166th Airlift Wing Hosts Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Event

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  • By Mr. Mitch Topal
  • 166th Airlift Wing

The 166th Airlift Wing hosted a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Event at the Hilton Double Tree in Wilmington, Del., Aug. 12, 2019.


The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, a federally-mandated program, encompasses a cooperative network of military services, veteran service organizations, federal and state governmental departments and other agencies which provide information, resources, referral and proactive outreach throughout the deployment cycle.


“Thank you to all of our service members, families, friends, community resource partners and more who attended and helped make this event a success,” said Col. Carla D. Riner, 166th Airlift Wing commander. “We hope that family members and all who support our service members leave this event feeling connected and knowing where to turn when they need assistance.”


Attendees were able to participate in a variety of breakout sessions offered by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program team and other service providers on various topics affecting families. Health, finances, stress, suicide, substance abuse, marriage, legal and financial practices are just a handful of issues that the program tackles.


“We are so lucky to have such great support of our program from leadership," said Sarah Mears, 166th Airlift Wing Yellow Ribbon Support Specialist. "Yellow Ribbon events are meant to prepare our service members and their families for deployment as well as help them reintegrate upon their return. Our goal is to make sure they know and understand all of the resources they have access to and who to reach out to for help.”


An essential part of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Event is to help households cope with the deployment of a family member and to assist service members, communities and employers before and after deployment.


For more information regarding the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, please contact Sarah Mears at (302) 323-3562 or by email at sarah.v.mears2.ctr@mail.mil.