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The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a congressionally-mandated program that is intended to provide military reservists and their families a forum to gather information on the resources and benefits available to them before and after deploying.
It's a way to reconnect with those close to you in a premium venue and at a location that has plenty of activities. It is simply a good-deal and you will come out knowing something you didn't about the resources available to you and your family.
The typical event schedule is travel on Friday to arrive at the hotel for registration from 1500-1700, speakers and activities all day Saturday and Sunday morning, then travel home Sunday afternoon. All three days are duty days, but we always allow for family time on Friday and Saturday afternoon/evenings.
If you can take a few extra days off work, you are highly encouraged to come early or stay late and enjoy the local attractions. Airfare is generally covered regardless of when you travel. Please note, these are not duty days. Lodging is on your own, but the hotel will often extend the military rate outside the conference dates. Just as importantly, you must get permission from your military or civilian supervisor for leave/vacation time.
If you wish to attend, it requires a quick response from you. These events fill to capacity quickly and you don't want to miss out. Registration may close at any time.
NOTE: Yellow Ribbon will pay for two eligible guests. All DEERS eligible children count as one guest. However, single folks are planned for as well. There are programs specifically for singles at the event. Single members are allowed to bring two guests over the age of 18; such as parents, siblings, a roommate or fiancé. Think, "Who helped pay my bills and watched my stuff" while deployed. Those people may attend as your guests.
Representative: 2nd Lt Mary Begy
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
UTAs 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
507th ARW Headquarters
Bldg. 1056, Basement
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma