Keeping our Army strong

The strength of our nation is our Army. The strength of our Army is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers in our families. The Army recognizes that the selfless dedication and commitment of Army families directly contributes to the readiness of our Soldiers. Families are the force behind the force. Throughout the year, the Army observes the following commemorations as a reminder of contributions and sacrifices made by Soldiers and their families every day.

April

Month of the Military Child

May (Friday before Mother's Day)

Military Spouse Day

Last Sunday of September

Gold Star Mother's Day

November

Military Family Month

2015 Military Family Month branding

News

Carter announces 12 weeks paid military maternity leave, other benefits

Carter announces 12 weeks paid military...

The Defense Department is increasing military maternity leave and instituting other changes in an effort to support military families, improve retention and strengthen the force of the future... MORE about Carter announces 12 weeks paid military maternity leave, other benefits

Application deadline nears for children scholarships

Application deadline nears for children...

The time remaining to apply for one of the 2016 Scholarships for Military Children, each worth $2,000, is rapidly dwindling, as this year's Feb. 12 deadline approaches. MORE about Application deadline nears for children scholarships

Family readiness leaders prep for South Korea rotation

Family readiness leaders prep for South Korea...

Family readiness leaders and volunteers, with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are ramping up to ensure Soldiers and Families are prepared and supported during the brigade's... MORE about Family readiness leaders prep for South Korea rotation

Army Fee Assistance for Child Care Awarded to Contractor

Army Fee Assistance program for child care...

A program that helps Soldiers with off-post child care expenses will begin transitioning from the Government Services Administration, or GSA, to a contractor, Feb. 22. MORE about Army Fee Assistance program for child care moving back to contractor

Arizona Culinary Institute supports Soldiers continuing education

Arizona Culinary Institute supports Soldier's...

Soldiers are familiar with the emotions that come with a deployment. They put their lives on hold, which includes Family, jobs and school, to serve. Some will do this multiple times in their career. MORE about Arizona Culinary Institute supports Soldier's continuing education

Army Emergency Relief aids bone marrow transplant

Army Emergency Relief aids bone marrow...

Farah Flores was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2015. Her daughter, Bernadette Flores, said her mother had been misdiagnosed many times before, but this time the cancer was confirmed. MORE about Army Emergency Relief aids bone marrow transplant

Fort Greely Army Medical Home Opens

Fort Greely Army Medical Home opens

Fort Greely residents celebrated the official opening of the Fort Greely Army Medical Home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of a standing room only crowd, Dec. 15. MORE about Fort Greely Army Medical Home opens

Children graduate from Drug Abuse Resistance Education

Children graduate from Drug Abuse Resistance...

Students, parents and teachers gathered in the gymnasium of Ware Elementary Dec. 16 to celebrate the pledge of a lifetime 5th grade students made to themselves and everyone. They pledged to stay... MORE about Children graduate from Drug Abuse Resistance Education

Far East District partnership teaches hands-on engineering tools

Far East District partnership teaches hands-on...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District continued its partnership with Department of Defense Dependent Schools Korea promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics with its... MORE about Far East District partnership teaches hands-on engineering tools

Fort Drum spouse helps build community spirit year-round

Fort Drum spouse helps build community spirit...

Sarah James wears many hats. The wife of combat engineer Sgt. William James, she is a mother of two, an active member of her family readiness group and a children's ministry director at her church... MORE about Fort Drum spouse helps build community spirit year-round

Army directive provides more accommodation to breastfeeding Soldiers during field training

Army directive provides more accommodation to...

New Army policy provides more prescriptive guidance to commanders pertaining to their support of Soldiers who choose to continue breastfeeding or express milk upon returning to duty. MORE about Army directive provides more accommodation to breastfeeding Soldiers during field training

Multi-gun challenge gives public glimpse of Army training

Multi-gun challenge gives public glimpse of...

Families, Soldiers and civilians spent three days learning about Army training while competing in a three-gun competition at Krilling Range during the 2015 Fort Benning Multi-gun Challenge, Dec... MORE about Multi-gun challenge gives public glimpse of Army training

Wounded warrior triumphs over tragedy

Wounded warrior triumphs over tragedy

Naval Postgraduate School student Army Maj. Dennis "DJ" Skelton, of Elk Point, South Dakota, has been given a rather unfortunate moniker - one he likely would prefer not to have. MORE about Wounded warrior triumphs over tragedy

NORAD celebrates 60 years of tracking Santa

NORAD celebrates 60 years of tracking Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of tracking Santa's yuletide journey. MORE about NORAD celebrates 60 years of tracking Santa

Change agents collaborate to improve the Army quality of life

Change agents collaborate to improve the Army...

Nearly 50 delegates representing all ranks of the Army, family members, and Department of the Army civilians joined forces at this week's annual Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference to address... MORE about Change agents collaborate to improve the Army quality of life

Camp Zama ACS hosts AFAP forum

Camp Zama ACS hosts AFAP forum

CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Nov. 20, 2015) -- Camp Zama's Army Community Service hosted an Army Family Action Plan issue gathering forum Nov. 18 at the installation's Community Activity Center. MORE about Camp Zama ACS hosts AFAP forum

November designated as Month of the Military Family

November designated as Month of the Military...

Since 1993, the month of November has been recognized as Month of the Military Family across the Department of Defense as a way to thank all Family members, who have supported the career of a... MORE about November designated as Month of the Military Family

Wife of new CSA visits 21st TSC

The 21st Theater Sustainment Command hosted Hollyanne Milley, the wife of Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Mark A. Milley, during the week of Oct. 25. During her visit to the Kaiserslautern... MORE about Wife of new CSA visits 21st TSC

Dad proud of daughters choice to play softball for Army

Dad proud of daughter's choice to play softball...

Watching his daughter lead the All-Armed Forces squad to an American Softball Association national championship reassured Al Ortenzo that she had made the right choice by attending West Point. MORE about Dad proud of daughter's choice to play softball for Army

Logistics officer to appear with first lady in TV special

Logistics officer to appear with first lady in...

A former enlisted Soldier and dependent spouse, mother of a teenage son and current company commander is one of three women who are the subjects of a Lifetime channel documentary featuring... MORE about Logistics officer to appear with first lady in TV special

AFAP Town Hall

Garrison improves Army Family Action Plan...

Two major changes to the Army Family Action Plan format at U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz allow submitters to raise issues year-round instead of once a year, and ensure that every single issue... MORE about Garrison improves Army Family Action Plan responsiveness

Safe and Sound campaign, 150k-strong, draws attention to child neglect

'Safe and Sound' campaign, 150k-strong, draws...

A Department of Defense-sponsored online campaign, called "Safe and Sound," launched Oct. 9 to focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, especially in military families. Three... MORE about 'Safe and Sound' campaign, 150k-strong, draws attention to child neglect

Family programs evolve to meet changing needs, budget restrictions

Family programs evolve to meet changing needs...

Budget cuts do not mean the end of Family programs, Army officials said. In fact, many units, especially the Reserve component, have increased their outreach. MORE about Family programs evolve to meet changing needs, budget restrictions

Spouse support challenging in a changing world

Spouse support challenging in a changing world

Not so many years ago, military spouses talked over coffee, at Family readiness group meetings, wives clubs and had many other face-to-face options for communicating with each other. Today, even... MORE about Spouse support challenging in a changing world

Senior leaders: Budget cuts may jeopardize Family readiness

Senior leaders: Budget cuts may jeopardize...

Caring for the health, happiness and well-being of Army Families is not only a moral obligation, it's a readiness issue. And it's one that is being threatened by budget cuts, senior Army leaders... MORE about Senior leaders: Budget cuts may jeopardize Family readiness

McHugh signs directive regarding breastfeeding, lactation support

McHugh signs directive regarding breastfeeding...

Army Secretary John M. McHugh has approved Army Directive 2015-37 (Breastfeeding and Lactation Support Policy). MORE about McHugh signs directive regarding breastfeeding, lactation support

Armys longest-serving medical officer retires

Army's longest-serving medical officer retires

For decades Col. Arthur Wittich has cared for service members and their Families, delivering an estimated 10,000 babies and ushering in the next generation of military Families. On Sept. 25, the... MORE about Army's longest-serving medical officer retires

Army Emergency Relief gives junior Soldiers direct access

Army Emergency Relief gives junior Soldiers...

Army Emergency Relief has just made it easier for junior Soldiers to request interest-free loans and grants. MORE about Army Emergency Relief gives junior Soldiers direct access

240th Anniversary - RSO

Chaplain Corps celebrates 240th Anniversary...

The Religious Support Office of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach celebrated the 240th Anniversary of the Chaplain Corps here, during the Community Showcase conducted at the new Katterbach Fitness Center. MORE about Chaplain Corps celebrates 240th Anniversary during the Community Showcase

Army offers deployment resilience training to spouses

Army offers deployment resilience training to...

The Army offers deployment resilience training to spouses that is tailored to address unique challenges they may face during pre- and post-deployment. MORE about Army offers deployment resilience training to spouses

New parent support program helps Army Families navigate trials of parenthood

New parent support program helps Army Families...

For every parent in the Army, you're never really on your own: there are neighbors and friends and battle buddies. And there's the New Parent Support Program. Run by Army Community Service since... MORE about New parent support program helps Army Families navigate trials of parenthood

Army vice, military kids race cars for science

Army vice, military kids race cars for science

Military kids got some face time with the Army's vice chief of staff last week during a science experiment using toy cars that was meant to broaden their understanding of collisions, speed, angles... MORE about Army vice, military kids race cars for science

Father, daughter Army National Guard pilots fly together

Father, daughter Army National Guard pilots fly...

Warrant Officer Meghan Polis, a UH-60 pilot in the New York Army National Guard, doesn't remember it, but she logged her first three hours of helicopter flight time when she was only 3 months old. MORE about Father, daughter Army National Guard pilots fly together

Hello to the staff of USAG Ansbach ACS

Ansbach's Army Community Service celebrates...

The staff of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Army Community Service put together a birthday barbecue July 24, 2015 at their location at Katterbach Kaserne to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the... MORE about Ansbach's Army Community Service celebrates half century of ACS history

Veteran looks back on life of military, civilian service as 80 nears

Veteran looks back on life of military...

Dr. Robert Schloesser, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's former director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in August, wrapped up a highly-lauded career in... MORE about Veteran looks back on life of military, civilian service as 80 nears

Brooke Army Medical Center performs first robot-aided pediatric surgery

Brooke Army Medical Center performs first...

A 2-year-old boy has a shot at a better quality of life, thanks to a robot and a few skilled surgeons at Brooke Army Medical Center. MORE about Brooke Army Medical Center performs first robot-aided pediatric surgery

Custom Art and Framing

Teens show their entrepreneurial spirits

While their friends were at the water park or the movies, 15 middle and high school students spent a week developing business plans, forecasting gains and losses, and figuring what portion of... MORE about Teens show their entrepreneurial spirits

AFAP

Meeting addresses fiscal '15 AFAP issues

The Fort Sill Garrison commander held a Reverse Army Family Action Plan May 19, to inform conference participants and community members on the status of the issues from the fiscal 2015 AFAP... MORE about Meeting addresses fiscal '15 AFAP issues