News: The 311th ESC conducts Army Reserve Family Program Training
Story by 1st Lt. Fernando Ochoa
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - The 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command conducted three days of “chain of command” training for its Army Reserve Family Program on the Joint Forces Training Base at Los Alamitos, Aug. 23-25.
The Army Reserve Family Program provides soldiers, retirees, DA civilians, and family members, including surviving spouses, a voice in shaping their quality of life. This training is specifically meant to train command teams, which consist of the unit commander, first sergeant and family readiness liaison. This team trained for three days, learning how to finance their unit, outreach and communication techniques and how to create a Family Readiness Plan.
"These training sessions are conducted quarterly and are important for the health of the unit," said Debra Hodge, 4th ESC Family Programs coordinator. "These teams will learn how to develop a Family Readiness Plan and then go back to their commands and present it to their commanders."
Unit commanders are responsible for Army Community Service centers. They identify community needs, resource requirements for their commands, and establish and chair the installation Soldier and Family Assistance Center committee.
This training seminar trains command teams and then tasks them to create a Family Readiness Plan in order to fulfill their required program. By developing a marketing plan to inform the community of services offered by the Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator, volunteer positions can be advertised to promote organizations having volunteers, and to recognize volunteer contributions.
Army Reserve constituents continue to be instrumental in fuelling the Army Family Action Plan process to bring about change in Army and Army Reserve programs, policies and services.