PROVIDERS!! PROVIDERS!! Fort Hood, Texas The Nation’s “Premier Military Installation” The “World’s Largest Gated Community,” with a $3B annual budget 70 miles North of Austin 50 miles South of Waco. Home for 53,000 Soldiers & Airmen, plus 300,000 Retirees, Family Members, and Civilian Employees. Only 45 minutes from Round Rock PROVIDERS!! Fort Hood 53,000 Soldiers PROVIDERS!! What all those soldiers have in common is… PROVIDERS!! While they are on this battlefield PROVIDERS!! Their hearts and minds are on the home front PROVIDERS!! Does Round Rock Want to do something about it? PROVIDERS!! Partners Citizens of Round Rock & 404th Aviation Support Battalion Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Fort Hood, Texas PROVIDERS!! 404th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB) Serves as a support battalion for the Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID). The CAB holds the Army Aviation (helicopter) assets for the Division. 404th ASB consists of support elements to help sustain and maintain the various aircraft, ground vehicles, and communication. The Battalion also directly conducts several key missions to help enable the 4ID CAB to complete its overall mission. PROVIDERS!! 404th Aviation Support Battalion Consists of four (4) Companies of various sizes and dimensions determined by their respective missions. Company Mission Civilian Job Equivalents / Types HSC A Company B Company C Company Headquarters Services Transportation & Distribution Aircraft Maintenance Long Range Communications Vehicle Mechanics, Admin & General Support Logistics Company Additional aircraft maintenance Communications Company PROVIDERS!! 404th Aviation Support Battalion X (Organizational Chart) Approximately 800 Soldiers HSC Headquarters Services Company A Company Supply Distribution & Transportation Company B Company Aircraft Maintenance C Company Signal Communications Support Company 200 Soldiers 180 Soldiers 325 Soldiers 50 Soldiers Approximate numbers are used to represent actual numbers of Soldiers per unit/organization PROVIDERS!! Headquarters Services Company HSC 200 Soldiers “REBELS” Mechanics (Vehicles, Generators, etc.) Vehicle Maintenance 70 Soldiers Medical Platoon 15 Soldiers Medical Care Team Support Operations (SPO) 30 Soldiers Logistics & Supply Planners Staff Platoon Company Logo 60 Soldiers Battalion Administrative Personnel Headquarters Platoon 25 Soldiers Company Administrative Personnel PROVIDERS!! A Company 180 Soldiers “Sentries” POL Section 70 Soldiers Fuelers, Water Purification Supply Support Activity (SSA) 40 Soldiers Logistics– Supply Warehouse Transportation Platoon 45 Soldiers Logistics– Movers & Line Haul Truckers Company Logo Headquarters Platoon 25 Soldiers Company Administrative Personnel PROVIDERS!! B Company 330 Soldiers “Mad-Dawgs” Aircraft Mechanics Aircraft Maintenance Platoon 75 Soldiers Shops Platoon 75 Soldiers Parts Supply, etc. Armament Platoon 40 Soldiers Specialized Mechanics Company Logo Avionics Platoon 75 Soldiers Specialized Mechanics Headquarters Platoon 65 Soldiers Company Administrative Personnel PROVIDERS!! C Company “Cougars” 50 Soldiers • Communications Signal Company • Computer Network Support Company Logo • Recommend one single Sponsor PROVIDERS!! What does it involve? PROVIDERS!! The community of Round Rock pledges to support 782 Soldiers & their families during their 2008-2009 Deployment PROVIDERS!! Community Partnership Strategy Support will come in two forms: 1. Merchandise – purchased or contributed for the benefit of our partners 2. Morale – non cash but more volunteer intensive programs to raise the spirits of soldiers while deployed and their loved ones awaiting their return while continuing to raise children and deal with school, family and life issues. PROVIDERS!! Still, this Partnership is what you decide it is. Here are some ideas… PROVIDERS!! Timeline Estimates Feb - Mar Design and describe plan to 404th & 4th ID leadership and to Round Rock leaders Mar - June Apr __ Mar - June May - Jun June Monthly Recruit partners from Round Rock Round Rock Express game and tailgate party Recruit and align Round Rock to 404th partnerships Socials with partners Deployment Measure support by Platoon to reinforce or duplicate where needed Dec 2009 Welcome HOME PROVIDERS!! Before they leave Dell Diamond April 20th •Tailgate party sponsored by Chasco & Dell •LTC George, Battalion Commander, to throw out 1st pitch •Express players, coaches and staff invited to meet soldiers and families PROVIDERS!! Before they leave A Day at Old Settlers Park • To the Army this is technically a Battalion Training Day • For Round Rock this is a community wide picnic at Old Settlers Park with our friends of the 404th PROVIDERS!! Before they leave A Day at Old Settlers Park Music, games and family activities at Old Settlers Park • Fishing for kids • Petting zoo • Horseback riding (?) • Musicians • Volleyball • Field sports (softball, soccer, etc) PROVIDERS!! Before they leave A Day at Old Settlers Park Softball Challenge •Round Rock’s PARD champions to play 1 pitch tournament at OSP against teams of the 404th. •Trophies •Prizes •T Shirts •To be run by PARD PROVIDERS!! Before they leave Socials For the express purpose of acquainting the partners of Round Rock with the families and soldiers of the 404th. • To occur in Round Rock or the Ft Hood area as agreed upon by the participants. • Cost to be borne by the host organization(s) from Round Rock. PROVIDERS!! So this gets us acquainted – what about Deployment? PROVIDERS!! Major Events Deployment Bags Like a “gift bag” seen at golf tournaments but containing essentials a young man or woman might need while waiting 48-72 hours to get to Iraq. •Baby wipes •Cookies •Calling cards •Crackers •Candy •Jerky/slim jims •Snacks •Travel games •Bottled water •Playing cards •Gum PROVIDERS!! And when the soldiers are over there and their families are still here? PROVIDERS!! The 4 Acts of Support (Actions) The 4 Actions Soldiers Families Merchandise $ $$ Morale PROVIDERS!! What Partners Can Provide Soldier Merchandise Act 1 Soldiers Families Merchandise •Hats •T shirts •Coins •Calling cards •Under armour •Video game systems •Snacks •Eagle cash (scrip) •Gift cards •Sunglasses •Used DVD’s •Cool rags Morale PROVIDERS!! What Partners Can Provide Soldier Morale Act 2 Merchandise Soldiers Families Morale • Letters from grateful residents (schools & churches) • Prayers • Birthday cards • Logo gear from local schools • Class photo’s PROVIDERS!! What can we send? • • • • • • • Cards and letters (especially if home-made by kids) - the best idea ! Home-made cookies, brownies. Just not if they can melt. Hand wipes (unscented): like Wash & Dries or Wet Ones. Boot socks - Soldiers never have enough socks. Newspapers, Paperbacks, and Magazines (for guys and gals). Puzzles and puzzle books. Powdered drink mixes like Gatorade, snacks, and some microwaveable items. PROVIDERS!! And Items for Children Soldiers on patrol give them to Iraqi kids. •Small stuffed animals. •School supplies - pencils, pens, notebooks and paper, watercolors, construction paper, scissors, chalk, pencil bags, metric rulers and similar items. •NO CRAYONS – THEY MELT! PROVIDERS!! What about supporting Soldiers’ families? •Most Soldiers say they knew what they were getting into when they enlisted. •Most spouses, after the second or third deployment, really feel the stresses of this “Long War.” PROVIDERS!! What Partners Can Provide Family Merchandise Act 3 Soldiers Families • Major Event Tickets •6 Flags •SeaWorld •Athletic Events •Socials (monthly?) •Care Packages •Blankets/Hugging Toys •New born support (gift bags, flowers) •Major Saver Cards (discounts w/ RR merchants to benefit Foundation? Merchandise Morale PROVIDERS!! Supporting Soldiers’ Families Write, call or visit. Not every week – but at least monthly Talk with “your” unit. Once deployed, every Battalion has a Rear Detachment Commander and each Platoon a “Family Readiness Group.” PROVIDERS!! What Partners Can Provide Family Morale Act 4 Merchandise Soldiers Families Morale •YMCA Child Care •New Beginnings Education Assistance •Kid’s Play Day, aka, Mom’s Day Out •Thank you letter to families •Special shopping days PROVIDERS!! Who is participating in Round Rock? Individual Businesses Civic Organizations Churches Round Rock ISD Neighborhood Groups YOU? PROVIDERS!! Each Platoon Needs 4 Actions/Month Soldiers Families Merchandise $ $$ Morale PROVIDERS!! 15 Platoons X 4 Actions= 60 Actions per month How do we divvy it up? PROVIDERS!! By Platoon 15 Platoons means Round Rock needs 15 Honorary Commanders to make sure Actions happen PROVIDERS!! B Co Soldier $ Soldier 2 Platoon Mar 08 Apr 08 May 08 Family $ Family June 08 July 08 Aug 08 Be the Honorary Commander that takes an entire Platoon PROVIDERS!! Each Honorary Commander makes sure their platoon gets 4 Actions each month Now until September 2009. PROVIDERS!! A Co Soldier $ Soldier 3 Platoon Mar 08 Apr 08 May 08 Family $ Family June 08 July 08 Aug 08 Take one of the 4 Actions for the deployment PROVIDERS!! HSC Soldier $ Soldier 1 Platoon Mar 08 Apr 08 May 08 Family $ Family June 08 July 08 Aug 08 Space one of the 4 Acts to fit your ability PROVIDERS!!