The mission of the Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) is to maintain the continuity and stability of Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) as units undergo changes in volunteers and leadership. Operationally, the FRSA provides administrative and logistical support to commanders, rear detachment commanders, and volunteer FRG leaders. Taking the administrative burden off the volunteers allows FRG leaders to concentrate on performing outreach to Soldiers and their Family in the command, thus preserving stability on the home front, during periods of deployment as well as peace time.

Season’s greetings from the FRSA Team! With the holidays in full swing, don’t forget to take time for yourself. We tend to get in the “giving mode” during this time of year, and sometimes we forget about treating ourselves. Planning for family meals and gatherings, volunteering, or coordinating a unit holiday party can lead to potential burn-out! Not to mention all of the other day-today chores and responsibilities we have.

Do something healthy that makes you happy! Go for a walk, meditate, or if your budget allows, buy that top that you have been eyeing for a while. Or just simply take an hour and unplug from your phone and social media. Snuggle up with a good book and nibble on some chocolate. Jam out to some music and dance like no one is watching! Go sledding or build a snowman! Play a board-game with your family.


According to a Noma Nazish, blogger for Forbes: “Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Self-care is also necessary

to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are

important too.


Self-care ensures that you stay sharp, motivated and healthy.


The most important thing to remember is: if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. So, do something for yourself to get you back to 100%.


We wish you a very joyful

holiday season and happy

New Year!


Michaela LaCoss

86th IBCT Family Readiness

Support Assistant (FRSA)

Contractor (ESC)

Office: 802-338-4317

Cell: 802-318-0692

Family Readiness Training Information

Michaela will be offering the following trainings in November (contact Michaela at 802-338-4317 or to request a training date and time). She is available to offer any of her trainings between 9 am and 3 pm on regular work days.  She also has availability most Monday and Tuesday evenings after 5:30 pm.


Overview of Key Caller Role/Phone Tree Caller training

This training will consist of two modules:

• Overview of Key Caller Role discussion points – Purpose of the FRG Phone Tree, Key Caller’s Responsibilities, How to prepare for the role, key caller’s resources and tips for success

• Phone Tree Caller Training goes into the topics listed below in much finer detail. Topics that will be discussed will be How the phone tree works, Privacy & Confidentiality, Sample Script, Dealing with people in Crisis, and Sample phone tree log.


Social Media for Units

This module is designed to give the volunteer a more thorough look into the National Guard Social Media Policy, General OPSEC/Privacy Tips and Social Media Resources.


Customs, Courtesies, Ceremonies, and Traditions

The learner will understand and exhibit appropriate behavior in accordance with proper military customs, courtesies and protocol in daily military life leading to personal satisfaction and a sense of belonging.


Candice will be offering the following trainings in November (contact Candice at 802-338-3652 or to request a training date and time). She is available to offer any of her trainings between 9 am and 3 pm on regular work days.  She also has availability most Wednesday and Thursday evenings after 5:30 pm.


Putting It In Perspective

How many times do we over-think things or take issues to a catastrophic level unnecessarily?  During this session, participants will learn to take situations from worst case scenarios to best case scenarios to what makes sense scenarios.  Putting It In Perspective is designed to guide us to more accurate thinking.  Learn to “ease your anxiety and fear or embarrassment” by establishing a pattern of realistic optimism, staying alert to the actual threat and taking advantage of opportunities.


Crisis Intervention

Review the characteristics of a crisis; discuss crisis response procedures; specify what is and what is not the Commander, RDC and FRGs role in a crisis situation.


Avoiding Thinking Traps

This course details the eight major thinking traps that tax our resilience.  Participants will identify the 2 or 3 patterns they fall into and as a group we will figure out strategies that will help you get out of those traps.  Learning what thinking traps are will aid in hold you back from inaccurate assumptions that are so costly to your resilience.

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