Are you ready for deployment?

  • Published
  • By Senior Master Sgt. Vince Devera
  • Directorate of Communications and Information
Your chances of being deployed are much higher now than 10 years ago. Will you be ready when your time comes? 

My first deployment was the worst. I remember telling my wife that I would probably be the last person to deploy. About a month later, I was working weekends and a tasking came down. 

I was the supervisor on duty and at the time, the only person who was deployment ready. My flight chief came into the building and called me into his office. He asked me if I would volunteer for a tasking and said that it would be a great service to my country. 

I got a little worried, but jumped right up and said, "Absolutely." 

My flight chief said, "Get ready; you're leaving in four hours." 

At the time, my wife was pregnant. I realized I was not ready. 

All military issues such as shots, chemical gear, uniforms, and the like, will be on a check list. Your supervisor or deployment monitor will go over everything you need for your deployed location. 

The most important part of being ready for deployment is ensuring that your family is taken care of. 

Ask yourself this important question, "What if I die?" Maybe it sounds taboo ... no one really wants to think the unthinkable. But it's a reality; what would happen if I died? Will my family be taken care of? Your supervisor, first sergeant, judge advocate or peers may be able to help. 

Make sure your power of attorney is updated. There are a few types of powers of attorney, depending on what you will be doing. If you have any questions, contact JA. 

JA can also prepare a will for you. The process is simple, but often overlooked. 

Have a family meeting, and ensure your spouse and children are informed of your deployment or possible deployment. Keeping your family informed is possibly the best thing you can do for them. 

Again, I ask, are you ready to deploy? Don't make my mistake. You can have all your shots, your chemical gear in place, and your commando knife sharpened, but if you don't take care of your family, you're not ready.