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, [...]

What to Do When You Don’t Love Your Duty Station

What to Do When You Don’t Love Your Duty Station
I may not love where I live in Colorado, but I loved having the chance to drive to Arches National Park over the summer. I got to see some amazing sights that I never would have had the chance to see otherwise.

Military spouses are so resilient. From enduring deployments and PCS'ing to making new friends, we can survive and thrive through it all. But what do you do when you are stationed somewhere you just don’t love? How do you get out of your funk and make the most of it? When I was newly married, [...]

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 [...]

Four Things to Know About Christening Ceremonies

Four Things to Know About Christening Ceremonies
USS Hyman G. Rickover SSN 795 - Christened July 31, 2021 - Sponsor Darleen Greenert

If your spouse is attached to a PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit), chances are you have either attended or heard of a christening ceremony. This ceremony celebrates a momentous milestone as a newly-built submarine gets ready to join the fleet. Steeped in pride and tradition, the christening ceremony is dedicated to both the sailors and shipbuilders who [...]

Welcome to The Mess: Your Guide to Chief Season

Welcome to The Mess: Your Guide to Chief Season

Congratulations on this amazing moment and accomplishment for your spouse! Your spouse has distinguished themselves as not only a technical expert, but a leader. Chiefs are important cause to bridge the gap between enlisted and officers acting not only as supervisors but advocates for their sailors. The next few weeks will not only be exciting [...]

Mental Health Resources for Military Spouses & Families

Mental Health Resources for Military Spouses & Families

The first week of October is a national mental health awareness week, with October being a National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. October 10th is commonly celebrated as World Mental Health Day. Because checking in on our mental health is important, here are some mental health resources available for military spouses and families: FOCUS [...]