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Agenda • Battalion Commander –Mission Overview • CSM Briefing • Rear Detachment Commander • Soldier and Family Support Center Capabilities
First thing that is Important… • You are not alone • Your Feelings are normal-good and bad • Talk to your spouse before they deploy • It takes strength and courage to ask for help
Battalion Commander LTC Moore
Operational Security Please remember that this briefing is FOUO ( for official use only). This Brief is for your use; it is not intended for general public knowledge, but it is what you need to know and have the right to know.
Official Word Keep in mind that the Rear Detachment and your FRG Leader are the “Official Word”. Don’t buy into rumors and don’t believe it unless it comes from the Rear Detachment, your FRG leader or an Official Army Agency and don’t spread it.
Our Mission Work ourselves out of a job! HHC BCT - Facilitate Command Control of the BCT and partner with the Provincial Leaders and the Iraqi Army Division 4 -1 BSTB - Provide Critical Enabler Support to the Brigade - Control maneuver space, serve as a land owning battalion - Advise and assist the Tikrit Qada (IP (at different levels)), government, econ, etc. ) - Advise and assist the Iraqi Army and subordinate battalions - Facilitate governance, economic and security capabilities for Tikrit -ENDSTATE -Effective Rule of Law and Self-Governance emerging -Foundation for economic and social growth built and growing -Insurgents in the TIKRIT Qada are defeated or not effective -Population has growing trust and confidence in Iraqi security and -governance institutions
Our Mission • Advise and Assist the Iraqi Army that is responsible for providing security for the Tikrit area of operations. • Advise and Assist the Iraqi Police forces in the Tikrit Area of Operations • Establish a small liaison force at the Joint Coordination Center in Tikrit, Iraq (Birthday Palace). • Provide communication support to the BDE. • Conduct unmanned aerial reconnaissance at the BDE and BN level. • Provide SIGINT and HUMINT for the BDE • Meet regularly with local leaders to discuss security concerns, quality of life, infrastructure, and other issues. • Meet with local citizens to determine their infrastructure needs to help determine what projects to fund or request. • Work with the local government to fund projects in the Tikrit Area of Operations.
Last Goodbye Point INSERT MAP HERE
FLOW INTO COUNTRY -KUWAITI AIRPORT -CAMP BUEHRING -
Mandatory Training at Camp Buehring ANTI-FRATRICIDE C-IED LEVEL I AWARENESS TEST FIRE / CONFIRM ZERO CREW FAMILIARIZATION HMMWV EGRESS AVIATION ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING MRAP EGRESS MRAP OPNET / MAINTAINER NET Other Mandatory Training Iron Claw Academy EOKA refresher training SIGINT Training UAV Training Raven Training PPO, Pay Agent, FOO Training
Map of Province
MAP OF FOB
REST AND RELAXATION LEAVE (R & R LEAVE) • ALL R & R LEAVE WILL BE HANDLED, SCHEDULED AND APPROVED BY THE FORWARD COMMANDERS • THIS IS CHARGEABLE LEAVE • SOLDIERS WILL HAVE TWO (2) WEEKS ONCE THEY LAND IN THEIR FIRST CONUS LOCATION • SOLDIERS CAN GO TO OCONUS LOCATIONS AS WELL • LEAVE USUALLY OCCURS BETWEEN THE 3 RD AND 9 TH MONTH OF DEPLOYMENT
Calendar for next 3 months
Keys to Success 1. This is a SCHEDULED DEPLOYMENT with a real mission 2. Don’t listen to, believe, or spread rumors 3. Actively participate in the Family Readiness Group 4. Sign up for the Virtual FRG
Two Ways to stay in Touch Virtual FRG Welcome to Troop. Tube by Military One. Source Troop. Tube is the new online video site designed to help military families connect and keep in touch while miles apart. The site is designed for easy use, so you can quickly upload videos and share the simple joys of each day with each other. Sign up today and begin sharing videos by clicking here. Already have a Troop. Tube account?
Soldier Preparations There are several key tasks all soldiers must complete before Deployment ALL SOLDIERS! • MAKE PROVISIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBER TO PAY BILLS • ENSURE FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE A SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY! –One for Housing, One for the Bank…determine what each agency needs and use JAG to help you execute this – Talk to your bank, and any other financial institutions and see if they need a special POA! • ENSURE NEXT OF KIN ROSTER IS 100% ACCURATE WITHIN YOUR Company • Last Will and Testament are Finalized and Family Members Know the location of them.
Soldier/Family Preparation Married Soldiers • MAKE PROVISIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBER TO PAY BILLS • IDENTIFY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO NEED LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE • IDENTIFY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO DO NOT DRIVE • ENSURE SPOUSE HAS A SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY! –One for Housing, One for the Bank…determine what each agency needs and use JAG to help you execute this • Have Spouse / Family fill out Family SRP Sheet (Comfort Person, etc. )
Family Readiness prior to Deployment Prior to Deployment Do you know where the important papers are? -Wills -Emergency Data -Powers of Attorney -Tax Records -Employment History -SGLI -Medical Records -Banking Info -Important Phone Numbers -Vehicle Maintenance Records Do you have an extra set of keys to your Home and Car? Do you know how to pay the bills and when they are due? - Review your budget and spending habits. Is your vehicle in good working order and registered (on/off post)? Is your ID Card current (yours/children (if applicable))? If you have Weapons, are they registered? Is someone locally (other than self) designated in writing and notarized to care for minors if something happens to you while soldier is deployed?
Battalion Rear-D Chaplain 785307 S. P. I. R. I. T Spouses Preserving Important Relationships In Transition
Deployment Entitlements • BAS and Separate Rations • Family Separation Allowance (FSA-T) –Paid when soldiers are involuntarily separated from their legal dependents for more than 30 days. The entitlement is $250 per month. If soldiers acquire after TCS orders are also entitled to this. • Incidental portion of the per Diem Rate –$3. 50 per day. Will receive this on the final travel voucher • Hostile Fire Pay –Payable in the full amount of $225, without proration or reduction, for each month, during any part of which a Soldier qualifies. Entitlements will start upon the arrival and terminate upon departure. • Hardship Duty pay (AKA Save Pay) –Supersedes foreign duty pay. From $50 to $150 a month payable to all soldiers. Prorated on a 30 day basis. Entitlements will start upon arrival and terminate upon departure • Combat zone Income Tax Exclusion
Eagle Cash Card Eagle Cash is a stored value card that replaces dollar bills and coins with secure and convenient “electronic currency”. An encrypted microchip keeps track of the available balance on the card automatically, accurately and securely. Cardholders can add funds to the card at the Finance Office, or at self-service Kiosks (where available). As of April 1, 2009 , all U. S. Army Personnel are required to obtain an Eagle Cash Stored Value Card (SVC) and are highly encouraged to use it.
Welcome Serving All Military Families Worldwide American Red Cross; FT Riley, KS. Phone #785 239 1837 (Jimmy Finch)
Serving Military Families Worldwide The Red Cross is a “humananitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, (that) will provide relief to victims of disasters and help prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. 2
Serving Military Families Worldwide Emergency Communication • Rapid communications – deaths, serious illnesses, childcare, breakdowns, births, health & welfare reports, and other family issues, of Immediate Family Members • Support Military, Active and Retired, DOD Civilians, Military Contractors, & their family members • International Tracing Services 2
Serving Military Families Worldwide Red Cross Location • Located at Bldg 7264 Normandy Dr. Ft Riley, KS. • Hours of Operation • 0800 – 1630 Monday thru Friday; except American Holidays • Phone Numbers • 24 hour number - on post (239 1887/1837) 1
Serving Military Families Worldwide Important Make sure your family stateside has the following information: üFull Name üRank/Grade üSocial Security Number üMilitary/unit address üExtra information – Unit or home phone number Note: Stateside families can contact the local red cross to request emergency communications by logging on to www. redcross. org 3
Battalion Rear Detachment
Mail This is the format for the temporary mailing address. Once we establish the address, it will be published on the unit web sites. Mailing Address: Soldiers Name Unit # APO AE
EMERGENCIES Emergencies can happen at home… BE PREPARED! üKeep a list of emergency numbers by the phone üWater Shut Off / Gas Shut Off / Power-Breaker Box üStay calm and evaluate the situation…Try not to over react üPICERNE 717 -2200 üCoordinate with your local Picerne Contractor to plan for any issues or problems If the service member has an emergency during the deployment, you may be notified by: üFRG Chain of Concern / Chain of Command, Chaplain üIf you receive notification of an emergency from someone else, verify it with one of the above immediately
Army Community Service Building 7264 Normandy Drive • Available for FRG meetings • Resource Library • Handout information for meetings • Deployment preparation • Advice and counsel • Training arrangements
Military & Family Life Consultants v. No Records Kept – Confidential v. Available to Soldiers, Spouses, and their children v. No appointments required/Walk-ins welcome v. Coaching and brief problem solving v. Emotional/Mood Issues-Organizational problems v. Stress and Anger Management Issues v. Family and Marital Issues For More Information Call Army Community Service – 785 -239 -9435
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