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Surface Enlisted Spouses Association Hits the Fleet

By Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO, CA – "The toughest job in the Navy" and "There is strength in numbers" are familiar sayings to many people. These two sayings are the genesis of an organization being formed to offer loved ones of Surface Sailors a team of support to rely upon. The Surface Enlisted Spouses Association (S.E.S) is that organization. Members of this newly-formed group will network, share camaraderie, information and experiences and build a solid social network that will transfer with them from command to command.

Enlisted spouses, historically, have only interacted occasionally at command events, which dwindled as their spouses got underway and subsequently deployed. Towanda Curtis' vision is to change this for the better by creating the S.E.S. which will hit the fleet in June. As the Association founder, Mrs. Curtis, wife of Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, is delighted about the buzz generated and the support provided in making this a reality.

“I asked area ombudsmen about volunteering for this endeavor and they were ecstatic,” Curtis said. “The reason for starting this association is so we can support enlisted spouses the way we support officers’ spouses.”

When a family transfers, there are a myriad of questions to be answered and sometimes it’s difficult to find answers to those questions. Now there will be resources available that are specifically geared toward helping enlisted spouses better handle that transition, such as a website that will be up and running June 1.

“We are all spouses and we all have a lot of the same concerns and questions,” said Curtis. “Now we will have a place where any spouse can go and have their concerns addressed and their questions answered.”

The term ‘Navy Family’ doesn’t just mean the camaraderie amongst sailors at their commands and other personnel they work with, it also means family at home supporting, arguably one of the hardest jobs in the Navy, the navy spouse.

“This all-volunteer club helps you to feel like you are part of the organization, not just a bystander,” Curtis said.

There is no membership fee. Because it is Internet-based, it is also a network that offers global support. Spouses interested in joining a group that will forge relationships and transcend duty stations are encouraged to contact Mrs. Curtis at (619) 437-2942 or
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