAC AUGMENT/HELO CAPABILITY, AND SHIPBOARD TESTING CAPABILITY. 4.C. ADVANCED AND INTEGRATED PHASES. SAME MEASURES AS MAINTENANCE AND BASIC PHASES, PLUS: 4.C.1. IF DEPLOYING IMMEDIATELY AFTER INTEGRATED PHASE (I.E., COMPTUEX(C2X)) OR PRE-OVERSEAS MOVEMENT EVALUATION (POMEVAL), FOLLOW GUIDANCE IN PARAGRAPH 3. 4.D. SUSTAINMENT PHASE. 4.D.1. UNDERWAY: MAINTAIN BUBBLE PER PARAGRAPH 3.E. 4.D.2. PIER-SIDE: FOLLOWING DEPLOYMENT, FOLLOW BASIC PHASE GUIDANCE. OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS MAY ELECT TO SHIFT TO PARAGRAPH 3 GUIDANCE DEPENDING ON LIKELIHOOD OF CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. 4.E. FOR ALL PHASES, DISCIPLINED INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES ARE THE BEDROCK OF RISK REDUCTION AND RISK MITIGATION. COVID MITIGATION PROTOCOL, WHERE APPROPRIATE, SHOULD CONSIDER ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR HIGH RISK PERSONNEL. COMMANDERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, MANAGEMENT, OVERSIGHT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROTOCOLS FOR THEIR UNITS. INDIVIDUALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EXECUTING THOSE PROTOCOLS. 5. DUE TO UNIQUE NATURE OF FORWARD DEPLOYED NAVAL FORCES (FDNF) AND THEIR HOST NATION RELATIONSHIP, NCCS WILL DEFINE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FDNF UNITS USING SECTIONS 3 AND 4 AS THE BASIS. 6. COMMANDERS MAY NEED TO EXEMPT AIRCREW AND AIRCRAFT MAINTAINERS FROM THIS GUIDANCE TO MEET EMERGENT OPERATIONAL OR NATOPS CURRENCY REQUIREMENTS. ROBUST RISK MITIGATION IS REQUIRED TO MINIMIZE COVID THREATS TO EXISTING BUBBLES. MITIGATION PLANS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE NCC. 7. ACTION WHEN A CREW MEMBER, MILITARY, OR CIVILIAN EXHIBITS SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INFECTION. 7.A. ISOLATE AND MEDICALLY SCREEN THE CREW MEMBER. DESIGNATE AS PUI. RESTRICT CONTACT WITH THE REST OF THE CREW/OPERATIONAL BENCH. 7.A.1. IF ISOLATED ABOARD SHIP, USE SMALL BERTHING AREAS (E.G., STATEROOMS) FOR SEPARATION. WHEN ADEQUATE SHIPBOARD ISOLATION CAPACITY IS EXHAUSTED, CONSIDER TRANSFERRING PUIS TO UNITS WITH REMAINING CAPACITY OR ASHORE. 7.A.2. IF ISOLATED OFF SHIP, PROVIDE PUI MEDICAL TREATMENT UNTIL CLINICALLY IMPROVED. 7.B. IDENTIFY, QUARANTINE, AND MEDICALLY SCREEN CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID-19 CASES AND SYMPTOMATIC PUIS AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPHS 2.A AND 2.B. MINIMUM SCREENING SHOULD INCLUDE A QUESTIONNAIRE TO ASSESS RISK TO EXPOSURE, TEMPERATURE CHECK, AND VISUAL CHECK FOR SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS PER THE CDC. WHEN ADEQUATE SHIPBOARD QUARANTINE CAPACITY IS EXHAUSTED, CONSIDER TRANSFERRING CLOSE CONTACTS TO UNITS WITH REMAINING CAPACITY OR ASHORE. 7.B.1. QUARANTINE CLOSE CONTACTS FOR 14 DAYS. AFTER 14 DAYS, IF ASYMPTOMATIC, RELEASE FROM QUARANTINE. 7.B.2. PER PARAGRAPH 2.B., ASYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS QUARANTINED DUE TO CLOSE CONTACT ARE NOT CONSIDERED PUI. 7.B.3. IF CLOSE CONTACT BECOMES SYMPTOMATIC - FOLLOW PUI PROTOCOL. 7.C. PROTOCOL FOR PUI. 7.C.1 TEST PUI IF POSSIBLE. IF TEST RESULT POSITIVE - CONTINUE ISOLATION AND TREAT. IF TEST NEGATIVE - PROVIDE MEDICAL TREATMENT UNTIL CLINICALLY IMPROVED. IF TEST NEGATIVE AND PUI DOES NOT IMPROVE - ISOLATE AND FOLLOW PARAGRAPH 7.D. IF NO TEST PERFORMED - PROCEED WITH STEPS 7.C.2 AND 7.C.3 BELOW. 7.C.2. MEDICALLY SCREEN TWICE A DAY AT A MINIMUM. 7.C.3. IF SYMPTOMS WORSEN, CONSULT MEDICAL AUTHORITIES REGARDING TRANSFER TO MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITY. 7.D. RETURN TO WORK GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 CASES. 7.D.1. OPERATIONAL UNITS. COVID-19 CASES MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA TO RETURN TO WORK: (1) AT LEAST 72 HOURS HAVE PASSED SINCE RECOVERY [DEFINED AS RESOLUTION OF FEVER WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION], (2) **FREE** OF ALL SYMPTOMS, AND (3) AT LEAST 14 DAYS HAVE ELAPSED SINCE THE SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEARED. 7.D.2. ALL UNITS EXCEPT OPERATIONAL UNITS. COVID-19 CASES MAY RETURN TO WORK AFTER MEETING ALL REQUIREMENTS OF SYMPTOM BASED CRITERIA OR TEST BASED CRITERIA. TEST BASED CRITERIA MUST USE AN FDA APPROVED MOLECULAR ASSAY FOR DETECTION OF SARS-COV-2 RNA. 7.D.2.A. SYMPTOM-BASED CRITERIA: (1) AT LEAST 72 HOURS HAVE PASSED SINCE RECOVERY [DEFINED AS RESOLUTION OF FEVER WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION], (2) **IMPROVEMENT** IN RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS (E.G., COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH), AND (3) AT LEAST 14 DAYS HAVE ELAPSED SINCE THE SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEARED. 7.D.2.B. TEST-BASED CRITERIA: (1) RESOLUTION OF FEVER WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION, (2) IMPROVEMENT IN RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS (E.G., COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH), AND (3) NEGATIVE PCR TEST RESULTS FROM AT LEAST TWO CONSECUTIVE RESPIRATORY SPECIMENS COLLECTED MORE THAN OR EQUAL TO 24 HOURS APART. 7.E. POSITIVE TEST RESULT FOLLOWING SECTION 7.D. RETURN TO WORK CLEARANCE. CORRECTLY CLEARED INDIVIDUALS MAY CONTINUE TO TEST POSITIVE FOR UP TO THREE MONTHS DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF PERSISTENT NON-INFECTIOUS VIRAL FRAGMENTS. THEREFORE, INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE MET SECTION 7.D. CLEARANCE CRITERIA AND HAVE A SUBSEQUENT POSITIVE TEST WITHIN THREE MONTHS CAN REMAIN AT WORK. INDIVIDUALS THAT EXHIBIT NEW OR PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS SHOULD BE EVALUATED BY A MEDICAL PROVIDER. 8. POST-DEPLOYMENT/REDEPLOYMENT. 8.A. MILITARY MEMBERS REDEPLOYING TO CONUS WILL COMPLETE A 14-DAY ROM- SEQUESTER AT HOME STATION. MEMBERS RETURNING VIA SHIP OR MILAIR WITH NO HISTORY OF COVID-19, MAY COUNT TRANSIT TIME (BEGINNING ON THE DAY OF DEPARTURE FROM THE LAST PORT OR AIRFIELD) TOWARDS THE ROM-SEQUESTER REQUIREMENT. SERVICE MEMBERS ON POST-DEPLOYMENT ROM-SEQUESTER ARE RESTRICTED TO THEIR PERSONAL RESIDENCE OR OTHER APPROPRIATE DOMICILE AND MUST LIMIT CLOSE CONTACT. IF NECESSARY, ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE WITHIN BARRACKS TO MINIMIZE CONTACT. 8.B. AT THE COMPLETION OF DEPLOYMENT, ALL PERSONNEL WILL COMPLETE A POST- DEPLOYMENT HEALTH ASSESSMENT (DD FORM 2796) AND POST-DEPLOYMENT HEALTH REASSESSMENT (DD FORM 2900) IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF (E). 8.C. REDEPLOYING INDIVIDUALS MUST BE SCREENED AT THE ASSIGNED PLACE OF DUTY OR POINT OF EMBARKATION. AT A MINIMUM, SCREENING WILL CONSIST OF AN ASSESSMENT OF EXPOSURE HISTORY, A TEMPERATURE CHECK, A CHECK FOR COVID-19 SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS LISTED IN PARAGRAPH 2.E., AND REVIEW OF ANY PAST COVID-19 TESTING. 8.D. ALL COVID-19 TESTING WILL BE ENTERED IN A SERVICEMEMBERS MEDICAL RECORD. 9. ADDITIONAL ROM AND MEDICAL SCREENING CONSIDERATIONS. 9.A. COMMANDERS MUST ENSURE ROM AND MEDICAL SCREENING GUIDANCE GIVEN TO DOD CIVILIAN AND CONTRACTOR PERSONNEL CAN BE APPLIED CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACT. COMMANDERS SHOULD CONSIDER WEATHER AND SAFETY LEAVE AND TELEWORK AS OPTIONS TO FACILITATE DOD CIVILIAN COMPLETION OF ROM. COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONSULT THEIR SERVICING STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATES, OGC LEGAL COUNSEL, AND/OR HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICE FOR CASE-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE. 9.B. THIS GUIDANCE DOES NOT ALTER, MODIFY, OR CHANGE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ANY DOD CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER DOD CONTRACT. ONLY WARRANTED OFFICERS MAY AGREE TO PAY ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH DOD CONTRACTOR ROM. 10. RELEASED BY VADM P. G. SAWYER, DEPUTY CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS FOR OPERATIONS, PLANS AND STRATEGY, OPNAV N3/N5// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
  27. In past years when I had enclosures, on awards and other things i hand wrote it on the bottom. For documents I typed up, I included it in the header info or to/from line with my name. I don’t think it really matters.
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