IA Family Chaplain Support
Chaplains provide confidential, emotional and religious support throughout the deployment cycle. We stand ready to help IA Sailors and their family members successfully deal with some of the challenges of their unique deployments. We serve in commands as key coordinators of IA pre-deployment, family reunion, spiritual resiliency, and similar briefs and training opportunities.
Before, during, and after deployments Chaplains are available to speak with family members and assist them in dealing with the stresses of their Sailor’s IA deployment and the emotional cycles of deployment. We identify pre-deployment stressors, introduce the nearest Spiritual Fitness Division (CREDO) office and discuss information on marriage enrichment, personal growth, spiritual growth, family enrichment, and links to Fleet and Family Support Center services, Military OneSource and local Community Services as required. For the return and reunion phase, we provide information on Returning Warrior Weekends, CREDO retreats, and “ready room” programs. Chaplains are available to accommodate your religious needs.
Chaplains can teach you about the emotional cycles of deployment
Pre- and post-deployment briefs are a familiar and predictable part of the deployment cycle. However, IA Sailors and family members may not have the opportunity to receive this training and re-training with deploying units, so may need individual instruction concerning the key issues within each of the following:
- Stage 1 - Anticipation of Departure
- Stage 2 - Detachment and Withdrawal
- Stage 3 - Emotional Disorganization
- Stage 4 - Recovery and Stabilization
- Stage 5 - Anticipation of Return
- Stage 6 - Return Adjustment and Renegotiation
- Stage 7 - Reintegration and Stabilization
Chaplains know which programs are offered by the local CREDO and how they can help the IA Sailor and family to prepare for deployment.
CREDO’s common programs are the Personal Growth Retreat, Marriage Enrichment Retreat, Family Growth Retreat, and Spiritual Growth Retreat. Many CREDOs also offer one-day seminars, custom training and exportable training in a variety of formats. Go to Navy ChaplainCare, “CREDO RETREATS” menu link to find the CREDO Retreats in your Region.
Chaplains also know which programs are offered by the local Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and how they can help the IA Sailor and family to prepare for deployment and redeployment.
While regional and installation websites do not follow a standard template, most have a visible “Families” or “Fleet and Family Support Center” link. FFSCs offer life-skills education, personal and family readiness resources, and short-term counseling for individuals and families. FFSCs also sponsor Individual Deployment Support Specialists (IDSS), who make regular contact with an IA Sailor’s family members during their Sailor’s tour of duty. Those located away from fleet concentration areas may receive online services and local referrals through Military OneSource.
Chaplains work closely with the Command Ombudsman and the Family Readiness Group.
The Ombudsman is your command’s conduit for official information and advice to the command about family readiness and morale. The Family Readiness Group is a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the Command to inform families (often including significant others and children) and provide morale-building and social activities to help enhance family readiness
Chaplains know local community resources and how they can assist IA Sailors and their families, to include the American Red Cross Service and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Chaplains can assess pre-deployment needs and assist the Sailor in meeting them. These include spiritual, emotional, and relational needs.
In a pre-deployment conversation with IA Sailors, Chaplains have an opportunity to listen for existing personal and family issues, and to provide support and/or early referral. Questions about hope, meaning, and faith may be appropriate, e.g., “What gives you hope in difficult situations?” “What do you and your loved ones find yourselves worrying about?” “What opportunities for growth does this deployment open for you and your loved ones?” “What role does your faith play in your preparations for deployment?”
Chaplains can refer pre-deployment needs of an administrative, legal, or financial nature.
Chaplains assist Sailors and/or family members in connecting to their faith community.
To Access a Chaplain for IA Sailor Support
- Contact your Command Chaplain.
- For urgent matters, access the Duty Chaplain through your nearest Navy installation Quarterdeck.
- For routine matters, contact a US Fleet Forces Command Staff Chaplain for IA Sailors and Families:
Chaplains provide confidential, emotional and religious support throughout the deployment cycle. We stand ready to help you succeed in providing the best support possible for our Navy IAs. Thank you again for your service!
After-hour & weekend Chaplain support is available by contacting one of the following Command Quarterdecks:
Norfolk, VA: (757) 322-2866
JEB Little Creek, VA: (757) 462-7385
Oceana, VA: (757) 433-2366
Dam Neck Annex, VA: (757) 492-6234
Jacksonville, FL: (904) 542-2338
Mayport, FL: (904) 270-5401
San Diego, CA: (619) 524-5503
Coronado, CA: (619) 545-8123
Pt. Loma, CA: (619) 524-5503
Kitsap, WA: (360) 627-4024
Everett, WA: (425) 304-3366
Whidbey Island, WA: (360) 257-2631
Great Lakes, IL: (847) 688-3300