Rear Detachment Welcome Letter
Dear Spouses and Families,
I am writing you to introduce myself and provide some basic information on what we can do to assist Spouses and Families of deployed Soldiers. I am an Armor Officer who has been stationed at Fort Riley for a little over a year. Prior to Fort Riley, I was assigned as an advisor to the Iraqi Army and deployed out of Fort Riley. Prior to coming to Rear Detachment, I commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment in 1st Brigade for one year, where I assisted in the training of thirteen classes of Transition Teams.
Our Rear-Detachment First Sergeant has a wealth of experience helping both Soldiers and their Families. We have three Family Readiness Support Assistants who also offer an excellent avenue of experience and assistance. They may be reached at 785-239-1003 / 1021 / 1042. Their primary goal is to help you become connected with local spouses in your area who also have Soldiers on Advisor teams. These groups of spouses are known as MiTTINs (Military Transition Team Information Network) and aid in local support and social activities. The Family Readiness Support Assistants can also provide information for local agencies in your area that may provide assistance if the need arises.
The Rear Detachment is here to assist Spouses and Families as best we can by providing information to assist Spouses and Families. One thing we cannot provide is information or an update on what a team is doing in Iraq or Afghanistan. Due to the number of teams deployed and for security reasons it is not possible for us to give these updates that you would receive with a typical deployment under a Brigade, Battalion, or Company. The information we provide is contact information for different agencies (i.e. Red Cross, Army One Source, Army Emergency Relief, etc.) if a situation arises.
The most critical and heart wrenching part of what the Rear Detachment does is casualty notification. If your loved one becomes a casualty the Rear Detachment ensures that the appropriate Family members are notified. That being said it is critical that you assist the Rear Detachment by notifying us of any change of address or telephone number and that you contact us if you are going to be out of town on vacation or other business. The update can be done by telephone or by email through the link on the Fort Riley website RMDB TT Rear Detachment page. Once at the site click on "Points of Contact for the Rear Detachment"; located on the right side. The contact email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the phone number to call is 785-239-9980. If you have any questions for the Rear Detachment you can use the above link and previously listed phone number to contact us for answers.
Please don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions.