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Town hall connects leaders, Families

Col. Joel Tyler, left, commander, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and brigade staff answer questions posed by “Raider” Brigade Soldiers and their loved ones during a Facebook Town Hall, April 13 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Story and photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram

1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Senior leaders of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, fielded questions from Soldiers, Families and loved ones during the first “Raider” Brigade Facebook Town Hall, April 13.

Questions ranged from rumors the brigade could be going to Korea, to the possibility of sending Soldiers home early from a deployment to Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

When questions appeared on the Raider Brigade’s Facebook page wall, leaders at Fort Carson and Camp Buehring worked together to provide the best answer.

“Communication is an important part of keeping our Soldiers and Families resilient, particularly during deployments,” said Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st ABCT. “This town hall meeting provided an excellent opportunity to use familiar technology to share command information in real time.”

Tyler and Command Sgt. Maj. Edison Rebuck, brigade senior enlisted leader, said they were grateful to the Soldiers and their loved ones for participating in the event and encouraged the Raiders to remain strong as the brigade continues its nine-month deployment.

“I want to thank you for your patience and your resiliency as we go down this road together,” Tyler said.

Rebuck suggested Family members band together and take advantage of services offered for Families of deployed Soldiers.

“What I would ask of each and every one of you is to stay engaged with your Family readiness groups,” Rebuck said. “Make sure they know all your points of contact so you can feed information our way, and we can pass information on to you.”

Soldiers and their Families can submit questions to the brigade Facebook page and expect a response within 24 hours, said Capt. Tanya Roman, public affairs officer, 1st ABCT. To take advantage of this opportunity, visit http://www.facebook.com/RaiderBrigade, and post questions.

“Keeping our Soldiers and their Family members informed is one of the brigade commander’s main priorities,” Roman said. “That is why we do events like this. We are eager to ease the stress caused by lack of information, and have found social media to be very helpful in providing immediate responses; something our Families seem to appreciate.”

The next Raider Brigade Facebook town hall is slated for June 22.

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