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Submarine Officer Advanced Course Graduation

GROTON, Connecticut (Jun3 22, 2017) - Eighteen members of "Class 17020" graduated from the Submarine Officer Advanced Course on Friday, 23 June.

Captain Brian Sittlow, USN, COMSUBRON 4, was the guest speaker.

Lieutenant Sean Rocha received both the L. Y. Spear Award as class honor graduate but also the David Lloyd Award for Excellence for his demonstrated excellence in leadership, military bearing, academic performance, and extra-curricular activities.

Lieutenant Joseph Innerstwas honored with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award in recognition of achievement in the study of command, control and tactical planning.

Rocha and Lieutenant Ward Odenwald both graduated with distinction.

Lieutenant Jacob Webb was selected as the course's outstanding instructor.

The Submarine Officer Advanced Course is twenty weeks of instruction in preparation for increased responsibilities as department heads. The course provides extensive instruction in tactics, sonar, weapons, fire control, navigation and operations.

Submarine Officer Basic Course Graduation

GROTON, Conn (December 12, 2017) - Seventy-two officers, "Class 18010", graduated Dec. 14 from the Submarine Officer Basic Course.

CDR Neil Colston, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Pittsburgh, was the guest speaker.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Alec McGlaughlin, received the L. Y. Spear Award and a gold watch in recognition of her overall superior academic performance as the Basic Course Honor Graduate.

Ensign Lawrence Pontrelli was the recipient of the Admiral Andrew I. McKee Award given to the graduate who displays excellence in the submarine systems and diving trainer portions of the course and who demonstrates superior performance in the areas of submarine design and safety.

Ensign Aaron Sims received the Naval Submarine League Tactical Excellence Award for achieving the greatest understanding of Target Motion Analysis (TMA) as measured by demonstrated proficiency in plotting mechanics and fire control system operation.

The Submarine Officer Basic Course is ten weeks in length and teaches officers the theory, instruction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for their first submarine assignment, officers receive intensive instruction in areas to include shipboard organization, damage control, submarine safety and escape procedures, submarine weapons, fire control and sonar systems in order to be a fully contributing member of a ship's wardroom from the day they report aboard.

Joint Submarine Officer Course Graduation

Joint Submarine Officer Course Graduation

GROTON, Conn (October 19, 2017) - Thirteen students of "Class 17040," Submarine Office Advanced Course (SOAC), and thirty-three students of "Class 17060," Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC), graduated in joint ceremonies Friday, 20 October.

Commander Matt Fanning, Commanding Officer USS Hartford (SSN 768), addressed the graduates.

For the Advanced Course, Lieutenant Jacob Cates received the L. Y. Spear Award and a gold watch in recognition of his overall superior academic performance as Course Honor Graduate as well as the David Lloyd Award for Excellence.

Lieutenant Christopher Hart was recipient of the Naval Submarine League Tactical Excellence Award.

Cates, together with Lieutenant Brian Decker, graduated with distinction.

LT Tyler Turpin was selected as the course's outstanding instructor.

The Submarine Officer Advanced Course is twenty weeks long and prepares graduates for increased responsibilities as Department Heads by providing extensive instruction in tactics, sonar, weapons, fire control, navigation and operations.

Lieutenant Commander Eric Brooks received the L. Y. Spear Award as Basic Course Honor Graduate and Ensign Perry Artz received the Admiral Andrew I. McKee Award.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Joshua Mueller was recipient of the Naval Submarine League Fire Control Excellence Award for achieving the greatest understanding of Target Motion Analysis (TMA) as measured by demonstrated proficiency in plotting mechanics and fire control system operation.

Electronics Technician Submarine Navigation Chief (Submarines) Kerry Wertheim was selected as the course's outstanding instructor.

The Submarine Officer Basic Course is ten weeks long and teaches officers the theory, instruction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for their first submarine assignment, officers receive intensive instruction in areas to include shipboard organization, damage control, submarine safety and escape procedures, submarine weapons, fire control and sonar systems in order to be a fully contributing member of a ship's wardroom from the day they report aboard.

Submarine Officer Basic Course Introduction

Submarine Officer Basic Course Introduction

Welcome to the Submarine Officer Basic Course!

GENERAL INFORMATION

HOUSING FOR THOSE COMING PCS TO THE GROTON AREA

HOUSING FOR THOSE PCS OUTSIDE OF THE GROTON AREA

CHECK-IN PROCESS

GROTON CHALET LIVING SUGGESTIONS

GENERAL INFORMATION

The course will start at 7:00 a.m. on the report No Later Than (NLT) date of your orders. You will meet in the auditorium in Building 499, Bledsoe Hall.

The Uniform of the Day for the first day of training is service khakis with ribbons, and NWUs for the remainder of the course. You will also need Summer Whites from May to October and Service Dress Blues for the rest of the year for graduation and inspections.

You will also need coveralls ("poopy suits") and sneakers that can get wet for the Damage Control and Firefighting trainers. Except in unusual or emergency circumstances (on a case by case basis) leave will NOT be authorized during SOBC.

You may not conceal or carry any dangerous weapon, instrument or device, or any highly explosive article or compound aboard any Navy station, ship, craft or aircraft, or any other place under the jurisdiction of the Navy.

Personal weapons can be stored with the Security Department Armoryin Building 462 on a space-available basis. Storage of firearms and weapons is prohibited in on-base quarters and barracks. For additional information on firearms and weapons, contact the Security Department at 860-694-4012.

Weddings are not emergencies. (Note: All per diem is forfeited when in a leave status)

For planning purposes, you should avoid a negative leave balance greater than twenty days.

Your forwarding address is:

Naval Submarine School
Box 700
Code N325, Your SOBC Class Number
Groton, CT 06349-5700

General Information about the Groton area can be found by visiting the https://cnic.navy.mil/newlondon/index.htm website.

HOUSING FOR THOSE COMING PCS TO THE GROTON AREA

If you are reporting to a non-commissioned boat, you MUST find permanent housing updon your arrival in Groton. Those with PCU or decom boat orders are NOT authorized to stay at the Groton Chalet and WILL NOT BE PAID per diem.

You may stay in the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) on a space available basis for up to 10 days with your spouse (or 30 days without) while seeking housing. The cost of the NGIS is $70 per day. You will continue to receive BAH from your previous duty station until you pass the 10 or 30 day time limit then you will lose your BAH. To avoid losing your BAH you must move out of the NGIS into town prior to going over your time limit. If you haven't found housing yet you must go to a hotel in town. There is no guarantee that the NGIS will have rooms available, so be ready to stay out in town (rental, hotel, or Navy Lodge) at your own expense.

Contact the NGIS to ask questions or to make reservations at (860) 694-3416 or DSN 694-3416.

For a two bedroom apartment rental costs average between $1000 and $1400.

BAH will may not completely cover this expense so plan on budgeting your money to cover lodging. Assistance in finding lodging may be obtained through the Family Housing Office at (860) 694-3851 or DSN 694-3851.

Larger rentals (i.e. 3 and 4 bedroom places) are available. If several people live together, these living arrangements are much more affordable.

If you are PCS to Groton and going to a commissioned boat you are authorized to stay in the Groton Chalet while TEMDUINS to SOBC (about 68 days) and will receive per diem and BAH from your previous duty station.

Guests may stay with you at the chalet for an additional fee at your expense. During the time you are at SOBC you may find permanent housing in Groton prior to reporting to your boat here on the waterfront.

If the Groton Chalet is completely booked, you will stay in NGIS until a room in the Groton Chalet becomes available. Should the NGIS also be full, you will be given per diem to stay in off-base lodging until a room is available.

The maximum daily rate that the Navy will pay is $290.00 per day, not to exceed actual expenses, to include room and food per-diem. You will need to bring information for where you are staying and the daily rate to the PSD Inbrief on the first day.

Do not do get a hotel room in town unless you specifically get a stamp from the NGIS stating no government facilities are available, otherwise you will not get reimbursed. In order to get paid correctly PSD must have your original orders with stamps from your place of lodging (NGIS, Chalet, Navy Lodge, Best Western, etc.). ANYTIME you move (ie. From Navy Lodge to Chalet) you must go to PSD to get your orders, get them stamped and return them to PSD. To start BAH for Groton you must give PSD a lease or mortgage.
REMINDER: You will NOT be paid for staying in the Susse Chalet.


HOUSING FOR THOSE PCS OUTSIDE OF THE GROTON AREA

IMPORTANT!
All per diem payments are governed by Joint Federal Travel Regulations (JFTR U4400). These regulations are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem.

All personnel on temporary duty to the area will receive food per diem while attending SOBC. This is presently $37.00 per day. When you report, you must check in at the NGIS where you will have your orders stamped "Quarters Available."

A. Everyone on travel TDY will be required to stay in the Groton Chalet, per Navy contract. This is clearly stated in your orders under the Intermediate Activity Section. This will be paid for by per diem. For the first 30 days it costs $91.75/day and thereafter it drops to $79.78/day.

You will receive two per diem payments while here. The first will be around the third week unless you received advanced per diem at prototype or Athens. The second payment will arrive around the 1 month point. Susse Chalet bills are paid on a weekly basis.

Reservations will be made starting on the 'no earlier than date' of your orders. These reservations will automatically be made for all personnel based on SUBSCOL's receipt of students' orders. These reservations will be held for you for two nights.

If you are not arriving and checking in on Saturday or Sunday, you must call the NGIS at (860) 694-3416 or DSN 694-3416 and change your reservations at the Groton Chalet. You may lose the room if you arrive later than your confirmation time!

If you are married, your spouse may stay in the Groton Chalet for an additional $11.20 per day, and you will keep your BAH from your last command (NOTE: These orders are unaccompanied and any inconvenience that you experience from living in a hotel is by choice). If your spouse does not accompany you, you will continue to receive BAH for your last duty station until you check in to your ultimate duty station.

B. If the Groton Chalet is completely booked, you will stay in NGIS until a room in the Groton Chalet becomes available. Should the NGIS also be full, you will be given per diem to stay in off-base lodging until a room is available.

The maximum daily rate that the Navy will pay is $290.00 per day, not to exceed actual expenses, to include room and food per-diem. You will need to bring information for where you are staying and the daily rate to the PSD Inbrief on the first day.

Do not do get a hotel room in town unless you specifically get a stamp from the NGIS stating no government facilities are available, otherwise you will not get reimbursed.

In order to get paid correctly PSD must have your original orders with stamps from your place of lodging (NGIS, Chalet, Navy Lodge, Best Western, etc.). ANYTIME you move (ie. From Navy Lodge to Chalet) you must go to PSD to get your orders, get them stamped and return them to PSD. To start BAH for Groton you must give PSD a lease or mortgage.

CHECK-IN PROCESS

You MUST Check-In in this manner (in the appropriate uniform):

1. During working hours:

a. Report to the NGIS to obtain a quarters availability stamp on your original orders.

b. Report to the SubScol Quarter Deck to stamp your original orders, Building 499 (Bledsoe Hall), to check in to Submarine School. Report to Building 499, Bledsoe Hall, auditorium on first day of class at 7:00 a.m.

2. During non-working hours:

a. Report to the SubScol Quarter Deck to stamp your original orders, Building 499 (Bledsoe Hall), then at the NGIS and then at the Chalet to check into Submarine School.

b. Report to Building 499 (Bledsoe Hall) auditorium on first day of class.

c. Keep your original orders, and all your records (pay, service, medical, dental and PRT folder).

d. Report to the SOBC Office, Building 499, (Bledsoe Hall), Room 423, at 7:00 a.m. the next working day. Bring your records and orders.

3. On the first day of class, report to Bledsoe Hall no later than 7:00 a.m. Be prepared for class from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. that day. Bring the following items:

a. Medical/dental records.

b. Personal and pay records, original orders (if not already turned in to Officer Records), and at least one copy of your orders.

c. Copy of any lease you may have entered.

d. A phone number at which you can be reached.

e. Writing material to take notes.

4. On the first day of class, you must know the following information:

a. The dates on your last fitrep (from prototype).

b. The amount of Advanced per diem you have received (This does not include advanced pay or DLA).

c. The routing transit number for your bank and account number so per diem can be direct deposited into your account.

The SOBC staff look forward to preparing you for the fleet and that preparation starts now!

If you have questions, please call the SOBC Office at (860) 694-4340, or (860) 694-2180; DSN 694-4340 or 2180. We can answer most questions on-the-spot and will get back to you on any others.

Once again, welcome to the world's finest submarine force!


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Submarine Officer Advanced Course Introduction

Welcome to the Submarine Officer Advanced Course!

Incoming Students,
Congratulations on your selection for Submarine Department Head duty!

The Submarine Officer Advanced Course is DAY ONE of your Department Head tour. Our focus is intricately applied across tactical employment and expert navigation of a submarine. The curriculum is an adult-learning environment where you are required to apply self-paced study skills and subsequently be evaluated in the skill sets you have developed from your required reading and lectures. In addition to testing knowledge and skills, you will also be assessed on soft skills (e.g. command and control, leadership abilities, watch team management, etc…).
At the completion of the course, you will be ready to serve as a Mission Capable Officer of the Deck, Navigator and Operational Planner.

GENERAL INFORMATION

HOUSING INFORMATION

CHECK-IN PROCESS

GENERAL INFORMATION

The course will start at 7:30 a.m. on the report No Later Than (NLT) date of your orders. You will report to Building 499, Bledsoe Hall and have your orders stamped at the Quarterdeck. At the Quarterdeck, there will be a sign directing you to your classroom.

UNIFORMS

The Uniform of the Day (UOD) is Type I Navy Working Uniforms with the exception of Tuesdays and the day you class up, when the UOD is service Khakis with ribbons. You will need Summer Whites from May to October and Service Dress Blues for the rest of the year for graduation and inspections.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Based on priorities with respect to waterfront units, trainer availability drives your day to day schedule. The SOAC Training Pipeline Manager will email the upcoming weekly schedule to each student. Please keep in mind that the schedule may change and you are still responsible to your Class Leader for schedule updates. The SOAC Training Program Manager (TPM) schedules items in your best interest but expect frequent trainer evening sessions.
The schedule is built with enough self-study time that you should be able to focus on your professional learning goals in preparations for your Department Head tour.

LEAVE and SPECIAL LIBERTY

Except in unusual or emergency circumstances (on a case by case basis) leave will NOT be authorized during SOAC. Weddings are not emergencies. Please call the SOAC Director ahead of time to ensure the permission is given before flight arrangements are made. Additionally, foreign travel will require all requisite Security training and permission from the Naval Submarine School Commanding Officer.

Weekend travels are controlled by the Special Liberty process. If Weekend travel will include air travel, then a Leave chit will need to be routed and approved prior to your flight arrangements.
Do not put the office in a situation where leave needs to be approved because you already purchased your tickets. You are still responsible for purchased tickets if your leave is disapproved.

For planning purposes, you should avoid a negative leave balance greater than ten days.

Your official mail forwarding address is:

Naval Submarine School
SOAC Class XXXXX
Code N326, PO Box 700
Groton, CT 06349-5700

This address should be used for official mail only.

General Information about the Groton area can be found by visiting the Naval Submarine Base New London website at http://www.subasenlon.navy.mil/.

HOUSING INFORMATION

The wait for Navy Housing is presently 1-3 months. The housing office can be reached at (860) 694-3851.

For a two bedroom apartment rental costs average between $1000 and $1400.

Larger rentals (i.e. 3 and 4 bedroom places) are also available.

NAVY GROTON INNS and SUITES (NGIS)

Contact the NGIS to ask questions or to make reservations at (860) 694-3416 or DSN 694-3416.

If it is your intention to request Geographical Bachelor (GEOBACH) accommodations you must contact the NGIS office a minimum of 1 month prior to the day you intend on showing up in Groton. If you do not contact the office prior to this time period, there will be no guarantee that you will have a room provided for you, and you will be required to pay out of pocket for any accrued hotel expenses. After contacting the NGIS office, they will provide you with a GEOBACH request form that is required to be submitted 3 weeks prior to arriving.

The following paperwork in addition to the GEOBACH request form will be required from you when you submit a package:

  • Faxed copy of either your current rental agreement or mortgage
  • Faxed copy of your orders
  • NAVSUBSCOL Command Endorsement

To obtain a NAVSUBSCOL Command Endorsement contact the SOAC Training Pipeline Manager at (860) 694-3637.

CHECK-IN PROCESS

You MUST Check-In in this manner:

1. During working hours:

a. Report to the SubScol Quarter Deck, in the UOD, to stamp your original orders at Building 499 (Bledsoe Hall) to check in to Submarine School.

2. During non-working hours:

a. Report to the NGIS to obtain a quarters availability stamp on your original orders.

b. Report to the SubScol Quarter Deck to stamp your original orders at Building 499 (Bledsoe Hall) to check in to Submarine School.

c. Keep your original orders, and all your records (pay, service, medical, dental and PRT folder).

d. Report to the SOAC Office, Building 499, (Bledsoe Hall), Room 324, at 7:30 a.m. the next working day. Bring your records and orders.

3. On the first day of class, report to Bledsoe Hall no later than 7:30 a.m. Be prepared for class from 7:30 a.m. Until 5:00 p.m. that day. Bring the following items:

a. Medical/dental records.

b. Original orders (stamped at the Quarterdeck), Page 2 and SGLI information.

c. Banking information (routing and account number).

d. A phone number at which you can be reached (cell and home phone).

e. Writing material to take notes.

f. Copy of last fitness report.

g. Receipts for travel claim paperwork.

The SOAC staff look forward to preparing you for the fleet and that preparation starts now!
If you have questions, call the SOAC Office at (860) 694-3637 or DSN 694-3637.
We can answer most questions on-the-spot and will get back to you on any others.

Once again, welcome to the world’s finest submarine force!


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