Updated Facebook Group Information

mail-1917160_960_720The Vinson FRG has started a Secret Facebook group to help us better connect our members to each other and the San Diego area. Eligibility for this secret group is limited to Spouses, Partners, Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, and other extended family members of Vinson Sailors that reside in San Diego.  To be added to the group, please ask your sailor to email us at info@vinsonfrg.org from their ship email address.  In the email, please ask them to include your email address associated with your **Facebook account**, as that is how we will add you to the group.  Our public Facebook page will remain active, but information regarding specific details about our events will transition to our group for the safety of our Family Readiness Group Members. We will continue to share event opportunities for all families that do not violate the guidelines for PERSEC on our public page and our website at vinsonfrg.org.
Due to the large volume of requests we’re getting, it may be a few days before you are added. Thank you for your patience.
Any questions or concerns can be sent to info@vinsonfrg.org

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January Event : Potluck + OPSEC Speaker


Time for our first event of 2017 – a fabulous potluck!

Free street parking + playroom for children at location.

Please RSVP using the link below and you will be emailed details closer to the event.

We will be having a short OPSEC presentation beginning at 1:30pm, not to last past 2:00pm. This will be a great refresher on how to stay safe as military families.

Sign up to bring a yummy dish here:

We hope to see you there!

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Merchandise Holiday Shipping Deadline : 12/19

command-ombudsmen-1*All payments for orders being shipped must be in by 6pm Pacific time on December 19*

Its that time of year again and the Holidays are right around the corner! The Vinson FRG wants to help you with your holiday gift needs. This year, back by popular demand we are offering Vinson Blankets, Vinson Anchor Ornaments, Vinson Navy Ornaments and Vinson Carrier T-Shirts. Buy them separately or as one of our special package deals!
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Resource Information : Your Ombudsman

Command OmbudsmanWhile the FRG is a great venue to learn more about Navy life and meet other families in our situation, the Ombudsman are a great go-to-resource for questions pertaining to your sailor and their command.

The Ombudsman for the USS Carl Vinson are key resources for all family members, especially before and during deployments, relocation, crises and other major life events.

Your Ombudsman will:
• Maintain current resource files
• Provide information on Navy benefits and support systems
• Facilitate communication between the command and families
• Provide official and accurate command information
• Publish or contribute to a command newsletter
• Interact with local and national resources
• Maintain confidentiality with in program guidelines. Mandatory reportables include situations of suspected or known abuse, violence or life-threatening situation or possible suicide
• When appropriate, access appropriate chain of command for intervention
• Be available for emergency assistance and routine requests

Ombudsman Website: https://cvn70ombudsman.blogspot.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cvn70ombudsman

Ombudsman are available and on call 24/7/365. If it is not an emergency please limit your calls to between the hours of 8am and 10pm.

Lisa Talbot

Chelsea Austin


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Command Holiday Party

commandholiday-party-1Below is information about the command party for the sailors and families of the USS Carl Vinson. Please note, this is not an FRG event, and all questions should be directed to the ship’s MWR via your sailor. Happy Holidays!

We will have discounted rates for the first 1,625 attendees. As a caveat, each CARL VINSON sailor is entitled to purchase ONE additional guest ticket at their pay grade. Each guest ticket thereafter is $75. All guests must be at least 18 years of age. The last day to purchase tickets is 16 December.

E1 – E4: $15
E5 – E6: $20
E7 – O3: $25
O4 & above: $30

The hotel will offer discounted room rates during the evening of the party. Please check with MWR for more information. The deadline for these rates is 9 December.


Childcare will be provided at a 1:5 provider/child ratio by the Navy CDC for children over the age of 1. Thanks to the FCPOA, Chiefs Mess, and Wardroom childcare will be provided from 1830-2030, at the party venue, for a discounted price of $5 a child for the first 50 children. The deadline to sign children up for childcare is December 9th.

There are many safe and cost efficient ways to travel to and from the holiday party. The MWR shuttle will be also be running to and from the ship and the entrance of the venue throughout the night. More information available via MWR.

Parking Rates:
– Self parking $15.00
– Valet parking $19.00

Overnight Parking Rates:
– Self parking $32.00
– Valet parking $47.00

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VinsonFRG Fundraiser with Chloe + Isabel

It’s never too early to plan for a good time, so the FRG is starting to plan our biggest event – The Night Before Homecoming Party!  This party is for ALL Vinson families to celebrate how strong we have been during deployment and to pass the last few hours before being reunited with our sailors again.

To help the FRG fund this event, we have partnered with Chloe + Isabel to host a holiday shopping boutique. A portion of all sales will help fund our Night Before Homecoming party.

Please check out their online store at: https://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/kristineportomadurski and select, “Fundraiser for the USS Carl Vinson Family Readiness Group” at check out.

This fundraiser ends November 28th, so take advantage of this holiday shopping and fundraising opportunity today!


Holiday promotions include:

***Free Gift with Purchase of $125+ while supplies last (Choice of 4 different items)
***$100 credit for every $500 spent accumulated til December 31
***Free Shipping with purchase over $100+

Thanks for supporting your Vinson FRG, and we hope to see you at an event soon!

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Vinson Merchandise

FRG Store

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Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser!

The VinsonFRG is having its first restaurant fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings! The fundraiser will run from October 1 – 11 at the location in Mission Valley Mall: 1640 Camino Del Rio N Ste. 1376.

10% of pre-tax food AND drink sales (including alcohol) will go back to the FRG!

Please be sure to show the flyer either printed out or on your mobile device *BEFORE* you place your order for the sales to go back to the FRG. Proceeds received from this fundraiser will be used to go towards the night before homecoming party.

Feel free to spread the word to your family and friends!


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Vinson Scholarship!

Did you know the Vinson FRG offers a $500 scholarship to dependent children and spouses of Vinson sailors?

Wings Over America provides college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of US Navy service members in Naval Aviation-Officer and Enlisted, active duty, retired, or deceased.  Recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic merit, community service and extra-curricular activities.  Awards can be used for 4 year college, community college or trade & technical schools.

October 1st: 2016-2017 Pre-Qualification Opens

February 1st: Deadline for Pre-qualification Submission

March 1st: Deadline for Application Submission

For more information: www.wingsoveramerica.us or scholarship@wingsoveramerica.us / (757) 671-3200 ext. 2


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To the Families of the USS Carl Vinson Family Readiness Group,

As many of you know, your FRG board recently held elections for our executive board positions. I’m so excited to announce the new board to you today. I can assure you that the Vinson FRG is in amazing hands under the helm of these four awesome ladies, and I can’t wait to see how they make our group grow.

Over the past ten months or so, our group has learned so much about  communication, event planning, group dynamics, and more. It’s been a lot of trial and error, with mostly (In my opinion) a lot of successes. We have hosted an average of 2 events per month, including:

  • Family potluck at Societe brewing
  • Red, White and Blue 5k
  • San Diego Gulls Hockey Game
  • Ladies Night LuLaRoe Pop Up
  • Coffee tasting class at Industrial Grind
  • Ceramic Painting night at Hot Spot in Point Loma
  • 2 Beach Cleanups at Mission Beach
  • Family Potluck at the Beach
  • Movie Night under the Stars
  • Yoga by the Bay
  • USO Dinner
  • Padres Vs. Yankees Game
  • Our General Meeting and Elections
  • & our Freezer Meal Fundraiser

Looking back on this list I’m overwhelmed with pride at how much we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to serve as president – it has been so fulfilling for me to grow as a leader and to work with the three other ladies of the 2015-16 Board.

And now, announcing your 2016-2017 Vinson Family Readiness Group Executive Board!


(L-R) Kelley Isham, President // Christina Campo, Vice President // Brettany Buetow, Secretary // Brittany Harker, Treasurer

Kelley Isham will be stepping up from the position of Vice President to take over as President. Kelley works full time in Human Resources, and her skills in diplomacy and team building make her an excellent leader. Kelley hopes that the FRG will “…continue planning successful events, but [she] would also like to see FRG members make plans of their own together based on the friendships made through FRG events.”

Christina Campo will be joining the FRG as Vice President of the group. We have had such a blast getting to know Christina over the past few months – she has been a regular attendant at our events and is a welcome addition to the team. Christina is skilled in marketing and her talents will help us to grow our membership – one of her goals for the year is to “…strengthen the group by ensuring each sailor who comes aboard is made aware of the FRG and it’s offerings to their family. ”

Brettany Buetow has been reelected as your Secretary.  Brett hopes to “create a positive and stress free environment to support our fellow families.” Her cheerful spirit makes her an incredible ambassador for the group, while her willingness to take on any task makes her an amazing friend and board member. Brett thinks the FRG should be a group that gives “…support to military spouses and family during times when they need it most.”

Brittany Harker will stay on as FRG Treasurer. Her work dealing with FRG finances this year has been impeccable. She is organized, thorough, and dedicated to her role. Brittany has over 10 years of experience handling money, 5 of those including banking. To say she is qualified is an understatement. In addition to her financial finesse, Brittany has been so helpful at assisting with merchandise sales and organization. Britt believes the FRG is necessary because, “…cultural diversity is one of the great things about the military life. Everyone has different interests and traditions and being able to learn and grow from others is a wonderful opportunity.”

I want to thank all of our Vinson Families for the opportunity to serve as your president. I hope to be able to continue to assist the FRG in some capacity. I encourage all of you to consider raising your hand to volunteer as these four strong and capable women have. It has been a great way to get to know other military families, and a source of strength when I needed it most.


Cara Hanhurst

FRG President, 2015-16



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