05B4 Naval Station Great Lakes

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Visiting Great Lakes... ships reunions, youth groups and others interested in touring the Quarterdeck of the Navy

Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, the United States Navy's only bootcamp

Training Support Center Great Lakes, providing 24-hour supervision, training and mentorship to over 4,500 18- to 25-year-old new apprentice-level Sailors.

The National Museum of the American Sailor, the U.S. Navy's only museum dedicated to the enlisted Sailor



Naval Station Great Lakes Mission

We enable and sustain Fleet, Fighter and Family by providing superior, integrated Base Operating Support for our tenant commands. Enable the delivery of highly skilled, technically proficient, disciplined and motivated Sailors to the Fleet. Preserve our Naval heritage and customs by representing the Navy through professional and personal excellence.

Deliver unrivaled services to our tenant commands and their families, ensuring their safety and security. We are committed to achieving the best value in all our processes and preserving our natural resources.

Unsurpassed quality of life for Naval Station Great Lakes' military service members, civilians and their families, making Naval Station Great Lakes the premier training, working, and living installation in the United States Navy.

Mass Communications Plan

In the event of an emergency, Naval Station Great Lakes provides real-time alerts to the Navy community throughout the lifecycle of the incident or crisis through: Giant Voice, a voice announcing system using exterior speakers; Computer Desktop Network System (CDNS), an administrative broadcast across Navy computer networks that overrides current applications, thereby reaching all Navy users almost instantly;  AtHoc - dissemination via text message and email; Great Lakes Hotline: 847-688-2459; Facebook, www.facebook.com/NavalStationGreatLakes; and Twitter, @navstaglakes

We will be testing our mass communications on the first Tuesday of each month—9:45 a.m., all messages; 10 a.m. for Giant Voice siren. That will be the only time we'll be testing. All other times that you hear the Giant Voice system siren or voice, please take cover immediately. We ask that you then check your cellphone for the AtHoc message, which will give you the information that you need. AtHoc messages will generally be sent three different ways: text message, and personal and work emails. Messages provide official updates on base delays and early departures, as well as other notifications that may affect the base. Anyone, including government contractors, can sign up to receive messages. 

Registering for AtHoc is easy using your NMCI computer. Click on the Purple Globe to register.

1.NMCI users-Right-click on the Purple Globe icon (bottom right corner on desktop).

2.Select "Access Self Service."

3.Select the "My Info" tab and update your Last Name, First Name, and Display Name and save.

4.Select the "Devices" tab and enter your work and personal contact information in the appropriate mandatory and optional device fields. Fill in as many fields as possible. Many times text messages to personal cell phones and personal email addresses are the quickest to receive notifications. (Note: Your ability to receive alerts on home phones, cellular phones, pagers, and email addresses, depend upon information entered into the mandatory and optional device fields.)


6.Update your profile any time you have a change.

The base Twitter feed can be used by anyone with Internet access, and will have the same information as AtHoc. Simply go to twitter.com/navstaglakes. If you have a Twitter account, click the "Follow" button. If not, bookmark the page and return to it in case of emergency. The base Facebook page will have the same information as Twitter, and can also be found by anyone with Internet access at www.facebook.com/NavalStationGreatLakes. Click on the "Like" button if you have a Facebook account.

Base personnel are also encouraged to visit Lake County Passage during weather-related situations for updated traffic information.

Questions? Concerns? Call the base public affairs office at 847-688-2430.

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