13th SC(E) Spouse Newcomer Brief

By Spc. Rebecca Smith
13th SC(E), PAO

13th Sustainment Command (Expenditionary) held its Spouse Newcomer Brief at the 13th SC(E) Chapel Thursday May 10.

The briefing is for spouses of 13th SC(E) Soldiers interested in learning about community resources available here on Fort Hood.

The opening remarks were given by Cathy Terry, wife of the 13th SC(E) Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry.  Terry thanked the military spouses and praised them for taking time to attend the briefing.

“This is an opportunity to grow as a person, an opportunity to find out things and it is also an opportunity to make new friends,” said Terry. “I hope that you get a lot out of this.”

We all have challenges today with our spouses being deployed, said Doug Tostrud, husband of Col. Christine Gayagas, 13th SC(E) Chief of Staff, as he addressed the audience.

“This is a chance for you to share those experiences and to find out that your frustration level is the same as somebody else,” Tostrud explained. “The best thing you can get out of this is learn to talk to one another and make some great friends here”, said Tostrud.

Tostrud was followed by representatives from Army Community Service, Army Family Team Building, Child & Youth Services and Relocation Readiness Program.  Each representative were on hand to talk about the different programs they offer and how to obtain their services.

The bottom line is a true Family member program is designed by Family members, said Diane Mansfield-Williams, Army Family Team Building Program Coordinator.

 AFTB educates and trains today’s Army in knowledge, skills, and behaviors designed to prepare Army Families to successfully move forward into the future.

Others from different organizations also offered advice and information for the spouses in attendance.

“Our mission for Child & Youth Services is to support the Army’s mission by taking care of the Army’s children so that our Soldiers can keep focus on what their job is to do and to be able to do their job”, said Nanette Pigg, Child & Youth Liaison, Education, & Outreach Services.

The Child & Youth Services representatives work with the local school community to address educational issues involving military children and acts as a communication link between the installation and surrounding school districts. 

“I hope that you take this valuable information with you”, said Rose Mandujano, 4th Sustainment Brigade, Family Readiness Support Assistant.  Mandujano works closely with Soldiers and Family members to provide assistance and information on community resources.

The next briefing will be held in July.  This briefing is open for all of the 13th SC(E) military spouses new and old, finished Mandujano.