Command course FRG orientation 20090519

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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

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

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