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United States Air Force
Deployment Support - Air Force
104 E. Simpson Street
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
Deployment can be a challenging phase of the military lifecycle, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The military provides a variety of resources and support programs — ranging from educational briefings to morale calls — for your loved ones, children and service members to ease the stress of deployment. Military members may be assigned to a specific installation but support may come from local communities, Yellow Ribbon events or the installation itself.
Deployments are a way of life for military families and it is one of the most difficult aspects of military life. Our Deployment Support Program is designed to help the military member (single or married), as well as family members, understand and anticipate the physical & emotional demands associated with deployment.
Deployment Support offers education to help the military members and family members understand the deployment assignment; help military members and family members understand the emotions they will undergo before, during, and after deployment, provide financial, emotional and emergency support to family members coping with the separation.
Pre-deployment preparation is a key factor in making your deployment less stressful for you and your family. To be deployment ready is a personal responsibility and should not be something you wait to do until you hear you are being deployed - by then it is too late to be fully prepared.
The JB Charleston Airman and Family Readiness Center at the Air Base gather family contact information at the mandatory pre-deployment briefing. The information is used to stay in contact with family members during the service member's deployment. An information packet is also given to the deploying member that includes information on the services listed below:
Each unit also has a Key Spouse/Ombudsman. Which are formal liaisons between unit spouses and leadership? They are trained volunteers that provide a vital link to families during deployments. Contact your unit or the A&FRC to get contact information for your squadron.
The JB Charleston Fleet and Family Support Center at the Naval Weapons Station offers pre-deployment, Combat Deployment Readiness, Mid-Deployment, Return & Reunion, and Reintegration briefs to single, married Navy personnel and family members in a one-on-one, walk-in basis, or as a command brief. All of our programs are tailored to fit the needs of the active duty and family members needs. Due to no ships at NWS Charleston, deployment support addresses the needs of installation Individual Augmentees (IA) and family members who have relocated to the Charleston area. The IA coordinator at the NWS knows of all families via NFAAS. The IA coordinator keeps families informed of briefs, family events, and new resources via email, telephone calls, and mailings. Monthly family events act as a support group as well as a fun event that always includes activities for the children.
A variety of brochures and booklets, geared toward military children (age appropriate), deploying personnel, and family members are also offered. Services are available for service members or their eligible family members for topics, but not all-inclusive, such as Budgeting, Legal Preparation, Disaster Preparedness while Deployed, and Clinical Counseling. For more information please call the Fleet and Family Support Center at 843-794-7480.
Several websites, such as Military OneSource have been established to support Military deployment.