‘Dragons’ reintegrate following deployment
Master Sgt. Travis Armstrong, SLRRT briefer, 4th IBCT, talks to 4th IBCT Soldiers about how to use questions as guides to facilitate a conversation between leaders and Soldiers during an SLRRT brief Feb. 26 at Kapaun Chapel. The brief was one of many for the 4th IBCT Soldiers, who recently redeployed to Fort Riley after the unit’s nine-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan.
Story by: 4TH IBCT
Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division have begun the reintegration process.
The unit recently redeployed to Fort Riley, following its nine-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan.
Through the reintegration process, Soldiers are briefed on a variety of topics that help them transition back to garrison and Family life. Also during the process, Soldiers will go through the Reverse Soldier Readiness Program, where medical, dental, financial and numerous other services are provided.
"It's a way to look at every single Soldier and make sure their needs are taken care of and met," said Bob Smith, chief, Soldier Readiness Program. "We're taking care of the Soldier so that he or she doesn't have to take care of all of these things themselves. These Soldiers have been gone on a deployment, and everything usually done by the unit is now out of date. We put multiple agencies under one roof, so Soldiers aren't running around all over post trying to get everything updated."
A big part of the reintegration process is briefings on numerous programs, including where they can find help and assistance with finances, Army Emergency Relief, Family Advocacy Program, Army Substance Abuse Program, inspector general, Soldier leader risk reduction tools and Master Resiliency Training.
During this period, all Soldiers also will complete their travel vouchers, and those who are motorcycle riders receive a refresher course.
"The briefings covered all the basics. They were consolidated, and they allowed us to receive a large amount of important information," said Spc. Justin Hammond, light-wheeled mechanic, Company B, 701st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT. "For many Soldiers, this was their first deployment. The information provided to us was very helpful, whether this is your first deployment or fifth, the briefings were helpful, and they put things back in perspective."
Once Soldiers and the brigade complete mandatory training, they will be given an opportunity to take leave.
"These briefings and the reintegration process are good for all the Soldiers who have redeployed. The briefings will help them mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually," said Master Sgt. Travis Armstrong, SLRRT briefer, 4th IBCT. "The Soldiers receive valuable information and learn who to turn to if they may need help."