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How can our Family Readiness Group plan welcome home receptions when the unit's return dates and times keep changing?  
Acknowledge the fact that unit return dates and times will vary and often change at the last minute. If the unit is returning from an overseas deployment such as Iraq or Afghanistan (or any place where there is conflict or internal turmoil), flight schedules and rosters typically remain classified – for security reasons – until the flights actually take off. This is for your Soldier’s protection. Additionally, changes in weather or other factors can cause delays. Accept these facts and try to be flexible with your welcome home reception plans. Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders should stay in close contact with the Rear Detachment Commander, as he/she should be able to provide the most current information on incoming personnel. Maintain current phone trees to enable you to pass on updates and coordinate your welcome home receptions. Keep in mind that when a large unit deploys, they often return in shifts and some returning groups may be smaller than others. Try to extend the same enthusiasm and warm welcome home reception to each group of Soldiers, regardless of their size.
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Army Community Service The Army Family Readiness Group Leader's Handbook Publication
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U.S. Army War College Spouse Battle Book Publication
U.S. Army War College It Takes a Team ( A Resource for the Company Commander's Spouse/ Representative)

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