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Department of the Air Force
Mobilization and Deployment Specialist - Army
650 Monroe Avenue
Fort Eustis, VA 23604
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.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center will be there to assist as you deploy. We have a mandatory briefing prior to your deployment and highly encourage spouses to attend as well. The remote tour briefing has been incorporated into the Plan My Move workshop. Many units invite our readiness personnel to commander's calls to help you prepare. We'll be on the deployment processing line just in case you need something at the last minute.
In between the "going" and "gone"... have you prepared for your absence? Is someone keeping an eye on your home? Your car? Your bills? Do you need a power of attorney? We'll be here to help you track all of these things and more.
We're here for your family members while you are deployed:
Attend the monthly Hearts Apart gatherings for spouses and families which serve as a support network.
Be sure to ask about our Readiness Emergency Sleeping Tool.
Take advantage of Give Parents a Break, five hours of free child care monthly at the Child Development Center each month the sponsor is deployed, for children ages 6 months to 12 years.
Take advantage of Give Parents a Break, five hours of free child care monthly at the child development center each month the sponsor is deployed, for children ages 12 months to 12 years.
Read the monthly readiness newsletter, provided to families of deployed military members that is full of information and resources.
Upon return from your deployment we'll be there to provide reintegration support. All members must attend a reintegration briefing upon return.
Fort Eustis Mobilization and Deployment Support
All Army Community Service programs assist deploying troops with a variety of services from information on play groups, coping with stress during the deployment cycle, establishing family finances, and providing extensive resources to assist service members and their families during the deployment cycle and reintegration.
The Mobilization Deployment Program provides training and briefings for all service members and their family members to prepare them with survival techniques and resources available during the deployment cycle. Training is also provided Rear Detachment Commanders (RDCs) Soldier and Family Readiness Liaisons (SFRLs) or Command Family Readiness Representatives (CFRRs), and Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) volunteers to equip and educate them on their roles and responsibilities. The program also provides bimonthly deployment events to family members to help them cope with the challenges of separation and provide an avenue to network and build connections with other deployed spouses and family members.
The SFRGs assist commanders in maintaining readiness of service members, families and the military community by promoting self-sufficiency, resiliency and stability during peacetime or wartime.
Pre-deployment briefings are provided for service members and for family members. The ACS Mobilization and Deployment Program Manager coordinates with all agency presenters to ensure a quality briefing is implemented. Due to the different needs of each unit, attention to special details is considered during briefing coordination.
The Mobilization and Deployment Program Manager provides materials and other resources to children of deploying service members to prepare them for the deployment cycle. Behaviors and emotions that children might manifest during the deployment cycle are also discussed in the pre-deployment briefing.
Returning service members receive a reintegration briefing to update them on changes within the installation, local and state laws and to provide assistance during the transitional period of reintegration. Spouses and other family members may also receive a spouse reintegration briefing to prepare them for potential issues and concerns that may or may not develop during the reintegration process.