SOCAL MILITARY UPDATES 3/27

Your daily update and the impacts of COVID-19.  Here is your March 27 update (based on various military releases) 

>> San Diego Unified School District announced their plan to transition to Distance Learning on April 6 (Full Implementation Set for April 27). To learn more about SDUSD’s plan, please visit: https://www.sandiegounified.org/newscenter/node/2244

>> The MCX on Pendleton is offering extended shopping hours for select Patrons. The early shopping initiative for EFMP and Senior Shoppers will implement beginning Mar 31, 7 am to 8 am and continue weekly until noted.

>> Pendleton Commissary: In order to provide all patrons an opportunity to shop at the start of the day (after evening restocking), while providing better social distancing for at-risk individuals, the following exclusive shopping hours will go into effect starting Monday, March 30 with  exclusive access to designated patrons during the first hour that Camp Pendleton Commissaries are open from 9 am to 10 am.  Monday: Active duty in uniform. Tuesday EFMP families. Wednesday Military Retirees. Thursday Seniors age 60 or older. Fridays Active duty in uniform.

>> Navy personnel are being offered to delay retirements by a year (link https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/separating-retiring-sailors-may-extend-their-navy-service-up-to-a-year-amid-virus-uncertainty-1.623901

>> Here is a complete list of all specialty pay and allowances the DoD has in response to COVID-19.  https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/03/26/these-are-special-military-pay-and-allowances-coronavirus.html

>> All personnel on the San Diego based carrier Roosevelt are now being tested for COVID-19 after personnel have tested positive. Story here: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/03/26/navy-testing-all-5000-sailors-carrier-roosevelt-covid-19-cases-spike.html

>> Due to COVID-19 precautions, effective immediately through May 30, 2020, operations throughout Navy Region Southwest Navy Getaways locations have been temporarily suspended. No new reservations will be accepted at this time. We greatly appreciate your understanding and support. For more information, please contact the impacted facility directly.

>> Updates closures & changes for San Diego:

BASE ACCESS CHANGES:
– Gate 32, at Main St and Yama St on the south end of the dry side, hours are modified to 5AM – 7PM
– Gate 13, near Pier 13 on the south end of the wet side, is CLOSED until further notice

CANCELLED EVENTS:
All MWR events are cancelled or postponed until further notice; https://sandiego.navylifesw.com
Motorcycle Safety Course Postponed until further notice
E-4 Exams postponed to May 21st
Youth activity programs are cancelled until further notice

CHILDCARE SERVICES:
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS (CDC): All Navy Region Southwest CDCs are now operating under Child and Youth Program (CYP) Level II. To continue receiving care at one of the consolidated CDCs in the San Diego region, mission essential personnel must submit a letter signed by a supervisor in the servicemember’s chain of command. All letters must be turned into the CDC where childcare has been assigned NO LATER THAN MONDAY 30 MARCH.

COMMISSARY (DECA):
NORMAL Hours of Operations. Purchase limits in place on designated items and ID checks will be conducted at the entrance. No visitors will be allowed to accompany authorized patrons to assist with social distancing recommendations and all stores will suspend early-bird shopping to allow for cleaning and restocking.

EDUCATION SERVICES:
SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICERS (SLO) ARE NORMAL OPERATIONS. For questions please email the SLO team at nbsdslo@navy.mil

FLEET AND FAMILY SERVICES:
NBSD FFSC: NO WALK-INS, Call 866-923-6478 for an appointment
HOUSING OFFICE: SERVICES PROVIDED ONLINE OR VIA CALL-IN AT 619-556-8012 or 619-556-8443

GALLEY SERVICES:
– Mercer Hall: TO-GO ONLY
– NMCSD Galley: TO-GO ONLY

ID CARD SERVICES:
PSD CAC ID Office (Harbor Dr) Normal Hours of Operations – with Limitations
– Emergent DEERS / RAPIDS ID Card Services ONLY
These include:
– Initial CAC issuance
– Lost/stolen CAC or Teslin ID cards
– CAC/Teslin Cards due to expire in the next 30 days
Note: It is highly encouraged that an appointment is scheduled prior to reporting to the ID card facility. Appointments can be made at https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil. Telephonic updates to your DEERS record may be accomplished by calling 1-800-361-2508

LEGAL SERVICES:
REGION LEGAL SERVICE OFFICE (RLSO) SOUTHWEST: Current services are available for ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY ONLY. Please email rlso_sw_legal_assistance_outreach@navy.mil or call 619-556-2211.
Powers of Attorney: Completed online: https://www.jap.navy.mil/legal_services/SPOA.htm
DEFENSE SERVICE OFFICE (DSO) WEST: NO WALK-INS. Call 619-556-7539 or email dsowestadvice@navy.mil to speak with a Defense Attorney at the DSO.

MEDICAL SERVICES
Dental Clinic: Remains OPEN during regular hours 0700-1515 for emergencies and annual dental exams.
– All other appointments will be rescheduled until further notice.
– Mobile Dental Vans will not be used during this period and all patients will be redirected to the branch dental clinic for their exams.
Medical Clinic:
– Remains open during regular hours 0600-1530.
– In an attempt to ensure the safety of patients and staff during this period, the following services will be provided by phone and the Internet:
– Pre-scheduled appointments will be done by phone. Clinic staff will contact patients using their phone number on file.
– PHA’s will be completed by phone. Do not walk into the clinic. Instead, complete the online portion https://data.nmcphc.med.navy.mil and call 619-556–8103.
– For all routine care including, shave chits, fit for full duty, or renewal of light-duty chits, please use TRICARE online at https://tricareonline.com secure messaging to communicate with the clinic.
– Utilize the TRICARE nurse advice line to speak to a nurse about symptoms. Call 1-800-TRICARE and select option 1.” If the line is busy please try chatting with a nurse at www.mhsnurseadviceline.com/home

MWR
ALL FITNESS CENTERS: CLOSED
ALL RECREATION CENTERS CLOSED
MWR ITT OFFICES: CLOSED
ALL FOOD SERVICES: CLOSED

NAVY EXCHANGE (NEX) at 32nd Street:
Barber: CLOSED
Beauty Shop: CLOSED
Chungs Plaques: M – Su 9am – 4pm
Coles Carpet: CLOSED
Fashion Store: M – Sa 9am – 7pm & Su 10am – 7pm
Flower Shop: M – Sa 9am – 6pm & Su 10am – 6pm
GNC: M – Sa 9am – 7pm & Su 10am – 7pm
Home Store: M – Sa 9am – 7pm & Su 10am – 7pm
iDevice: CLOSED
Navy Federal Credit Union: M-F 9am – 430pm
Optical Shop: M – Sa 9am – 6pm
Panda Express: M-Su – 10am – 5pm
Package Store: M – Sa 9am – 7pm & Su 10am – 7pm
Starbucks: M-F 6am – 5pm and weekends 8am-4pm
Wireless Advocates: M – Su 9am – 5pm

NEX MINIMARTS:
Bayview Minimart- M – Su 8am – 7pm
Broadway Minimart: M – F 7am – 1pm & Weekends CLOSED
NMCSD Gift store: M – F 7am – 4pm & Weekends 10am – 2pm
NMCSD Minimart: M – F 7am – 6pm & Weekends 9 – 5pm
Murphy Canyon Minimart- M – Su 8am – 7pm
Navy Lodge Minimart: 24/7
Fleet Store: M – F 7am – 5pm & Weekends 8am – 5pm
Qmart: 24/7
Starbucks at NEX Complex: M-F 6am – 5pm and weekends 8am-4pm

NEX VENDORS AT OTHER LOCATIONS:
Barber at Fleet Store: CLOSED
Barber at NMCSD: CLOSED
Bruegger’s Bagels: Wet-side: M-F 5am-1230pm and weekends 6am-1230pm DRIVE THROUGH ONLY
Bruegger’s Bagels: Pacific Beacon: CLOSED
Dry Cleaners at NEX Fleet Store: M-Sa 10am – 3pm
Enterprise Rental Car at NEX Fleet Store: CLOSED
GNC at Fleet Store: M – Su 8am – 5pm
Optical at NMCSD: CLOSED
Starbucks at NMCSD: M-F 530am – 3pm
Starbucks at Waterfront Rec: CLOSED
Subway at Fleet Store: M-F 6am – 8pm
Wireless Advocates at Fleet Store: M – Su 9am – 5pm

NAVY LODGE AND NGIS;
– NAVY LODGE: Supporting official business only
– Unaccompanied Housing (UH) and NGIS – LIMITED OPERATIONS

RELIGIOUS SERVICES:
NBSD Chapel is continuing to host services
Murphy Canyon Chapel services are CANCELLED until further notice. For Chaplain support and religious services questions, please call 619-556-2658.

71

Previous announcements …

>> Free counseling for children is available through telehealth via Military OneSource at militaryonesource.mil.

>> The 13 Area Branch Health Clinic on Pendleton will no longer be doing walk-ins for immunizations. Call-in refills for prescriptions can be made at (760)-763-3625 and must be made between 0730-1130 daily. Pick up between 1300-1600. To contact the drive through call: (760)-763-4900. Please consider following the NHCP Facebook page for updates.

>> Navy childcare programs are critical need for our Service members who need childcare to go to work every day serving our both at home and abroad.  During the current COVID-19 crisis we are adapting our Child and Youth Program (CYP) operations to meet both the Navy’s mission and family requirements while ensuring the children in our care and our professionals are healthy and safe.

Effective March 17 the following “social distancing” changes are being implemented:

•All Programs/Services that are NOT full-time childcare (ages 0-12) cancelled/postponed until further notice/continual monitoring

•All Hourly Childcare cancelled (unless emergency/ mission essential)

•All Youth Sports, Youth/Teen Programs, Field Trips away from Navy Childcare facilities cancelled

•No New childcare enrollees into Navy operated programs (unless emergency/mission essential)

•Parents are required to self-care for own children at home if Navy full-time telework agreement during COVID-19 pandemic is executed, parent fees will be waived/space saved

•Parent fees will be waived/space saved for all personnel who elect to voluntarily temporary withdrawal their child for at least two weeks or until May 1, 2020

•Installations may request waivers to reduce program operating hours

• Supplemental staffing required from other N9 programs for increased cleaning/sanitation

•Background check requirements waived but supplemental staff always in line of sight supervision of “blue smock” CYP employee and not in ratio

•School Liaison Officers Assigned to CDC/SAC to supplement

•All training requirements postponed

•All Teacher in-Service Days cancelled

•Increased handwashing and sanitation practices (e.g. cleaning door handles, hard surfaces, etc.)

•Minimize visitors (e.g. postpone all non-critical facility maintenance, etc.)

•Staff shall complete all sign in/out protocols

•Discontinue Family Style Dining (staff will plate food for children)

•Discontinue Tooth Brushing and Use of Sensory Tables

>> E-4 NWAE Delayed

Postponed, until mid-May, the E-4 Navy Wide Advancement Exam was scheduled for this Thursday (NAVADMIN 69-20).  Based on Fleet feedback to include social distancing and facility constraints, it is not possible for many of our commands to meet Force Health Protection Guidance and implement the exam.   

>> Boards Postponed

As with the NWAE, social distancing requirements and travel restrictions required a prudent pause to all administrative and statutory promotion boards (NAVADMIN 72-20) allowing time to properly plan execution and risk mitigation for our future boards.  Additionally, to free up space for higher priority statutory and administrative boards, this year’s O5 and O6 Selective Early Retirement (SERB) and Senior Enlisted Continuation Boards (SECB) will be cancelled.  We are also looking to expand our virtual board process as much as possible, particularly for administrative boards which can be executed in a virtual setting.  We are working to resume boards as soon as feasible, initially planning towards late May/early June, but earlier if possible.  We will ensure we prioritize the boards and will not disadvantage our Sailors.

>> PFA Cycle Suspended

This cycle’s Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and Body Composition Assessment (BCA) which started on 1 Jan and ends on 30 Jun (NAVADMIN 71-20) has been suspended.  Not only have many of our bases closed gyms, but also maintaining social distancing between personnel cannot be accomplished during the PFA.  We will recommence in the fall and will again ensure our Sailors are not disadvantaged.

>> Relaxation of Grooming Standards

In order to minimize Sailors exposure to COVID-19 and adhere to social distancing, we have relaxed hair grooming standards (NAVADMIN 73-20).  This will ensure our Sailors do not have to go to a hair salon or barber shop and potentially be exposed.  All normal grooming standards for sideburns, hairstyles and shaving are still in effect.  

PREVIOUS REPORTS …

>> Navy child development centers and school age care (SAC) programs in San Diego will begin instituting additional health protection measures. Protection of the children in our care, and the staff that work at all of our child and youth programs is of the utmost importance. 

In addition to the social distancing measures instituted March 17, in the metro San Diego area, the following measures will begin effective March 25, 2020 for Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Point Loma, and March 26, 2020 for Naval Base Coronado:
*Based on center capacity, a possible reduction to hours of operation depending on demand signal;
*Based on center capacity and staffing levels, childcare access may be limited to single/dual active duty parents, single/dual DoD civilians, and active duty personnel with a working spouse.
*At San Diego bases, locations (CDC and SAC programs) will be consolidated. Parents will be notified no less than 24 hours in advance of any changes to their facility, and should check the NavyLifeSW.com website for additional information on their primary daycare facility.

Commanding officers at all bases throughout Navy Region Southwest are continuing to evaluate their childcare programs and needs. For those bases outside San Diego, follow the installation Facebook page and NavyLifeSW.com for updates on childcare and other services available.

AD: Learn online – Brandman University has 90 certificate programs.  Details HERE

>> What IS and ISN’T open on Pendleton – click HERE

>> Child and Youth Program facilities on Camp Pendleton will curtail regular program operations. Services will continue to be extended to families who are currently enrolled in a child development center or school-age care programs, where families have expressed a need for child care through parent surveys. We will continue to provide services from 0600-1800 for those families until further notice. Regular child care fees will apply.

Patrons who do not use care will not be charged (effective 20 March). Care will be offered to a limited number of children at the centers, utilizing a maximum capacity for health and safety, based on social distancing requirements, IAW San Diego Public Health. Children in care must be symptom-free from any illness. Health Checks will be conducted daily in the program lobby prior to signing children into care. If you have questions regarding child care services please call (760) 725-1867 between 0800-1700 Monday-Friday.

>> Looking for food options aboard Camp Pendleton? THIS page provides a full listing of what is open and if they offer mobile orders, delivery, or takeout.

FOR SAN DIEGO …

BRANCH MEDICAL CLINIC:
– Remains open during regular hours 0600-1530.
– In an attempt to ensure the safety of patients and staff during this period, the following services will be provided by phone and the Internet:
– Pre-scheduled appointments will be done by phone. Clinic staff will contact patients using their phone number on file.
– PHA’s will be completed by phone. Do not walk into the clinic. Instead, complete the online portion https://data.nmcphc.med.navy.mil and call 619-556–8103.
– For all routine care including, shave chits, fit for full duty, or renewal of light-duty chits, please use TRICARE online at https://tricareonline.com secure messaging to communicate with the clinic.
– Utilize the TRICARE nurse advice line to speak to a nurse about symptoms. Call 1-800-TRICARE and select option 1.” If the line is busy please try chatting with a nurse at www.mhsnurseadviceline.com/home

PSD CAC ID Office (Harbor Dr) Normal Hours of Operations – with Limitations
– Emergent DEERS / RAPIDS ID Card Services ONLY
These include:
– Initial CAC issuance
– Lost/stolen CAC or Teslin ID cards
– CAC/Teslin Cards due to expire in the next 30 days

Note: It is highly encouraged that an appointment is scheduled prior to reporting to the ID card facility.

C. San Diego Navy specific info is here: https://www.facebook.com/NavalBaseSD/