Family Readiness

Maryland National Guard Readiness Program JFHQ
The Maryland National Guard Family Readiness mission is to establish and facilitate ongoing communication, involvement, support and recognition between Maryland Guard families and the Maryland National Guard. The vision is to create a partnership between the two that promotes the best in both and contributes to an enhanced quality of life for Maryland National Guard members, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Main Number 410-576-6019
State Family Program Director 410-576-2992
Fax 410-576-6150
Family Support Assistant 301-847-8348
Child and Youth Program 410-576-2995
Family Readiness Specialist 410-576-6019
Transitional Assistant Advisor 410-576-2994
Survivor Outreach Services 410-576-2991

Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA)
The more you understand and feel a part of your Service Member's mission, the easier it will be to adapt to the separations, deployments, and relocations. The military enhances family readiness by providing resources to assist the family while fostering their independence. Both military and civilian community resources are available to assist your family. Awareness and understanding of the resources are available and how to access them can empower you to better manage your life during times of deployments and separation. When it comes to the deployment phase, we strive to be there from beginning to end, from dusk to dawn, through smiles and frowns. The intent of the program is to prepare National Guard and Reserve members and their families for deployment; sustain their families during deployment; and reintegrate Service Members with their families, communities and employers upon redeployment or release from active duty in various fun-filled ways. 

58th BfSB Ruhl Armory 1035 York Road
Towson, MD 21220
58th Troop Command Adelphi Readiness Center 2600 Powder Mill Drive
Adelphi, MD 20783
29th CAB Bldg E4305 Aberdeen Proving Grounds
APG, MD 21012

Family Readiness Group (FRG) 
Your unit Family Readiness Group is a formally recognized and chartered volunteer group of unit family members and loved ones, supported by unit officers and enlisted personnel. The group provides information to and support for families and members of the unit, especially during periods of separation. Knowing that the FRG is there to help when the Service Member is away can be a big relief. Anyone with a connection to the unit is welcome to be a part of the FRG: Spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, friends, significant others, aunts, uncles, etc. Your level of involvement is strictly up to you depending upon your personal interests, time, and commitment.    

What does an FRG do?

  • Serve as a point of contact for families throughout the deployment cycle
  • Is a communication network to get information to families quickly, consisting of email information letters, a "telephone tree" and a website
  • Outreach programs for families that have little knowledge about benefits
  • Organize social activities to relieve stress of everyday life and encourage bonding among families and others significant to the Service Members Training to help families deal with deployment and separation
  • Support groups for spouses, parents, children and other loved ones
  • Fosters increased levels of cohesion, confidence and commitment between the chain of command, Service Members and family members

Your Service Member's unit can be your strongest resource for information and support for parenting, employer challenges, coping with separations and experiencing homecomings and reunions. Contact your unit FRG Lead or contact a FRSA.