• Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment. Capt. Anthony Trimarco the 416th Theater Engineer Command Yellow Ribbon coordinator, talks to the families about the days activities and the way ahead for the rest of the day.

    Families attend Yellow Ribbon Reintegration training

    Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment. Capt. Anthony Trimarco the 416th Theater Engineer Command...

  • Children of Soldiers from the 372nd Engineer Command participate in traininig while at the unit's During Deployment event for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

    Children participate in Yellow Ribbon Training

    Children of Soldiers from the 372nd Engineer Command participate in traininig while at the unit's During Deployment event for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

  • Child education workers keep younger children busy playing games and learning while their parents attend the 372nd Enginner Company Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Phase 2 Deployment event for Army Reserve Families whose soldier is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Darrin McDufford)

    Children of deployed soldiers attend Yellow Ribbon Program Event

    Child education workers keep younger children busy playing games and learning while their parents attend the 372nd Enginner Company Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Phase 2 Deployment event for Army Reserve Families whose soldier is currently...

  • Family members of deployed 372nd Engineer Company soldiers receive information from military support groups that offer advice, support and assistance with many issues facing military families.

    Soldier families receive information

    Family members of deployed 372nd Engineer Company soldiers receive information from military support groups that offer advice, support and assistance with many issues facing military families.

  • Family members of deployed 372nd Engineer Company soldiers receive information from military support groups that offer advice, support and assistance with many issues facing military families.

    Soldier families receive information

    Family members of deployed 372nd Engineer Company soldiers receive information from military support groups that offer advice, support and assistance with many issues facing military families.

  • Families of deployed soldiers from the 372nd Engineer Company receive donated school supplies at the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

    Army families receive school supplies

    Families of deployed soldiers from the 372nd Engineer Company receive donated school supplies at the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Rorie talks to an attendee of the 372nd Engineer Company Yellow Ribbon Reintegration event in Brookfield, Wis.

    Yellow Ribbon attendee talks to chaplain assistant

    Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Rorie talks to an attendee of the 372nd Engineer Company Yellow Ribbon Reintegration event in Brookfield, Wis.

  • A family member of a soldier from the 372ng Engineer Company registers for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program During Deployment event.

    Yelllow Ribbon Program inprocessing

    A family member of a soldier from the 372ng Engineer Company registers for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program During Deployment event.

  • Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment.

    Families attend Yellow Ribbon Reintegration training

    Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment.

  • Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment.

    Families attend Yellow Ribbon Reintegration training

    Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment.

  • Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment. Here families receive a mission brief for the country of Afghanistan and the types of missions their soldiers are charged with during their deployment.

    Families attend Yellow Ribbon Reintegration training

    Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment. Here families receive a mission brief for the country of...

  • Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment. Warrant Officer 1 Matt Hall, 372nd Engineer Company rear detachment commander, explains the day's activities.

    Families attend Yellow Ribbon Reintegration training

    Families of soldiers attend training that advises them to communicate and deal with issues as well as sources to receive assistance for problems that may arise during a soldier's deployment. Warrant Officer 1 Matt Hall, 372nd Engineer Company rear...

  • Child education workers keep younger children busy playing games and learning while their parents attend the 372nd Engineer Company Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Phase 2 Deployment event for Army Reserve Families whose soldier is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Darrin McDufford)

    Children of deployed soldiers attend Yellow Ribbon Program Event

    Child education workers keep younger children busy playing games and learning while their parents attend the 372nd Engineer Company Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Phase 2 Deployment event for Army Reserve Families whose soldier is currently...

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - The 372nd Engineer Company stationed near Brookfield, Wis., held a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Phase 2 during deployment event for nearly 100 of its families and for families of soldiers who are deployed and connected to the unit.

It is four months into a nine-month deployment and the soldiers are off over there doing their jobs that require them to be focused with long days keeping them busy and distracted. The families meanwhile are at home missing their soldiers.

Technology today helps bide time but getting an email or video messaging just doesn't cut it. The family has needs and sometimes problems come up that the soldier just can't handle.

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is there to assist soldiers and families during a deployment with information, resources and to mitigate stressors of an extended mobilization.

Each unit has a family support group that works with the YRRP during the four deployment stages (pre-deployment, deployment, demobilization and post-deployment). The program is also there for the family while it gets by without their soldier during the deployment.

According to Warrant Officer 1 Matt Hall, rear detachment commander, "The responsibility here is to integrate families and handle key functions of the forward unit."

"Here we assist soldier and family with logistics, support and family readiness," Hall adds.

There are many resources the Yellow Ribbon partners with to assist the families at home. These sources are Military OneSource, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Small Business Administration, Veterans Affairs and others. The collaboration provides information and interactive seminars and resources that are relevant to the families and their soldiers.

Tying together the information and resources is a skillful and time consuming task. The family readiness coordinator is tasked with this almost intense responsibility.

"The purpose of the family readiness group is to increase communication between the command, families and soldier. Soldiers don't do such a good job informing the family and doesn't often communicate family needs," said Karla Dishaw, Family Readiness Group Leader for the 372nd Engineer Company.

She adds, "Situations can be difficult when divorces are involved and family relationships create barriers."

The day is to stem the growth of problems, miscommunication and promote the benefits these families are entitled to, said Dishaw.

Nichole Reichert, the wife of the 372nd Engineer Company's commander, Capt. Robert Reichert, is no stranger to deployments. In their seven-and-a-half year marriage, this is their third deployment.

"I'm no more relaxed when he deploys but I expect the process. In 2008, we moved and were getting settled and he gets notification of the deployment. It threw our life into disorder," Reichert said.

This experience has taught her the need for these Yellow Ribbon events.

"I am and advocate for the Yellow Ribbon Program. It's beneficial for the Family and Soldier," said Reichert.

Sara Bloechl, the wife of Staff Sgt. John Bloechl, who works within the 372nd Engineer Company's supply section and hails from Greenfield, Wis., said, "The Yellow Ribbon Program is a way to connect with real people who experience similar situations and issues."

"This experience validates that I'm not done but I have discussions with peers. This is his second deployment and we have face-to-face discussions on video messaging now that we didn't before. I can recommend that more families communicate with their spouses and connect with their soldier," said Bloechl.

The underlying theme of the Deployment phase of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program seems to be communication.

Bloechl adds, "It's outside support from family, work and friends that pulls all this training together for more interaction."

"We are better prepared with this deployment. The Yellow Ribbon connects us," said Bloechl.

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