Navy Adjusts Incoming FDNF Sailors’ First-Term Sea Duty Tour Lengths
To improve readiness and reduce turnover of Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) sea duty units, the Navy announced May 1 in NAVADMIN 107/18 that effective immediately, incoming first-term enlisted Sailors assigned to sea duty billets in Japan, Guam, and Spain will be assigned to longer tour lengths.
Prescribed Sea Tours (PST) for first-term Sailors assigned to FDNF sea duty billets will be up to a maximum of 48 months accompanied by dependents and 48 months unaccompanied. If a Sailor’s dependents are not given command sponsorship, a maximum of 24 months unaccompanied orders will be issued.
This change only applies to first-term Sailors on their way to their first sea duty tour in Japan, Guam, and Spain and does not apply to assignments listed in exhibit one of MILPERSMAN 1300-308.
First-term FDNF Sailors currently assigned to a sea duty tour in Japan, Guam, or Spain and Sailors on their second or subsequent FDNF sea duty tour are encouraged to take advantage of the incentives offered to extend their tours, as outlined in NAVADMIN 042/18.
First-term Sailors with orders issued on or after May 1, 2018 will not be eligible for incentives listed in NAVADMIN 042/18 but will have any remaining PST obligation from their first sea duty tour waived. Sailors will only become eligible for the Overseas Tour Extension Incentive Program if they extend after completion of their assigned 48-month tour.
Sonar Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Michael Mize, assigned to the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782), hugs his loved one during a homecoming ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a six-month western Pacific deployment.
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lee
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Guam Submariners Join Sister Village to Honor Saint Joseph
Sailors and families assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 15 and Performance Monitoring Team detachment (PMT det) Guam joined their sister village of Inarajan to celebrate Saint Joseph, or San Jose, and the coconut during a festival celebration, May 5 and 6.
The theme for the 2018 San Jose Festival was “Revisiting Our Culture, Revitalizing Our Faith.” The weekend’s events included a re-enactment of the arrival of San Jose in Inarajan Bay, mass, cultural games, vendors, the crowning of the coconut queen and a parade throughout the village.
According to Father Joseph Enore, parochial administrator for St. Joseph’s Church in Inarajan, the statue of San Jose used during the re-enactment ceremony is the original, which is more than 300 years old. COMSUBRON 15 and PMT det Guam Sailors assisted in transporting the statue from Inarajan Bay to the Saint Joseph’s Church on Saturday.
Parade floats were decorated to celebrate the theme and included wooden carvings, weavings, grilled fish and a smoked pig, and local fruits, especially coconuts. The COMSUBRON 15 submarine float participated in the parade and was full of family members waving flags and handing out candy.
Sailors from COMSUBRON 15 and PMT det Guam participate in community relation (COMREL) events throughout the year, and volunteers from COMSUBRON 15 and PMT det Guam participated in events supporting the San Isidro festival and parade in Malojloj, which is part of Inarajan, on May 20.
NSSC FCPOA Works with Habitat for Humanity Restore
First Class Petty officer Association (FCPOA) members participated in a community service event with Habitat for Humanity Restore, April 24.
“It’s a great feeling to volunteer,” said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class, John Dillard. “We are making a difference by joining forces with the local community.”
NSSC Sailors spent the day volunteering their time stocking and organizing shelves and loading and unloading trucks.
“NSSC FCPOA gives us this opportunity to help the local community while we learn about community outreach,” said Dillard. “It’s for a good cause to help those that are less fortunate.”
“We appreciate all the help the military gives us,” said Store Manager Kim Frenkel. “It’s really nice to have extra hands, strong individuals that can lift and load and unload trucks because it’s a lot of work.”