Deployment Readiness assists military members and their families with deployment-related issues and responds to customer- and command-identified needs. Programs include:
- Command Consultation and Support
- Information and Referral
- Individual Augmentee Deployment Support
- Ombudsman Support
- Exceptional Family Member referral information
- Life Skills Education programs
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to assist Sailors and their families by addressing the special needs of exceptional family members during the assignment process. Special needs include any special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirement, wheelchair accessibility, adaptive equipment assistive technology devices and services. The Fleet and Family Support Program is the information and referral conduit for questions regarding Exceptional Family Member resources in the local community.
Family Advocacy & Counseling
Family Advocacy and Counseling provides clinical assessment, treatment and advocacy services for military members and their families involved in incidents of child abuse or domestic abuse. Family Advocacy and Counseling services include assessment of risk, safety planning and interventions and/or treatment for victims, offenders and others affected.
Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor
Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor provides Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as their families, nonmedical care while the service member is recovering from injury or serious illness. Regional nonmedical care providers tailor support to each enrolled service member’s recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration needs. The program allows service members and their families to focus on recovery without distractions.
The Navy defines a Wounded Warrior as a Sailor or Coast Guardsman that has an injury or serious illness requiring long-term care that may result in a Medical Evaluation Board/Physical Evaluation Board to determine fitness for duty. Support is not limited to combat injuries. Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor also assists those battling serious illnesses or who are injured in accidents.
Non-medical support includes:
- Child and youth care
- Commissary and exchange access
- Education and training benefits
- Education opportunities
- Invitational Travel Orders
- Legal and guardianship issues
- Housing and lodging
- Housing/lodging adaptation
- Pay and personnel issues
- Recreation and leisure
- Respite care
- Security clearance issues
- Social Security Administration assistance
- Transportation needs
- Traumatic brain injury/post-traumatic stress support services
Regional non-medical care providers work with a Wounded Warrior and his/her medical team to develop a comprehensive recovery plan, which is designed to address the individual’s specific recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration goals. In addition, Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor provides transition support and enrollment does not conclude when a service member is discharged from a medical treatment facility.
A Sailor and Coast Guardsman may self-refer to the program or be referred by a family member, command leadership or his/her medical team. For questions on enrollment eligibility, contact Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor.
New Parent Support Program
Would you like to connect with other expectant or new moms and dads? Are there questions you have about the birthing process or parenting a newborn? If so, join us for the New Parent Support group. Services include parenting/family/infant home visitation programs, breastfeeding instruction/support, parent & toddler/baby Play Groups located on base and some off-base housing locations, infant care and parenting classes, and breast pumps loan program. NPS also provides and supports four lactation stations at various sites on base for the exclusive use of nursing mothers who are returning to work after the birth of their babies.
Navy ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. They serve as a liaison between the command team and families within the command. Ombudsmen:
- Provide information and referral to assist families with concerns or issues.
- Regularly communicate and distribute information to and from the command and the unit’s family members.
- Keep the command informed regarding the overall health, morale and welfare of the families in the command.
Personal Financial Management Counseling
A financial education staff provides financial education, training and counseling that emphasize long-term financial responsibility through instruction on sound money management, debt management, saving, investing and retirement planning.
Sailors, Coastguardsmen and their families live a mobile lifestyle. Moving is stressful, even for the most experienced mover. Let the Relocation Assistance staff help you make your move as smooth as possible. Relocation Assistance offers many programs for relocation including:
- Smooth Move
- Moving with Children
- Moving with Exceptional Family Members (EFM Program)
- Moving Overseas
- Sponsor Training
- New Spouse Orientation
- Loan Locker
Sexual Assult, Prevention and Response (SAPR)
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program’s primary goals are to prevent sexual assault from happening in our community and to support victims when an assault is reported. Services are confidential and available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The program is available to all active duty service members, military dependents older than 18, National Guard and Reservists while in an activated status and Department of Defense civilians.
If you or someone you know is the victim of a sexual assault, it is important to know the reporting options and where to turn for help. By contacting the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response victim advocate, you can speak confidentially to learn about reporting options and available resources.
- Call the Safe Helpline at: 877-995-5247
- Text the Safe Helpline to 55247 (from within the US)
- Text the Safe Helpline at 202-470-5546 (from outside the US)
- Call the NAS Patuxent River Victim Advocate at: 301-481-1057
- Call the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at: 301-580-8212
Spouse Employment Services
Please include some general information about SES. Spouse Employment Services staff offers a variety of workshops for spouses to learn new skills and hone techniques. Topics include:
- Job search strategies -- Learn how to assess the hidden job market, finding a job long-distance and job searches on the Internet.
- Federal employment system -- Learn how to find federal government vacancies and job listings, complete the application process and understand standard qualification and testing requirements.
- Effective resume writing -- Learn how to market your skills, knowledge, accomplishments and experience with an impressive resume. The one-session workshop includes tips on translating military terminology.
Interview techniques -- Hone your skills by learning how to give positive answers to difficult questions, dress for success, body language, positive attitude, interview follow-up techniques and salary negotiation.
The Transition Assistance program helps better prepare service members transitioning out of the military into the civilian world. The program includes such topics as discussion of benefits and how to write a resume in a language that civilians will understand. The program is open to military members separating and retiring.
The Fleet and Family Support Center at Pax River offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities. You may volunteer within the FFSC or seek volunteer opportunities in the local community. Please contact the Fleet and Family Support Center at 301-342-4911 to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator. Please visit the following website for volunteer opportunities in the local area.
Navy programs and services often need the help of volunteers to be successful.