How to Support Your Spouse (And Yourself) Through a Department Head Tour

How to Support Your Spouse (And Yourself) Through a Department Head Tour

When your spouse is in the military, it is a unique experience that their job has such a substantial impact on your life. As military families, we understand this job is more than a paycheck. Whether we like it or not, the job dictates how we live our life. When we can see each other, [...]

How to Survive the (Forgotten) & Dreaded Month of Refit

How to Survive the (Forgotten) & Dreaded Month of Refit

Boomer life. The good life. Family-friendly. Part time sailor life as you only "own" the boat for half the time. For those unfamiliar with "Boomers", SSBNs, or ballistic missile submarines have two crews that take turns taking the boat to sea. There is a short period of maintenance, “refit," between each "patrol” where both crews [...]

Your Healthy Eating Guide During a PCS or Deployment

Your Healthy Eating Guide During a PCS or Deployment

Healthy eating should be a lifestyle, but with "boat life" it can be easier to reach for cereal or frozen nuggets for dinner then thinking about meal prep. We recently have PC'S'd, lived with family members and currently reside in a hotel while we wait for house. All my hopes for total clean eating have [...]

“Can You Hear Me Now?” Your Guide to Navigating Port Calls

“Can You Hear Me Now?” Your Guide to Navigating Port Calls
Photo Courtesy U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs, USS Indiana Conducts Safe Haven Port Visit in Rota, Spain

Submarine life is full of constant change and in a world now with COVID, quarantines and "clean piers," it seems that everything has been flipped upside down. Whether this is your first deployment or sixth deployment, port calls are no longer what they once were. Recently my husband was deployed for six months during the [...]

Caring for a Pet in the Submarine Force: The Ultimate Check List & Tips for Seperation Anxiety

Caring for a Pet in the Submarine Force: The Ultimate Check List & Tips for Seperation Anxiety

It comes as no surprise that being a member of the armed forces or even a family member of those who serve our country comes with a lot of stress. There is a great unknown territory when it comes to dates, travel times, and how much time you’ll get to spend with your loved ones [...]

Ideas For Your Sailor: Four Ways to Share Their Love While Deployed

Ideas For Your Sailor: Four Ways to Share Their Love While Deployed

As submariner spouses, we know that deployment not only means the absence of our spouse - it also means the absence of regular communication. Unlike other branches of the military, during deployment submariners don’t have access to common forms of connecting with loved ones (ie: phone calls, social media, video chat, snail mail, etc). Sure, [...]