Maryland Air Guard Holds First Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

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  • By Master Sgt. Edward Bard
  • 175th Wing
The Maryland Air National Guard hosted its first 30-day post-deployment Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel July 9 to 10.  YRRP provides resources to help memberes and familys deal with stressors associated with extended separation.

The event was kicked off by Brig. Gen. Robert M. Ginnetti, chief of staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Maryland Air National Guard, and Col. Scott L. Kelly, commander, 175th Wing. Both welcomed home all of the 50-plus participants and their families and asked that they relax and enjoy the planned seminars for the day.

"You have done an outstanding job," said General Ginnetti. "The American people are thankful for what you do and your leadership is proud of you. You're selfless, dedicated, patriotic and continue to answer your state and nations call."

"Thanks to all of you for serving your country in what you do," said Colonel Kelly. "The backbone of all of that is your family's support. We appreciate your family members being here with us today.

YRRP events and activities are held for all National Guard members and their families when they are called or ordered to active or full time operational support, other than for training, for 90 cumulative days or more during a fiscal year.

The next event is the 60-day post-deployment program. The two-day event will be held on Sept. 17 to 18, according to Mrs. Rebecca Price, YRRP Program cordinator.

Over 20 organizations attended the event to provide information to attendees, including the Red Cross, the Maryland Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Operation Military Kids, military and family life consultants, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the National Guard Bureau Psychological Health Program and many more.

The children's portion of the YRRP consisted of a fun-filled day of coloring books, a movie, games and jewelry making.

The Department of Defense YRRP was legislated in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act to provide members with sustained support before during and after a deployment.  The Office of Reintegration Programs, now known as the DoD YRRP Office, provides operational oversight. July 2009 to July 2010 has been designated the Year of the Air Force Family.