For families and friends of Sailors who are stationed at Norfolk; for either Sea Duty or Shore Duty Sailors. Just make sure to keep OPSEC issues in mind and not disclose ship movements in advance.
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RED CROSS CONTACT INFO:
In the event of an emergency within the sailor’s family, where you feel the sailor must be notified and considered for Emergency Leave, you must notify the American Red Cross through the national headquarters in Washington, DC (1-877-272-7337) or via their website www.redcross.org.
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Northwoodsmom - Thank you for sharing this! I believe this is just for on base, but that is good to know.
4kidsforfun - Welcome!! This is evidently one group on this site that I do not follow the new members joining. We are glad you are here. There are several of us that are currently active on the site. This group doesn't get much action, but since I heard there were several from other groups whose sailors were headed to Norfolk or at Newport News, Oceana, I wanted to have us do a shout out again.
There are some things more unique to the East Coast than say San Diego. We do not have any web cams for watching our ships come in. Several of us have to rely on the local families to post pictures on our Ombudsman group page.
Also, it is my understanding that there is no public transportation in the area, so it is almost imperative that our sailors have a vehicle, especially if the ship is back and forth between the shipyard and port.
Also, crazy driving and accidents, as well being given tickets for things that may not be common in other areas of the country are something that I have learned about from several of the local sailors. Remind yours to mind their Ps & Qs, to watch their speed and to know what the local laws are with regards to speeding, traffic tickets and whether they might be a misdemeanor or not.
These are no joke issues and even the best of our sailors can find themselves facing situations they had not planned for.
This is a public group, so I am just saying this as a reminder - not everyone local sees our military as a blessing or a welcomed presence in this area, as they might be in other areas of our country. Our sailors have to be on their best behavior and do their best to remind those they are around that there will always going to be someone that is struggling with their place in life, but that is not every sailor, so may ours be the light and the good where they can be and share kindness and mercy no matter where they are.
If there is ever an issue that you are not sure if you can address it to the group first, feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to help guide you, as you are looking for answers to questions or situations that might arise.
Hi Gigi - wondered how you were doing and just joined this group myself. Didn't realize it existed until Chipmunk mentioned it this week. I had joined a group for my son's ship but there is no current activity there. Seems like it was all back when the ship came back to Norfolk in 2015. He's been there almost a year now working on quals while ship is still in Newport News but they are hoping to move it to Norfolk in a few months. One of his roommates from Goose Creek is on the Stennis as well so maybe your son knows her. They were originally there about the same time but my son was one of the lucky ones who avoided any extra covid quarantines during boot camp (other than great wolf lodge of course!) and goose creek so got through fairly quickly compared to some.
Gigi of course we remember you. Your son was going through Power School about the same time as mine after one of his many setbacks. Is he closer to you at all or further away? I hope he isn't disappointed with his ship in dry dock for a while, I know they are itching to get out to do their jobs. So happy you are here!
Dawn - Were you trying to post your comment here? I think it showed up in the "main room" chat instead.
Gigi - Yes, I remember you!! Did you ever join Beyond BC - that is where most of us hang out and do a lot of daily chatter. Sometimes more of us than others, but it is where everyone can stay connected if they wish.
I am glad that your son is able to work on his qualifications. Having the ships / boats in the shipyards can be hard. My son's ship has been in Newport News twice since he has been in the Norfolk area.
Northwoodsmom - I do not know as much about how the squadrons operate, but you keep posting and keep asking. Remind me and we will reach out to the Norfolk ombudsman if we need to.
Shanny - May your sailor glean a lot of new knowledge that will be helpful down the road!
Katharine - Enjoy the time when you can get it with your sailor!
Hello my first time commenting on here. My son is in Newport News, Stennis - will likely be under maintenance until 2025. He’s busy doing his quals. Living in an apartment at Hampton. Hope to see more people on here from BC. I stopped following BC after the batch of Shanny and Katharine! Definitely i know Northwoodsmom and Chipmunk from BC to Nuke page. Hope you still remember me.
I'm here, my son will be stationed at Oceana but his ship is the Truman when deployed. They don't have a site for Oceana that I know of. The squadrons operate a little different from what I am understanding. Would love more information if anyone has any!
I am here. Kind of. Work is insane today. Happens when the temperature swings like it has been.
my sailor is still in Norfolk. But away for schooling at the moment. Somewhere in New Jersey.
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