7th CSC hosts yellow ribbon event for Army Reserve Soldiers

By Spc. Glenn M. Anderson
221st Public Affairs Detachment, 7th CSC, 21st TSC

Photo of Spc. David Roberts and Master Sgt. Johnnie Davis
GARMISCH, Germany – Col. Russell A. Henderson, from Vancouver, Wash., the incoming Deputy Commanding Officer for the 7th Civil Support Command welcomes Army Reserve Soldiers and their Families to a Yellow Ribbon event sponsored by the 7th CSC here April 27-29. (Photo by Spc. Glenn M. Anderson, 221st Public Affairs Detachment)

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and their Families from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 7th Civil Support Command, with headquarters in Kaiserslautern, attended a two-day Yellow Ribbon event for deploying and re-deployed units, April 27-29.

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a Department of Defense-wide effort to promote the well being of National Guard and Army Reserve members, their Families and communities by connecting them with resources available to them throughout their Soldiers’ deployment.

“We are here to assist the 7th CSC with updated resources in order to make their Yellow Ribbon Program even better,” said Bruce D. Townshend, project manager for U.S. Army Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon Program at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Among the participating units from the 7th CSC were the 793rd Movement Control Team; 1177th MCT; Company D, 457th Civil Affairs Battalion; 361st Civil Affairs Brigade and the 89th Chaplain Detachment.

Photo of Spc. David Roberts and Master Sgt. Johnnie Davis
GARMISCH, Germany – Spc. David Roberts, a movement control specialist with the 1177th Movement Control Team and a native of Raleigh, N.C., along with his wife Alicia Roberts, chat with Master Sgt. Johnnie Davis, the senior command career counselor for the 7th Civil Support Command, during a Yellow Ribbon event sponsored by the 7th CSC, April 27-29. (Photo by Spc. Glenn M. Anderson, 221st Public Affairs Detachment, 21st TSC)

“The Edelweiss Lodge provides a unique American environment in a beautiful German setting where Army Reserve Soldiers and their families can relax and focus on preparing for deployments or reintegrating with their families following a deployment,” said Col. Russell A. Henderson, deputy commanding officer for the 7th CSC and native of Vancouver, Wash.

“It was great to see so many family members and children here with their Soldiers. The staff of the 7th CSC conducting the event is outstanding,” said Townshend. “I hope to be able to return for future Yellow Ribbon events.”

The two-day event provided Soldiers and family members information on various topics from legal issues to managing deployment challenges, as well as suicide prevention and coping strategies for families along with several other topics pertaining to deployment and re-deployment issues.

“This has been an extremely informative and insightful event for my wife and me,” said Staff Sgt. Sean A. English, a civil affairs sergeant with the 457th CA Bn., and a native of Fayetteville, N.C.

“I find this a great event with a superb location,” said Susanne M. English, wife of staff sergeant English. “I love the amount of support and information that this event has supplied.”

Concluding the event, the command hosted a town hall meeting for spouses of Soldiers to provide one-on-one feedback with senior leadership on measuring the success of unit family programs, outreach services and this Yellow Ribbon event.

“The 7th CSC will continue to deploy units in 2014 so events like the Yellow Ribbon event will continue to remain a core element of our program to develop strong and resilient Soldiers and Families” said Henderson.

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