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    Default Army FRG (Family Readiness Group)

    Since no one else has opened up this forum I will start it out by stating " If you are an Army Spouse, Army Family Member you should become a member of your Spouses Unit FRG".

    The FRG is a key to your loved ones "Piece of Mind" in any even that they are away from home.

    If you have watched "The Unit" or "Army Wives" on TV than you can get a picture of what they do. Do remember though that they are just TV shows and to make it interesting they throw in some unrealistic non-sense.

    By virtue of my Rank and Role in my previous units my wife was thrown into the FRG Leadership Possition while I was stationed on Fort Drum. She received the Annual FRG Leadership Award (personal award) from the Commanding General Gen Bell, scholarship money and the Unit FRG Leadership Award for turning around the Units FRG Program, and she had a 100% participation for my unit.

    She also had opportunities to travel for the unit to places that normal soldiers and wives would not dream of going to. She received travel pay, lodging and accomidations. BTW- I was able to travel with her for these functions and got to meet Army, DOD and Civilian "Key Leaders" that I would have never met in my career.

    There is a website below that any Spouse reading these forums should be aware of and join.

    http://www.armyfrg.org/skins/frg/home.aspx

    Also remember every Army Post, Base, Army Reserve and Army National Guard has an FRG Program. Please get out and support the FRG, attend the monthly-semi monthly meetings. Dont get upset when they call you to update the alert roster. Bake cookies or do what you can to support the units FRG Fund Raising Events, this lets your unit have its annual Summer Party, Christmas Party, Birthday Ball ect.

    It would be nice to see some family members take intrest and post here. If you would like suguestions or need asistance in finding your FRG myself and some other members here can help.
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    i appreciate your discussion on about FRG here.....

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    Thanks for sharing Dibbler. Reviving this older thread since there's a few of us parents/spouses/gfs on here.

    Sounds like you wife did a fantastic job.

    One thing that's been brought up to me is that FRG leadership is usually the Officers and/or NCOs spouses. In the NG, at least around here, it's tends to be parents. Maybe because ARNG tend to be younger Soldiers and many are attending college (and are still living at home ???)

    Anyhow, I've taken a leadership position in my daughter's FRG. And yes, I'm getting paid travel to attend training events and conferences. I can even take a friend with me to the annual convention if I want. Nice little perk. (Even the Governor attends)

    Even better is I have a direct line to the Cmdr and NCOs in her unit. The FRG serves as kind of the go between for leadership and family. I served for years in PTA in our school district, in many capacities, and find it somewhat comparable. Although I feel the stakes are much higher with FRG especially with deployment looming around the corner.

    I think it's very important that family, whether spouses or parents, take an active role and do what they can to help. Again, kind of like PTA. Instead of complaining about what you don't like, get active and work to improve. Even if you don't have the time or desire to be very active, there's many other ways to assist. Like you mentioned Dibbler, at least make cookies.


    Now for my son it's a very different situation. He's stationed 2000 miles away and his FRG isn't very active since he's in a newly created unit. Hopefully when I go visit him next time, I'll get an opportunity to meet some of his FRG leadership so I can put face to name. I think it's important for families that don't live on post to at least find that connection there to keep up with information, especially during deployments. Don't wait til after they ship out, get sponsored beforehand so you're already receiving any newsletters, etc.

    Just my 2 cents...

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    The thread wasnt sticking enough lol

    I have observed good FRGs and many bad ones. The key obviously is an excellent leader that treats all spouses as equals and encourages constant input and collaboration. The FRG in Europe has been paramount is that they have kept the families constantly busy during the deployment.

    No FRG is perfect but it can set the mode and tone for a deployment. And regardless if its a new unit; its the Command's responsibility to get it up and running.
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    I'll add my two cents in as well (haha).

    I am a huge supporters of FRG's...I believe they are an effective tool in helping units accomplish their missions..happy families = happy Soldiers = focused Soldiers.

    Sadly, there are times when someone does not run an FRG properly and things get out of control, therefore leaving a bad experience for someone. I always try to encourage spouses or family members to try again if they have had a bad experience.

    One of the greatest things about the Army is that is it ever changing and people come and go from units, or you come and go from a unit and so there is always a new opportunity awaiting. It always makes me sad to see people miss out on information or meeting people because of an experience that happened two duty stations again. I'm a big believer in being a part of the solution and not the problem.

    I also can't stand when "seasoned" spouses encourage new spouses to stay away from FRG's. I think those who have been around a little longer have a responsibility to help the others and it's not helpful to turn them away from a great support system.

    I've been in great FRG's and I've been in terrible FRG's. Unless I'm willing to help and make a difference I keep my mouth shut. I've been in leadership and it's hard work, I give props to anyone who undertakes that challenge.

    I'm not involved here, I also think it's okay to take a step back and know your limits and after being an FRG leader for two units who deployed back to back..I've reached my quota for now, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyGirl4ever View Post
    I'll add my two cents in as well (haha).

    I am a huge supporters of FRG's...I believe they are an effective tool in helping units accomplish their missions..happy families = happy Soldiers = focused Soldiers.

    Sadly, there are times when someone does not run an FRG properly and things get out of control, therefore leaving a bad experience for someone. I always try to encourage spouses or family members to try again if they have had a bad experience.

    One of the greatest things about the Army is that is it ever changing and people come and go from units, or you come and go from a unit and so there is always a new opportunity awaiting. It always makes me sad to see people miss out on information or meeting people because of an experience that happened two duty stations again. I'm a big believer in being a part of the solution and not the problem.

    I also can't stand when "seasoned" spouses encourage new spouses to stay away from FRG's. I think those who have been around a little longer have a responsibility to help the others and it's not helpful to turn them away from a great support system.

    I've been in great FRG's and I've been in terrible FRG's. Unless I'm willing to help and make a difference I keep my mouth shut. I've been in leadership and it's hard work, I give props to anyone who undertakes that challenge.

    I'm not involved here, I also think it's okay to take a step back and know your limits and after being an FRG leader for two units who deployed back to back..I've reached my quota for now, lol.
    Awesome post. pure leadership..

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    I, too, am a huge supporter of our FRG... We have monthly meetings, and we actually have people who show up! We have also put together a Care Team who will assist families of injured and fallen Soldiers. My son's Commander and 1st Sgt guide and lead us... right before they deploy this fall, Commander J will activate our phone tree. I'm also a member of our local chapter of Blue Star Mom's, but honestly- I'm sooo much more at-home with the FRG... I can't say enough good about them... Our church has also adopted my son's Unit, through our FRG! If anybody has a chance to join a local FRG, I strongly suggest it...they are amazing sources of support, strength and friendship...
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    The FRG for my sons unit has been very helpful! When he was returning home from his first deployment, I was upset there would be no family there to greet him. I contacted the FRG leader for his unit and she accepted a delivery of balloons and snacks and had them ready and waiting in his barracks when he arrived. Pretty cool! Their website was so on top of things and we always knew what was going on. I encouraged his new wife to join.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txmom42 View Post
    The FRG for my sons unit has been very helpful! When he was returning home from his first deployment, I was upset there would be no family there to greet him. I contacted the FRG leader for his unit and she accepted a delivery of balloons and snacks and had them ready and waiting in his barracks when he arrived. Pretty cool! Their website was so on top of things and we always knew what was going on. I encouraged his new wife to join.
    That's awesome...I did the same for the families of the Soldiers in my husband's previous two units. The mailman always knew when a homecoming was near when I had tons of boxes coming my way. That was my favorite part of being an FRG leader, helping the families that were far away bring a bit of happiness to the Soldiers coming home. My kids and I have made more barracks beds and decorated than I ever would have imagined. Especially since when I left the barracks as a Soldier I swore I'd never make another bed again, haha.

    Glad you had such great support!
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