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This handbook is to welcome the incoming or newly arrived Soldiers and their Spouses in the unit. It includes information on various on/off post resources, such as employment assistance, school information, on/off post housing, and fun stuff to do while stationed here in the Washington State.


  • Family Readiness Handbook

    47TH Combat Support Hospital

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    47th Combat Support Hospital FRG Handbook

    Table of Contents

    Unit History 3 Welcome Messages 4 How to Become a Volunteer 6 Unit Locations 8 FRG Contact Information Sheet 9 Organizational Charts 10 Important Local Phone Numbers 12 Community Resources 13 Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) American Red Cross (ARC) Army Community Services (ACS) Army Emergency Relief (AER) Child & Family Assistance Center (CAFAC) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

    Family Life Center Legal Assistance Madigan Army Medical Center Childcare Services Off-Post Childcare Options

    Housing School Employment Religious Services Important Websites 23 Tour of Duty: JBLM, Washington Bucket List 24

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    47th Combat Support Hospital History

    The 47th Combat Support Hospital was first constituted on 21 December 1928 in the Regular Army as the 47th Surgical Hospital, but existed with much of the Army in the planning stage until the advent of the Second World War. After the Pearl Harbor the unit was redesigned as the 47th Portable Surgical Hospital on 31 May 1943 and was officially activated on 7 June 1943 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The unit departed the United States for service in the Pacific theater on 10 September 1943. The unit saw action in I-Liang, China; India; and Burma theaters until the end of the World War II and returned to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey where it was inactivated on 3 November 1945. With the outbreak of the Korean War, the unit was redesigned on 24 November 1952 as the 47th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H) and activated on 2 February 1953 in Korea. Personnel were equipped, trained, and moved to Korea in February 1953. The MASH quickly reorganized and was redesigned 25 March 1953 as the 47th Surgical Hospital. During the conflict the unit performed admirably in action and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. After the conflict, the unit returned to Fort Riley, Kansas and was inactivated on 15 November 1957. Vietnam. The unit returned to active duty on 10 January 1968 at Fort Lewis, Washington. The unit was reorganized and redesigned for the final time on 21 May 1973 as the 47th Combat Support Hospital where it has remained ever since. Desert Storm. The unit was again awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm from October 1990 to April 1991, where the unit was the most forward deployed of all American Hospitals, serving under the 1st Med Group in support of the XVIII Airborne Corps. Iraq. The 47th CSH has also completed two deployment rotations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2005 and 2009. The latest deployment was in support of Operation New Dawn (OND), from 5 July to 21 December 2011. The CSH Headquarters, located at Contingency Operation Base Adder, Tallil, Iraq functioned as a Medical Task Force headquarters providing mission command for as many as 19 subordinate units postured across Iraq. Alpha Company, 47th CSH staffed the level III medical facility at COB Adder providing hospitalization and surgical capability for Southern Iraq. B Company, 47th CSH performed as the Department of State Medical Facility transition team providing medical treatment, surgical care, and hospitalization at eight medical facilities across Iraq. The 47th CSH has the distinction of being the last Combat Support Hospital to provide Army Health System support during the reduction of forces and conclusion of American Military Operations in the nation of Iraq.

    Distinctive Unit Insignia

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    Welcome to the CSH Family, your new Army home!

    We are excited that you are joining our military Family and looking forward to working with you to make your time in this unit a productive, enjoyable experience. Our unit Family Readiness Group (FRG) is active and working to support our Soldiers and their Families. Our FRG exists to:

    Provide accurate and current communication between unit command team and families

    Sharing of information on the Army life, this unit, and our mission. Promote self-reliance in preparation for family separation, during training exercise,

    deployment, temporary duty assignment (TDY) or schooling.

    Information is distributed through email, the unit Facebook page, newsletters, deployment / redeployment briefings or through our FRG meetings. Our primary goal is to make sure that Families feel equipped to deal with the stress that is associated with separation. If the Families needs are met, then our Soldiers can concentrate on the job he/she is assigned to do.

    Our FRG also helps create a climate of mutual support within our unit, foster a sense of belonging to the unit/community, and provide a vehicle for our families to develop friendship while they gain information about the unit and the community.

    However, the success of our mission depends on the level of involvement from its members therefore, we encourage you to get involved! Be a part of the team. Become a volunteer, be an active part of the FRG, not only to receive help, but to help and share your talent and skills to others!

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    Messages from our FRG Leadership Team

    Welcome to the 47th Combat Support Hospital! We are very happy to have you join our mission-focused but Family oriented team of Officers, NCOs, Soldiers and Family Members. I have several simple goals for the organization which I believe will help us to achieve both mission success and personal satisfaction: train to task and enjoy what we are doing. Believing in the importance and value of our mission while taking to heart the immense responsibility we have as a unit and as individuals, will set us up to succeed in whatever the Army asks of us. I hope the 47th Combat Support Hospital will be a challenging and rewarding experience for you and I can assure you that we will do our best to welcome you and your Family and integrate you as a valued member of Americas CSH.

    - Dedicated to Life, Rainier 6

    I am very excited to have you and your Family join the 47th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) team. We look forward to integrating you into our team and ensuring you transition into Americas CSH Family with ease. We believe in strong Families and promoting balance in our Soldiers lives because happy Families lead to strong teams. Likewise, we believe in training to meet the mission that is asked of us or any piece of our medical capabilities. Y ou are coming to a team of professionals that remain ready to meet the demands and needs of our great army. Welcome to the team and I will see you during training or maybe at a Family centered team building event.

    - Dedicated to Life, Rainier 7

    On behalf of the 47th CSH FRG, I would like to welcome you to your new Army home, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington! Caring for Families, as well as the well-being of the Soldiers, civilians and their Families, is of utmost importance. We have a very active Family Readiness Group (FRG) and we are here to help make your move to Fort Lewis as easy as possible.I look forward to getting to know you and your Family as you transition to your new home.

    - Erin

    COL Jennifer Caci 47th CSH Commander

    CSM Albert Crews 47th CSH Command

    Sergeant Major

    Erin Crews FRG Senior Advisor

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    How to Become a Volunteer Step 1 Register online

    1) Go to www.myarmyonesource.com 2) Click on the LOGIN tab at top of page to Register or Not a Member? Join Now at top right

    of page 3) Input your information. Under the Military Community affiliation drop down tab, locate

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord about of the way down under Northwest Region 4) Click on CONTINUE 5) If information is correct, click on REGISTER

    Step 2 Apply for a Volunteer Opportunity/Position 1) Go to www.myarmyonesource.com 2) In top right corner click the Become A Volunteer box, then Opportunity Locator 3) Under the military community drop down bar, select Joint Base Lewis-McChord about

    of the way down under Northwest Region 4) Select by organization using the drop down bar (FRG: 593d ESC: 62d Med Bde 47th CSH

    name of company) and click on SEARCH 5) Select a position by clicking on the blue position title 6) If this position suits your needs, click on APPLY 7) Review your information and fill in additional information on next screen, click SUBMIT

    APPLICATION 8) Once your application has been accepted, an email will be sent to you confirming your status.

    After you begin volunteering, you can then continue to Step 3.

    Step 3 How to record your volunteer hours 1) Go to www.myarmyonesource.com 2) Click on the LOGIN tab at top of page 3) At top of page click My AOS page 4) Under Volunteer Center AVC tools, click service history, your position will show and to

    the far right, click hours. 5) If you want to update several days of service, click ADD MANY 6) If you want to update one day of service, click ADD ONE 7) Input the hours contributed, then click SAVE 8) You can edit your hours and document notes by clicking on edit 9) When finished inputting hours, click DONE 10) When complete, you can navigate the site or log out.

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    Where to find: 62nd Medical Brigade

    Bldg 2019, Liggett Avenue, JBLM-Lewis Main, WA 98433