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Command course FRG orientation 20090519

Command course FRG orientation 20090519



This briefing is designed to educate Army National Guard commanders are what the requirements or in establishing a FRG.

This briefing is designed to educate Army National Guard commanders are what the requirements or in establishing a FRG.



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    Command course FRG orientation 20090519 Command course FRG orientation 20090519 Presentation Transcript

    • CommandFamily Readiness Orientation Brief
    • Course Objectives
      Define the Family Program Mission
      Recognize the need of Family Readiness
      Illustrate Roles and Responsibilities
    • National Guard
      Family Readiness Mission:
      “To establish and facilitate ongoing communications, involvement, support and recognition between National Guard Families and the National Guard in a partnership that promotes the best in both.”
    • Why is the Family Readiness Program important to you as commanders?
      • Recruiting and retention tool
      • Rumor control
      • Can disseminate timely and accurate information
      • Provide resources
      • Mission Ready for Soldiers AND Family
      • Boosts morale among Soldiers and Families
      • Increases the level of commitment and readiness
    • How does it match the needs of the Service Members and Families of your unit?
      • Confidence
      • Assures reliable, friendly support for Families during separation
      • Connected with community resources, emotional support
      • Enables Soldiers to focus on mission requirements
      • Fosters unit cohesion
      • Reduces rumors
      • Promotes self reliance
    • How does it personally effect you as a Service Member?
    • The Adjutant General
      A successful state Family program follows the guidance and support of the Adjutant General through the delegation of responsibilities within the chains of command.
      The Adjutant General ensures that commanders comply with Family Program guidance and regulations.
    • The Assistant Adjutant Generals –
      Air and Army
      The Assistant Adjutant Generals implement policies and guidance from the TAG and ensures that commanders comply with Family Program guidance and regulations.
    • Company Commanders
      Responsible for the Family Readiness Group and sets Family readiness goals
      Establish and actively support a unit FRG
      Meets regularly with FRG leaders to gauge progress, provide help, and resolve issues
      Approves and signs off on FRG Communications
    • Company Commanders
      Reviews and approves FRG fund status, fundraisers, and FRG activities
      Ensures that required briefings are conducted for all Soldiers and Families
      Ensure that Soldiers requiring a Family Care Plan, complete it and recertify annually during Soldiers birth month
      Ensure annual Family Intake Sheet & FRG phone tree are updated
    • Company Commanders
      To establish a FRG or at change of command the following needs to take place in writing:
      • Sanction FRG
      • Appoint Military POC
      • Appoint Lead Volunteer
      • Appoint Treasurer
      • Approve FRG checking account
    • First Sergeants & Command Sergeants Major
      Knows and supports command Family readiness policies and goals
      Ensures timely and accurate information flows to FRG leaders and supports new Soldiers and Families through the sponsorship program
      Participates in unit and command Family readiness program meetings
      Encourages all Soldiers and Families to participate actively in unit FRG
      Confers with FRG leaders on Family readiness issues and assists them with resolution
    • EMPOWER the FRG –
      you pick the right team, they will do much of the heavy lifting
    • Military Point of Contact (MPOC)
      Serves as a conduit for information
      Advises FRG Leaders on compliance with regulations and procedures
      Assist FRGL in improving awareness of unit mission & training requirements
      FRG training requirements and events
      Assist FRG in update of Family Intake Form & FRG phone tree
      Assist with sponsorship of new Families
      Must like Families!
    • Family Readiness Group Leader (FRGL)
      Cdr’s primary Family-member representative
      Working knowledge of Family Program
      Support Cdr intent and vision for FRG
      Provide leadership, with focus on being group facilitator
      Promote participation in FRG
      Ensures timely and accurate information flows
      Plan, coordinate, and execute all FRG meetings
    • Commander expectations of the FRGL
      Support the intent of the program under current commander’s guidance
      Provide access to resources, information and community organizations promoting self-reliance
      Educate Family members on the missions, goals of the unit, to include Chain of Command/Concern
      Ensure FRG is ready for No Notice Missions
    • FRGL Expectations of Commanders
      • Command Support of Family Program
      • Supply needed equipment, supplies, etc.
      • Open Communication
      • Ensure Sponsorship for New Families
      • Ensure Volunteer Recognition
      • Provide Vision & Goals
      • Training
    • Remember
      • There is no rank in an FRG
      • FRG does not stand for Fund Raising Group
      • Fund-raising off Armory property is a no-no
      • What is done for one is done for all
      • FRG is for the entire unit not just the deployed
      • Watch for cliques
      • Plenty of communication. . .this will help with the rumor mill
    • Plus . . .
      Your unit Family efforts will be measured every two years in the ATAG Climate Assessment Survey
    • A Unit FRG is a Commander’s Program!!!
      In summary, a unit FRG is a team sport. The CDR establishes vision, the FRG leadership team takes the lead and executes the program, while the MPOC is an enabler. Strive for an active, engaged FRG during steady state-non deployed - and everyone will be better prepared for separation.
      Ready Families… Anytime, Anywhere!
    • Review
      • Being the commanders program it should be unit specific and encompass both Families and Soldiers.
      • An active FRG will help to recruit and retain Soldiers and Families.
      • The entire team made up of military, Family program staff and volunteers all have specific roles and responsibilities.
    • References
      Operation Ready Leaders Desk Reference 2002
      Operation Ready Army FRG Leaders Handbook Edition 3, 2006
      Operation Ready Rear Detachment Commanders Handbook, edition 3 2006
      AR 600-20 Army Command Policy
      AR 608-1 Army Community Services