2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Public Affairs Office
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.
ACS Deployment and Mobilization Specialist Nicole Heller leads conference attendees in an exercise, during the team building workshop.