2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion Joint Readiness Training Center Pre-Deployment Briefing 15 February 2012
Battalion Commander LTC Rhett Cox
Agenda• ACS/Mobilization and Deployment• Red Cross• Family Readiness Groups (FRGs)• Power of Attorney (POA)• ID Cards• Army Community Service (ACS)• MFLCs• Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Overview• OPSEC• Rear Detachment• Deployment Checklist• Questions and Answers
ACS Mobilization and Deployment
American Red Cross MessagesQ: What warrants an ARC message?A: Death or serious illness of an immediate Family member Who is immediate family? – Spouse – Parents or stepparents – Siblings or stepsiblings – Children or stepchildren – Only living relative – Grandparents (exception) – Fiancée (exception) – In-Laws – All others will be decided case by case
Information Needed• Service Member’s full name• Service Member’s SS # or DOB• Service Member’s unit (ex. 2-87 IN, 4-25 FA)• Unit’s current location (ex. Camp Victory Iraq, Ft. Polk for JRTC)• Authority to verify ARC Contact Information Toll Free: 1-877-272-7337 24/7 Ft. Drum Red Cross Office: 772-6561 M-F 0730-1600/ Clark Hall Many volunteer opportunities are available . . . Give us a call!!!
Family Readiness Group (FRG) Get involved – Stay informed! FRGs welcome: Spouses, Civilian employees, Retirees, Soldiersparents, and single Soldiers… What FRGs Do: INFORM AND REFER! Pass info from Command to Families Help facilitate problem solving at the lowest levels Provide the opportunity to make friends and have some fun! What FRGs DO NOT Do: Provide Long-term child care Perform snow removal or lawn care Serve as a taxi service Offer Financial assistanceFRG is not the only resource for helping families, but the play a large part of the larger Army effort to help families adapt to Army life.
Powers of Attorney Types• General • Special – Grants bearer authority to – Grants bearer authority for a specific use act in your name in all • Finance situations (Civilian) • DEERS/ID Cards – Not accepted at most • Vehicle Registration organizations on Ft Drum • Medical Care for Children • Mountain Community Homes – Move In/Move Out
Wills and POAs Please Contact LEGALLocation: Room A2-68, Clark Hall (Bldg P-10720)Hours: 8am - 4pm for walk-in services (notary, POA)Contact: 772-7545Call at 1300 Mon-Fri for next business day appointment
DEERS/ID Cards By Appointment Only Please check expiration dates on your ID Cards! ID Cards - DEERS - Official PassportsLocation: Clark Hall Bldg P10720 Mount Belvedere Blvd Room A1-19Hours of Operation: 7:45am – 3:45pm Monday through Friday Open till 6pm on Wednesday Closed Weekends and Federal HolidaysContact Information & Appointments:Email: email@example.comPhone: 315-772-5149Fax: 315-774-3412Online: www.drum.army.mil Link: ID Cards/Deers
Army Community Service (ACS) Conway Road Bldg. P-4330 315-772-6557 1-800-826-0886 M-F: 7:30am-5pm
ACS Deployment ServicesWe invite you to visit and utilize the many services and opportunities provided to help Families handle situations during deployment.• Family Advocacy – Stress Management classes – New Parent Support Program • A home visitation program for parents of children under the age of three• Financial Readiness – Army Emergency Relief (AER) • Provides financial assistance (no interest loans and/or grants) to active duty military Families whose resources do not meet emergency
ACS Deployment Services• Family Readiness – Army Volunteer Corps (AVCC) • Stay involved - give back to the community and make new friends – Army Family Team Building (AFTB) • Become empowered through personal and Family preparedness training – Mobilization & Deployment • Family Readiness Support – MilitaryOneSource.com 1-800-342-9647 ~ En español llame al: 1-877-888-0727• Relocation – Hearts Apart Support Group • Monthly support & fun-filled activity program for Families separated due to deployment, unaccompanied tour or extended TDY.
Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) Professional counseling consultants who support deployment related activities, and provide a rapid response team concept to assist Soldiers, Families and Civilians on military installations.Primary function: to assist Soldiers and their Families in … • Developing focused problem solving techniques • Recognizing early warning signs of possible stress and/or problems • Addressing reunion/reintegration concerns • Providing consultative liaison support with other military agencies • No records kept (with the exception of Duty to Warn issues) • An informal / anonymous structure • Available to see children who are registered with CYSS (315) 212-6919 or call ACS (315) 772-6556 2nd Brigade MFLC Marsha Caraway (315) 955-4823
Battalion S3JRTC Overview
Off Post TrainingJoint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Fort Polk, LA Ft. Drum, NY 1300 Miles Ft. Polk, LA
Fort Polk, LA / JRTC Ft. Polk, LA Ft. Polk is 2 hours East of Houston & 5.5 hours West of New Orleans Home of JRTC and 4th Bde, 10th Mtn Div Warm and wet Average highs of 77 degrees!
Battalion S2 OPSEC
OPSEC Operational Security Operational security is about protecting information from the enemy that is potentially harmful to the mission, safety of Soldiers, and safety of Families Some information is “protected” – to include troop movements, schedules, and locations – and should not be shared on the phone or via e-mail The vFRG (www.armyfrg.org) is the only authorized web site for sharing command information and operational updates [protected web site] Facebook and other web sites and blogs that operate openly on the world wide web are strictly forbidden from sharing information. How we practice OPSEC – » Cell phones forbidden outside of the FOB » Paper trash is burned or shredded » Documents are “classified” to control handling and distribution
Rear Detachment, FRG and FRSA
Rear Detachment Chain of CommandBattalion OIC – CPT Snyder 772- 5823Battalion NCOIC – SFC Simmons 772-9435HHC Company – LT Herman and SSG TubaniaAlpha Company – SFC Moffitt and SSG GoducoBravo Company – SSG Woods, SSG Harris, and SGT ShowersCharlie Company – SGT Gardiol and SGT WorrellHHC 2BCT Company – CPT Dufner and SSG Perez24 Hour Staff Duty – 772-5100Rear Detachment Chaplain – CH (MAJ) William Scritchfield (315) 775-8075
FRG Chain of Concern• What is a Chain of Concern?• You will be notified through the Family Readiness Group (FRG) Chain of Concern regarding important information pertaining to the unit and the FRG. The Chain of concern is your primary link with the 2BSTB, and it is a means to communicate official unit information. If you plan to leave the area during a deployment, please contact the company FRG leader with a telephone number and email address.• How Does the Chain of Concern Work?• The FRG leader calls each of the company Key Callers, each Key Caller calls the FRG Members listed under him/her on the Chain of Concern and passes on the message/information. After all calls have been made, the Key Caller reports back to the FRG Leader with the outcome of the calls.• If you as a Family Member need assistance you would do the reverse. The Family Member calls the Key Caller (with a question or concern), the Key Caller (if he/she cannot answer the question) contacts the FRG Leader.• IF YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER OR MAILING ADDRESS CHANGES CONTACT YOUR KEY CALLER TO LET HER/HIM KNOW• REMEMBER THIS ROSTER IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND TO BE USED FOR OFFICIAL PURPOSES ONLY
Command Team Comments
Deployment Checklist (Part 1 of 4) Family Contact Information Ensure Rear-D/Co FRG Has Family Contact Information (Are you going out of Town?) Ensure Family has Rear-D and FRG Contact Information Ensure Family Knows How to Contact Mortgage/Landlord Plan Ahead Alternate Child Care plans if your spouse becomes ill or injured Snow Removal Plan Financial Ensure Family Can Access “MyPay” [https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx] to view leave and earning statement (we will be paid twice during the period deployed) Ensure Family Has Account #s, checkbooks, ATM cards, etc. Ensure Family Has Credit Cards, Loan Statements, Bills, and Knows Amount Due and How to Pay Spouse is Aware of Savings and Investments and Knows How to Access
Deployment Checklist (Part 2 of 4) Medical Ensure Family Has Medical Cards, Shot Records, Prescriptions Let FRG Know About Special Medical Needs Ensure Family Has Phone Numbers for Medical/Dental Service, Pharmacy, and Tri-Care Legal Ensure Family Has ID Cards (Check Expiration Dates) Obtain Updated Power of Attorney (Special v. General POA) Ensure Family Has Updated Wills / Spouse Knows Location Does Spouse have Access to Other Legal Documents: Marriage and Birth Certificates, Insurance Polices, SSNs, Deeds – Mortgage Papers, Court Orders for Support and Custody of Legal Dependents, Family Care Plans
Deployment Checklist (Part 3 of 4) Legal (cont) Legal Assistance Office is located in Clark Hall, Rm. A-268 Office Is Open Mon – Fri from 8am to 4 pm, or can be contacted at 772-5261 Legal Assistance Office Provides Notaries, Powers of Attorney (POA), Wills, Legal Advice etc. POA’s are done on a walk-in basis during open hours To get Legal Advice you need an appointment. Call 772-5261 at 1pm (1300) to make automated appointment for the following day. The appointment line is open only as long as there are app.s available. Once they are all filled a person will answer the phone for your questions.
Deployment Checklist (Part 4 of 4) Automotive Ensure Vehicle Has Up-To-Date Maintenance Ensure Vehicle Insurance Is Up To Date and Family Understands Policy / What To Do In the Event of an Accident Ensure Spouse Has Valid Driver’s License State Inspection and Vehicle Registration Current and Paperwork on Hand Ensure Family Has Extra Keys and Garage Door Openers Consider a Road-Side Service Policy [Emergency Service – AAA, etc.) Discuss Alternative Plan for Transportation Roadside Emergency Kit in Car [extra clothes, blankets, etc.)