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Homecoming Reminders and Information

Homecoming Reminders and Information

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Information and Reminders for Soldiers and Families at Fort Campbell KY (winter 2011)
Information and Reminders for Soldiers and Families at Fort Campbell KY (winter 2011)

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Homecoming Reminders and Information FTCKY 2011 (winter)
The 3 R's of Military Life:ReunionRequiresReadjustment 
Deployments are hard...no matter where you are in the cycle. Although you may be getting ready foryour Soldier to step off the plane, you may also be fighting with a case of nervousness about it. And youmight feel like you're the only one...Trust me, you're not. Nerves and anxiety about homecoming is quite common. And GREAT NEWS!There are tons of resources and agencies out there to help you and your Soldier and Family navigatethrough the emotions of reunion! Arm yourself with knowledge about what's out there. Rest assuredyou're no the only one who feels the way you are feeling. Don't over plan and don't expect a fairytale orperfection. Give it some time. And ask for help (friends or professionals) when you need it.Below are two GREAT resources to add to your HH6 Binder and glance through. (You will receive a greatbag of ACS resources at your REINTEGRATION BRIEF, too!!!)
Fort Campbell Welcome Home Guide 2011
 Returning from a War Zone, A Guide for Soldiers and Families
:http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/reintegration/returning-war-zone-guide-families.asp Don't forget to check out
Military OneSource
atwww.militaryonesource.com!Some great resources and links on
Army Well-Being
too..."Deployment" topic page:https://www.armywell-being.org/skins/WBLO/display.aspx?moduleid=77a35404-a7b5-4da5-829f-52f412d3328e&mode=user&action=display_user_category_objects&CategoryID=c19df481-7fe0-4f92-891d-40d8051ea067 
Military HomeFront
has some good resources and links, too! PLUS! You can connect with other Familiesand Spouses, as MHF is designed to be the "Military Facebook"...and it's free and easy touse!http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/portal/page/mhf/MHF/MHF_HOME_1?section_id=20.40.500. 
Operation: We Are Here
, a "clearing house" for military-Family resources, has a PLETHORA of links andideas...including coloring pages and activities for the kiddos!http://operationwearehere.com/Children.html 
Homecoming Reminders and Information FTCKY 2011 (winter)
Don't forget to attend your REINTEGRATION BRIEFING
as scheduled by your unit. Not sure whenyours is? Call your FRG Leader, Rear-D or FRSA!**
Make SURE your Rear-D and FRG has your correct contact information
, in case flight times change.**
Be patient.
..it might be a wait if flights get delayed (better to be safe with weather and mechanicalissues than to be sorry!).**
It's always 10* colder on the airfield...plus wind!!!**
You will ride the buses to the hanger
...large strollers will NOT fit on the buses and the buses are NOThandicap accessible. Those that cannot ride the bus (because of the afore mentionedreasons...STROLLER ISSUES ARE AS DETERMINED BY COMMAND...) must speak with Rear-D to obtain aparking pass for the hanger lot.**
Units (company sized) may not fly together due to space,so make sure that you write the flight number down! Also, check the manifest when you arrive at thehanger. There will be Soldiers available on RSB to assist you with this.**M
ake sure to arrive EARLY
(normally buses will start transporting Family members 2 hours out from'wheels down', which is the time listed on the website, if there is no other ceremony happening. If thereis a ceremony immediately prior, they will begin transporting as soon as possible). Do NOT wait untilthat last 20 minutes before the plane is scheduled to land (wheels down). If the plane is early, they WILLNOT delay deplaning and the ceremony to wait for Families (this is also why you need to make sure thatyour contact information is 100% accurate!)Here's some other great reminders about homecoming ceremonies from Fort Campbell:
Welcome Home Ceremonies will be held for all returning 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)Soldiers.Families and friends are welcome to attend the ceremonies.
 Ceremony times will be posted athttp://www.campbell.army.mil/campbell/directorates/DPTMS/Pages/flights.aspx Ceremony times are tentative, and may change at any time up to 2 hours before the scheduled time.Please plan to arrive at least 2 hours prior to the ceremony start time. If you have questions about yourSoldier's specific UNIT Ceremony time, please call the point of contact listed for his/her unit.Families with unregistered vehicles attending the Welcome Home flights for the 101st Airborne Division
Homecoming Reminders and Information FTCKY 2011 (winter)
should enter through Gate 7. You will be required to get a visitors pass. To get the pass, you must havethe following items: A current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Additionally,everyone over the age is 16 is required to have a valid photo ID (drivers license, school ID, passport, etc.)Drivers will approach Gate 7 and inform the gate guard they are there for a welcome home ceremony,and show the guard the documents. The guard will then issue the driver a pass.Parking: Please follow the signs to ceremony parking. Family members and other visitors are notpermitted to park at the Welcome Home Ceremony site. Buses are available to transport Families andvisitors safely.What to expect:Be flexible! Our Soldiers are coming home on contracted airlines. Those flight arrival times often change,based on weather, mechanical issues, or a variety of other issues. Flight time often changes. Theceremony times listed on this site may change at any time. Call your unit point of contact if you havequestions or concerns.Flights may also arrive early. You should plan to arrive at the ceremony site 2 hours before the projectedceremony time. If flights arrive early, the ceremonies will not be delayed to wait for the arrival of familymembers.Volunteers will be on site with free beverages and snacks. If you or your children have specific dietaryneeds, you will need to bring those items with you.There are seats inside the ceremony site, providing plenty of space to wait for the flight to arrive.Additionally, families will be allowed to go outside as the plane arrives and watch their Soldier deplane.Members of the media are invited to each Welcome Home Ceremony. Feel free to talk to them if youwish.

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Thank you all for the FYI. hugs PFC Roselands Mom and Family.

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