A road to readiness for the Kentucky Guard Families

Sept. 1, 2010 | By kentuckyguard
MJO By Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
 LEXINGTON, Ky (September 01, 2010) -- The Kentucky National Guard Family Program had their annual state workshop to unite volunteers with their Family Readiness Group leaders and present the resources they have available at the Lexington Convention Center Aug. 27 through 29. 
[caption id="attachment_2713" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ms. Libbi Cox, Family Readiness Assistant, share best practices for building stronger communities and support systems by networking through social media for the Family Readiness Groups."] This year’s workshop - A Road to Readiness - challenged FRG volunteers to use life experiences of real-world situations fellow Kentucky Guard Family members have experienced, and think outside of the box to ensure readiness. 
“This conference is a way for us to build stronger communities and support systems throughout our Family Readiness Groups across the state,” said Libbi Cox, Family Readiness Assistant. Using Family Programs staff-members as travel guides for the journey, more than 78 FRG members embarked on a mission to learn just what it takes to be successful and ready supporters of their Guard Unit, and each other. “FRG is great! Being a new military wife, it’s nice to call up one of the wives who has been through deployment and ask for help," said Jamie Coyle, wife of Sgt. David Coyle, 2123rd Transportation Company. [caption id="attachment_2715" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Ms. Jamie Coyle, wife of Sgt. David Coyle of 2123rd Transportation Company, listens to one of the workshop breakout sessions at the annual state FRG conference in Lexington, Ky., Aug 27-29. "] The two were married shortly before his deployment to Afghanistan in March. "If my husband and I get into a fight, the FRG wives know why we are fighting, because of the stress of having a deployed love one," she said. Throughout the workshop, keynote speakers shared their appreciation of the FRG program to the Kentucky National Guard, including Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush, chief of the joint staff, Joint Forces Headquarters. “The Family Readiness Group is a group that is making a difference, not only in the careers of our Guardsmen, but in the direct lives of those they serve,” he said.  [caption id="attachment_2716" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush, Chief of the Joint Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, talks to Family Readiness Group volunteers at the annual FRG conference at Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Ky., Aug 27-29."] “The FRG allows Soldiers and Airmen to focus on the mission they are engaged in, which benefits the safety and security of the military personal as they operate both on and off the battlefield,” Dornbush said.

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