2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Public Affairs Office
Vilseck, Germany
No “I” in TEAM: RHHT representatives work together in designing a poster to represent their group during the team building workshop held Monday in Vilseck. (U.S. Army photos by SPC. Jerry Wilson, 2SCR/PAO)

Vilseck, Germany – Planning for families can be tough business, especially when Soldiers deploy to a combat zone. The Vilseck Army Community Service, rear detachment commanders, Family Readiness Groups leaders and Family Readiness Support Technicians from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment realize that and prepared to stay ahead of the issues that typically come up by holding a team building workshop Monday.

“The single most destructive, decisive thing during deployment is rumors,…” the 75th Commander of 2SCR, COL James Blackburn said as he opened the conference, “…and rumors come from the most well intentioned people.”

Blackburn explained that the people represented in the rear detachment are meant to be inclusive and not exclusive. One of the missions is to dispel rumors and become truth tellers for the Regiment. About 60 representatives from all the Squadrons attended the conference to become those truth tellers. Besides the team building events, the conference provided classes and information about finances, deployment benefits, family care teams, child youth services, TRICARE and housing.

“The purpose of the conference is to provide information that would be relevant during the deployment but also spend quality time together and get to know the people they will be working with everyday,” said Nicole Heller, the deployment and mobilization specialist for ACS.

Battlemind for Spouses is another program that was highlighted by Nicole. This is ACS training geared toward spouses that haven’t gone through deployment before and teaches how to create a positive environment for families and children, what to expect during R and R and things that can happen emotionally and physically during deployment from the spouse’s perspective.

2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment is preparing for deployment and the rear detachment is already ready to take care of families. Families need to provide contact information to the unit FRG leaders to stay informed now and during deployment.

Helping hands
ACS Deployment and Mobilization Specialist Nicole Heller leads conference attendees in an exercise, during the team building workshop.


  1. Bruce Weber

    Our son is with the 4th Squadron of the 2SCR. He is 20 years old and single. As parents we are back in the States and getting ready for his first deployment just like he is. Is there a website, or contact person, that can help us get ready for this deployment and when he comes home after 6 months in Afghanistan? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    Bruce Weber

    • Mr. Weber,
      Thank you for visiting the 2d Cavalry Association’s News Center. Thank you also for your son’s service to our country and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment.

      I hope I may be of some assistance to you, or at least direct you somewhere you can find the information you need.

      The Army has a Family Readiness Group (FRG) website with tons of information about preparing for and dealing with deployments in the family. http://www.armyfrg.org/

      When you get to the site, in the upper right area click on where it says “Find an FRG”.

      A map will come up. Click on Germany and from the list that comes up, under “100th ASG Grafenwoeher” click on “4-2 Cav Regt” and you can register with that Family Readiness Group.

      The thoughts and prayers of the 2d Cavalry community are with your son and you, his family and friends, as well as his troopmates and thier families and friends, during this upcoming deployment and homecoming afterwards.

      If there is any way i can be of further assistance or you don’t get what you need from that site, please do not hesitate to contact me and I’ll get you in touch with the Regiment through the Chaplain or whatever means it takes to get you in in contact with their FRG.

      Best regards,

      Dave Gettman
      2d Cavalry Association
      History/News Centers Editor

  2. timothy foor

    son is spc zachory c foor outlaw trp any pics of him or his unit wood be helpful. thank you bless them all and may god wacht over them

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