By Sgt. 1st Class Ronny SmithNovember 9, 2010
FORT CARSON, Colo. - Thirty-five Family readiness group teams attended a two-day FRG professional development event hosted by the 43rd Sustainment Brigade at the El Pomar Penrose House Oct. 21-22.
Several 4th Infantry Division unit FRG leaders, members and Family readiness support assistants participated in the event.
Agencies operating within the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, such as Army Family Team Building, Financial Readiness, Military Family Life Consultants and Child, Youth and School Services contributed to the training.
Leah Fuller, FRSA, 43rd Special Troops Battalion, 43rd SB, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Fuller, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., said the professional development forum was a great opportunity to share ideas and meet fellow FRG members who are attached to other units within the division.
The two-day training consisted of group sessions and smaller breakout group sessions in which the teams discussed ways to communicate to Families, receive information about volunteer recognition and the importance of being a registered volunteer.
The teams also explored ways to deal with rumors and gossip and learned some benefits of using social media to connect with their Soldier and Family members
"The social network sites have become an essential communication tool for both Soldiers and Family members," said Maj. Richardo Fregoso, 43rd SB Public Affairs officer.
"It was extremely informative and motivational," said Holly Hoad, FRG treasurer and wife of Sgt. Nicholas Hoad, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 43rd SB.
The event provided information that Family members don't get in a conventional FRG meeting or deployment briefing, she added.
"I am glad it all came together and that everyone left with something new to take back to their units," said Kim Alexander, 43rd SB FRSA. "This is the first two-day FRG team professional development that we have planned and it was a success."