Assignment as a company commander or first sergeant can be exciting and stressful for both Soldiers and their spouses. The Fort Bragg Army Community Service, Army Family Team Building program holds an annual Command Team Spouse Course to give spouses the tools they need to be successful in their new role.
During the two day session, spouses discover more details about the roles and responsibilities they may have as a command spouse, as well as how to integrate into the company, explained Dee Ann Rader, AFTB program manager and training specialist.
“They also learn communication skills, protocol and building cohesive teams,” she said.
Although the course is optional, Rader said it provides important skills that can help build successful and dynamic command spouse teams. Many times, other spouses look up to the command team spouses, so it is essential to train them for that role, she explained.
“I think that it is important that we can prepare them as well as we can and help set them up for success.”
In this year’s session, held Oct. 12 and 13 at the Soldier Support Center, spouses received packets with resources to share with unit Families. Rader stressed the importance of providing this information to other spouses.
“Give them the resources and let them come to us,” she said.
The wives in attendance also had an opportunity to share community resources they found helpful during their time at Fort Bragg. They discussed the role of the Family Readiness Group in the unit, and one attendee explained what worked for her team.
“It’s more about getting the Families or single Soldiers out … and giving them experiences or keeping them busy,” she said.
Rader said it is important for command Soldiers and spouses to discuss their role within the FRG. Although many times the company commander’s spouse acts as the FRG leader, she said the commander should not make that assumption without confirming with their significant other.
“It’s just about being prepared for what’s to come so the way ahead is easier,” Rader explained.