Family Readiness Network - FRN Strong!

The Savannah District established a Family Readiness Network in 2009 to support families of hundreds of team members who volunteer to deploy in response to defense operations as well as natural disasters, both at home and abroad. 

The Savannah District has one of the highest response rates in the Corps of Engineers for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has deployed more than 200 team members to facilitate the construction of critical infrastructure and public facilities for these countries. Year after year, we continue to surpass the nationwide goal for OCO deployments.

The Savannah District also is home to the 542nd Engineer Detachment—a specialized team of Soldiers and civilians. The detachment is one of eight Forward Engineer Support Teams within Corps of Engineers that deploys with Army units and provides commanders with technical assessments, design and construction management services.

With such a successful deployment portfolio, the district recognized the need to provide a network of friendship, support and resources to the families who make our emergency response mission possible. The Savannah District is committed to creating a community that is empowered, sustained and unified by informed and resilient families in support of the nation’s engineering challenges.


Our purpose is to provide resources, communication and support to the district’s deployed civilians, soldiers and families before, during and after deployment. We aim to:

  • Provide education, resources and guidance on important topics or issues affecting deployees and families; 
  • Identify family needs and suggest ways to accommodate them;
  • Offer a source of social support, morale building and friendship; 
  • Serve as a conduit for information and communication; 
  • Foster connections and deepen camaraderie among Savannah District employees and their family members.

Our Mission: To enhance the quality of life and morale of Savannah District’s civilians, soldiers and family members who deploy in support of Overseas Contingency Operations, as well as other natural and man-made disasters, that call on emergency response from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Our Theme: FRN Strong!

Our Vision: Providing resources and support at our best!

Military One Source


Healthy families make strong soldiers. Strong soldiers make a successful Army. That is what Military OneSource is all about. 
Military OneSource's goal is to enable soldiers and their family members to be strong, healthy and capable, by providing a full range of information and services made available to soldiers and family members 24/7 – promoting resiliency and stability, during war and peace.

Around the clock, around the country, Military OneSource can help you with…

  • Child Care Referrals
  • Family and individual counseling
  • Learning about local military family services
  • Connecting with other military families
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Financial matters

For more information, call Military OneSource at

Army Community Service


Army Community Service assists commanders in maintaining the readiness of individuals, families, and communities within the Army by developing, coordinating, and delivering services which promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability during war and peace. Services are offered to Active, Retired, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers and their family members, regardless of branch of service. Department of Defense civilian employees (APF and NAF) are also eligible for most services, as are their family members. ACS programs include the Army Volunteer Corps, the Employement Readiness Program, the Family Advocacy Program, the Army Victim Advocacy Program, the Military & Family Life Consultant Program, and more.


For more information, or if you are interested in becoming an FRN volunteer, please contact:

Renee Atkins, FRN Coordinator
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District
Phone: 1-912-652-5598