Fort Sill, Okla. -- The post is now accepting nominations for the Family of the Year. According to Laurie Batule, Army Volunteer Corps coordinator, Fort Sill is looking for families who contribute to the growth of their community and instill a sense of teamwork as they nurture and strengthen their family.

"All types of families are eligible," said Batule, "whether dual or single parent, we are looking for families who best promote individual growth of its members, family teamwork and service to others."

All nominations must be digitally submitted by close of business Oct. 15.

Individuals, units, agencies and organizations may nominate families. In addition to bulleted information listing the attributes and selfless service of the family, nominators may also include a one-page essay in 500 words or less explaining why their nominated family should be selected.

"November is the month of the Military Family, and the Family of the Year recognition ceremony will be the highlight of the month-long celebration," said Batule. "It's important to take the time to recognize those exceptional families. General Odierno sent a loud and clear message to Soldiers, civilians and their families when he said, 'The strength of our nation is our Army; the strength of our Army is our Soldiers; the strength of our Soldiers is our families.'"

Nomination forms and instructions can be found at The award ceremony is Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Patriot Club.

For more information about the nomination process and award ceremony, call Batule at 442-4916 or email

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