Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I'm back!

I've been trying for quite sometime to remember my password for this account, and have had great difficulty resetting the password. Good news is, I finally figured it out and this time I've written it down in a safe place. Lots of things have happened since I last posted, so many so that I don't even know where to start. I was appointed last year as the Family Readiness Group (FRG) Chairperson for SgtDub's unit (Bravo Company/45th BSTB). This basically means that since he's the Acting First Sgt, I was volunteered for the position. I really don't mind, since there is not much to do during a non-deployment situation. However, that is about to change. The Guard has finally made family programs a top priority and is doing everything possible to promote and encourage the FRG's. My first FRG exposure came during SgtDub's first deployment to Afghanistan. The FRG was formed as the soldiers were leaving town. It was a group of spouses, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, friends, etc. Basically anyone supporting a service member. There was an advisory committee consisting of spouses of the "Top Brass". These women supervised and directed everything that the group did, from meetings to socials to the welcome home ceremony. I volunteered and served in a leadership position during this deployment. SgtDub's second deployment involved a unit from another town, and because of the distance, I was not involved with the FRG. The goal now is to get the FRG's established and functioning on a regular basis, and not just in a deployment situation, which is a GREAT idea! FRGs should be in place and operational year round and the families and friends should know that whatever needs they may have, that the FRG is available to assist them. My main goal as the FRG Chairperson is to be assessible to the soldiers and their families, provide support and resources, and to lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable Family Readiness Group!