Deployment Support & Family Readiness
Welcome to the JBPHH MFSC Deployment Support & Family Readiness Programs!
Concerned about your upcoming deployment and how your family will adjust during periods of separation?
MFSC provides services to support Navy and Air Force service members and their families throughout all phases of deployment. The MFSC Deployment Readiness team offers workshops and briefs, as well as one-one consultations, and is available to provide Family Readiness Groups (FRG) and Key Spouse (KS) Programs with information, resources and referral services.
Deployments can be stressful, but they also offer an opportunity for growth. The best way to prepare for a successful deployment is to know your resources and have a plan.
Classes and Workshops are open to all military ID holders (active duty, family members retirees, Guard and Reserve).
One-on-one consultations for pre, mid and post deployment briefings are available for active duty members and their spouses by appointment. Please call (808) 474-1999 to schedule.
U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force commands/squadrons/FRG programs/Key Spouse programs can request deployment-related general military trainings for deployment support and family readiness. Click on GMT request form to coordinate.
Preparing to Deploy
Whether an experienced deplorer or a first-timer, preparation is necessary to ensure service members and their families are prepared for deployments. Military and Family Support Center assist service members and their families in understanding and coping with the demands associated with military lifestyle, especially with increased frequency of deployments with the goal of improving readiness. The goal of deployment programs is to ensure the readiness and safety of each military member and to improve the quality of life of each family member, regardless of the length of their career or experiences thus far.
Family Care Plan Overview
Whether it's a deployment or training, sometimes your military career obligates you to leave your family and loved ones for an extended period of time. While being away from home is never easy, creating a family care plan can give you some peace of mind while you’re gone. A family care plan is designed to guide caregivers and provide important details about child care, school, medical care and family activities. While a family care plan can’t ensure everything will go perfectly while you’re away, it could provide your caretaker all the right information to make prudent decisions in your absence and run the household in a responsible manner.
Welcome to JBPHH
Welcome all newcomers! This class familiarizes new arrivals with information, resources, and activities available within Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam community. We will explore services offered through the Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) as well as Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. We will also discuss some "must see and do's" including local attractions and grubs during your tour of duty at JBPHH.
Deployment with Children
This workshop is designed to support military parents and their children through every phase of the deployment cycle. Topics will include navigating deployment phases with children, family activities and coping strategies for parents and children of all ages, homecoming reintegration tips and community resources.
Navigating Deployment as a Couple
Deployment is a challenge for every couple. This workshop focuses on deployment readiness for couples, staying connected and how to navigate relationship obstacles. This is a very interactive workshop with lots of examples and resources.
Reintegration for Singles
In this training we will prepare for return and reunion by addressing the challenges of reintegration. Reintegration Hot Topics include: Returning to work, friends and family, Safety, Stress, Self-Care and finish with additional resources
Reintegration for Couples
In this training we will briefly discuss: The deployment cycle and then tackle the reunion and reintegration phases to include: Reuniting, Growth and Change, Expectations, Intimacy and
Finish with additional resources.
Reintegration with Children
A Hui Hou means “Until we meet again”. Join with other spouses of deployed service members to connect and engage in various virtual discussions and activities. Learn about ways to enhance your relationship during the deployment, how to manage a “single” parent household, exercise relaxation techniques, available community resources, and more. Share and embrace in the unique experiences of “serving on the homefront”.
When is the next A Hui Hou?
2021/2021 dates Register Here
On behalf of the JBPHH Military and Family Support Center (MFSC), we would like to welcome all Airmen and their families to take advantage of the services and support that we offer throughout the deployment cycle and beyond. Specifically, we would like to highlight the Hearts Apart program. This voluntary program provides USAF families with tools to aid in their resiliency during deployments, temporary duties (TDY), and/or remote tours. Our Deployment Specialists are eager to assist you with all of your questions and are available to provide briefings and individual morale calls/check-ins throughout deployments as requested!
The Hearts Apart program also provides an opportunity to meet other deployed USAF families through coordinated social events such as Family Fun Nights, an annual Homefront Heroes Recognition Ceremony, an annual Magic Show & Dinner night, and a variety of holiday events such as Story time with Santa and Operation Santa overnight camp. We also offer exclusive access to free tickets for local events such as Ballet Hawaii. (Note: Some of these events have been temporarily modified to accommodate the virtual environment).
The monthly, quarterly, and yearly events allow families to come together, build friendships, and ease the strain of family separations. We welcome and encourage spouses to join our new monthly resiliency and support group called A Hui Hou (Hawaiian for “Until We Meet Again”). A Hui Hou is a virtual support group that provides motivational and informational classes, fun games, guest speakers, resources, and support from other spouses who are dealing with similar deployment challenges and/or concerns.
Overall, the Hearts Apart program is designed to provide your family with needed support and resources while bringing USAF families together to create supportive networks and connections.
We welcome you to complete the attached Hearts Apart program registration form and return it to MFSCHawaii@navy.mil. Once registered, you will be connected with an MFSC Deployment Specialist and will receive messages about upcoming classes, events, and services. Also feel free to contact us via phone, email, or social media (contact information is listed on the attached flyer).
Thank you and we look forward to assisting you!
Annual Deployed Family Events
The MFSC Deployment Team hosts a variety of events throughout the year to help ease the burden of deployment, boost morale, and provide military families an opportunity to create special memories!
(Note: Some of these events have been temporarily suspended or modified to accommodate the virtual environment).
HOMEFRONT HEROES: (April) April is The Month of the Military Child and we invite community members to help us recognize military youth who are serving or have served on the homefront and have made a positive impact on their family and/or their community while their parent was deployed. Join us in honoring the children of deployed Sailors and Airmen assigned to JBPHH.
OPERATION HELE ON: (August) Operation "Hele On" is an annual youth event at JBPHH that gives military children an opportunity to participate in a mock deployment. Past years’ events have included a C-17 static display, a tour of Navy Destroyer, an obstacle course, issuing of dog tags, a drill competition, military working dogs, MRE tasting, and more!
FAMILY FUN NIGHT: MFSC hosts periodic family fun nights that provide an opportunity to meet other deployed families. These events typically feature a theme and include food, games and crafts!
MAGIC SHOW AND MAKE @ HOME DINNER: MFSC partners with the JBPHH Chapel to host a free Virtual Magic Show and supply Make @ Home Dinner Kits for all deployed and EFMP families.
SATURDAYS WITH SANTA: (December) Saturdays with Santa virtual reading series. Santa reads books, tells jokes and returns personalized letters mailed from the North Pole to every child. Santa also acknowledges and provides support to all deployed and EFMP families.
BALLET HAWAII: (December) Each December the MFSC Deployment Team partners with Ballet Hawaii’s Angel Program to provide complimentary tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet and other performances.
Operation We Are Here: https://www.operationwearehere.com/Children.html
Book recommendations and lots of information for military families
Military OneSource 800-342-9647: http://www.militaryonesource.mil
COVID-19 Updates: https://jbphh.greatlifehawaii.com/covid-19-updates/general-information
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
American Red Cross 800-RED-CROSS (733-2767): https://www.redcross.org
FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress): https://focusproject.org/content/joint-base-pearl-harbor-hickam
Real Warriors * Real Battles * Real Strength: https://realwarriors.net
CNIC Learning Management System (LMS) webinars for support and information on a broad range of topics: https://ffsp.zeiders.refineddata.com/login/index.php