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.

Hello Vermont National Guard Families!

Guess what!?! The Family Programs Annual Information Brief is now available for you to view online. This brief offers information on the Family Readiness as well as all the benefits that Family Programs offers to Service Members, Veterans & their Dependents. It is a quick 10 minute video and I highly recommend that you take a look at it. It can be found at the following link:

As many of you are aware, Family Programs hosts a monthly Kitchen Spoons & Combat Boots (KSCB) webinar, meant to help educate service members and civilians on topics chosen by the military community. These webinars are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. The goal is to make KSCB an easy to use tool for local and geographically dispersed families.

Many of you have asked about having these webinars recorded, well we have heard your requests and taken them to the State Family Program Director. In January the KSCB team will be recording our first podcast on “Social Media in the Worksplace.” We will be discussing how the world is changing to include and promote social media, how to manage your privacy settings, and how social media can help a job hunt. Look out for this podcast and complimentary slides towards the end of the month on our website at

Please keep the suggestions coming and let us know how we can improve in the future. I’m really looking forward to hearing some of your fantastic ideas!




Candice Bryan-Broe

VT Senior Family Readiness Support Assistant Contractor (ESC)

Office: 802-338-3652

Cell: 802-316-6342


Family Readiness Training Information

Michaela will be offering the following trainings in January / February (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 January / February (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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