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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — A U.S. Navy command here is setting up its first family readiness group.

Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Reams, officer in charge of Misawa’s Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, said that while such a group can be critical for a command with heavy deployments — a ship that heads out to sea for six months, for example — it also will help internal communication on base.

His detachment is a tenant unit of Naval Air Facility Misawa, which in turn is a tenant command on the predominantly U.S. Air Force base.

The "focus is internal," he said of the new family readiness group. It won’t attempt to replace or duplicate services provided by the Air Force and NAF Misawa but will work on things like improved sponsorship for incoming families and organizing social events.

Reams commands about 125 permanently assigned sailors and about 50 others deployed to the detachment at any given time. Nearly half of the permanent sailors are stationed at Misawa with their families.

Reams said additional volunteers are needed.

Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Kling is the first group president, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Massman is the vice president.

To volunteer, call Natalie Hamilton at 226-5707.

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