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Military Family Services Coordinator - Vandenberg Detachment In Colorado but also part of the Vandenberg Detachment?

Welcome to the US and welcome to Canadian Space Detachment Vandenberg! Being attached to this DET is unique as we have members and families located in 8 different geographic locations! Our community spreads from Clear, Alaska, to Thule, Greenland and in between we have members and families in Beale, CA, Vandenberg, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, Denver, CO, Cavalier, ND, and Cape Cod, MA.This 31 member DET is supported by your Military Family Services Coordinator (MFSC), based out of Vandenberg, California with MFS support on the ground in Colorado and additional support and programming provided from MFSUS on a National level. Your MFSC is dedicated to ensuring you feel supported at all times during your OUTCAN posting, providing information and referrals as well as virtual support (i.e. via WebEx) and one on one conversations via phone or in person, so you have someone there to answer your questions, feel connected to and lean on when times might be challenging. The goal of MFSUS and your MFSC is to ensure you have the knowledge needed for a rewarding and positive OUTCAN experience.

Michelle Darrell 
Military Family Services Coordinator (MFSC)

EMAIL MICHELLE
DET Office Phone: 805.605.3219 
Cell: 805.440.0646

Office Hours*: 
Monday     8:30am - 2:30pm    
Tuesday    8:30am - 2:30pm  
Thursday 11:00am - 2:00pm

*Your MFSC is located in the Pacific Standard Time Zone.
Please allow for the time difference when expecting a response.



Working with and supporting military families has been the largest and most rewarding part of my career since I graduated from St Francis Xavier University in 2002. During the past 16 years, I have worked in a variety of roles with Military Family Resource Centres, with all different parts of the military family. I have been a proud military spouse for 10 years and am a mom to two resilient and strong young daughters. I know first-hand the unique challenges that accompany this lifestyle and always work my hardest to ensure military families feel supported and understood. In my journey of working with military families, as well as living this lifestyle, it has really become my passion to ensure I am an advocate for myself and others in our military community. On a more personal note, I am a runner and I enjoy hiking/exploring new areas! I have a passion for photography and love trivia, especially pop culture based trivia! On any given morning, I can usually be found with a cup of coffee in hand & being the “mom taxi” and then taking a bit of me time to get in a workout at some point in the day! I am thrilled with be working with MFSUS and I cannot wait to connect with all those families attached to the unique Detachment that is Vandenberg!