News: ‘Maintainers’ come together for redeployment virtual town hall meeting
Story by Sgt. Sarah Bailey
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – As the "Maintain" soldiers of the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, prepare to return home after a successful deployment in eastern Afghanistan, family members have a lot of questions about redeployment and reintegration.
In order to provide timely and accurate information, the 703rd BSB command team, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Nathan Swartz, from Tullahoma, Tenn., and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Mosier, a resident of Richmond Hill, Ga., joined the soldiers, families and friends of the maintenance battalion during a town hall meeting held at Fort Stewart, Ga., Oct. 18.
Although the unit is currently deployed to Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province, Afghanistan, Swartz, the 703rd BSB commander wanted to answer any questions and did so by attending the meeting through a virtual conference system. This allowed the attendees on Fort Stewart to ask the battalion commander questions about redeployment.
The brief covered information pertaining to the redeployment and flight timelines, re-integration training for both Soldiers and their families, and other topics of concern the family members had for the command team.
Ashley Mosier, a 703rd BSB spouse and native of Nacogdoches, Texas, attended the meeting and was pleased by the battalion’s intent.
“I think these forums give the families the opportunity to interact with the leadership they are serving under by giving the leadership a face, and shows they too have families,” she said.
U.S. Army Capt. Crystal Rorebeck, from Breckenridge, Texas, and the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 703rd BSB, along with other company commanders, also attended the virtual meeting from FOB Shank. Rorebeck, who took command in June, was impressed by the battalion’s consistent communication with their families and their ability to find ways to interact even when they are miles apart.
“I believe the crowd really enjoyed that the battalion command team took the time to provide information about the upcoming redeployment,” she said. “The brief had all the necessary information needed to solve any family members’ concerns, which is an integral part of the town hall meeting.”
Rorebeck’s mother attended the brief, and although Capt. Rorebeck has deployed before, this was the first time her mother will be present during the redeployment process.
“She now knows what to expect, how to track our flights, how much time we will get off initially, what training we need to attend, Thanksgiving plans, etc., so that she can plan accordingly,” Rorebeck added.
As the unit continues their preparations to return to Fort Stewart, Ga., the "Maintain" command team will continue to keep the families informed during the redeployment process.
Date Posted:10.28.2013 04:32
Location:LOGAR PROVINCE, AF
Hometown:BRECKENRIDGE, TX, US
Hometown:FORT STEWART, GA, US
Hometown:NACOGDOCHES, TX, US
Hometown:RICHMOND HILL, GA, US
Hometown:TULLAHOMA, TN, US