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Protecting Fort Hood starts with you. If you see or hear anything suspicious, call 288-COPS (2677). Think....Protect...OPSEC!

FAMILY READINESS GROUPS

If you are new to the military or unfamiliar with what a Family Readiness Group is, please see our “Frequently Asked Questions” below.

Family Readiness is the state of being prepared to effectively navigate the challenges of daily living experienced in the unique context of military service. Ready individuals and Families are knowledgeable about the potential challenges; aware of the supportive resources available to them; and make use of the skills and supports in managing such challenges.

"The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a commander's program formed in accordance with AR 600-20 to provide activities and support that encourage self-sufficiency among its members by providing information, referral assistance, and mutual support."

FRGs assist in meeting military and personal deployment preparedness and enhance Family readiness of the unit's Soldiers and Families. They will also provide feedback to the command on the state of the unit 'Family'.

Frequently Asked Questions for Family Members new to the Army and Fort Hood…

Q: How do I get information about my Soldier during his or her deployment?
A: Check with the unit Family Readiness Support Assistant/Family Readiness Liaison (FRSA/FRL) - many will have a newsletter, informational email distribution lists and a unit website. They will also assist you by connecting you to the FRG/Rear Detachment Command for your Soldier's unit. For additional information, contact Army Community Service (ACS), Soldier & Family Readiness Branch, Mobilization/Deployment at 254-288-2794.
Q: I don't know what a Family Readiness Support Assistant/Family Readiness Liaison is, nor do I know who my Family Readiness Group (FRG) point of contact is.
A: A Family Readiness Support Assistant is a federal employee who assists the command in the execution of the unit's FRG Program. Family Readiness Liaisons are military personnel who also assist the command in the execution of the unit's FRG Program. You may contact the FRSA/FRL, unit Commander or Rear Detachment Commander during a deployment for assistance in finding out who your FRG point of contact is. For additional information, contact ACS, Soldier & Family Readiness Branch, Mobilization/Deployment at 254-288-2794.
Q: I have a problem and would like some assistance solving it. Where can I turn?
A: Start with your FRG Leader/FRSA/FRL/Unit Command. They have access to and knowledge of the many resources available on Fort Hood. They can refer you to the appropriate agency to address your problem. You may also visit the Fort Hood Website, where you will find a Fort Hood Newcomers Resource Guide and a Community Resource Guide. The Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website, is also can be a great source for local Army Community Service resources or call 254-287-4ACS (4227).
Q: As a new military spouse, how can I find information about life as a military family?
A: Numerous resources and classes are available on the Army Community Service, and, Army Family Team Building (AFTB) training is a great first step. You can take AFTB courses in person at Fort Hood by contacting the AFTB office at 254-286-6600. Courses are offered monthly on a wide range of topics.
Q: Is there a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week source of information and assistance for military families?
A: Yes. Please refer to the following hotline numbers and websites:

ProgramPhoneWebsite
Military OneSource800-342-9647 Military One Source
Fort Hood Sexual Harassment Assault
Response & Prevention (SHARP)
254-319-4671
24/7
Fort Hood SHARP
Child Abuse Reporting254-287-CARE(2273) 
Domestic Violence254-702-4953 
Suicide Prevention254-287-CHAP(2427) 
Suicide Prevention (National)800-273-8255 

Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) provide solution-oriented consultations to individuals, couples, families, and groups who are having trouble coping with concerns and issues of daily life. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Walk-ins are available at Building 12020, Suite 500, Battalion Avenue and 31st Street; the Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center, Building 18000, Battalion Avenue and 50th Street and the Lane Volunteer Center, Building 16005, corner of TJ Mills Blvd. and Old Ironsides Avenue. Call 254-553-4705 for assistance or additional information.

Q: How do I find out about resources and events at Fort Hood?
A: Please refer to the websites below:
Fort Hood Website
Fort Hood Facebook
Fort Hood Family Programs Facebook
Fort Hood Sentinel Newspaper online and paper copies throughout post
Fort Hood Family and MWR Website
Fort Hood Family and MWR Facebook
Upon arrival to Fort Hood there is a weekly newcomers briefing held every Wednesday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM for new Soldiers and Family members at Club Hood, Building 5764, 24th Street and Wainwright Drive. For Family members there is a bus tour of the installation, to familiarize them with resources and activities, from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM. The tour leaves from the front entrance of Club Hood. For additional information contact the Front Desk located in the Copeland Soldier Service Center at 254-287-3832 or ACS, Soldier and Family Readiness Branch, Mobilization/Deployment at 254-288-2794.

Fort Hood also hosts a newcomers fair called Hood Howdy twice a year. Check with your FRSA/FRL to get more information about locations, dates and times or call ACS, Relocation Readiness Branch at 254-287-4471. This event is free for all military families.

For additional information contact the ACS, Soldier & Family Readiness Branch:
usarmy.hood.imcom-fmwrc.list.sfrb@mail.mil or call: 254-288-2794.