A former Batavia Township resident, OSU Extension office worker and Clermont County Senior Services worker Glenn Welling, has been assigned to a newly created program at the Pentagon.
Welling has served in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, for the last 27 years as a reservist. His experience has landed him the position of deputy executive director for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
“This is a reserve specific job in the office of the secretary of defense,” said Welling. “I will be working for the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs.”
"This is a congressionally mandated program created to ensure that all reservists and their family members have access to information, services, referral and proactive outreach programs while they are on active duty," said Welling.
The newly developed program will aid military personnel and their families with support and assistance while they are deployed.
"We will be reaching these personnel and their families through all four phases of deployment from six months before deployment through the 30, 60 and 90 days post-deployment," said Welling. "I will be acting as coordinator for all the different branches of the military."
The goal of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is to prepare military personnel and their families for mobilization, sustaining their families during their mobilization and reintegrating them with their families, communities and employers upon redeployment. This program is expected to unify the efforts of all the branches including the National Guard and all reserve components to offer help through a wide range of programs and options as close as possible to the service member's residence.
Welling was to report to the Pentagon in Washington D. C. on Saturday, Jan. 16 to begin work on the program. He will be responsible for creating a standardized interservice program which will combine the best practices of each service to aid reservists and their families to the maximum extent possible.
His wife and four children will remain behind for now but will be joining him in Washington D.C. later this year.