‘Dragons’ host two town halls for Families
Story by: Sgt. Scott Lamberson
4TH IBCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS
As the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division's deployment reaches its halfway point, the brigade hosted two Town Hall meetings for the Families and Soldiers of the "Dragon" Brigade Oct. 10 at Fort Riley. A major emphasis of the meeting was geared toward the Families and spouses of the deployed Dragon Soldiers, announcing upcoming events and key information for the rear detachment.
Maj. Brad Laauwe, 4th IBCT rear detachment commander, addressed the Families and Soldiers. He explained the mission of the forward brigade, describing an area of operation roughly the size of West Virginia, as well as gave tentative timelines for the return of the Soldiers. He spoke about the brigade's plan for block leave when it returns, as well as explained the Reverse Soldier Readiness Program reintegration and resiliency training the Soldiers will go through.
Through the holiday season, the rear detachment will be on a half-day schedule, which may make it hard for Families to make contact with the brigade. Also, if Families are planning on leaving the area for the holiday, it is highly recommended they inform their Family readiness group leaders and provide a good point of contact.
Laauwe informed Families of upcoming Family-oriented events, including the 4th IBCT Trunk or Treat and Halfway Party Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as Community Life sports and an upcoming Kansas State Military Appreciation Football Game Nov. 3.
During the meeting, Laauwe explained the services available to the Families, including FRG support, chaplain services, Military Family Life consultants, The Riley Network meeting and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities. He also ensured attendees had up-to-date and current phone numbers for key staff members of the brigade.
"It's important because it informs Families and Soldiers of movement, both forward and rear, (that) they get all the pertinent information, as well as reminding all the Families of the services that are offered," said Capt. Jesse Hall, 4th IBCT rear detachment chaplain. "It's important for Soldiers and Families to walk away with accurate information, as well as to know where to go for help."
As the meeting came to an end, Laauwe answered questions from Families and Soldiers. The brigade is planning on conducting one more meeting as the end of the deployment nears.