Night Stalker Family Life
Soldier Readiness + Family Readiness = Mission Readiness
Support Teams & Programs
Our support programs are designed to help build strong resilient families facing the challenges of military life. You and your Night Stalker Family will have access to command-driven, support teams and programs aimed at improving the short and long-term well-being of you and your family. These teams are staffed with Night Stalkers dedicated to serving our community. Programs are integrated into the 160th SOAR culture and help provide valuable solutions throughout your career in special operations aviation.
Within the Night Stalker community you have access to:
- Doctors/Flight Surgeons
- Physician’s Assistants
- RNs and Medics (Night Stalker Clinic)
- Physical Therapists
- Regimental Judge Advocate
- Family Readiness Support Assistants
A career in the Army and in special operations aviation can be demanding on both the Soldier and their Family. Army Families may face a great deal of challenges over the course of their Soldier's career. Assignment stability is a staple of a successful Night Stalker. This means you have an opportunity to establish your Family in the community and stabilize their home life. While not a certainty, many Night Stalkers will spend the rest of their career and post career residing in the same community. Many Night Stalker Families find the stability of assignment and duty stations within special operations aviation aids with:
Quality of Life
Quality of life and job satisfaction is an important element for a Night Stalker's success. As a Night Stalker you will have the opportunity to pursue your craft for many consecutive years. While the benefit is a long and rewarding career, this will also provide you with location stability and the opportunity to build and control your home and family life.
Spouse Career and Education Opportunities
A life in special operations may provide your spouse with stability and the opportunity they need to pursue their education and career goals.
The location stability found in special operations aviation also provides a valuable opportunity for you to stabilize your child's education and development. This type of stability helps to promote successful academic, athletic, and social development.
What makes the 160th so special for spouses and children?
Depending on your Soldier’s MOS and rank, your Family will likely have the opportunity to remain in the 160th for much longer than you are used to being assigned to other units or duty stations. As a result, your children will have stability in schools, grow up with friends they started school with and possibly graduate high school with those same friends. Night Stalker spouses also have great opportunities to start or further their own careers, attend school, or open their own businesses. Each of our duty locations is great for all of these opportunities.
Where will we be based?
Your Family can be based in one of three 160th locations in the United States:
- Fort Campbell, KY
- Hunter Army Airfield, GA
- Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
Will my Soldier be deployed more than they are now?
On average, Night Stalkers are deployed the same amount of time as Soldiers in other units. The key difference is that Night Stalkers typically deploy in much shorter increments, while Soldiers in other units deploy for longer increments. Short deployments help to minimize separation anxiety and reintegration challenges for Family members. Since deployments are shorter, strong family bonds are maintained and sometimes strengthened.
How often will my Soldier be away from home for training?
Other than deployments, 160th SOAR(Abn)Soldiers frequently conduct training away from home. The duration and frequencyof these trips will depend on your Soldiers MOS and duty position.
As a Night Stalker family, will our children have stability in school?
Depending on your spouse’s rank and military occupational specialty, your Family will likely be stationed far longer than a normal tour of duty.
As a Night Stalker spouse, will I have the opportunity to start my own career if I chose to do so?
As a result of duty station stability, many Night Stalker spouses have had the opportunity to start or further their own careers, attend school, or open their own businesses.
How does the 160th handle military family challenges?
Military Families face many challenges, but the 160th community has the experience and resources to help manage and minimize those challenges. As a Night Stalker Family, you will be a part of a special operations community that is supported by an experienced Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG), chaplain teams, and command teams.
What is the Soldier & Family Readiness Group (SFRG) like?
Our unit SFRGs are inclusive and supportive of every Soldier, spouse, and family member regardless of rank, and are very active.
Our SFRGs are supported by a Family Programs Team staffed with five civilian Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSA), one in each Battalion and one at Regiment. FRSAs are there to provide administrative and logistical support to Commanders and SFRG Volunteers. They are also available to Soldiers and Family members for unit, installation, and Army resource referral. Each FRSA is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Army Family Programs and is dedicated to serving your Family.
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