Posted by: arbeam | December 27, 2012

NBK Fleet and Family Support Center IA Family Holiday Party

Christmas IA 1

The NBK Fleet and Family Support Program hosted  a Holiday Party for our Individual Augmentees (IA) families on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

There are approximatlly 4750 IAs currently deployed. In contrast to a Sailor that deploys with a ship, squadron or unit, a Sailor who leaves their assigned unit or command to deploy individually or with a small group is known as an Individual Augmentee (IA). Half of the deployed IAs are active duty and half are reservists. Most IAs are concentrated in the 20-nation U.S. Central Command region, which includes Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Many are also serving in the 53-nation U.S. Africa Command, particularly in the Horn of Africa area. The rest are serving elsewhere in the world.

There were crafts for the  28 children to complete and an elf store for parents to pick up stocking stuffers.  The party was an opportunity for IA families to connect with others who have or are currently deployed.  It’s a great time for families to celebrate with each other in a pleasant atmosphere.  Santa handed out gifts for all children. Bremerton Navy League was generous with its support of our IA families, with gifts for each child.The event is a highlight for FFSC staff, as well as the many community and command volunteers that supported it.

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