Pre-deployment Readiness Conference Informs Reservists of Assistance

Story Number: NNS090715-16Release Date: 7/15/2009 3:33:00 PM
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By Lt. Kathleen Hosie, Navy Operational Support Center Los Angeles

LONG BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Los Angeles hosted a pre-deployment readiness conference for Reservists and family members July 11.

Currently, 140 Sailors from NOSC Los Angeles are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

"It's important to inform families regarding the resources and benefits that are available to them when their spouse, parent, son or daughter mobilizes," said NOSC Los Angeles Command Master Chief, Clifford Lewis.

"A deployed Sailor will be more focused on the mission if he or she knows his or her family is taken care of by the larger Navy family."

During mobilizations, Navy Reservists often serve alongside Army, Marine Corps and Air Force personnel. They are often called upon to perform non-traditional Navy missions including countering improvised explosive devices, constructing military bases and escorting ground convoys. They also work at hospitals, perform intelligence analysis, guard prisoners and perform customs inspections for units returning from deployments.

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, NOSC Los Angeles has mobilized more than 1,000 Reservists for periods of six to 18 months.

"Our Reservists don the uniform to support our nation's calling, but their families also make a tremendous commitment and sacrifice," said NOSC Los Angeles Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Argo. "It is our goal to keep families together, in order to make deployment a lot smoother from start to finish."

The event aboard the iconic ocean liner Queen Mary, also included USO-sponsored entertainment and speeches by U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Rear Adm. Garry Bonelli, deputy commander, Naval Special Warfare Command.

"The management and crew of the Queen Mary have a very strong sense of patriotic duty and seized the opportunity to fully support Sailors in the area," said Lt. Kevin Henderson, executive officer.

Department of Veterans Affairs, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Navy League and local colleges also participated in the event. Each organization provided information to Sailors and spouses on career counseling, financial planning, employment rights, health care, education and legal affairs.

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