FORT CARSON, Colo. -- The Mountain Post community joined in a celebration of the Army Family Team Building program's 17 years of service, Nov. 30.

The purpose of the AFTB Expo is to provide an interactive opportunity to learn what AFTB is, and how the program can help participants expand their Army knowledge, personal growth, self-reliance and leadership skills -- all of which contribute to overall resilience, said Nathaniel Nugin, Army Community Service Family Enrichment Program manager.

"Living in an age in which everyone seems to be waiting for the 'next new thing,' the longevity of AFTB is remarkable. Although it is currently being updated, it remains as viable today as it was 17 years ago," Nugin said.

AFTB was founded in 1994 to serve the Army community by providing free courses educating Families on Army life and traditions. In 1998, a proclamation was signed by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Dennis Reimer and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Richard Kidd to declare Dec. 16 AFTB Day, Nugin said. For 17 years, the AFTB Program has continued to assist Families with courses which have evolved to accommodate changes in the Army.

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. James A. Kilpatrick said the birthday expo was a chance for the community to acknowledge the program's achievements over the years.

"It's just another small way of saying that Army Community Service is always on their A game every day," Kilpatrick said.

The free event was open to all members of the Fort Carson community and festivities included opportunity drawings, prizes, refreshments and a birthday cake. Knowledgeable team members were also available to answer questions and share information on upcoming classes.

Nugin said the AFTB program is recommended for everyone. It benefits the Soldier, Family, team and the Army mission by educating, empowering and creating lifelong friendships.

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