& Photo by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems & Services
Detachment Commander and Family Readiness Group (RDC-FRG ) training at
Fort McCoy is vital to the success of mobilizing Soldiers because it has
attendees learning skills to be better prepared to assist Soldiers and
Families during deployment.
the way Kevin Herman described the RDC-FRG training at the Fort McCoy
Army Community Service (ACS) Center. Herman is the ACS mobilization and
deployment program manager. He conducts the 16-hour class, spread over
two days, four times a year for units or groups and upon request.
As part of Rear Detachment
Commander/Family Readiness Group training, Kevin Herman talks
about one of many scenarios Families of Soldiers may encounter
during a Soldier’s deployment.
training is essential training within the Army’s deployment cycle
because there are continuously new sets of Soldiers going on tours of
duty overseas for the first time,” Herman said.
for the Soldier who has been on a previous tour,” he said, “their next
tour may have them with a new spouse left at home alone, or the ages of
their children may be noticeably older, all of which presents new
is a unit commander’s program formed in accordance with Army Regulation
(AR) 600-20 and outlined in AR 608-1 Appendix J.
were created for the benefit of Family members and friends of Soldiers.
Key members include Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians,
commanders and FRG leaders.
provide mutual support and assistance and a network of communications
among the Family members, the chain of command, and community
resources.” Herman said. “FRGs assist unit commanders in meeting
military and personal deployment preparedness and enhance the Family
readiness of the unit’s Soldiers and Families.”
officially assumes the duties of the unit commander upon the unit’s
deployment and provides home-station support for the unit.
works in tandem with the deployed commander to help Families solve their
problems at the lowest level so the problems and resulting anxieties do
not overflow to the deployed Soldier or require the attention of the
session topics include developing leader techniques, working with
volunteers and key people in a unit to disseminate information, planning
events, communicating with each other, and other resources.
section about Army Family Team Building teaches attendees how to
integrate a Family into everyday Army life, the wear of the uniform,
U.S. Flag etiquette and getting familiar with Army customs and culture.
“Working with Families,” attendees learn to find resources pertinent to
their Army lives through print publications and Internet resources.
resources can be used to better serve the Families of the units they
about the Army’s chain of command, the TRICARE health program, the judge
advocate general legal resources and building a reference library of
printed material for all Families are just a few topics on the list of
classes that are available.
biggest thing here is that we want no Family to feel left alone or with
no place to turn to for assistance no matter how close or far they may
be located from a military installation,” Herman emphasized. “ACS is a
rock-solid resource for Families to reach out to for assistance. We are
here to give them answers. We tie the knots that link them together and
link them to the available resources they need for any emergency, urgent
or difficult situations. We are here to assist Soldiers and their
Families. Not providing them the assistance they are looking for is
simply not an option.”
Information about the RDC, FRG, ACS and upcoming training sessions is
available by contacting the ACS Center at 608-388-3505.