Books, Books, and More Books!

It has been a very busy summer at the FamilyLine office. With the highly anticipated releases of Are You Ready? Guidelines for Navy Family Emergency Preparedness and Guidelines for the Spouses of Chief Petty Officers, orders have been flooding in and books have been flying off the shelves.

Since May, our volunteers have shipped out more than 18,000 copies of Are You Ready. This publication is being used by Fleet and Family Support Centers, Ombudsmen, Family Readiness Groups, CORE Groups, and Navy commands to prepare our Navy families for various types of emergency situations. So far, the feedback has been very positive and we are looking forward to Emergency Preparedness Month in September.

Click here to see our Chairmen, Beth Mulloy and Jen Yurina, show off their packing skills.

Thanks to MCPON Stevens, we started taking orders for Guidelines for the Spouses of Chief Petty Officers in January from CMCs, COBs, CPO 365 Coordinators, Ombudsmen, FRG Leaders, CORE Groups and CPO spouses. Our volunteers were very excited to begin shipping in June and are still packing last-minute orders before the results are released (hopefully this week!). This year we decided to test out a new product, the CPO Selectee Spouse Packet. The packet contains Sea Legs, Guidelines for the Spouses of Chief Petty Officers, information on FamilyLine publications, OPSEC, and a uniform price list. We hope to offer this packet to every selectee spouse in 2015. Our volunteers assembled over 1,600 packets and shipped out almost 8,000 books (and counting).

Click here to groove with Chief Downs as he assembles CPO Selectee Spouse Packets.

In August, we will begin shipping the 2014 versions of Social Customs and Traditions of the Sea Services and Guidelines for the Spouses of Commanding Officers and Executive Officers. Visit http://www.nsfamilyline.org/site/publications to pre-order a copy for yourself, your CORE Group, or your command.

2014 All Hands Owners and Operators Manual

All Hands O and OThe 2014 edition of the All Hands Owners and Operators Manual is available for download at www.ah.mil. This guide is a resource for Sailors and their families to better understand pay, benefits and the structure of the Navy. It includes information on housing, family support, and healthcare and is a great complement to Sea Legs: A Handbook for Navy Life and Service.

Congratulations, Selectees!

“F5” keys all around the world got a much needed break yesterday afternoon with the release of the FY-14 Active Duty E7 Selection Board Results. This is an exciting time for thousands of sailors as they begin their transition to Chief Petty Officers. Selectee Spouses and seasoned CPO Spouses are encouraged to read the Guidelines for Spouses of Chief Petty Officers. This FamilyLine publication was written by Senior Enlisted Spouses, with help from the MCPON, his wife, and his staff, and designed to answer some of the many questions that arise during the transition and beyond.

The move from first class petty officer to chief is quite possibly the biggest step in an enlisted person’s career. This is also an important change for the spouse. The significance of a Chief’s spouse in the Navy community is that of a role model. With this advancement comes the potential for more responsibility and higher expectations of the spouse.

Often there are events, like the CPO CORE Conference in Hampton Roads on August 24th, that will also provide helpful information to make this transition easier and provide you with tools to be of service to your fellow spouses. Contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center or your local CPO Association for information on events in your area.

Guidelines for CPO Spouses - EPUB Edition

We are very happy to announce that the Guidelines for Spouses of Chief Petty Officers is now available in a digital format that can be downloaded and read from your favorite e-reader. This version is compatible with Apple iBooks on the iPad and iPhone and other devices that support the EPUB format.

Like other digital books, you can now bookmark a page, adjust the font size, highlight important text, search for topics, and even share passages on Twitter and Facebook. To learn more about EPUB and to see if your device is compatible, read the wiki entry.