FORT HOOD, Texas, Dec. 16, 2004 – The 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division welcomed about 80 new soldiers and their families at a Newcomers Briefing Dec. 13 at the 4th Infantry Division Memorial Chapel.
The day started with a unit overview and Family Readiness Group information. Kathy Beech, spouse of Col. Michael F. Beech, Commander of 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and Army Family Team Building Master Trainer, teamed with Patricia Giese, Army Family Team Building Volunteer Program Manager, to conduct a short class on family and military expectations and the impact of the mission on family life.
Soldiers also received information on Family Advocacy, Financial Readiness and Child and Youth Services as well as other community resources. In addition, there was a mini-information fair to introduce Soldiers and their families to the community.
"We wanted to truly address their questions and allow them to put a face with the resources," Beech said.
Later in the afternoon there was a leader forum for senior noncommissioned officers and officers. The forum covered topics such as safety, the Family Advocacy program and the Army Substance Abuse program.
"We want to reach out and embrace soldiers and their families and connect them with resources and resolve issues so nothing falls through the cracks," Beech said.
A goal of the Newcomer's Briefing is to prepare soldiers and families for upcoming trainings and other situations.
"Solders came up to me after the briefing and asked how their wives could get involved," Beech said.
"I recommend coming to the Newcomers briefings