SAN DIEGO — Catherine Kessmeier, the senior official performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, visited San Diego Navy commands Monday for a first-hand look at personnel initiatives and programs that benefit servicemembers and their families.
Kessmeier, who has been performing the duties of ASN (M&RA) since June, is responsible for the development of programs and policy related to military personnel, their families, and the civilian workforce, among other duties.s
“This visit highlighted for me the tremendous amount of effort that Sailors, Marines, and Department of Navy Civilians, are putting in every day to support the whole warfighter,” said Kessmeier. “Taking care of our people is the right thing to do and is crucial to readiness.”
Kessmeier met with Fleet and Family Readiness representatives from Navy Region Southwest, as well as Naval Base Coronado and Naval Base Point Loma, to discuss issues ranging from Child and Youth Programs, the impact of COVID challenges on Sailors’ and families, Navy Family Housing, transition assistance, sexual assault prevention, crisis response during a pandemic, the Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program, and the Navy Wounded Warrior Program.
Kessmeier also met with the Navy region Chaplain to discuss suicide prevention initiatives.
“Any death by suicide is a tragedy. Making progress on this complex issue will require that we look at it from many different angles,” said Kessmeier. ”While there is no single solution we are committed to addressing suicide comprehensively.”
Another stop on the visit was the Navy’s new Crown Child Development Center project, a previously-underutilized facility NRSW has leased from Coronado Unified School District, which accommodates 200 children, providing affordable, quality child care to help meet the readiness requirements of military families.
Kessmeier also met with Navy Housing officials for an update on privatized housing, customer satisfaction, maintenance and repair response, and related issues. She also toured a vacant home in a military housing neighborhood.
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