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United States Army
7264 Normandy Drive, Custer Hill
Army Community Service
Fort Riley, KS 66442
Deployment can be a challenging phase of the military lifecycle, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The military provides a variety of resources and support programs — ranging from educational briefings to morale calls — for your loved ones, children and service members to ease the stress of deployment. Military members may be assigned to a specific installation but support may come from local communities, Yellow Ribbon events or the installation itself.
Today’s Total Army Family lifestyle can be challenging, but with the right training and resources, it is a challenge that can be met with resilience. Our mission is to provide assistance to Soldiers, families and DA civilians to maintain individual readiness throughout the deployment cycle. We provide resources and referrals, assist commanders with family readiness plans, assisting installation programs to align with the unit deployment cycle, Soldier readiness processing and Family Readiness Group training/resources.
Offers support to Families who are living separately from their sponsors due to mission) i.e. deployment, unaccompanied tour, extended TDY, etc.) requirements. The program sponsors events and services to help make life a little less stressful during separations. Participants will have an opportunity to attend social activities, educational workshops, and to meet, share and network with other Families. Contact your Unit Service Coordinator (USC) for more information.
Family members are eligible to participate in Hearts Apart activities 30 days prior to, during and 90 days after effective date of orders.
Military & Family Life Counselors (MFLCs)
MFLCs are available to help service members and family members deal with the many challenges a military families face, deployment and redeployment issues, relationship issues, parenting challenges, and more. MFLC’s do not keep any records. For more information or to speak to an MFLC please visit them at Army Community Service, 7264 Normandy Drive or contact them at: Office: 785-239-1883 Cell: 785-221-9483.
Fort Riley Housing Services Office (HSO) ~ as of December 2018
Army Family Readiness (2018)
Benefits and Support for deployed Soldiers and Family members (2019)
Unit Service Coordinators (USC)
USCs provide commanders with personalized Soldier and Family readiness support, connect each unit with ACS programs and services via a visible staff member, and facilitate communication and interaction within the unit as well as with outside agencies.
1 ABCT - 785.240.5449 CAB - 785.239.51661 SUST - 785.239.5728 DENTAC - 785.240.544910TH ASOS - 785.239.5166 DHHB - 785.239.51662 ABCT - 785.239.5728 DIVARTY - 785.239.516697 MP - 785.239.5166 MEDDAC - 785.240.5449 OTHER TENANTS & PARTNERS - 785.239.5728
Soldier, Family, Readiness Group – SFRG
SFRGs are a commander's program that enhance communication, information and resource networks during all phases of military life. SFRGs provide stability to unit members during field exercises, deployment and other mission related separations and offer vital information to those newly assigned to the unit.
Family Readiness & Resilience University - Advanced Level - March
Family Readiness & Resilience University
FRG Team Building Activities
Community Deployment Support
Interested in volunteering for your FRG?
Volunteers are the foundation of all SFRGs. Command teams often rely on SFRG volunteers to help execute their Family Readiness plan. There are many different volunteer opportunities within the SFRG. Contact your unit SFRG leader, family readiness liaison or commander for information on how you can be a part of the SFRG volunteer Family.
Blue Star Card Program provides discounts and exclusive recreation opportunities for Spouses of Soldier’s who have fallen, are deployed or geographically separated. Check out their Facebook page for the latest updates and information FortRileyBlueStar.
The Army Community Service (ACS) is your main source for information and outreach on Fort Riley and the central Flint Hills region. Our staff will provide any information or assistance you may need or will refer you to the appropriate agency for assistance. We want to be your "one stop shop" for gathering information or location of resources. Call (785) 239-9435 or 239-5739.
ACS, along with many other Fort Riley organizations and community agencies sponsors programs and services in support of Soldiers and their Families, before, during and after deployments or extended separations. If your spouse is away due to a mission requirement, consider using the services or joining other spouses at the events listed below:
Hearts Apart for waiting Families - This program sponsors, educational workshops, social activities and provides a forum to meet, share and network with other Families while service members are away for 30-days or more.•Quarterly Family events•Annual Turkey Dinner “fixings” distribution for Families of deployed Soldiers•Operation North Pole Annual Holiday PartyTo register for Hearts Apart call ACS or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your unit assignment
Blue Star Card (BSC) Program - Receive discounts at select Family and MWR facilities, exclusive trips, concerts, events and other opportunities. To receive a card, take your sponsor’s orders to Leisure Travel Services (5202 Normandy Dr.). This program is open to Spouses of Soldiers who have fallen, are deployed, or geographically separated from the service member for more than 90-days. To view the most current information and upcoming events visit facebook.com/fortrileybluestar.
Resiliency Training & Support - Overcome! ~ Bounce Back! ~ GROW STRONGER!Spouse Resiliency Training –A fun and interactive seminar that enhances your ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity! Trainings are ongoing, for the latest schedule, call (785) 239-9974.Army Family Team Building –AFTB offers classes that help you to not just cope with, but enjoy the military lifestyle. AFTB modules are available online at: www.myarmyonesource.com/FamilyProgramsandServices/FamilyPrograms/ArmyFamilyTeamBuilding. Face-to-Face classes are also available by request for FRGs and unit trainings by calling (785) 239-9974.Military 101 - Are you a new spouse? This is the class for you! This class provides a comprehensive overview of many aspects of being a part of the military community.
ACS Family Advocacy Program (FAP) - The Family Advocacy program provides a broad range of services and programs which focuses on enhancing Soldier and Family wellness including:•Relationship and parenting education programs•24/7 Dad Workshop•Spouse and child abuse prevention and education programs•Crisis intervention, emergency shelter, and counseling•Programs and services for family members with special needs•Community education and awareness events
New Parent Support Program - Keep up with us on our parenting page at: www.facebook.com/rileyfapMeet & Greet Playtime! Mondays 10:00am-11:00amOpen to parents with children birth to 3yrs. King’s Field House, 202 Custer Ave,Moms Together Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:30amACS-7264 Normandy Dr. Open to parents with babies under 24 months. The group will focus on skills and ideas to manage tantrums, toilet training, finding “me” time, and single parenting during training and deployments. Come share your joys and challenges with other moms.
Child and Youth Services (CYS)Parent Central, 6620 Normandy Drive, 785-239-9885Deployment Support Services (DSS) Benefits –16 hours of free hourly care per child per month. For information about additional discounts and eligibility requirements contact Parent Central.Parents’ Night Out -offered one Saturday each month, 6pm-11pm. $20 per child or use deployment hours.Hourly Care -$4 per hour per child or use deployment hoursFamily Child Care –FCC homes provide care for children up to 12 years old in on-post homes by authorized Military Family members working as independent contractors. Most offer full-day, part-day, and hourly care. Fees vary, contact Parent Central for further details.Parents’ Night Out -offered one Saturday each month, 6pm-11pm. $20 per child or use deployment hours.
United Service Organization - 6918 Trooper Drive, 785-240-5326Coffee Connection USO -Join other spouses for a relaxing morning with refreshments, good conversation and networking. *(monthly, dates & times vary)No Dough Dinner5:00pm-6:30pm Soldiers and Family members are invited to a free dinner sponsored by the USO. *(monthly, dates & location vary)Yoga - Come relax with beginner Yoga. No RSVP required but it is helpful to know for planning purposes. Limited mats and blocks on hand for use during the class, feel free to bring your own.*(dates & locations vary)United Through Reading Program- Service members can record themselves reading books to their child/children on DVD. Call to arrange a recording time. FREE!Family & Friends Fun Unplugged Game Night 5:30pm -7:30pm, USO“Unplug” and come out for a fun night with no video games, computers or electronics! Open to everyone *(monthly, dates vary)*For more details please check the USO events page at: www.facebook.com/usoftriley
Military Family Life Counselors - MFLCs provide confidential*, non-medical, short-term counseling services to Soldiers and their Families. To arrange a counseling session, you may contact the MFLC assigned to your unit or request an appointment by calling the MFLC office at: 785-239-1883 or Cell: 785-221-9483. Walk-ins are also accepted at the MFLC office at ACS. Services can be provided on or off post. *Confidential, except in cases to harm self or others.
Need A Ride? - Soldiers and Family members residing in Junction City or on-post who do not have access to a vehicle or who do not drive can receive a ride to ACS, the commissary (if using WIC vouchers), Chaplain Services, post hospital, or to a doctor/dental appointment in Junction City. Call Armed Services YMCA -Operation Wheels at (785) 762-4780 for additional information.