By U.S. ArmyJanuary 20, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Soldiers and Family Members of 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Third Infantry Division attended War Week, hosted by the Army Community Service Mobilization/Deployment Program Staff for members of the Family Readiness Group.
There have been classes covering FRG positions, fundraising, budgeting, social media, and Care Team Training during Jan. 9 through Jan. 13 mostly at Building 809, the 3rd Sustainment Bde. classrooms.
"We decided to call it War Week because we are bringing the training to the Soldiers and Family Members," Mrs. Roberta Sweet, 3rd Sustainment Bde. Family Readiness Support Assistant said. "They were having trouble attending the classes, so by bringing the classes to the units it allows everyone the opportunity to attend them and get the certifications they need."
There were many Soldiers and FRG members that attended the classes. The classes were a successful outreach to the entire brigade Soldiers and Families alike.
"Being new to FRG, the leaders course taught me a lot," Mrs. Jessica Phillips, the FRG Leader for 135th Quartermaster Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Bde., 3rd Inf. Div. "I am finding out what I'm supposed to do as a leader, how I can do it and what resources I can use to make our FRG successful."
Even the experienced FRG members gained knowledge from War Week. Mrs. Megan Meertenn, the co-leader of FRG for 24th Financial Management Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Bde., Third Inf. Div. has been involved in FRG for about five years, but is new to 24th FM Co. She is learning a lot she did not know about FRG in the classes throughout the week.
"There are various resources to hand-out for Families that I did not know about," Mrs. Meertenn said. "I want to make sure they are always available to the Families."
Families are very important to Mrs. Sweet, who just recently took over as the FRSA for 3rd Sustainment Bde. Though she is new to this position she has been working very hard to improve it.
"My goal is to show what FRG is supposed to be about." Mrs. Sweet said. "They are supposed to support each other, make Families more resilient so when their unit deploys the Families can take care of themselves so the Service Member can do their business down range."