In recognition of his promotion, Mark moved to Alpha Company Monday as a team leader in third platoon. It was an unexpected turn of events but apparently the battalion is moving around many if not all of their rising E-5's to new companies.
Of course, when he was transferred, so were we. Bravo Company, where he has been since he joined the 82nd Airborne, had a terrific Family Readiness Group (FRG). When you mention the FRG, many folks roll their eyes and on the first deployment Mark, who had heard horror stories about FRGs, didn''t want to sign us up. Eventually, he registered us to receive e-mails and other updates.
The FRG really helped us particularly during the second deployment when a "Swamp the First Sergeant" campaign was organized. A lot of soldiers have extensive family support networks but some don't. So the FRG encouraged us to send packages directly to the First Sergeant who would hand them out to soldiers who weren't receiving any care packages. A friend of mine whose son attends Atlantic Beach Elementary two towns up got involved. We ended up with an SUV full of goodies.
We wish Mark well on his new assignment and if the Alpha Company FRG needs us for any future - God forbid - deployments, we will be there.