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Deployment Support

Family Deployment Support

CNRSW San Diego & Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers programs to heighten deployment preparedness and support families and commands throughout each unique deployment cycle. The FFSC Deployment Consultants, offer Deployment Readiness Briefs and checklists to assist Sailors and families in preparing for deployment. For more information please visit the Deployment Support website or contact your nearest FFSC, NBSD FFSC at 619-556-7404.

Deployment support programs are tailored to the needs of an individual command.

Ombudsman Program

Navy Family Ombudsmen are communication links, information and referral resources, and advocates for command family members. Appointed by the Commanding Officer, Command Ombudsmen are volunteers and spouses of service members within the command. As an official command representative, the Ombudsman is a confidential point of contact for all family members connected to the command - including spouses, parents, and extended family members. The CNRSW FFSC Ombudsman Coordinator maintains a roster of all area Ombudsmen. Contact your nearest FFSC to obtain the contact information for your Command Ombudsman.

IA/GSA and Family Support

Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) offers a hotline for active-duty and reserve families experiencing an Individual Augmentee (IA) deployment. Contact ECRC at 877-364-4302. For local IA resources call 619-556-7404. Find more information for IAs at Navy Knowledge Online.

Additional Deployment Resources

There are several organizations that offer services for spouses and children of deployed service members. Military OneSource offers materials and consultations regarding dealing with preparing for deployment, returning reservist, and issues from deployment. For children, Military OneSource offers videos designed to help military families with children ages 3 to 18 cope with feelings, challenges, and concerns experienced during various phases of deployment. For more information, call 800-342-9647 or visit the Military OneSource website.

Armed Services YMCA provides free Kid Comfort Quilts for children of deployed service members.  The free quilts feature as many as 9 digital pictures on fabric.  For more information, contact 858-751-5755 or visit the Armed Services YMCA website.

Navy Lifelines

The LIFELines Services Network focuses on the delivery of Quality of Life information and services to Active and Reserve Sailors, Marines, and family members. The organization offers free articles and information on various topics as well as links to numerous other sites.

American Red Cross

Both active duty and reservists can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency communications to link with their families back home. The American Red Cross can also provide access to financial assistance and counseling. Call 877-272-7337 or visit the Red Cross website for more information.

United Through Reading

The United Through Reading Program, a quality-of-life program for military families, helps keep service members  and children connected during deployment. Through the medium of reading aloud on video, this program can be utilized by all deployed personnel. Some even choose to read aloud to a younger brother or sister, grandchild, or a child they are mentoring. 

Command Family Readiness Groups (FRGs)

Family Readiness Groups, formerly family support or spouse support groups, are command-sponsored organizations that plan and conduct social, informational, and morale-building activities to enhance family readiness.  Contact your gaining command for more information.

Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS)

FOCUS provides resiliency training designed to teach military families practical skills to assist in meeting the challenges of deployment. The program includes the whole family, and the training is offered in various formats (family consultations, family level training, small group training, and workshops). For more information, contact FOCUS San Diego at 619-556-6075 or visit the FOCUS website.

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