The strength of our nation is our Army; the strength of our Army is our Soldiers; the strength of our Soldiers is our families. The Month of the Military Child commemorated in April, Military Spouse Day celebrated on the Friday before Mother's Day in May, Gold Star Mothers Day celebrated on the last Sunday of September, and Military Family Appreciation Month commemorated in November are all reminders of the sacrifices made by Soldiers and their families every day. Army families are one of the pillars of Army Strong.

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Memorial

Travel: Dachau memorial site reveals grim...

Though much of European history can be characterized by social, philosophical, scientific and artistic enlightenment, there are also incredibly grim reminders of humankind's capacity for both... MORE about Travel: Dachau memorial site reveals grim chapter of world history

Bernie McGrenahan

Bernie McGrenahan brings 'comedy with a...

Comedian Bernie McGrenahan stopped at Katterbach Kaserne and Storck Barracks for two shows April 17 that combined comedy with a unique perspective on alcoholism and recovery. MORE about Bernie McGrenahan brings 'comedy with a message' to Ansbach

Privatized Army Lodging

Privatization of Army lodging to benefit...

The Staybridge Suites now under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va., is being designed specifically to cater to wounded warriors and their visiting family members. MORE about Privatization of Army lodging to benefit wounded warriors

Future memories

Open season on eggs at USAG Ansbach

It was a windy, chilly morning on a field at Urlas Housing when young children and their parents scoured a field for brightly colored plastic eggs April 19. The Families were taking part in a... MORE about Open season on eggs at USAG Ansbach

Bicycle safety course

Bicycle safety rodeos to prepare Ansbach...

The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Safety Office, in coordination with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Child, Youth and School Services and Outdoor Recreation will host... MORE about Bicycle safety rodeos to prepare Ansbach children for safe summer rides

Army values

'Walk to End Violence' raises awareness of...

The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention team sponsored a walk April 17, 2014, at Katterbach Kaserne, Germany. MORE about 'Walk to End Violence' raises awareness of sexual assault, harassment at USAG Ansbach

Alcohol, violence form toxic relationship

Alcohol, violence form toxic relationship

Though alcohol does not cause violence, it is often a factor in violent acts in the U.S. as well as within the USAG Ansbach community. MORE about Alcohol, violence form toxic relationship

The Imagination Movers

Group moves imagination of USAG Ansbach

"Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun!" -- The Imagination Movers played to a packed house at USAG Ansbach. MORE about Group moves imagination of USAG Ansbach

CSA at Senate Armed Services Committee

CSA: Army has much to learn about what...

The chief of staff of the Army said there is still much to learn about what happened at Fort Hood, Texas, and why, but changes made after a 2009 shooting spree prevented the tragedy from being... MORE about CSA: Army has much to learn about what happened, why at Fort Hood

Soldiers killed at Fort Hood identified

The three Soldiers killed in the April 2 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas have been identified while the search continues for answers that might explain the motive for the killings. MORE about Soldiers killed at Fort Hood identified

Shaq hams it up

O'Neal set bar sky high for 'Young Lives, BIG...

"Young Lives, BIG Stories" is the theme of the 2014 Month of the Military Child, which will be celebrated throughout April on U.S. Army installations. MORE about O'Neal set bar sky high for 'Young Lives, BIG Stories'

McHugh and Odierno discuss 2014 Fort Hood tragedy with SASC

Army mourning loss of Soldiers at Fort Hood

To the Fort Hood, Texas, community and the Army family worldwide, "this is a time once again to come together, to stand as one as they have so many times before, drawing strength from each... MORE about Army mourning loss of Soldiers at Fort Hood

Parade 1

Fort Jackson starts Month of the Military Child...

Children paraded in front of Imboden Street Child Development Center to mark the start of the Month of the Military Child April 1, 2014. MORE about Fort Jackson starts Month of the Military Child with parade

MOMC

Month of the Military Child events set

April is designated as Month of the Military Child, and the Fort Jackson community will mark the month with a number of events. MORE about Month of the Military Child events set

Fellowship with families of Fallen Warriors

Fellowship with families of 'Fallen Warriors'

Combat is more than a soldier's story, it's a story of how families of "fallen warriors" adjust to life after they've lost a loved one. U.S. Army Central's Chaplains reached out to... MORE about Fellowship with families of 'Fallen Warriors'

Senior leader spouses gain program awareness, enhance camaraderie

Senior leader spouses gain program awareness...

Dr. Jill Biden invited the spouses of National Guard senior leaders to the vice president's official residence Wednesday and encouraged them to spread the word about programs that support service... MORE about Senior leader spouses gain program awareness, enhance camaraderie

Free career programs for veterans, spouses available through Syracuse University

Free career programs for veterans, spouses...

Post 9/11 veterans, transitioning military members, and their spouses can enroll in free, online career training at Syracuse University to enhance their skills and marketability. The next deadline... MORE about Free career programs for veterans, spouses available through Syracuse University

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The family challenge -- Battalion launches...

The families of Soldiers taking part in Basic Combat Training with the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, now have access to a course titled, "Basic Training for Families." The course... MORE about The family challenge -- Battalion launches program to prepare families for military life

First Soldier, Family Fitness course builds DIVWEST Family resiliency

First Soldier, Family Fitness course builds...

First Army Division West is holding its first Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness course for its command teams. MORE about First Soldier, Family Fitness course builds DIVWEST family resiliency

Wiles appreciates father

Skier says Army father helped her achieve...

U.S. Olympic skier Jacqueline Wiles, 21, said the support of her Army father has been instrumental in allowing her to ski competitively and achieve her dream of getting to Sochi for the winter... MORE about Skier says Army father helped her achieve Olympic dream

Smith Middle School technology students win...

Colonel Smith Middle School put its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM curriculum to the test to enter Verizon's second annual Innovative App Challenge. MORE about Smith Middle School technology students win 'Best in State' title

Olympic Practice

Army daughter wins bronze in Olympic team...

Army family member Ashley Wagner helped Team USA win a bronze medal in the inaugural team figure-skating event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. MORE about Army daughter wins bronze in Olympic team figure skating

AFAP tackles community concerns

AFAP tackles community concerns

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The 2013 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) symposium brought out a variety of military and civilian members of Team APG who were ready to tackle new and old issues... MORE about AFAP tackles community concerns

Gold Star and Next-of-Kin pins

Army unveils 'Gold Star' PSA honoring survivors...

The Army announced Jan. 29, 2014, that it will release three public service announcements over the next year to increase awareness of DOD-issued gold star and next-of-kin lapel pins. MORE about Army unveils 'Gold Star' PSA honoring survivors of fallen

Army piloting teen resilience program to strengthen Army families

Army piloting teen resilience program to...

In an effort to further strengthen the Army family, the Army is extending resilience training to teenagers. MORE about Army piloting teen resilience program to strengthen Army families

Gifford Promotion

Army provides Command Sergeant Major, Family a...

Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dunkelberger didn't think of himself as a career military man when he enlisted in the Army, but fell in love with the service. It was this love that led him to several... MORE about Army provides Command Sergeant Major, Family a Legacy of Leadership

Soldier surprises family as Scuba Claus

Soldier surprises family as 'Scuba Claus'

A Minnesota National Guardsman made a huge splash on his return from a deployment to Afghanistan when he surprised his children as Scuba Claus at the Mall of America's Sea Life Aquarium in... MORE about Soldier surprises family as 'Scuba Claus'

Family members may occupy a different and greater care-giver role, as a result of service member PTSD, and in many circumstances may even be thriving in that role.

PTSD may bring role-reversal effect for family...

Many family members of recently-deployed service members find themselves in a different role, with new responsibilities, upon their service member's return from combat. MORE about PTSD may bring role-reversal effect for family caregivers

AFAP

Army Family Action Plan 2013: Conference aims...

The Army Family Action Plan is one of the Army's principle programs to ensure that standards of living in the Army keep pace with changing times. It gives Soldiers, Families, retirees and civilian... MORE about Army Family Action Plan 2013: Conference aims to improve quality of life

Capt. Shannon Terry and her daughter Reagan

Soldier fights for spinal muscular atrophy cure

Capt. Shannon Terry, a legislative liaison officer for the California National Guard, finds strength and support from fellow Soldiers and the Getty Owl Foundation after her baby girl Reagan was... MORE about Soldier fights for spinal muscular atrophy cure

NCO helps build home for Gold Star family

NCO helps build home for Gold Star family

A Fort Benning, Ga., drill sergeant is one of dozens of volunteers helping to build a new home for the family of a fallen Soldier. MORE about NCO helps build home for Gold Star family

AFAP presenter

USAG-HI ohana voice top issues at AFAP

"Your role, as delegates, is to let leadership know your top concerns and issues," said Mele Stender, program manager, Army Family Action Plan 2014, in her opening address to the... MORE about USAG-HI ohana voice top issues at AFAP

AFAP

Teen speaker makes impact at annual family...

The voice of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's teens echoed with poise and assurance at this years' Army Family Action Plan conference Report Out, held at the Nehelani, here, Nov. 15. MORE about Teen speaker makes impact at annual family conference

Administrative leave authorized for Soldiers seeking same-sex marriages

Administrative leave authorized for Soldiers...

As of a Nov. 7, 2013, Army directive, Soldiers seeking same-sex marriages are entitled, in some cases, to an amount of administrative leave in order to travel to a location where such marriages are... MORE about Administrative leave authorized for Soldiers seeking same-sex marriages

Thanksgiving

Soldiers, families worldwide celebrating...

Soldiers are making plans to be with families and friends and those stationed overseas are calling, writing or using social media to contact loved ones back home. Dining facilities worldwide are... MORE about Soldiers, families worldwide celebrating Thanksgiving

Fort Rucker recognized as best in Army, DOD

Fort Rucker recognized as best in Army, DOD

Fort Rucker, Ala., formally received its honors -- the 2013 Gold Chief of Staff of the Army Communities of Excellence Award and the Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence -- that it... MORE about Fort Rucker recognized as best in Army, DOD

Month of the Military Family

All in the family: Soldiers follow in their...

November is Month of the Military Family. Soldiers and potential Soldiers alike dish on what it's like to keep up with family tradition. MORE about All in the family: Soldiers follow in their family's military footsteps

Finding the solution

Bettering the community since 1983

AFAP gives community a chance to say what's working, what's not MORE about Bettering the community since 1983