News: NECC hosts Sailor and Family Readiness and Resiliency Symposium
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Family Readiness Team conducted a Sailor and Family Readiness and Resiliency Symposium (SFRRS) April 30 through May 1.
Family Readiness promotes education and resources for Sailors and their families who are preparing for deployments and minimizes the difficulties faced in their absences.
In support of their mission, the SRFFS brought together all NECC Command Family Readiness Teams (CFRT) to discuss issues confronting the force.
“The objective of the symposium was to train command leadership and their Family Readiness Teams (CFRT) to help families manage the stresses and challenges of an expeditionary military lifestyle while building resiliency,” said May Jacobs, FORCE Family Readiness director. “It is essential for them to be able to teach our Sailors and families how to navigate through the numerous choices of resources offered by federal, state and local organizations.”
Representatives from various fields of expertise presented valuable information to take back to their Sailors.
“If we get the leadership, the ombudsmen and the Family Readiness officers the training and practices, we’ll be able to take better care of the families,” said Cmdr. David Little, NECC Family Readiness officer. “In the long run, when Sailors are on deployment, they’ll have less to worry about in regards to the well-being of their families.”
The two-day symposium discussed critical issues for each expeditionary community, integrated training on the Force Readiness Training Plan in high operational tempo expeditionary environments, and provided tools for the senior leadership in attendance.
“It’s important for leaders, especially the triad [commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief], to understand the best practices to take care of these Sailors’ families,” said Little.
Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, spoke about the importance of family readiness.
“I hope this meets a lot of your expectations,” said Morneau. “The real importance of readiness goes back to our Sailors on the deck plates, our officers, our chiefs, our wardrooms and our messes. It goes back to the connective tissue of our families and our operational forces that are going out there to do missions. This is important to us.”
Along with the symposium, representatives from various businesses set up booths to provide information for guests on resources their Sailors may not be aware of out there such as insurance or emergency care.
At the end of the symposium, attendees walked away with a better understanding of the practices needed to help Sailors and their families while on deployment.
“The biggest take away for me was the brief on family resiliency,” said Command Master Chief Neil Wolfe, Explosive Ordinance Expeditionary Support Unit TWO command master chief. “The brief will prove to be a vital tool for me to use for all Sailors and their families who are both deploying and returning from deployment.”