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. 

Happy Holidays, NDW!

Our FamilyLine volunteers were honored to participate in the 2013 Naval District Washington Holiday Season Greeting. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Season of Giving

Naval Services FamilyLine is proud to be participating in #GivingTuesday, a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, businesses and individuals - to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

We hope on this #GivingTuesday you feel inspired to take collaborative action to improve your local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes you celebrate and help create a better world.

Consider designating your CFC Pledge to Naval Services FamilyLine - CFC # 71112. Or, visit our donation page to send a donation by PayPal or snail mail.

Thank You!

Thank you to MilitaryOneClickMilitary One Click for inviting us to take part in their monthly Charity Challenge and thank you to our fans and supporters for voting. It was a close race that made for an exciting month here at FamilyLine and we are honored to have been included.

Bravo Zulu to our competition, OutServe and Train a Dog, Save a Warrior, both outstanding organizations serving our military community.

Give Back with MilitaryOneClick

MilitaryOneClickEach month MilitaryOneClick hosts a “Charity Challenge” to bring awareness to military-focused organizations and calls on visitors to help them decide which charity should receive their monthly donation. This month Naval Services FamilyLine is honored to be included in the challenge.

To show your support, visit and vote for Naval Services FamilyLine.

Show Your Support!

Show your support for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by wearing Red, White and Blue Friday, Sept. 27!!!

The CFC is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world. Over the past 50 years, the CFC has raised $7 billion to help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation and throughout the world.

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) is the local campaign for federal employees in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Please consider supporting Naval Services FamilyLine this year.

Naval Services FamilyLine makes it possible to help military families. You can make it possible, too, by designating us through the CFC.
Our designation number is 71112.

Naval Services FamilyLine (NSFL) is THE source for mentoring Sea Service Families since 1965.  Experienced spouses volunteer to mentor others through programs such as the COMPASS course, Command Spouse training, the Guideline series, and the CORE Library.

You can find NSFL support, classes and materials anywhere in the world. Search our website at or call us at 877-673-7773.

An online CFC pledge option is now available for donors through the MyPay website.

A Word From Our Chairman, Beth Mulloy

My name is Beth Mulloy and I relieved Gina Buzby as Chairman at the end of June. I have very big shoes to fill but I am looking forward to the challenge. For more the 25 years, I have volunteered with Family Readiness Groups and at FamilyLine. With respect to FamilyLine I started with the Submarine Spouse Packing Parties in the early 90’s. Following that I served on the Advisory Board for the Command Spouse Leadership Course, chaired the CO/XO Conference in Washington, DC and Connecticut, served with the COMPASS Teams in Guam and Hawaii and also assisted with CORE activities in Hawaii.

I know many of you volunteer and that you all put in a tremendous amount of time and effort in your specific volunteer activities. I appreciate all you have done for our spouses and I look forward to meeting and working many of you.
Thank you,

Guidelines for CPO Spouses - EPUB Edition

We are very happy to announce that the Guidelines for Spouses of Chief Petty Officers is now available in a digital format that can be downloaded and read from your favorite e-reader. This version is compatible with Apple iBooks on the iPad and iPhone and other devices that support the EPUB format.

Like other digital books, you can now bookmark a page, adjust the font size, highlight important text, search for topics, and even share passages on Twitter and Facebook. To learn more about EPUB and to see if your device is compatible, read the wiki entry.

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