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14 Navy | Fall/Winter 2017 D eployments aren't easy. Surrounded by a multitude of diverse personal- ities, minor issues are oen magnified, and tensions run high, depending on where you are and who you are with. Whether in Afghanistan or Djibouti, for however long, being away from the support of family and friends eventually takes its toll. Seven days a week, 12 hours a day with the same people for months at a time is not a recipe for success. Although we cannot choose our co-workers or locale, we can prepare ourselves to be more resilient to what arises. One – Deploy- ment sanity can sometimes be as easy as a trip to gym. Even those of us who aren't gym rats can still find relief listening to our favorite mood-liing music as we walk on a treadmill, row or use an elliptical. Two – Avoid eating meals solo at your desk. Join co-workers for a meal. is helps you socialize and network and gets you away from the grind. Three – Get to know co-workers and look out for each other. You may be blessed with hard-working co-workers who truly care about each other and the mission, or others who are just bitter because they are coated in a fine film of sand rather than the salty sea. Either way, taking care of your shipmates for what seems like a never-ending assignment serves everyone best. Four – Take time for the little things. Reading or watching a movie or favorite show may seem like nothing but helps your mind relax and gives a sense of normalcy. Allow yourself to enjoy the latest episode of Game of rones, or binge watch Lost for the second, third or 18th time. Five – Daily habits also help you get through the grind. On a base the size of a city block, walking to the coffee shop that knows my daily order, followed by a walk back to the office creates a pattern I can relish each workday. Six – Finally, set realistic expectations for your work hours and those who work for you. If work can wait until the next day, leave the office at a reasonable hour. Prioritize deadlines and save your sanity. Burnout comes quick, but the effects can last several weeks. Obviously, everyone is different, but following these tips can limit the struggle that comes from high-pres- sure, fast-paced deployments. Remember, your call to service is a privilege few are afforded, and friendships will be forged, good deeds accomplished and experi- ence gained. Kimberly A. Brubeck is a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and is AUSN's National Vice President for Officer Affairs. She is currently on deployment. COURTESY KIMBERLY A. BRUBECK OFFICER AFFAIRS Tackling the Tough Tour: Secrets to Surviving Overseas Deployment Navy Personnel 324,460 ACTIVE DUT Y TOTAL 54,473 OFFICERS 265,885 ENLISTED 108,270 READY RESERVE As of 11/21/17 - Source U.S. Navy Navy Reserve Sailors get together for one last photo at the September Navy Hail and Farewell in Kabul, Afghanistan before redeploying home. Pictured (L to R): CDR Kimberly Brubaker, CDR Douglas High, LCDR Kathryn Gray, CAPT William Salvin, CDR James Wiltraut, Chief Logistics Specialist William Bland (Senior Enlisted Advisor), LT Damian Horvath, LCDR Patrick Foughty and LT Jason Tross.

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