Spouses of military personnel new to NAS Patuxent River are invited to attend New Spouse Orientation, a Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) presentation designed to inform them about the resources, services and support programs available at the installation.

“The biggest difference this year – due to COVID-19 restrictions – is that the program is virtual, but still somewhat interactive, as there will be opportunities to ask questions throughout via the phone line or chat pod,” explained LaPora Lindsey, education services facilitator for the Pax River FFSC. “The format will mirror what active-duty service members receive [at indoc] with a straightforward agenda where each presenter provides information on their programs, but directly to the spouses.”

Guest presenters may include representatives from the Ombudsman Program, Child and Youth Programs, the naval health clinic, military housing, Chaplain’s office, School Liaison Officer, NRC Solomons, MWR, Family Employment Program, Relocation Program, and the Deployment Program, among others.

“Our speakers will constantly shift as we get a better understanding of what information spouses are wanting and needing,” Lindsey said.

No registration is necessary. Interested spouses can simply join in on the scheduled date and time at https://connect.apan.org/paxlifeskills; or dial in for audio at 360-776-3641. Code 293418.

“It’s recommended they log in [rather than just listening in] so they’ll be able to see the PowerPoint presentations and download the handouts afterward,” Lindsey noted. “They can use any type of device – cell phone, tablet, laptop, desktop.”

For more information, or for the answers to any questions, email Lindsey at lapora.lindsey@navy.mil.

Future orientation programs have also been scheduled on May 12 from 9-11 a.m.; and July 8 from 1-3 p.m.

“We want to connect military spouses to their resources, but hopefully connect them to one another as well,” Lindsey added. “Even though it’s virtual, it’s some type of connection; and people need that more than ever right now.”