• Capt. Samuel Kicker, Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and his wife discuss civilian employer-Soldier concerns with an ESGR representative during the unit's first Yellow Event event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    Capt. Samuel Kicker, Detachment 23, 412th...

    Capt. Samuel Kicker, Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and his wife discuss civilian employer-Soldier concerns with an ESGR representative during the unit's first Yellow Event event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to...

  • Lt. Col. Bond, a native of Houston, Miss., and assigned to Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, enjoys breakfast with his Family during the unit's first Yellow Event event held at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    Lt. Col. Bond, a native of Houston, Miss., and...

    Lt. Col. Bond, a native of Houston, Miss., and assigned to Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, enjoys breakfast with his Family during the unit's first Yellow Event event held at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to...

  • Ashley Rankin, 412th Theater Engineer Command G8, talks finance with a mobilized Soldier, Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, during the unit's first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    Ashley Rankin, 412th Theater Engineer Command...

    Ashley Rankin, 412th Theater Engineer Command G8, talks finance with a mobilized Soldier, Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, during the unit's first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to...

  • 412th TEC G1 Yellow Ribbon coordinators, Jessica Harvey, Willa Watson and Jackie Johnson, taking a breather from their hectic schedule at the first Yellow Ribbon event for Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, at the Jackson Hilton, Miss.

    412th TEC G1 Yellow Ribbon coordinators...

    412th TEC G1 Yellow Ribbon coordinators, Jessica Harvey, Willa Watson and Jackie Johnson, taking a breather from their hectic schedule at the first Yellow Ribbon event for Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, at the Jackson Hilton, Miss.

  • Soldier, Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, inquires about youth programs from Family Programs/CYSS coordinator, Lisa McGowan, during the unit's first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    Soldier, Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer...

    Soldier, Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, inquires about youth programs from Family Programs/CYSS coordinator, Lisa McGowan, during the unit's first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to...

  • Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, discuss civilian employer-Soldier issues with ESGR officials during the unit's first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater...

    Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, discuss civilian employer-Soldier issues with ESGR officials during the unit's first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of...

  • Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, check out the many informational displays during the unit's first Yellow Event event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater...

    Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, check out the many informational displays during the unit's first Yellow Event event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring...

  • Soldier receives certificate of appreciation from Detachment 23 OIC, 412th Theater Engineer Command, during their first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    Soldier receives certificate of appreciation...

    Soldier receives certificate of appreciation from Detachment 23 OIC, 412th Theater Engineer Command, during their first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring...

  • A Soldier of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and Family members receive certificates of appreciation from his unit OIC during their first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    A Soldier of Detachment 23, 412th Theater...

    A Soldier of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and Family members receive certificates of appreciation from his unit OIC during their first Yellow Ribbon event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in...

  • Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, check out an array of important information and displays during the unit's first Yellow Event event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater...

    Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, check out an array of important information and displays during the unit's first Yellow Event event at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of...

  • A Soldier of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and his wife talk college with a DeVry University official during the unit's first Yellow Event event held at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom later this year.

    A Soldier of Detachment 23, 412th Theater...

    A Soldier of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and his wife talk college with a DeVry University official during the unit's first Yellow Event event held at the Jackson Hilton, Miss. DET 23 is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support...

JACKSON, Miss.-- Family members of mobilized Army Reserve Soldiers of Detachment 23, 412th Theater Engineer Command, feel they are much better prepared to handle situations on the homefront, thanks to the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and all who showed up to support their first 'Yellow Ribbon' event here at the Jackson Hilton.

For Sonja Powe, wife of Maj. Patrick Powe, given all the information she's now learned about the various stages of deployment and redeployment, she feels "empowered" and in a better place to assist her Family as they prepare for her husband's deployment in the months ahead.

Others in attendance echoed similar sentiments, adding that Yellow Ribbon provides an excellent forum for Families to engage with military and community officials about resources, services and support systems available to them when their loved ones are mobilized for Active Duty.

Nearly 100 Family members and Soldiers showed up to absorb two days of information galore, as vendors lined up the hallways showcasing their colorful displays, handing out posters, brochures and video information about college education, financial management, youth camps, veterans and employer support groups, and plenty more.

Family members also sat patiently and eagerly through a series of presentations by guest speakers from ESGR, Family Programs/CYSS, and others.

Guest speaker Lisa McGowan, 412th TEC Family Programs/Child Youth Services, elaborated on a number of fun and educational programs for kids, news well received by parents who are looking to keep the young ones busy during the summer and winter breaks.

"You don't realize what's out there, until you come to a place like Yellow Ribbon. You find here a lot of caring people from the unit, veterans groups and others, that are willing and able to help us when our Soldiers deploy," said Powe.

The mother of two also recalled the last time her husband deployed in 2008, when Yellow Ribbon wasn't in the picture for her then. "We didn't have this back then. I didn't know where to go, what kind of services were available to us. It was very different then for Families, glad things have improved over the years," she said.

The plethera of valuable information also makes for a less stressful environment during family separations.

"Yes, it really makes a difference when you're informed about what's going on. More knowledge means less uncertainties and less worries for me. It's a very good feeling to know we're not alone in this process,' said another Family member.

"We're here to set up our Families for success. The more information available to them, the better equipped they are in taking care of matters here at home," said Jessica Harvey, 412th TEC G1 Yellow Ribbon.

Harvey acknowledged and thanked the vendors and volunteers that came out to support DET 23's first Yellow Ribbon event. "Couldn't have done it without them. They came through for our Soldiers and their Family members, gave out a lot of good information," she said.

"Our Yellow Ribbon was a success, thanks to the efforts of everyone involved, from planning to execution. It's truly a reflection of a collective effort, a team effort, to benefit our Soldiers and their Families in the long run," said Harvey.

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