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    The MyNavy Family App

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA, UNITED STATES

    01.08.2020

    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Ferrero 

    USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73)

    The decision to serve one’s nation is a massive commitment. Alongside the honor, courage, and commitment, Sailors take on a life of frequent change, new experiences, and struggles and opportunities alike, for them and their loved ones.
    Because of this, there are many resources one can turn to for help, but finding the right one can sometimes be a daunting task. Well, the MyNavy Family mobile app seeks to change that.
    The Navy developed the MyNavy Family app specifically for Navy spouses and Sailors’ families, combining information from more than 22 websites into a single, convenient application .
    “The purpose of the MyNavy Family app is to provide an authoritative, one-stop shop of resources for Sailors, families, and spouses,” said Michele Garrard, Director, Fleet and Family Support Center Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Cheatham Annex and Newport News . "The app was developed with Navy spouses and families in mind, but as a provider of programs and resources within Fleet and Family Services, I find it a great resource to have in my pocket as well.”
    A lot of work went into the development of this new resource.
    According to applocker.navy.mil , the MyNavy Family app was developed by a spouse advisory tiger team established by the Navy Sailor Experience team. The tiger team included Navy spouses, along with the Ombudsman at large Navy organizations that provide services to Navy families, as well as several non-profit organizations. More than 1,100 spouses participated in developing the app through online surveys and focus groups in person and online.
    All of that research culminated in an app with sections and features specifically geared to provide a plethora of information for Sailors and their families.
    “There are so many helpful features,” said Garrard. “I particularly like the ‘Welcome to the Navy Family ’ section, which is especially helpful for new spouses. This section of the app provides a treasure trove of information for those new to the Navy and helps to start them off on the right foot by providing all the resources they will need to successfully navigate life in the Navy. Everything from new spouse orientation online training, to DEERS and medical care, to understanding Navy customs and traditions. It's always up to date and just a click away.”
    The app recently received its first major update, version 2.0, in November, bringing with it enhanced search capabilities and expanded content.
    “The update included three new sections,” said Garrard. “‘Family Financial Planning ’, ‘Survivor Resources’, and ‘Parents and Family Members of Sailors.’ Additional resources also include the Navy Spouse Navigation page and the Military Spouse Mentorship Program, as well as access to the Navy Family Portal. There’s new spouse orientation online training, the Navy Family eHandbook, and the Navy Spouse eLibrary.”
    In the age of instant information, especially at commands like Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) with consistent access to smartphones, an all-encompassing mobile app is a great way to stay informed in today’s modern fleet.
    “We know that resilient families create resilient Sailors,” said Garrard. “We also know that, more and more, the populace is reliant on and demands quick and easy access to resources and information. This app brings all of these factors into focus in one quick, easy, and concise area. Don't wait. Download the app today and always be the smartest Sailor in the room.”
    The MyNavy Family app is downloadable for free via the iTunes App Store, Google Play Store, or applocker.navy.mil. More information from the initial rollout of the app can be found at https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=109733.

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    Date Taken: 01.08.2020
    Date Posted: 01.21.2020 10:25
    Story ID: 359404
    Location: NEWPORT NEWS, VA, US 

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