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U.S. ARMY CENTRAL
FAMILY READINESS GROUP
(FRG)



803-885-8841 

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ARMY RESOURCES

ARMY FAMILIES

ARMY MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION

ARMY RESERVE FAMILY PROGRAMS

NATIONAL GUARD FAMILY PROGRAM


SHAW AFB AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER

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FACEBOOK


FORT JACKSON ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICES

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About

'TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN STRONG FAMILIES'

The strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is in our families. The U.S. Army Central Family Readiness Group (FRG) provides continuous, organic support to family members of all assigned and attached soldiers and civilians as they deploy in support of U.S. Army Central missions.


Our mission is to build and maintain strong families by enhancing family readiness and morale. We strive to facilitate connection and communication between families, the command, and the community. FRG encourages and builds resiliency through referral assistance, education, and mutual support. We partner with the 20th Fighter Wing and all units on Shaw Air Force Base to create the Team Shaw Family Readiness community.


Follow us on Facebook @PattonsOwnFRG or contact us for more information!


Upcoming Events

Resources

Whether you're new to military life or have been a part of our extended military family for years, you know that moving can be an adventure. The Family Readiness Group is here to help you get rooted in your new U.S. Army Central community. We strive to provide the right information and helpful resources for an easier adjustment period.


For military spouses exploring new careers, there are many useful resources available online. Local hiring fairs frequently focus on career opportunities for military spouses and retiring or transitioning service members. Shaw AFB's Airman and Family Readiness Center provides additional employment assistance to U.S. Army Central Families.


For parents, providing the best possible education for your children is always a priority. The city of Sumter offers a public school district with a long tradition of excellence, as well as several acclaimed private schools.  Nearby Columbia has the seventh largest public school district in the state – along with five major universities and colleges. The Richland Library system in Columbia was recently named a 2017 National Medal Winner, one of the top five libraries in the country. Should you need assistance during your child’s transition into a new school, you may reach out to the Shaw AFB School Liaison Officer at (803) 895-1358.


As you settle in, you may find yourself looking for ways to connect with your community or spend your free time. There are countless recreational events & activities on base, in Sumter, and in our neighboring cities - no matter what your interests. Contact us to join the Family Readiness Group email list and follow @USArmyCentral and @PattonsOwnFRG on social media to stay in the loop.

 

Employment

EDUCATION AND CAREER GUIDANCE FOR MILITARY SPOUSES

MILITARY SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP

USAJOBS.GOV


Education

MILITARY CHILD EDUCATION COALITION

SUMTER COUNTY EDUCATION

COLUMBIA EDUCATION AND LIBRARIES


Health

COLUMBIA VA MEDICAL CENTER


Recreation

CITY OF SUMTER EVENTS CALENDAR

CITY OF COLUMBIA RECREATION CALENDAR

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNUAL PASS FOR U.S. MILITARY

VETERAN TICKETS FOUNDATION

BLUE STAR MUSEUMS


‘Blue Star’ refers to those having a family member in active duty military service. The term dates back to the WWII-era tradition of service flags which displayed a blue star for each family member serving during a period of war.


The Army recognizes that the selfless dedication and commitment of Army families directly contributes to the readiness of our Soldiers. Army Families endure unique challenges, often multiple separations and relocations throughout their Soldier’s Army lifecycle.


U.S. Army Central partners with the Shaw Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center to provide several local resources for spouses of deployed soldiers. From monthly gatherings to weekly morale calls, there are many ongoing activities to help families cope with separation. Contact the 20th FSS – Airman & Family Readiness Center to join their ‘Information Overload’ email list.


The Army has established a network of programs and services to improve Soldier and Family readiness. Military OneSource also provides a wealth of information and resources for military families on topics ranging from parenting and education, to benefits, taxes, and employment. We encourage you to explore the resources linked on this page as you build your family's readiness for the challenges of active duty service and deployments. 

 

Resources

ARMY ONESOURCE

MILITARY ONESOURCE

COMPREHENSIVE SOLDIER & FAMILY FITNESS

STRONG BONDS

NATIONAL MILITARY FAMILY ASSOCIATION

BLUE STAR FAMILIES


Deployment

PRE-DEPLOYMENT GUIDE (PDF)

PLAN MY DEPLOYMENT

DEPLOYMENT RESOURCES

PARENTING THROUGH DEPLOYMENT

SESAME STREET FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

Gold Star parents, spouses, and families will always be a part of our U.S. Army Central family. We recognize that no one has given more to our nation than the families of the fallen.


The Army remains dedicated to providing ongoing support to ‘Gold Star Families,’ to recognize their courage and sacrifice and to honor their loved one's legacy. Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is recognized on the last Sunday of September and Gold Star Spouses Day occurs annually on April 5.


Army Survivor Outreach Services offers resources that include supportive counseling, financial education, benefits coordination, and support groups. Additional nonprofit and non-governmental organizations offer services that complement the Army's continuum of support for Gold Star Families.

 

Resources

GOLD STAR SURVIVORS

MILITARY CASUALTY ASSISTANCE

SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES

TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS

AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS