108th Training Command (IET) wins 2009 Reserve Family Readiness Award

06/08/2010  | 
The Griffon

Honorees and guests from the 108th Training Command (IET) attended the 2009 Family Readiness Award presentations held in Washington D.C. Sgt. 1st Class Patricia Muncy, 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) Ms. Denise Wallace, Acting Family Program Director 108th Training Command (IET), Maj. Gen. James B Mallory III, commanding general, 108th Training Command (IET) Mrs. Mary Mallory accompanied her husband, Mrs. Sheila Newsome 2009 Outstanding Senior Volunteer, Command Sgt. Maj. Milton Newsome,, 98th Training Division (IET) accompanied his wife, Mrs. Sheila Foxworthy 2009 Outstanding Community Connection Volunteer and Mr. James Foxworthy accompanied his wife. Courtesy Photo.

The DoD Reserve Family Readiness Awards Program was established in 2000 to recognize the top unit in each of the reserve components.  Family readiness programs are particularly important as we rely on significant numbers of reservists to serve in critical locations worldwide.  Family readiness has proven to be a key component of mission readiness.  Robust family readiness programs have enhanced the deployability of our Guard and Reserve units and they represent a vital link in the support networks for our reserve families.

The U.S. Army Reserve winner was the 108th Training Command (IET) located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The 108th supports 12,000 soldiers in various phases of deployment; the 108th has been a leader in the development of Family Readiness efforts.  To improve Soldier and Family quality of life programs, the 108th has developed a program called the “Community Connections” Initiative.  

This includes a carefully designed scorecard by which the Army Reserve measures the performance of commanders and their teams.  Key measures of the score card include the status of the unit family program and the degree to which benefits and entitlements are equitable and accessible to all unit members.  Through its use of the Fort Family “virtual installation” the 108th is a model of support to total force mission readiness.

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