Becoming A Leader Of Character

We have a very special invitation for all military spouses!  Naval Services FamilyLine C.O.R.E. is excited to welcome Dave Anderson, graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, and best-selling author of Becoming A Leader Of Character:  6 Habits That Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home.

This exciting, one night only event, is open to all military spouses.  A welcome reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and will be followed by an inspiring message from Dave Anderson.  The event will conclude with an opportunity to speak with Dave Anderson in an open question and answer forum.

To register, please complete the online registration form: Event Registration Form.
For additional information please contact We look forward to your company for the evening! 

September 11, 2001:  We Will Never Forget

Our parent’s and grandparent’s generations can still recall where they were and what they were doing the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Many of us can recall where we were and what we were doing the moment the Challenger fell from a picture-perfect sky.  Most of us can remember where we were and what we were doing the moment we learned of the attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Many of us had spouses and loved ones deployed, myself included. We were millions of Americans who watched in shocking disbelief, through tears of fear, anger, uncertainty, as we witnessed the horror unfold. We grieved the loss of over 3,000 Americans and prayed for those missing in the tremendous destruction. We prayed for miracles.

And from the rubble and ruins, Americans rose together. We joined together without words and opened our homes, our hearts, and our communities to strangers. We embraced the afraid and confronted the fear. We resolved, as a nation, to never let those who perished be forgotten.

The images of unimaginable destruction were soon a backdrop to images of citizens, of all races and nationalities, helping their fellow man. Everyday individuals became extraordinary heroes.

I have no doubt that I will never forget the very moment I saw the second tower hit, or news of another plane headed towards our nation’s capital. And I surely won’t forget the stories of true heroism of those on board United Airlines Flight 93. I am very proud of the way we came together as one nation, and I vow to always honor the memory of those lost and pray for those who grieve all these years later.

We, The United States of America, hold you in our hearts and promise to never forget.

- Emily


Welcome to season!  This is an exciting time for you and your family, but you may find this is also a time of unfamiliar and uncharted territory. Your spouse will be busy - very busy - during what is affectionately known as “the season”.  It is during this time that your spouse will be part of rigorous training, physical fitness challenges, seemingly unusual traditions (seriously, what’s with the eggs?), and their physical, mental, and emotional capacities will be tested. 

They are becoming stronger.  They are becoming more determined.  They are learning to work fluidly with those who they will soon call brothers and sisters.  They are becoming United States Navy Chief Petty Officers.

But in the meantime, they are exhausted.  We hope you, as the spouse, have a good support system in place to assist you during this period of transition.  You may have questions, concerns, or frustrations.  You may find yourself angry with the process.  I assure you, this is all very commonplace and you are not alone.

Naval Services FamilyLine, with the assistance of C.O.R.E. units around the world, work collectively to make this process easier for you.  We are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and offer guidance. 

If you did not have a chance to participate in the online webinar or attend an annual CPO Selectee Spouse Conference near you, we encourage you to reach out to Naval Services FamilyLine or your closet C.O.R.E. group.  Additionally, we suggest ordering your copy of Guidelines for the Spouses of CPOs.  The helpful booklet is available for free and is full of everything you need to know from the time the good news is received to the day of the pinning - and beyond! 

Your spouse needs your support and encouragement now more than ever, but you are not to be excluded from needing support, too.  We are always standing at the ready to be of help and are always here for you in friendship and support.  You’ve got this!

Navy Chief, Navy Pride!
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and his wife, Mrs. Elka Franco-Giordano, share a moment with the CPO Selectee Spouse Conference guests in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano, and his wife, Mrs. Elka Franco-Giordano, share a moment with the CPO Selectee Spouse Conference guests in Virginia Beach, Virginia on August 19, 2017. 

Navigate the Military Lifestyle with COMPASS

Want to learn more about our COMPASS Program? Watch this video created by our talented team in Guam.

Commissary Policy Changes

The Defense Commissary Agency used their Facebook page to announce a policy change regarding coupons and special orders. This change will limit special orders for large quantities and limit returns of “unreasonable” quantities to discourage patrons from purchasing items for resale or excessive monetary refunds. The change will also prohibit shoppers from having multiple or split transactions with coupon “overage.”

According to the DECA website commissaries “redeemed nearly 100 million coupons in fiscal 2013 for a customer savings of about $91 million. DeCA ranked sixth among U.S. retailers in coupon redemptions in fiscal 2012.”

Visit the DECA Facebook page for more information at

Military Spouse Employment Resources

MOAAA recent survey conducted by the Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University revealed that 90% of military spouses are underemployed, meaning that they are more educated or more experienced (or both!) than their current position requires. 45% of respondents reported difficulty in finding work that matched their skill or education level or their schedules. While these numbers are discouraging, there are many resources available to help military spouses find meaningful employment, including the ones listed below.

Career One Stop
Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals.

Military Spouses’ Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)
MSCCN is a non-profit organization that offers no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership
MSEP is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies that connects military spouses with employers seeking the essential 21st century workforce skills and attributes they possess.

USA Jobs
USAJOBS is the U.S. Government’s official system/program for Federal jobs and employment information.

The Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) provides workshops to help spouses plan a career, launch a job search, write the resume, learn interview techniques, find information on federal employment, conduct self-assessments, set goals and even take vocational tests. FERP also offers computer tutorial programs to help spouses build technical skills. Learn more about FERP at

Many Reasons to Join Us At COMPASS

If you haven’t attended a COMPASS session, maybe this feedback from participants in Charleston will help convince you to register.

Participants were asked what was their favorite thing about COMPASS:

  • Meeting military spouses both new and old. It was informative without being overwhelming.
  • The binder! Being able to have an organized method of info.
  • Meeting other wives
  • Love the friends(meeting other spouses), food, and Chaplain talk. COMPASS was amazing!
  • I loved the maturity, organization, and lack of rank/rate for the women…it makes everyone feel equal
  • bonding with new, knowledgeable friends over good food
  • Childcare
  • New people and the Chaplain
  • The volunteers, in other words…everyone. You welcomed us like family and were always friendly, thank you.

Participants were also asked about two things they learned:

  • One of the things that had me so worried was deployment. Just hearing about it sent chills down my spine. Coming to Compass it has cleared so many of my fears and answered my questions. Thank you so much!
  • Things to do in the area and how to communicate better with everyone
  • Resources available to military families- FFSC and NMCRS
  • Emotional aspects of deployments are normal and I am really not alone and DLA
  • Moving requires a good sense of humor and deployments
  • there are many factors to consider when you move and hassles that come with housing, environments, parking and financially. Deployments can be really rough.
  • there are a lot of resources available for spouses and places to visit in Charleston
  • Checklists can be my best friend regarding deployments and moving. Healthy communication is key to maintaining sanity and healthy relationships.
  • How to PCS and remain calm and what to expect on deployment.

To learn more about COMPASS or to register for a class in your area, visit

Meet COMPASS Team Guam


The COMPASS program has been reestablished on the island of Guam thanks to the hard work and dedication of Rosemary Ellis, the COMPASS Program Director, Antonia Wilbur, the Team Leader, and the 22 newly trained Mentors. Navy spouses, new and seasoned, are invited to attend the team’s first COMPASS session scheduled for March 25 - 27th. To register, visit

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

Today marks the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. It’s on this day that Americans across the country honor Dr. King’s legacy by reaching out to serve others in their communities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” At FamilyLine, we rely on volunteers to mentor spouses attending Spouse Leadership Courses in Newport, Rhode Island and COMPASS classes around the world. Volunteers donate their time and talents to conduct spouse seminars, compile workshop materials, edit publications, and much more. Today we would like to thank them for their dedication and support of the FamilyLine mission to empower sea service families and encourage everyone in our military family to reach out to others in our community. To find a service project in your area, visit

It’s CPO Test Day!

CPO Test Day

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