“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 [...]

FSA: What Is It and When Are You Entitled To It?

FSA: What Is It and When Are You Entitled To It?

Did you know the Navy offers FSA, or better known as family separation allowance?  Your family is entitled to this benefit of $250 per month whenever the Navy separates you for more than 30 days. This can be if your spouse is sent on a TAD (temporary duty), long underway or deployment. There are three [...]

OPSEC Reminders: Keeping Our Sailors Safe

OPSEC Reminders: Keeping Our Sailors Safe

Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for significant physical distancing, there has been a HUGE increase in virtual communication. From video chats and phone calls to texts and social media, technology has been a blessing during this time.   As military spouses we are privy to information regarding boat movements, however this knowledge is [...]

How to Prepare Your Children for Deployment

How to Prepare Your Children for Deployment

Have it be a deployment, patrol or underway, whatever term you use, they all lead to family separation. Within the submarine community, this time apart is unique as there is little to no communication between service members and their family back on shore. Preparing for this time of family separation, while similar to other communities, [...]

The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media as a Military Spouse

The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media as a Military Spouse

Social media is a wonderful tool for submarine spouses. We move so frequently and have so little time to figure out who is going to be our emergency contact, let alone form friendships and meaningful relationships.  Social media can be used to make quick determinations of who might make a good match for your next [...]