13th SC(E) educates Families, Soldiers on deployment facts

Story by Staff Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
Photo by Spc. Naveed Ali Shah
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — Soldiers and Family members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), held a family readiness group meeting at the Phantom Warrior Center here June 15 to discuss the hardships and benefits of a deployment.

The major points of discussion were the American Red Cross and finance.

Andrea Pearson, Fort Hood American Red Cross Representative, told Soldiers and Family members alike what the ARC can do for them during a deployment.

Highlighted were: message verification, Fort Hood ARC Contacts, leave extension requests, and scams involving fake ARC representatives.

Pearson emphasized the importance of initiating a Red Cross message as early as possible to make sure the command has the maximum amount of time to process it.

Sgt. Ryshikes Basu, debt management noncommissioned officer in charge, 15th Finance Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th SC(E), educated the assembled Soldiers and Family members on the financial benefits and pitfalls of a deployment.

“Be careful with your money, you won’t have a lot of expenses while deployed,” said Basu, “the downside is a lot of people see all that money coming in and go berserk, spending money left and right.”

Basu said being deployed is a good opportunity to save money and get in shape financially.

Col. John Magee, rear detachment commander, 13th SC(E), addressed the Families and Soldiers about his job with the unit.

“My mission is to take care of who’s back here, so the deployed Soldiers can focus on their jobs,” said Magee.

 In addition to the briefings, Soldiers and Family members received a family quick reference guide, a tabbed directory for anything Family members might need quick access to while their Soldiers are deployed.

The guide contains contact information for the rear detachment, emergency numbers, American Red Cross, Army Emergency Relief, general services and counseling and more.

“The guide looks really helpful and easy to use,” said Angela Ali Shah, one of the Family members at the FRG meeting.

With the 13th set to deploy this summer, the meeting was a great opportunity to get everyone together and on the same page, said Capt. L. Pilar Restrepo, company commander, HHC.


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Lt. Col. Rich Lee, chief of operations, G3, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), reinforces some of the lessons learned in a finance briefing at the 13th SC(E) FRG meeting at the Phantom Warrior Center here June 15.