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COVID-19 Message for Individual Augmentee (IA) Sailors

by U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs and Outreach
08 April 2020

 

Editor's Note: Important message from U.S. Fleet Forces Command Individual Augmentee (IA) Global Force Management Directorate


Individual Augmentee Sailors,

As we face the impact of COVID-19 on our global missions and our lives, know that you are on our radar; regardless of which phase you are in on your mobilization.

Since the onset of the crisis, extensive guidance has been published throughout the DoD enterprise on response planning, travel restrictions, force health protection directives, training command operations, and much more. Given the dynamic and ever changing environment, we’re working hard to develop clear and concise policies that meet the needs of everyone impacted by changes to Global Force Management (GFM) employment. While these policies are in development, we continue to work with you on a case-by-case basis and encourage open lines of communication to expedite connecting you to the resources you need.

Our priorities are: protect our people (e.g. health, pay, and benefits), mission assurance and support whole-of-government approach to our nation efforts.

We understand the tremendous stress many are under during this time. Our primary focus has been on adapting our normal processes to overcome COVID-19 related constraints in partnership with Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, Navy Personnel Command, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, and many other commands.

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HANOVER, Md. (June 26, 2018) An Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) staff member directs arriving Coastal Riverine Squadron Ten (CRS-10) Sailor to the check-in point at BWI. ECRC provides processing, equipping, training, certification and proactive family support to ADSW Sailors, Individual Augmentees and provisional units throughout all deployment phases in support of combatant commanders requirements, contingency operations, or national crises. (U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman Second Class Edmond R. Torrejas/Released)
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HANOVER, Md. (June 26, 2018) An Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) staff member directs arriving Coastal Riverine Squadron Ten (CRS-10) Sailor to the check-in point at BWI. ECRC provides processing, equipping, training, certification and proactive family support to ADSW Sailors, Individual Augmentees and provisional units throughout all deployment phases in support of combatant commanders requirements, contingency operations, or national crises. (U.S. Navy photo by Yeoman Second Class Edmond R. Torrejas/Released)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class EDMOND TORREJAS
VIRIN: 180626-N-DN329-004

Comprehensive policies take time and ingenuity, especially in a dynamic environment like COVID-19. We are working around the clock planning and testing innovative solutions, some of which include:

  • Offering voluntary waivers to allow Sailors to extend on their assigned duties past their end of mission (in specific cases by theater combatant commands

  • Order modifications directing Sailors back to their home of record, minimizing the need for intermediate stops (and unnecessary exposure)

  • Virtual administrative processing when going from Reserve status to active duty status, and vice versa

  • Other order adjustments that minimize potential exposure until travel restrictions are lifted/adjusted

~ U.S. Fleet Forces Command IA GFM Directorate

Mission First, Sailors Always!

Thank you for your perseverance and continued professionalism while we navigate these uncharted territories!

These are just a few examples of what we’ve been working on. As we develop a comprehensive strategy, we ask for your patience. We encourage you to reach out to your U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Command action officer (AO), Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) AO, or Command Individual Augmentee Coordinator (CIAC) to raise those issues. You can also reach the USFF IA GFM directorate at usff.ia.fct@navy.mil.


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