Saber Squadron teaches importance of AER
March 29, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Troopers from 3rd "Saber" Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, did their part to ensure that the Saber Squadron is living up to the Army Emergency Relief's Campaign motto of "Soldiers taking care of their own" during a special Army Emergency Relief signing ceremony, March 16.
At the event, the Squadron Command team stressed the importance for Troopers to donate to the Army Emergency Relief Program. The AER Program is an asset that allows Army unit Commands to provide emergency financial assistance to Soldiers - active duty and retired, as well as, their dependents when there is a valid need since 1942.
"I would say that the AER program is important for all Soldiers', their Families', active and retired, morale and welfare by providing grants or loans for auto and house repair. They provide loans for purchasing a car (down payment), fixing appliances in your home, and much more," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Mingle, 3/7 Cav., 2HBCT.
To reinforce this message the Saber Command Team spoke to the Squadron about the importance of the AER program and signed individual donation cards committing to the cause in front of the Squadron formation.
"It is important that each Soldier gives to the Army Emergency Relief two dollars to help fellow Soldiers and or themselves in a time of need, because you might be the next Soldier in need," said Command Sgt. Major Mingle.
"I like the fact that everything we contribute comes directly back to our Soldiers, and feel that we have a responsibility to increase our contributions with the Squadron to better match what our Troopers benefited from last year," said Lt. Col. Lance Varney, commander, 3/7 Cav.
The awareness campaign runs through May 15, 2012. To date the Squadron's Troopers have donated $9,390 during this campaign.