INSTALLATION STATUS: Welcome to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)(Provisional) web presence. For post information please call: 254-287-1110. If you notice any Suspicious Activity report it to: 254-288-COPS.

Welcome to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) web presence. For post information please call: 254-287-1110. If you notice any Suspicious Activity report it to: 254-288-COPS.

Welcome to Family Readiness

 

Keeping in Touch


VTC eqipmentHelp encourage a feeling of togetherness in the family during deployment by keeping the lines of communication open. Possibilities include:

  • Letters, which are inexpensive personalized, and allow you to think about what you would like to share. Tip: share feelings directly, write as if writing a journal or diary, express affection and appreciation, answer and ask questions, and be honest (share how you managed the bad news)
  • E-mail - Inexpensive and fast, although not as secure as letter mail (If available)
  • Phone calls are more direct and personal, although they can be inconvenient and expensive (always know the cost of each call so you can budget)
  • VTC - video teleconferencing allows live interaction between the soldier and family member. If available
  • Pictures (including photographs and artwork by children) can be easily carried, proudly displayed, and looked at often, helping family members remember each other
  • Tape recordings and videocassettes offer realism and can be played regularly, although they require special equipment. Hearing voices can make the absent one seem more real, closer and interested. Let children make a tape
  • Calendar tag, this involves sending a small fold-over calendar back and forth in letters so the deployed parent and child can take turns marking off the days

Safety and Security

 

  • Do not make it public knowledge that your spouse has been deployed.
  • Tell children to do the same.
  • Discuss what they should say on the phone.
  • Keep emergency telephone numbers close to the phone at all times.
  • Contact the police, rear detachment, or MPs for additional suggestions or at the first sign of suspicious activity.
  • Seek help when you need it!
  • Know your neighbors (you may need their help on an emergency basis).

The Fort Hood Military Police (MP) Crime Prevention Section is the POC for anyone wishing information concerning the security of your home while your spouse is deployed. They Can give your on-post home a security check at any time, including times when you are away. For information on this type of assistance call 287-4754 and ask for a Crime Prevention Officer.