13th SC(E) opens new Soldier Family Readiness Center
by Spc. Fabian Ortega
13th SC(E) PAO
The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its new Soldier Family Readiness Center Nov. 8.
Col. Jim Rice, 1st Medical Brigade commander and 13th SC (E) rear detachment commander, and Cathy Terry, wife of 13th SC (E) commanding general, Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, cut the ceremonious yellow ribbon.
The SFRC, a one stop shop for 13th SC (E) Soldiers and family members to use for Family Readiness Group meetings and activities, gives Soldiers of the 13th SC (E) a center of their own.
Rice said the 13th SC (E) had an almost nomadic existence before the SFRC was opened; sharing facilities with the 1st Cavalry Division and other make shift facilities elsewhere on post.
For a major subordinate command that has deployed consistently since 2001, Rice said the SFRC was vital to creating a resource area for the latest information relevant to family readiness.
The center will also serve as a summit for 13th SC (E) conferences and Family Readiness Group functions. In the case of such events, the center has dedicated two daycare rooms to children and has also created a resource center that includes literature donated from the Morale Welfare and Recreation library, Army Community Service and Military One Source.
Aside from that, the center includes a video-teleconferencing center, equipment with capabilities to make faxes and make copies, computers, donated from Dell and their operation Homelink program, with Internet access and a kitchen.
The center will also house the 13th SC(E) Chaplain, Retention, Inspector General, and Equal Opportunity to allow Soldiers to receive more privacy.
Via video message, deployed commanding Gen., Brig. Gen. Terry, expressed his thanks to those who helped build the SFRC and those who helped create its existence. He thanked the 62ndEngineering Battalion who fully remodeled an existing building into the SFRC and he especially thanked families for the support they have given deployed Soldiers.