Care Team works together to aid “blood and treasure”

U.S. Army Sgt. Victor Bovsun, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment chaplain assistant, gives ideas for how the Care Team can assist deployed service members and their families with their deployment needs at Camp Lemonnier, March 7, 2014. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, and representatives from multiple organizations from Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA have begun brainstorming ideas for helping service members and their families in times of need. 18th Infantry Regiment Chaplain Assistant gives Care Team Ideas U.S. Army Sgt. Victor Bovsun, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment chaplain assistant, gives ideas for how the Care Team can assist deployed service members and their families with their deployment needs at Camp Lemonnier, March 7, 2014. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, and representatives from multiple organizations from Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA have begun brainstorming ideas for helping service members and their families in times of need.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, speaks to Care Team representatives during a meeting at Camp Lemonnier, March 7, 2014. The Care Team will help meet the needs of deployed service members and their families. Grigsby and representatives from multiple organizations from Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA have begun brainstorming ideas for helping service members and their families in times of need. CJTF-HOA Commanding General Speaks to Care Team Representatives U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, speaks to Care Team representatives during a meeting at Camp Lemonnier, March 7, 2014. The Care Team will help meet the needs of deployed service members and their families. Grigsby and representatives from multiple organizations from Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA have begun brainstorming ideas for helping service members and their families in times of need.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, reads the Care Team mission and vision statement to the representatives of the team during a meeting at Camp Lemonnier, March 7, 2014. The Care Team will help meet the needs of deployed service members and their families. Grigsby and representatives from multiple organizations from Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA have begun brainstorming ideas for helping service members and their families in times of need CJTF-HOA Commanding General reads Care Team Mission and Vision Statement U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, reads the Care Team mission and vision statement to the representatives of the team during a meeting at Camp Lemonnier, March 7, 2014. The Care Team will help meet the needs of deployed service members and their families. Grigsby and representatives from multiple organizations from Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA have begun brainstorming ideas for helping service members and their families in times of need

In an effort to help deployed service members and their families, the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier has kicked off a new program, the Care Team.

The vision of the Care Team is to help with issues that often arise when one is deployed. Issues such as stress from a first deployment, combat, depression, having a baby on the way,  and deaths back home.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., CJTF-HOA commanding general and representatives from multiple from Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA organizations have began brainstorming possible ideas for helping service members and their families in times of need or hardships.

“The purpose of having a Care Team is to address pressing social issues effecting service members at Camp Lemonnier,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Dana Reed, Care Team coordinator and CJTF-HOA chaplain. “We come together to pool our resources and observations to effect change. We want to be out in front of issues before they become problematic.”

Representatives from Fleet and Family Support services, American Red Cross, expeditionary medical facility, CJTF-HOA Religious Affairs, 1st Batallion 18th Infantry Regiment, Camp Lemonnier Chapel, and CJTF-HOA Safety Office, frequently help others cope with problems.

 “The most important resource we have is our blood and treasure,” said Grigsby “Our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and civilian leaders. They’re our blood and treasure, they are a weapon system, and they need to be fully functional.”

The Care Team expects to meet once a month to discuss solving the challenges of service members. The team looks forward to implementing the solutions to help their ‘blood and treasure.’

“I know that by coming together, someone will come up with the idea that’ll save time and a bunch of service members’ lives,” Grigsby said.

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