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USS Barry (DDG 52)
Strength and Diversity
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From: Commanding Officer, USS BARRY (DDG 52)
To: SR Joe Navy, USN
1. Congratulations on your orders to USS BARRY (DDG 52)! You are joining the crew of the finest Destroyer in the fleet. BARRY is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named after the Revolutionary War hero, Commodore John Barry, the father of the U.S. Navy.
2. Your sponsor is PO Last Name, First Name and can be reached via email at sponsor’s firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact your sponsor and advise him/her of your anticipated date and time of arrival to the ship, as well as any questions or problems you have regarding your transfer.
3. BARRY is currently homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. As a member of Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF), you can expect a busy operational schedule throughout the Western Pacific. You can also expect a very rewarding tour onboard.
4. Your sponsor will arrange to have you picked up at the airport upon arrival. In the event that a BARRY Sailor is unable to provide transportation, Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) runs a bus that departs from Narita civilian airport to Fleet Activities Yokosuka at 1500, 1730, and 1900 on a daily basis. Check in for bus transportation is at the Military Liaison Desk located at Terminal 1 information counter. The bus ride is approximately two to three hours and will drop you off at PSD Yokosuka. There is also transportation provided from Yokota Air Force Base to PSD Yokosuka. It is important that you keep your sponsor updated on your exact arrival flight information so that the command can provide transportation.
5. If you would like to get in contact with our ombudsman, Mrs. Valerie Flores, please call +81-80-5973-2004 (international) or email@example.com. Per regulations, E-3 and junior are not authorized to move their family members to Japan.
6. Again, welcome aboard, Shipmate! Checking into a ship in Yokosuka is a very busy time. As a member of the BARRY Bulldog Family, you are not alone. We will do everything we can to help make it a smooth transition. I look forward to seeing you aboard and sailing with you.
1. What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.
2. How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.
3. What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military. http://www.ia.navy.mil/
5. What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency. https://www.navyfamily.navy.mil
6. How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.