Navy Supports WNY Personnel, Families (Updated 9/24 4:45 p.m. EDT)

Story Number: NNS130916-04Release Date: 9/16/2013 8:53:00 AM
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From Naval District Washington

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This release will be updated as new information is confirmed.

The Navy continues to provide support to Navy personnel affected by the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) Sept. 16.
[Updated 4:45 p.m. EDT, Sept. 24]

The Navy Installations Command has established the WNY "Emergency Family Support Task Force" for folks and organizations who want to support the families of victims involved in the WNY shooting. More information can be found at
[Updated 5:15 p.m. EDT, Sept. 20]

There has been an outpouring of support for the Navy and those affected by the shooting. The support is noted and appreciated by the men and women of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) which released the following statement Sept. 20.

"The employees and families of NAVSEA are grateful for the outpouring of help and support in recent days. We've received many inquiries from those wishing to offer support by making donations. Due to federal regulations, the Navy and NAVSEA cannot solicit or officially endorse non-federal organizations. Information on organizations offering support may be found at"

In a message to the fleet, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mark Ferguson took time today to recognize and thank U.S. Navy Civilian Sailors for their contributions every day to the defense of freedom. He believes civilians play a critical role in Navy operational readiness and, with their uniformed counterparts, are an essential element of the greater Navy family. Check it out here:
[Updated 11:30 a.m. EDT, Sept. 20]

NEWS FROM NAVSEA: While still dealing with the impacts of the Sept. 16 shooting at the Navy Yard, The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has begun reconstituting its workforce so it can continue performing its critical work. The NAVSEA headquarters (HQ), building 197, remains an active crime scene and will likely require extensive rehabilitation once federal law enforcement authorities complete their work. Until then, NAVSEA employees will not be able to work from the HQ building. NAVSEA leadership is working to find alternate accommodations at other Washington Navy Yard sites, contractor facilities off base and the recently disestablished Coast Guard headquarters. Personnel will also be asked to telework whenever practical. From these temporary sites, NAVSEA will be able to conduct all necessary functions, including awarding contracts. Supervisors have been contacting employees to direct them where to report.

The Washington Navy Yard (WNY) is open for normal operations. However, only DoD issued identification will be recognized for access: Common Access Card (CAC), Military Retiree ID and Military Dependent ID. People who left their CAC/ID on the WNY will need to enter via the Visitor Control Center located at the O St. and 11th St. Gate. Hours of operation there are from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A memorial service honoring those who lost their lives is planned for Sunday evening at 5 p.m. Although it is a private event, it will be televised live (check local listings for details). The event will honor the service and sacrifice of:
* Michael Arnold, 59, of Lorton, Va.
* Sylvia Frasier, 53 Waldorf, Md.
* Kathy Gaarde, 62, of Woodbridge, Va.
* John Roger Johnson, 73, of Derwood, Md.
* Frank Kohler, 50, of Tall Timbers, Md.
* Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, of Waldorf, Md.
* Vishnu Bhalchandra Pandit, 61, of North Potomac, Md.
* Arthur Daniels, 51, of Southeast, Washington, D.C.
* Mary Frances Knight, 51, of Reston, Va.
* Gerald L. Read, 58, of Alexandria, Va.
* Martin Bodrog, 54, of Annandale, Va.
* Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, of Westminster, Md.
[Updated 17:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 19]

As a reminder, the Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) continues to provide services to those affected by the shooting -- military, civilians, contractors, and their families -- at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) and the Washington Navy Yard (WNY). There is more information below about the EFACs which are located at WNY Building 111, Commander, Navy Installations Command Headquarters (5th floor), and JBAB Building 72, Enterprise Hall. Call 1-855-677-1755 for more information.
[Updated 10:10 a.m. EDT, Sept. 19]

Three of the eight people injured in the incident have been released from local hospitals.
[Updated 5:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 18]

The Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) established to assist victims, workers and families with issues related to the shooting can be reached at 1-855-677-1755. The EFAC is now operating out of two locations: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Washington Navy Yard.

The EFAC has a total of 36 people providing services, including Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Teams (SPRINT) made up of psychologists, chaplains, corpsmen and a religious program specialist to provide counseling wherever needed.

Tomorrow will be a regular work day on the Navy Yard which will be open except building 197 and the base gym, which is serving as the FBI evidence staging location.

POV retrieval began this morning.

There is no timeline for the FBI to complete its investigation and evidence collection. It will be several weeks before the damage assessment, clean up and repairs are completed. However, FBI and NCIS will conduct searches of the building in order to retrieve Common Access Cards and other personal items. Those items will be available for pickup at the Pass and Tag Office.
[Updated 5:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 17]

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan M. Garcia spoke Sept. 17 about the support the Navy is providing following the Sept. 16 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. He also discussed safety and security as well as the status of items left behind by those who quickly evacuated the Navy Yard. Check out the Q&A at the Navy Live blog:
[Updated 11:00 a.m. EDT, Sept. 17]

The Federal Occupations Health and Employee Assistance Program (FOHEAP) is providing critical incident stress management and counseling services at 800-222-0364.
[Updated 11:10 p.m. EST, Sept. 16]

In a video message (, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus pledged his support to those affected by the shooting.
At 8:20 a.m. EST Sept. 16 an active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard. D.C. Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed there were 12 fatalities in a shooting.

A number of agencies are investigating the incident including the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, D.C. Metro Police, and the FBI which has lead.

The Navy has released the service history of Aaron Alexis, who is believed to have been the shooter. Here is a link to that biographical data:

"I'm deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning at the Navy Yard," said Mabus. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I have complete confidence in our first responders, and I continue to be completely focused on this very difficult situation."

"Darleen and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today's events at the Navy Yard," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. "Our team of Sailors and Navy Civilians at the Navy Yard deserve our care and concern at this time. I applaud the efforts of all who immediately responded to this course of events in order to care for the injured victims and ensure the safety of our personnel."

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An F.B.I. evidence response team collects evidence at Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard.
130918-N-ZA795-001 WASHINGTON (Sept. 18, 2013) An F.B.I. evidence response team collects evidence at Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard. A gunman killed 12 people at the base Sept. 16, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)
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