130th Eng. Bde. discusses family issues in FRG town hall

| March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
A family member asks a question of brigade leaders during the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC’s FRG town hall meeting held Feb. 22, at Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks. This is the second in a series of brigade town halls.

A family member asks a question of brigade leaders during the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC’s FRG town hall meeting held Feb. 22, at Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks. This is the second in a series of brigade town halls.

Story and Photo by
Capt. Stephen Robinson
130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Leaders of the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, addressed current issues important to its Soldiers and family members during its family readiness group town hall, at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, recently.

An audience of approximately 200 Soldiers and their family members attended the open forum, which is the second in a series of town hall meetings used to keep Soldiers, family members and the local community aware of upcoming brigade events, while providing information about assistance agencies available on post.

The next meeting is planned for May 24.

Col. Jeffery Milhorn, commander, 130th Eng. Bde., welcomed those in attendance and thanked them for their support. He kicked off the meeting with a short awards ceremony to recognize two FRG volunteers for their assistance with unit deployments.

“These volunteers are Soldiers’ spouses who have contributed tremendously to the brigade’s FRG program,” Milhorn said.

Following the awards, representatives from various agencies, such as Army Community Service, the Directorate of Emergency Services, Island Palm Communities housing, base security and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, presented information and helpful resource material. They also answered questions from those in attendance.

Leslie Thorpe, a resident here, wanted answers about the unpredictability of the school bus schedule. She said many parents routinely experience their children’s bus arriving up to 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time, causing them to miss their bus ride to school.

Getting these types of concerns directly to the agencies responsible for providing the respective service is the intent of the town hall, Milhorn said.

“Providing Soldiers’ families with the information about available services on and off post is an effective way to make them more self-reliant,” said Yolanda Johnson, Employment Readiness Program manager.

The town hall also included updates on efforts to standardize and personalize professional enhancement services like the Army Spouse Employment Partnership and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Program, career and employment opportunities, job fair information, resume assistance and how these services are administered to Soldiers and family members.

Though the purpose of session was to evaluate how well the Army is providing Soldiers and families with services and programs, Johnson said she learned that most military families have already begun taking advantage of employment assistance that the Army offers family members.

“It’s amazing how family members are willing to help each other in absolutely extraordinary ways,” she said, “which normally saves time when there is no need to schedule appointments or visits to the agency (for information).”

130th Eng. Bde. town hall

The next 130th Eng. Bde. town hall is planned for May 24.

 

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