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U.S. Air Force Maj. Dana Novinskie, 109th Airlift Squadron, briefs members of her team prior to a C-130 Hercules airdrop mission in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Dana Novinskie, 109th Airlift Squadron, briefs members of her team prior to a C-130 Hercules airdrop mission in Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2018. Operation Snowbird, a training exercise, enhances the 133rd Airlift Wing’s ability to deploy, execute and sustain rapid global mobility around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo Tech. Sgt. Austen R. Adriaens/Released)

It pays to be prepared. As part of a military family, you know that deployments are possible at a moment's notice. Being ready requires advance planning on your part regarding your personal affairs. Much of this information needs to be communicated to your family. The readiness information in this section has been broken down into three areas: Pre-deployment, Deployment, and Reunion. Each section will have tips, checklists or other helpful information for your use. Please review each section and print any items that would helpful to you or a family member.

PRE-DEPLOYMENT PROCESS
This section is designed to prepare you for the emotions and stress related to separation. It will also assist you in preparing your personal records (Family Care Plans, legal documents, financial, medical) and aid you with other issues related to family matters. Communicating with children and preparing them for the separation are also topics discussed in this section.

DEPLOYMENT SECTION
This section deals with the actual separation period. Communicating with family members, coping during separation, and parenting issues while away are topics covered in this section. 

TIPS FOR THE SPOUSE LEFT BEHIND
This section will prepare your spouse for the challenges of being a single parent, or having to take care of the day-to-day things.

REUNION (LINK TO COME)
This section will prepare you for the challenges of reunion so that problems can be minimized and positive aspects of homecoming can be maximized. Tips to help smooth the adjustment period of reunion will assist both you and your loved ones.

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