Even experienced service members and their families can often be surprised by a deployment. The element of surprise and the fear of the unknown can be viewed as a crisis by some military members and their families. Having a solid deployment plan and a high factor of readiness can ease the tension experienced during a time of deployment.
New Orleans can be an exciting place to live. But when a service member is called for deployment, the quality of life for the family member is often challenged. The spouse suddenly becomes the bill-payer, the trash-man, and ultimately, the household CO. By knowing what to expect during a deployment and being ready as a family, the spouse may be able to make this difficult time a little easier. The strength of the military family is an integral part of a successful separation.
There are several stages of emotion a person may go through when a spouse, child, or friend is being deployed. When one first learns about a deployment, many people begin thinking about what it will be like to live without the partner, which may cause feelings of confusion, anger, resentment or depression. The separation stage can be both a time of loneliness and a time of personal growth for the family members left behind. Post-deployment (reunion), marks the beginning of a service member’s time back at home – and is often an exciting but awkward time because the service member may be trying to immediately re-assume his/her role and duties in the family. Talking through expectations and appreciating the family’s sacrifices during deployment will lead to a smoother transition back into family life.
In support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), deployment readiness continues to be a priority for the military. Mobilized reservists, individual augmentees (IAs), and Navy units make up the local contingencies of NAS JRB NOLA’s deployed forces. The majority of these receive TAD orders and, while supporting the GWOT, will continue to be attached to their parent command.
It is the responsibility of the service member to familiarize him/herself with what happens during the deployment process. Just as important, the service member’s family should be just as ready for the event. (Please visit the Family Deployment page of this website for more information on this.)
An Individual Augmentee (IA) is a Sailor with needed skill that is sent temporarily from their current command to assist, or augment another command. The Navy tries to use volunteers, but when there ate no volunteers with the required skills, non-volunteers are sent. One of the new twists to the concept of Sailors augmenting other commands is that they are augmenting other branches of the services – primarily the Army and Marine Corps. Sailors (and ultimately any service member), can be sent anywhere they are needed in support of the Global War on Terror.
Further resources and assistance:
In addition to resources listed on www.MilitaryOneSource.com, there are trained and experienced Ombudsmen/Family Readiness Group Leaders in each unit to help guide your family through the deployment process.
Also, the Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) in New Orleans provides deployment support to all service branches including briefs and additional assistance. The FFSC also offer several programs that support readiness of families, assisting in preparing for and coping with deployments. For more information or to register, call the FFSC at (504) 678-7569.