→ MARCH 2014
→ MARCH 2014
If you missed the Virtual Town Hall
from March 19, 2014...

You can watch the recording here! Deputy Commander, LTG John Mulholland and his wife, Miriam held the LIVE, POTFF-focused event with Spouses from USSOCOM Components. They also addressed questions that were submitted on Facebook.

 

If you missed the Virtual Town Hall from March 19, 2014, you can watch the recording here! Deputy Commander, LTG John Mulholland and his wife, Miriam held the LIVE, POTFF-focused event with Spouses from USSOCOM Components. They also addressed questions that were submitted on Facebook. Click on the buttons above to view the Town Hall questions and answers on video, or see the answers to the questions they didn't get to answer during the live event. Past Town Hall video, questions and answers will also be available as they occur.

Town Hall Questions & Answers

Here are the Questions & Answers, separated by topic. We will also post the answers to the questions we ran out of time for. Remember, you can always check out our Link Library or Pinterest page for more great resources!

  • A question about maintaining the momentum of POTFF from MARSOC…
  • A question about the assessment of POTFF programs from MARSOC…
  • A question about making our Operators healthier from Philippe…
  • A question about the impact of Operators seeking help from AFSOC…
  • A question about the guidelines for active duty Soldiers and or their Family members accepting gifts from organizations from USASOC…
  • Two questions about the future of service support for SOF and the role of SOCOM in the next 10 years from Bill and Daniel…
  • A question about briefings and educational events for Spouses stationed away from the HQ from SOCSOUTH…
  • A question about Spouses supporting their Service Members in their leadership roles from SOCSOUTH…
  • A question about the Strong Bonds program and the future for SOF Chaplains and retreat events from Mary…
  • A question about streamlining SOF acquisitions from Tim…
  • A question about getting a Commissary at Stennis and Housing Allowance from Monique…
  • A question about losing POTFF funding from SOCCENT…
  • A question concerning any pay cuts service members may face from Amanda…
  • A question about military and military family suicides from Bruce…
  • A question about the permanence of POTFF positions from AFSOC…
  • A question about the follow up on SOF Veterans from Rosemary…
  • A question about the communication between our mental health professionals and military commanders from MARSOC…
  • A question about increasing the number of programs for youth and teens from SOCSOUTH…
  • A question about the Enlisted Retention Board from AFSOC…
  • A question about small business loans for Spouses that want to start their own business from SOCSOUTH…
  • A question about a future military facility and Cost-of-Living-Allowance at Homestead Air Reserve Base from SOCSOUTH…
  • Questions Answered after the Live Event

    1. Does he envision the special operations community gaining a stronghold across all domains, i.e., space, air, land, sea, cyber, and human?-Bill from Facebook
    2. - Thanks for the question, Bill. SOF’s core activities require us to excel in all these domains. Specialized training will ensure this happens. Through USCYBERCOM, we're also ensuring our forces receive needed support in the space and cyber domains.

      The Human Domain remains SOF’s strongest. Culturally attuned SOF benefit from education and training programs specifically designed to meet the challenges of the future operating environment. These operations will be conducted along side Global SOF Network partners. Working with and through these partners, we hope to understand, influence, and shape the operating environment to deter conflict around the world.

      I hope that helps!


    3. Just curious, aren't the POTFF providers providing exactly what base Family Support Centers are already doing? (ACS, AFRC, FFSC) -Evan from Facebook
    4. - Thanks, Evan. Unlike service providers, POTFF support is organic to the units they serve. This unique, embedded relationship allows POTFF staff to provide relevant, timely assistance to meet the unique requirements of those they support. With this being said, POTFF staff will continue to assess and refine staffing to avoid redundancy, if noted. I hope that helps clear up the difference for you.

    5. There is a lack of quality childcare providers in the Homestead area. This is a MAJOR issue with families of the SOCSOUTH. Is there any way to get CDC on this installation? -SOCSOUTH REDFAM
    6. - SOUTHCOM's Education Liaison, Dr. Francisco Brizuela, can lend a hand. In fact, SOCSOUTH also includes his services in our Newcomers and Sponsor Programs. Dr. Brizuela can aid and advise on application procedures and processes for many of the Miami-Dade schools, to potentially include preferential placement for military children. Please contact him and let him know about the issues you are experiencing.

    7. As there is no military housing, how could we improve the process for families coming to SOCSOUTH? HOA takes 30 days plus for applications. -SOCSOUTH REDFAM
    8. - I’m hearing there are several HOAs in the SOCSOUTH area that will make special accommodations for military families. Our new SOCOM sponsored FRSA will engage to expand this relationship, and through this office, if you'd like, we’ll keep you posted on any updates we get on that. Thanks a lot for your question.

    9. Do spouses have priority hiring privileges on HARB or with SOCSOUTH? Many spouses would love to work, but there is a lack of job postings -SOCSOUTH REDFAM
    10. - As Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) is a Reserve Command Installation, there are limited positions available. with this being siad, during the hiring for Government Civilian and NAF positions, spousal preference is always given.


    11. Are there any Spanish classes for spouses as this area has a high demand for bilingual people? -SOCSOUTH REDFAM
    12. - At this time, Spanish classes for spouses is not a service provided by Air Force Reserve Command (ARFC). However, Homestead Air Reserve Base Services is looking into volunteer-provided Spanish instruction. If you'd like we will ensure that the information about that goes out to you all once we learn more.

    13. Fraud is a huge issue in the Homestead area, also the overall prices of products in the area are higher. Is there a plan for a PX/BX and/or Commissary where Military Members can shop on the HARB without the worry of having their credit info compromised? -SOCSOUTH REDFAM
    14. - Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) is currently building a Shopette with gas pumps, one that will be completed by Summer 2014. Unfortunately, as Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) is a Reserve Command Installation, Commissary/Exchange is not a service provided by Air Force Reserve Command(ARFC).

    15. I am a spouse of a Green Beret currently stationed in Okinawa,Japan. 1st BN 1st SFG is the most deployed unit out of all in the army but yet our family programs are seriously lacking. We have a ball and a few small events each year. My husband and I haven't even been on a marriage retreat together because he is always gone when one becomes available.

    16. - Childcare vouchers are available through ACS...but only for deployed soldiers families. Note that husbands on a JCET for 4 months may still not be considered deployed.

    17. I read in USA Today that Admiral McRaven in 2012 Issued a directive guaranteeing special operations, in a two-year period, at least 250 unrestricted days with their families, free of war, training or other interruptions. Is this true and if so what happened to this??
    18. - The directive you're referring to - Policy Memorandum 12-11 - was signed by ADM McRaven on 8 June 2012. It was phased in and fully implemented 4 May 2013, requiring waivers for any deviations from policy. This personnel tempo tracking and threshold policy states that the USSOCOM threshold is a minimum of 250 days (does not have to be consecutive) at home station (head on pillow) in a 24-month period (730 days)... with a 12 months back and 12 months forward sliding scale used for the data calculation. The policy memo to date, USSOCOM has only received one waiver request and no members had broken the threshold.


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