ACS celebrates 46 years of service
August 4, 2011
WIESBADEN, Germany - Since its beginning in 1965, one Army organization has grown to meet the needs of more than those for which it was founded.
Army Community Service celebrated its 46th birthday July 22 and now rejoices in the glow of offering relevant services and programs to Soldiers, civilian employees and their Families to meet a diversity of needs.
“Back in ’65, ACS was there to support Families. Since then the goals have expanded and become a little more complex,” said Jan Meert, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden ACS director, noting that a number of new services have been introduced. These include, among others, the Soldier and Family Assistance Center and Survivor Outreach Services " programs that address the unique needs of warriors in transition and survivors of Soldiers who died during active military service.
ACS offers programs that address, but are not limited to, financial issues, varied Family concerns, new parent support, special Soldier issues, and employment and relocation assistance.
“We offer a plethora of services to meet the needs of the military community,” said Meert, who has been employed with the ACS organization for five years. “Initially ACS was started to assist the Army Family. Now the organization has an extension of services that help all members in the military community to include Soldiers, Families, civilians and retirees.”
In that time the director has seen the organization evolve and expand to offer programs that are appropriate to the changing needs of the military community.
“Constant deployments and family separations … there is a lot of stress on Families,” said Meert. “We are offering more services to help people be resilient with all these changes going on with Families.”
While the lending closet service and Army Emergency Relief program are in a peak season, the director reemphasized that the organization has a vast offering of services and programs to meet the needs of anyone in the military community.
“Remember we’re here for everyone,” said Meert.
Visit ACS in Hainerberg Housing, Building 7790, or call mil 335-5234 or civ (0611) 4080-234 to learn more about services and programs offered.