By SGT. ERIK ANDERSONMarch 15, 2013
FORT BENNING, Ga. (March 13, 2013) -- Day zero of redeployment was a happy day for Soldiers of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, as they reunited with Family and friends following a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.
After the returning Soldiers went on a 48-hour pass to enjoy being back at home, they began Army-mandated reintegration training, part of the Deployment Cycle Support Process -- 10 days designed to successfully transition Soldiers from the front lines to the home front.
"The reintegration training serves two purposes," said Capt. James Fisk, reintegration coordinator, 3rd ABCT. "It allows the Soldier time to become acclimated to a non-deployment environment, while at the same time maintaining a very minimum work schedule."
The Soldiers attended briefs on a variety of topics including finance, safety and relationships.
"The purpose of the reintegration is to ensure that the Soldiers has an opportunity to transition from the combat mentality to the more relaxed domestic mentality they'll need to survive in their Family environment," said Fisk.
Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of Soldier injuries and deaths, and a day of training is devoted to ensuring vehicles meet the standard.
"We'll check your lights, we'll check your driver's license, insurance, registration, make sure everything's up to date," said Sgt Jason Hudson, petroleum supply specialist, 3rd ABCT. "We're going to walk around and make sure you have good tires, you have a good spare, we're going to make sure your seatbelts work, your horns work. And we're just generally checking the all-around condition of the vehicle."
Just like their vehicles, the Soldiers received a thorough check-up before completing the reintegration process.
"First station they'll be identified if they need any chronic medication, they'll pick up those medications," said Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Waggoner, senior medical NCO, 3rd ABCT.
"Then they'll go to a draw blood station where we'll do a check for HIV. After that station, they'll go see one of our medics to get their vital signs taken, and they'll go see one of medical providers."
After 10 days of reintegration, the Soldiers had completed an important phase in the deployment cycle, and returned back to their subordinate units, ready to enjoy the next phase: block leave.
"The purpose of the reintegration process is to make sure our Soldiers are healthy," said Waggoner. "To make sure that they're ready in case they get called again.