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Military Families

Military Star Logo

Welcome Military Families to Oakdale Elementary! 

We are honored to be able to serve our military families.

Servicing and supporting our military students and their families is very important to us. We are committed to meeting their needs as much as our abilities allow. Below we have provided links to various resources to help the whole family, academically and otherwise. 

Oakdale is so thankful for all our current, past, and future military members and their sacrifices. 

Welcome to Oakdale! 

Cougars Care Comrades 


Transition Program

  • Upon enrollment, our MSIS clerk will alert Mrs. Blakney and Mrs. Murrah of the military family entering our school. We provide them with the online resources on our page, give them a tour of the school, and introduce them to student leaders.The point of contact person will then alert our Beta Club who will appoint a peer to support the student as they familiarize themselves with our school. 


Links for Military Star School Program


Military Family's Guide to School Transitions

           *Guide to help simplify the transition to a new school


Operation We Are Here

*Resources for the military community and military supporters


EFMP - Exceptional Family Member Program

 *benefits and resources to help manage the care and services for a family member with 

   special needs


Military Kids Connect

*Tools and resources to enhance military kids’ quality of life and help them prepare and 

 copy with significant transitions


Sesame Street for Military Families

        *Talk, Listen, Connect – outreach tool to cope with challenges of deployment (videos and 

           resources, parenting tips, and downloadable child activities)


Families Over Coming Under Stress

       *provides resilience training to military children and families to help overcome common challenges related to military life



*Free online program that provides evidence-informed parenting guidelines (organized by age groups) that promote positive parenting, stress management and healthy lifestyle practices


Our Military Kids

*Make a contribution to offer extracurricular activity grants that build a child’s self-confidence, enhance family wellness, and strengthen a shared sense of community


Blue Star Families

*connecting military families with their neighbors to create communities of mutual support



*no-cost, online tutoring and homework help 24/7


Military Spouse

*Simplifying military life


Military Book List


Military Liaison Officer

The School Liaison Officer serves as the primary link between schools, commanders and military parents in K-12 academic matters. The job of the SLO is to inform and connect military families to the resources and information needed to maximize educational opportunities for their children. School liaisons provide assistance as needed in school enrollment and in-/out-processing and educate parents on how to be the best advocates for their children. School liaisons inform local school officials of base programs, policies and activities. They prepare news releases and write articles for installation newspapers to help educate the base population regarding available resources and school programs and policies. They work with the installation’s public affairs office and with other MWR venues to plan and coordinate installation tours and other engagements for school administrators, teachers and students. For support with school-related issues, please call 601- 992-5442. 


School Liaison Contacts

Larry Mullins, NAS Meridian
Office: 601-679-2473
Cell: 601-479-2025

Mona Odom, NCBC Gulfport
Office: 228-871-2117
Cell: 228-323-6105

Joni L. Nalley, Columbus AFB
Office: 662-434-2792
Cell: 662-352-6456

Gerald Cross, Keesler AFB
Office 228-376-8505