Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Oscar Quezada

PACIFIC OCEAN – Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is providing Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) reintegration and reunion classes, July 26 to Aug. 1.

The classes available to John C. Stennis’ Sailors are ‘Reintegrating with Partners/Marriage,’ ‘Reintegrating with Children,’ ‘New Parents,’ ‘Consumer Awareness’, ‘Car Buying Strategies’ and ‘Single Sailors Returning to Homeport.’

“We like to make [Sailors] aware … that things at home may be different and that they can’t pick up where they left off,” said Susan Vitale-Olson, an exceptional family member liaison, who has been with FFSC for 10 years. “Talking is the biggest thing. It’s about compromise, it’s not about you or them, it’s about working together.”

The goal of the classes is to ensure that Sailors who attend them have more tools at their disposal to help get back into a home-based lifestyle after being deployed seven months.

“I wanted to look for any resources that I may have that I don’t really know about,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Sam Calvert, from Marion, North Carolina, who went to the ‘Reintegrating with Children’ class. “I believe that mostly getting back into the parenting routine and out of a leadership role would be challenging.”

The classes can be useful to Sailors no matter what point of their naval career they are at.

“Whether it be single or married, [with] kids or no kids at all, it’s beneficial,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Edward Miller, from Gila Bend, Arizona, who attended the ‘Reintegrating with Partners/Marriage’ class. “I’ve been on numerous deployments and this would be helpful communicating with my wife and kids.”

FFSC provides services helping Sailors and their families meet the unique challenges of the military lifestyle.

Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, John C. Stennis is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific Deployment.

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