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Soldiers from 1st Brigade complete 90-day reintegration training

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn— Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division completed 90-day post-deployment reintegration events through the Minnesota National Guard’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program Sep 21-23, 2012 at Camp Ripley The Soldiers were going through the training after a yearlong deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn

“The 90-day reintegration is typically where you’re at the three to four month mark of days you’ve been home and for a lot of soldiers the honeymoon phase is over—It was all great to be home and everyone is happy to see you and now a few months into it life is starting to catch up you with you,” said 1st Sgt Paul Oakes, 1st Sgt of HHC, 1/34th BCT


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Before arriving at the 90-day reintegration, service members attended a 30 and 60-day reintegration event put on by the Deployment Cycle Support (DCS) staff,  where they could address any issues they have as the Soldiers reintegrate back into society

“If you’re having problems they’ll start showing themselves and it’s good for all the soldiers to get together and all the section to get together to see if anyone is having issues and to see what’s going on there and usually the 90 day mark seems to be the point of where it’s getting to be too much for some soldiers,” said Oakes

With research done months before the brigade came home, DCS was able to get more than 15 service providers to attend the reintegration events The providers are working professionals DCS reached out to in order to provide expert advice and information in any area of concern a Soldier may have

“Everybody changes, you change and trying to come back together to find your role still can be something soldiers are going through; like I said everybody is happy to see you when you first get back into the family role, but they just need to get back to their new normal,” said Oakes

Oakes said the next step for the company is to reintegrate the soldiers that didn’t deploy, “we’ve got people in the rear with soldiers that didn’t deploy and we need to bring all those soldiers back together to set a normal schedule”

After all the time spent thinking about returning home, the soldiers of 1/34th BCT welcome the 90-day reintegration as it has proven beneficial for some

“During my first deployment there was no reintegration after you came back—after DMOB everybody went off like a shot gun blast and was back to the units they came from  Because of that, we did have a lot of issues—It’s a great thing that needs to be continued,” said Oakes

Story and photos by Cpl Tricia Betz
1/34th BCT Public Affairs
Sep 23, 2012




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