VAW-112 finds get-togethers are helpful

Lucas Kammerer, 3, and his sister, Abigail, 6, enjoy a day of bowling with their mom, VAW-112 ombudsman Rebecca Kammerer, and other children of VAW-112 squadron members.

Photo by Tiffany Bedard

Lucas Kammerer, 3, and his sister, Abigail, 6, enjoy a day of bowling with their mom, VAW-112 ombudsman Rebecca Kammerer, and other children of VAW-112 squadron members.

Each month, the spouses of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112 are getting together to discuss issues they’re facing while a family member is deployed aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74).

They’re also having family sessions so the children can play together and chat.

Their first meeting in November brought together six parents and 12 children at the bowling alley at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.

For at least one VAW-112 family, it was much needed.

“I’m really thankful that I got to meet and spend time with these women and their children,” said Tiffany Bedard, whose husband, Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Adam Bedard, is currently deployed with VAW-112. “At times it’s easy to feel alone during deployment. Monthly events like this really help and strengthen those of us on the homefront.”

The VAW-112 get-togethers were the brainchild of the command’s ombudsman, Rebecca Kammerer, and the commanding officer’s spouse, Misty Brodsky.

“This gives the kids a chance to meet others who are also in a military situation,” explained Kammerer, whose husband is Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Timmothy Kammerer. “In my case, we live in Moorpark, so my kids don’t know others who come from military families. They finally got to say, ‘My daddy’s on an aircraft carrier’ and hear back, ‘Really? My daddy’s on one too!’”

The parent-only meetings are also helpful, she said.

“We’re all able to sit down and ask questions like, ‘How do you deal with your child who’s used to the Good Parent/Bad Parent routine and now knows that’s not going to happen with Daddy gone?’”

They also exchange tips on to make the deployment feel like it’s going by faster.

Kammerer said the holidays threw a wrench into the monthly meetings, but come January, they’ll start up again.

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