64th BSB Predeployment Briefing 24 OCT 2005
AGENDA Introductions/Opening Remarks Calendar/Iraq Overview Family Readiness Group Rear-D/Emergency Messages ACS Legal Assistance Finance CFNCO Chaplain Closing Remarks
Introduction/Opening Remarks LTC MILLS 64th BSB Commander
64TH BSB Rear-Detachment Staff BLDG 1351 (Basement) CDR: 526-6224 1SG: 524-2406 BN Rear CMD CPT TOOPS SFC EVANS Command Finance Specialist SFC PICKETT S-3 SSG JOHNSON S-4 SGT FOGG
Calendar/Iraq Overview LTC MILLS 64th BSB Commander
Situation The 4th Infantry Division has received orders to deploy to Iraq to support ongoing contingency operations.
Kuwait/Iraq TURKEY AFGHANISTAN IRAQ IRAN EGYPT PERSIAN GULF SAUDI ARABIA INDIAN OCEAN
AAFES COMPLEX GREEN BEANS COFFEE SHOP EDUCATION CENTER
What to expect on the day of deployment • Weapons Draw • Personal Baggage • Area for “Saying Good Bye” • Manifest Site - transportation - waiting time • Airport
Family Readiness Group (FRG) JACKIE MILLS 64th BSB FRG Advisor
64TH BSB Family Readiness Group Contacts BN FRG Advisor JACKIE MILLS HHC DAVID TOOPS A CO CHRISTINA MASON B CO BREE STEALEY TINA KOT C CO LISA DIPPEL MICHELLE MOORE
Family Readiness Group A command sponsored organization of family members, volunteers, and soldiers belonging to a unit that together provide an avenue of mutual support and assistance and a network of communications among the family members, the chain of command, and community resources.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL • The primary focus of an FRG is to help spouses learn to help themselves by stimulating the spouse to be proactive with situations that can arise. • Leaders maintain an information database with useful telephone numbers and other related contact information. • Leaders have access to events and information from throughout the military and civilian communities. What Does the FRG Do? • MAINTAINS CONTACT INFORMATION • FRG Leader and Unit Command maintain updated contact information, especially during deployments, in case of emergencies involving the soldier. • SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH OTHER SPOUSES • A good way to make friends and network with other spouses to assist with childcare and children’s activities, as well as build a support network during deployments.
Goals of the FRG • Build Soldier and family cohesion and moral • Prepare Soldiers and families for separation during deployments and, later, for stresses of reunion • Facilitate communication between families and the command • Reduce Soldier and family stress • Help Soldiers focus on their mission during deployments • Help families become more self-sufficient • Provide an avenue for sharing timely, accurate information • Promote better use of post and community resources
The FRG is Not • A babysitting service • A taxi service • A financial institution • A professional counseling agency • Another military organization • A source for gossip and rumors
Rear-Detachment (Rear-D)/ Emergency Messages CPT TOOPS 64th BSB Rear-D Commander
Armed Forces Emergency Services 24/7 assistance Active Duty and spouses assigned to Fort Carson may call Toll Free: 1-877-272-7337 Armed Forces Emergency Services Center Or…check in with the ARC offices on Ft. Carson 526-2311 or 526-7144 Family members “back home”: Contact their local Red Cross office
American Red Cross Emergency Communications Services • Provided for immediate family & grandparents • Verification of emergency situations • Verifications generally not available from most foreign countries • Message services can be limited by military “Minimize” conditions (none at this time)
American Red Cross Message Delivery: Military Authorities to Service Member • Red Cross notifies service member’s Chain of Command • Chain of Command delivers in a personal manner • Ensure confidentiality at all levels • Notify Red Cross if immediate delivery is not possible
American Red Cross Office Locations, Fort Carson, CO Main Office • 6303 Wetzel Ave, Bldg. 1526, 2nd Floor, Room 272 • Office Hours: 0800-1630, Monday-Friday • Office Phone: (719) 526-2311 Evans Army Community Hospital • 1650 Cochrane Circle, Bldg 7500, 1st Fl, Room 1801 • Office Hours: 0730-1600, Monday-Friday • Office Phone: 719 526-7144
Leave Policies • Emergency Leave Policy • Death, acute terminal illness, serious injury/surgery that can not be postponed for a soldier’s immediate family member, or a soldier is personally affected by a disaster • Immediate Family - Parents, Spouse, Children, Siblings, only living blood relative, in loco parentis • In loco parentis - A person who stood in place of a parent to the soldier or Soldier’s spouse for 24 hours a day, for at least 5 years before the soldier or Soldier’s spouse turned 21 years old. • Not automatic • Mission dictates • Must be approved by the Brigade Commander • Environmental Morale Leave • 15 Days not counting travel time • Rotations 3d through the 10th month of deployment • Plan now for births, graduations, etc.
3HBCT NOTIFICATION PROCESS Death (official notification) FCC CA BN Rear-D CDR & BDE CA Team (SM Data & 93) BDE Rear-D CDR* BDE Rear-D CDR/ Rear D CSM/Chaplain Notification Care Team Initiates Support for Family Process: Prior to notification, Notification Team and Care Team will form up together and depart to family. Care Team will (if wanted) follow-up after notification team. *If BDE Rear-D CDR cannot do notification, notification will be done by a BN Rear-D CDR other than CPT Toops.
3HBCT NOTIFICATION PROCESS Death Notification • What you will see: • BDE/BN Rear D Officers wearing green Class A Uniform • Government vehicle • Will have identification with them (ID) • CARE Teams established • FRG Volunteers (3-4) that will provide support • No name will be given to Care Team until notification has been made
3HBCT NOTIFICATION PROCESS Death Notification • Each Family is assigned a Casualty Assistance Officer (CAO) within 24 hours that will support the family until complete. • Email will go though FRG Chain of Concern with no name given until after the official notification has been made.
3HBCT NOTIFICATION PROCESS Injury (official notification) FCC CA BN Rear-D CDR: In person (CS Area) or Telephonic Notification Care Team Initiates Support for Family Process: BN Rear-D CDR does notification. Care Team provides support as needed.
3HBCT NOTIFICATION PROCESS Injury Notification • Notification to family will come from the Rear-D chain of command or possibly directly from the injured soldier, if he/she is able. • Notification for VSI/SI from Rear D will be in person if local and by phone if outside the FT Carson/Colorado Springs area. • Notification will be in ACUs/DCUs • Individual will be in a POV
Army Community Services (ACS) JEANNE KOSS
I’m Ready! Our goal • Self Help • Service • Stability
ARMY FAMILY TEAM BUILDING • 3 Levels of Training • Provides spouses the • knowledge to become self- • sufficient during times of • deployment
ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF • Provides emergency financial assistance to soldiers (AD and retired) and their families in time of distress. • Exists solely for “helping the Army take care of its own.”
CATEGORIES OF ASSISTANCE • AUTHORIZED: • Rent, Utilities, Food • Medical, Dental, or Funeral Expenses • Emergency Travel or Essential POV • Non-Receipt or Loss of Pay • NOT AUTHORIZED: • Legal Fees/Fines • Liquidation or Consolidation of Debts • Items of Convenience • Standard of Living Maintenance • Continuing Assistance
APPLICATION PROCESS • How To Apply: • Go to CFN to fill out application w/ budget sheet. • CFN makes appt with AER. • 3. Receive Commander’s recommendation, and signature. • 4. Bring ID card, LES & needed documentation to AER appt.
FINANCIAL READINESS • Debt Management • Budget Counseling • Consumer Affairs • Community Assistance • Programs • - Home Front Cares • - National Homeland Defense Foundation
EMPLOYMENT READINESS • Individual Career Counseling • Workshops • Listing of Job Vacancies • Computer Resource Room
Family Connection • Newcomer Assistance • Loan Closet • Carson Cares Spouse Orientation • Toy and Book Exchange • E-mail Access for Newcomers • Individual Pre-deployment Planning
FAMILY ADVOCACY • Child Safety Programs • Marriage Enrichment • Programs • Victim Advocacy Programs • Child Play Group • Nurturing Programs • Parenting Programs • Infant Massage Classes • Boot Camp for Dads
EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM (EFMP) • Mandatory enrollment (enrollment documents available at the hospital) • Physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual disability therapy, that requires special education, therapy, counseling, etc.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM • Benefits of Volunteering • Develop New Skills • Broaden Resume • Self Satisfaction • Sense of Accomplishment • Recognition
Information & Referral • Installation Resources • Community Resources • 526-4590 Your connection to everything!
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Legal Assistance CPT MARTINEZ JAG
PREDEPLOYMENT BRIEF LEGAL ASSISTANCE ISSUES Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Legal Assistance Office 526-5572 / 5573