R 221647Z AUG 14 PSN 533894K32
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/DNS/AUGUST//
SUBJ/ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NAVY GOLD STAR PROGRAM//
REF/A/DOC/DOD INSTRUCTION 1300.18, PERSONNEL CASUALTY MATTERS, POLICIES, AND
PROCEDURES JAN 2008.
REF/B/DOC/FY06 NDAA SEC 562/01JAN2006//
NARR/REF A IS DODI 1300.18, PERSONNEL CASUALTY MATTERS, POLICIES, AND
PROCEDURES, DIRECTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CENTRALIZED LONG-TERM CASUALTY
ASSISTANCE TO SURVIVORS AND NEXT OF KIN OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WHO
DIE WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY. REF B IS NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT (NDAA)
OF FY06 WHICH PROVIDES POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ON CASUALTY ASSISTANCE TO
SURVIVORS OF MILITARY DECENDENTS.
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the establishment of the Navy Gold Star (NGS)
program. The NGS program will provide long-term casualty assistance for
surviving families of deceased service members.
2. Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs) will serve as the key touch point
for Gold Star Families (GSF) seeking information and referral service
assistance. Services are coordinated by NGS Coordinators and may consist of a
combination of government and non-government programs and organizations (i.e.
Chaplain services, personal financial counseling, school liaison assistance,
3. Personnel eligible to participate in the NGS program include the widow,
parents and the next of kin. The term "widow" includes widower ; the term
"parents" includes mother, father, stepmother, stepfather, mother through
adoption, father through adoption, and foster parents who stood in loco
parentis; the term "next of kin" only includes children, brothers, sisters,
half-brothers, and half-sisters; and the term "children" includes
stepchildren and children through adoption.
4. Region Gold Star Coordinators (RGSC) will be assigned to all Contiguous
United States (CONUS) regions and Navy Region Hawaii.
RGSCs will be responsible for executing the NGS Program throughout their area
of responsibility. Installation Gold Star Coordinators
(IGSC) will be assigned to certain installations (based on Survivor
population) to serve as long-term advocates and points of contact for
Survivors. IGSCs will be responsible for developing and coordinating
appropriate partnerships with civilian and military service providers to
deliver comprehensive support and referral services.
5. Our fallen military members have made the ultimate sacrifice and we are
committed to providing surviving family members enduring support through our
6. Points of contact are Matt Straughan, CNIC (N91) at (202) 433-4617/DSN 288
or via email at matt.straughan(AT)navy.mil; and Mike Bruner, CNIC (N912) at
(202) 433-2944/DSN 288 or via email at mike.bruner(AT)navy.mil.
7. Released by Vice Admiral S. H. Swift, Director, Navy Staff.//