October FRG Meeting Recap

Hello Vinson families!

We held our first general meeting of the FRG on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at the Murphy Canyon Chapel.  We were so happy to have the 94 of you who joined us!  The families were able to make a Halloween Craft that will be sent to their sailor and listened to messages from the FRG, the Ombudsman team, the Captain (via email) and we had a guest speaker from FOCUS on military families.

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We have a few fundraisers coming up!  Please plan to attend our family dining nights:

All fundraiser raise money for YOUR Halfway and Homecoming Parties!  Make sure you invite friends and neighbors to the dining nights.  Flyers for the events must be printed out and brought to the restaurant for your orders to count  (those are found at the links).  ANYONE can purchase a RED shirt, so encourage any friends or family members who admire your shirt to also order one!

Upcoming Events:

  • Thankful For Pillowcase Craft Day – October 19 from 2p-4p  – Bring a pillowcase and craft supplies to Admiral Robinson Bowling Center’s Bingo Hall!  We’re decorating them with what your family or your sailor is thankful for and the FRG will be sending them to the ship to reach your sailor by Thanksgiving!
  • HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Parent Meetup – October 25 from 4p-6p – You and your favorite pet are invited to a Halloween party! Have fido come in costume and they might win a prize!
  • November Potluck – November 8  from 11a-1p  – Bring a dish to share (and tupperware to bring leftovers home!) and join your fellow Vinson families at a potluck!  San Diego Spine and Rehab will be there giving FREE chair massages too!

Volunteers Wanted:

We need volunteers to help plan, decorate and execute our Halfway and Night-Before-Homecoming parties!  These are large scale parties that ALL Vinson FRG and Strike Group families are welcome to!  They help celebrate the big milestones of the Deployment. If you are interested in being a part of these committees, please fill out our volunteer interest form!


The USS Carl Vinson Ombudsman addressed our FRG at the meeting to remind us of a few things.  They can be reached by phone, email or Facebook Message.   Phone calls will be returned within 24 hours, emails will be answered within 48 hours and Instant Messages will be answered as soon as possible.  Our Ombudsman are also Vinson spouses and your privacy and safety are their primary concern.  They do not answer phone calls in the middle of a crowded commissary, for example, because they do not wish for others to hear what might be a very confidential conversation.

Ombudsman Newsletter:

The October Ombudsman Newsletter went out just recently.  If you are not signed up to receive their newsletter, please visit their website and follow the directions to be added to the list.  If you are on the list already but haven’t received one, please check your SPAM folder.  Many accounts are labeling it as SPAM because of the sheer number of newsletter emails being sent out.

The Command Careline: 

The Ombudsman reminded our families that voicemails that are left when the Command Careline is called will not be answered.  The Careline is another way that the Captain and Command communicate news with Carl Vinson Families.


The Carl Vinson Ombudsman reminded us that we need to observe Operational Security and Personal Security while our sailors are deployed.  The presence of many Carl Vinson facebook groups are of concern because even “secret” groups don’t stay secret when members can grab screenshots and share them in other places.  Please do not share locations, port destinations, mission information or dates for port visits OR the homecoming until it’s been officially released by the command.  The Careline updates are a good way to gauge what can be shared.  The Ombudsman team suggested that if the urge to discuss the deployment locations and dates grabs you, then you should grab a fellow Vinson family member and have a private conversation.  In this day and age of technology surveillance emails, phone calls and text messages are also considered an UNSAFE way to share information.  Countdowns on facebook are also considered to be UNSAFE because it reveals the homecoming date.  If you have questions about OPSEC, please contact the Ombudsman Team.


FOCUS: Resiliency Training

Those who attended the meeting benefitted from Resiliency Training, courtesy of FOCUS program for Military Families.  Children ages 5 and up recieved a separate training as the adults, but both trainings focused on identifying stressors like traffic, crying children, being late etc.  We also learned to identify different levels of stress, using a color thermometer from green to yellow to orange to red.

Green = calm, relaxed body, smiling

Yellow = tense, headaches

Orange = anxious, butterflies, sweating, 

Red = angry, depressed, crying and yelling

Knowing what can move your stress level up the thermometer can help you avoid those stressors and to stay in the “green” zone as much as possible.  This is especially helpful to teach children, since the colors can give them a way to tell you how they feel, even when they might not understand why they feel that way.

FOCUS offers 6 FREE sessions to military families and their sailors.  They are located near major military bases around the world.  For more information on FOCUS and their targeted counseling programs for military families, please visit their website at www.focusproject.org

NEXT MEETING: Potluck meeting at Mariner’s Park on November 8th from 11a-1p

-PLEASE bring a decorated pillowcase showing what you or your sailor is thankful for! Please put your sailor’s rate/rank, name and department on the pillowcase.   We will be sending them to the ship in time for them to receive for Thanksgiving.  For those who are NOT in the area or cannot make it to our decorating party (see upcoming events above) please contact secretary@vinsonfrg.org for information on mailing your pillowcase to us.

Bring a Decorated pillowcase to our November meeting to be sent to your sailor!

Bring a Decorated pillowcase to our November meeting to be sent to your sailor!




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Pre-Deployment Brief info

Hello Vinson Families!  

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Pre-Deployment Brief coming up in between the POM periods on July 23, from 6-8pm on board the ship in the hangar bay. This is a very informative event with many different resources from not only the command, but other Navy sources as well such as Navy Legal, Fleet and Family Support Center, Operation Homefront, MWR, and many more. 
Please consider attending as there will be information on what you need to know for before, during, and after deployment. It would be great for you to hear this all first hand.  It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to the military, a seasoned military family, whether this is your first ship, you’ve never done a deployment, or you’ve done 20 deployments, you can always learn something new at a Pre-Deployment Brief. 
Your Ombudsman team and FRG board will be there with a wealth of resources and information. 
Be sure to stop by our tables and see what we have.  We would love to meet you and to give you resources that you are sure to need while your sailor is away!predeployment brief2

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Padres Game 4/14

Military Opening Day

Come celebrate Military Opening day with the Padres and VinsonFRG

On April 14th at 1:10 pm, the Padres are hosting Military Opening Day against the Rockies. We would love to have a fun time with you and your family for an afternoon filled with fun at the ballpark! If you and your family are interested in this event, contact or Secretary by 4/7 to join our group and help us all get a group discount on tickets.

Whne you email us, please include the following information:

  1. Your name.
  2. How many adult tickets desired.
  3. How many child tickets desired.
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Celebrity Championship Active Duty Volunteer Opportunity


This year the Celebrity Championship is pleased to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary and to introduce a new host, NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. The event, will now benefit the Junior Seau Foundation and the Marshall Faulk Foundation, helping underprivileged youth. The tournament will take place May 17-19, 2013 at the beautiful La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad.

The Celebrity Championship is looking for active duty volunteers for the dates of Wednesday, May 15th to Sunday, May 19th. If you are interested in volunteering please click here for more information and to start the registration process. When registering, make sure to enter the code “Military” in order to waive the uniform fee. Please note that if you would like to receive the uniform, you must pay the $37.00 registration fee.

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Navy’s 27th Bay Bridge Run/Walk

The Navy Bay Bridge Run/Walk is the only four-mile run/walk that crosses over the majestic Bay Bridge, begins downtown at the Bayfront Hilton on Park Boulevard, continues over the Bridge and ends in Tidelands Park, Coronado. Participants of all ages compete in various age divisions for unique prizes autographed by the San Diego Padres and each participant receives a ticket to a Padres game. The event will be held on Sunday, May 19th at 8:00am.

Want to volunteer? The Bay Bridge Run/Walk is looking for motivated individuals or groups to volunteer at many different events, from the starting line downtown at the Hilton Bayfront, the Chicano Park water station, to the finish line at Coronado’s Tidelands Park. Prior to race day, we have packet pickup and setup events. Refreshments will be served at all events. To thank you for your hard work, all volunteers receive: a Letter of Appreciation (LOA), an event T-shirt, and a FREE ticket to the June 1, 2013, Padres game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Vinson R.E.D Friday Swag!

It’s here! Vinson FRG has launched our 1st R.E.D Friday Swag!


Come support the troops and show your support every Friday.

Hoodie, Long Sleeve and Youth shirts available at Checkout!

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MarchEaster FRG Meeting


Join an evening filled with fun at the next Vinson FRG Meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM. There will be fun activities for your child and yourself can enjoy.

If you would like to sign your child up for childcare, please RSVP the child’s name, age and special needs to vicepresident at vinsonfrg dot org by Saturday, March 9, 2013. Your child must be between the ages of 1 and 12 to qualify for childcare.

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March Activities around San Diego

Hey there Vinson Family!

Here are some things happening around the San Diego Area that might interest you or your families: Continue reading

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Tiger Woods Learning Center Offers Summer Scholarship

If building robots, eating s’mores, learning the artistic and technical sides of animation, and designing video games sound like your idea of summer fun, this scholarship is the ticket! The Tiger Woods Learning Center (TWLC) in Anaheim, California, is partnering with several military installations and organizations to invite youth to participate in a one-of-a-kind S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) and golf program. The students spend a week utilizing cutting edge technology while learning the skills needed to be an engineer, zoologist, video game architect, kitchen chemist or car designer. Days are spent at the Learning Center, and the evenings at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, California. Dates for the program are July 21-26, and military-connected youth ages 11-13 are encouraged to apply by clicking here for an application. The scholarship funds program attendance and residence fees; however, travel costs to Anaheim must be paid by individual families. Visit the TWLC website for more information.

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