FRG Support for Deploying Soldiers
Story by: Sgt. Angiene L. Myers
Photo by: Spc. Serena Franks
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office
FORT HOOD, Texas — With Soldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) ready to deploy in March, Soldiers and family members gathered at the Catering and Conference Center here to receive their Pre-deployment Brief, Feb. 13.
Providing a good support structure for the families in the rear becomes top priority for most Soldiers and their loved ones.
To help ease the stress that sometimes occur from deployments, Soldiers look to the Family Readiness Group to provide them with much needed information before they depart in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The FRG is a command sponsored organization consisting of family members, volunteers, and Soldiers belonging to a unit, that together provide support by keeping the lines of communications among the family members, the chain of command, and community resources.
“FRGs provide support and resources for the family members that are left behind, even if they are out of state...We’re going to be doing that by newsletter and implementing the [virtual] FRG website. The goal is to keep in regular contact with families just to check on them to see how they’re doing”, said Kristin Appleman, the Family Readiness Support Assistant for Brigade Troops Battalion, 4th SB.
With Soldiers deploying regularly, its very easy get lost in the shuffle and the FRG wants to keep families and their loved ones connected when they’re separated. Providing your unit FRSAs with your family information and contact numbers is a good step in this direction.
“It’s extremely important that [Soldiers] take care of that. It’s the only way we can get information disseminated to them,” said Appleman, “We need good contact numbers, addresses, and especially email address if they have email. We also use that for rear detachment.”
Appleman and the rest of the FRSAs want Soldiers and their families to know that they are not alone during this time and there are a lot of programs on Fort Hood, such as MWR, BOSS and ACS that can help during deployments.
“There are a lot of very good programs out there and the FRSA’s such as myself and Rose [Mandujano], FRSA for 4th SB, keep that information in our work areas so if we have family members or Soldiers come by, we can hand them pamphlets and information so we can refer them to some of those agencies”, said Appleman.
Upon redeployment, the FRSA’s can also provide Soldiers and family members with information that can help with reuniting.
“ACS is very important…there are a lot of good programs...Military One Source has some wonderful information about reuniting and we have a lot of literature on that in our work area”, said Appleman
FRSAs Rosario Mandjano and April Griffith