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  • Fort McPherson Library turns page to its final chapter

    Mar 25, 2011

    Like a good book taken out of it, the Fort McPherson Library unfortunately, has an end. Although the final page in its history may not be until May 3, the story of the library has hits its climax. The beginning of the end will occur April 1, when patrons will no longer be able to check out items.

  • "What is your favorite spring activity'"

    Mar 25, 2011

    Man on the street: This week the Sentinel asked community members: "What is your favorite spring activity'"

  • Fort Bragg equipment center rents summer fun

    Mar 25, 2011

    The Recreation Equipment Checkout Center at Fort Bragg offers rental prices for different types of equipment such as camping, sports and games, picnic and party, lawn and garden, fishing and boating and other miscellaneous items such as floor buffers, roll-a-way beds, Santa costumes and lawn trailers. The center offers better rates for Soldiers and provide equipment for their rental needs at a cheaper rate than they can get from an outside source.

  • Spring finally here

    Mar 25, 2011

    Children from the Child, Youth and School Services pre-kindergarten class at Fort McPherson enjoy the warm weather while they play during recess Tuesday. March 20 marked the first day of spring.

  • Leaving With Gratitude For Community

    Mar 24, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The Marines are marching on. And their presence at Redstone Arsenal will be sorely missed. Gone will be the young Marine privates anxious to make a good impression in their first-ever ammunition training class. Gone will be the Marine instructors who know what it takes to be the best ammunition tech in the military. Gone will be the units of Marines marching between classes, their barracks and the dining facility in the Arsenal's Gate 10 area.

  • Army Community Service separation pilot program wraps up at Vicenza

    Mar 24, 2011

    Vicenza's Army Community Service will finish a test period March 31, officially becoming its own directorate April 1, to complete a separation from its parent organization, the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

  • Army to celebrate Month of the Military Child

    Mar 24, 2011

    During April, U.S. military installations around the globe will recognize the contributions and sacrifices that servicemembers' sons and daughters make daily.

  • Military Child in Hawaii survey still available online

    Mar 22, 2011

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - U.S. Pacific Command is surveying military families about their Hawaii education experience.

  • Patrons can now self-scan items for check-out at some IMCOM-Europe libraries

    Mar 22, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A new service at the Wiesbaden Library should speed patrons through the check-out process and free up staff members to perform other library duties. A,A A new self check-out terminal provides library customers with the means to scan their own books - up to 10 at one time - and be on their way.

  • The 27th Annual Army Family Action Plan Conference identifies 16 new quality-of-life issues

    Mar 22, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- Earlier this month, I discussed the progress we made resolving 17 of 40 quality-of-life issues at the AFAP General Officer Steering Committee held in February.

  • Still working toward my happy

    Mar 18, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Using the MWR fitness classes, equipment, weight rooms, saunas, Nautilus, etc is free to ID cardholders.

  • Theater upgrades usher in change

    Mar 18, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Buzz Soltis Directorate of Public Works chief of construction (left) and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades examine the environmentally friendly roof of the newly renovated post theater, Bldg. 3245, during a March 7 inspection of the facility.

  • Fort Bragg's Cleland Ice Rink skaters boogie the night away

    Mar 18, 2011

    Fort Bragg's Cleland Ice Rink boogied the night away with their skating production, Flapper Days to Disco Nights - A Rock Around the Rink Production, March 13. Thirty-six skaters of all ages performed to music from different generations going back to the 1930s.

  • DoDDS-Europe middle school musicians team up for honors concert, workshop

    Mar 18, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - More than 170 middle school students from across the Heidelberg School District shared in some heavy sighs, tensed arm muscles and the occasional grimace from a screeching musical note. A,A

  • Votes are in: AFAP issues prioritized, presented to FORSCOM's senior leaders

    Mar 18, 2011

    The U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) 2011 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference concluded Friday with the selection of five quality-of-life issues for referral to the senior leaders of the Army's largest organization for further consideration.

  • 'Time To Connect With Our Feelings'

    Mar 17, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--With every step, Jenna Henderson is going forward into her future. For a long time, it seemed that proverbial saying "One step forward, two steps back" was coming true more often than not for this military wife, whose life had revolved around her husband's Army career.

  • ACS, USCIS join forces to assist families seeking citizenship

    Mar 17, 2011

  • 'Walk to Afghanistan' inspires recovering accident victim

    Mar 17, 2011

    The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade's Family Readiness Group created a program for each task force's Families to join together and symbolically walk the 6,526 miles from Fort Drum to Afghanistan.

  • Initial review of survey data indicates high satisfaction with Army life

    Mar 16, 2011

    Data from the 2010 Survey of Army Families indicates an increased satisfaction with military life, despite of the current operational tempo, according to Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials. The survey was based on a random selection of civilian spouses of active-duty Army Soldiers, chosen to represent the Army as a whole.

  • AFAP gives Wiesbaden a plan for action

    Mar 16, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's collective voice has been heard - from a plead for more high-school-age activities to a request that would allow more single Soldiers to live off post.

  • Digital maestro: Wiesbaden CYSS youth wins Boys and Girls Clubs of America music tech award

    Mar 15, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A love of the Beatles and some digital music mastery earned a Wiesbaden School-Age Center youth accolades and cash courtesy of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Grayson Walls, age 10, garnered $500 in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Digital Arts Festival to be used by the Wiesbaden Child, Youth and School Services facility for an upcoming event or day trip.

  • The 27th annual Army Family Action Plan General Officer Steering Committee resolves 17 quality-of-li

    Mar 15, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- I often say you can read about history or make history. This year, the voices of Soldiers, Civilians and Families that have contributed to the Army Family Action Plan process were heard and history was made at the recent AFAP General Officer Steering Committee held the first week of February.

  • Baumholder town hall focuses on changes, future projects

    Mar 15, 2011

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - There was standing room only at the Feb. 23 Baumholder town hall. The forum focused on updating the community about ongoing and future projects as well as changes that will come about in light of the current deployment.

  • Time to support AER: 'Contributions drive the train'

    Mar 15, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A traffic accident put Staff Sgt. Brian Jenkins in the hospital for nine weeks and demolished his car. A,A With money extremely tight due to the additional expenses, Jenkins fell behind on his rent and alimony. The bills started piling up quickly.

  • Army Family Readiness Groups enhance mission

    Mar 14, 2011

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- Overseas assignments bring unlimited opportunities for adventure and excitement, but they may also bring stress, frustration and a profound sense of loneliness if individuals don't connect with familiar support systems. Army Family Readiness Groups can help.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr CYSS employees take customer service to a new level

    Mar 14, 2011

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Tonya Phillips was at her wit's end. Snowstorms and the resulting flight delays had forced her family to spend several days strung out in various airports and on myriad modes of transportation between Fort Irwin, Calif., and Vilseck, Germany.

  • Governor, military leaders sign covenant

    Mar 11, 2011

    TOPEKA - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback hosted senior military leaders from around the state for the signing of the Army Community Covenant and the continuation of the Governor's Military Council Feb. 24 at the state capitol in Topeka.

  • Redstone Pilots New Family Service Model

    Mar 11, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, ala. -- Redstone Arsenal is among 22 Army installations that have been chosen as a pilot site for enhanced delivery of services provided by Army Community Service that will make it easier and faster for Soldiers and their family members to get the help they are seeking.

  • School Lessons In Building Partnerships

    Mar 11, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Team Redstone solidified some educational partnerships March 1.

  • Fort Bragg Army Emergency Relief kicks off annual contributions campaign

    Mar 11, 2011

    AER has provided more than $1.2 billion in assistance to Soldiers and their Family members during emergency situations. The formula is the annual AER campaign to gather contributions for replenishing AER funds. Army Community Service kicked off this year's campaign March 2, with an 8 a.m. breakfast at the Fort Bragg Club. The campaign is expected to run through May 15, with the theme of "Helping Maintain Army Strong."

  • National business group recognizes ACAP manager

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - A retired Army Blackhawk pilot who helps steer careers safely into the future recently was recognized for letting the dreams of Soldier entrepreneurs take flight.

  • Photographers expand horizons in 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest

    Mar 10, 2011

    ...winners in the 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest sponsored by the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. There were 3,691 entries from around the world - 1,348 in Division I for active duty military personnel and 2,343 in Division II for other eligible MWR patrons. After Army garrisons selected their best entries, 664 Division I and 1,031 Division II photographs were forwarded for Department of the Army judging.

  • Our Heroes

    Mar 10, 2011

    Our Heroes' Tree promotes awareness of the service and sacrifice of U.S. service members and their families. It is inclusive of all branches of service, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve, and all generations. The tree was designed by a soldier, to honor soldiers, both past and present, for service to this country.

  • Wiesbaden celebrates opening of new state-of-the-art Army Lodge

    Mar 10, 2011

    Military and civilian officials used a giant pair of scissors to cut the ribbon to officially open the Army's newest quality-of-life enhancement in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden March 2. Long in the making, the grand opening of the Wiesbaden Army Lodge marked the completion of a project that went through its share of challenges, including unanticipated water damages near the project completion, Internet connection problems and contractual issues.

  • Burbelo: Model tactics of world-class athletes to build strong minds

    Mar 9, 2011

    COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Army Center for Enhanced Performance wants Soldiers, leaders and basic trainees to build strong minds and bodies by tapping into the science behind an Olympic training model, the organization's director said Thursday.

  • West Point kicks off annual AER Campaign

    Mar 9, 2011

    's not so much about the numbers and figures involved, but more about spreading the word about what the Army Emergency Relief program does for Soldiers. At least that's the message Amy Weyhrauch wants to deliver during the 2011 AER Campaign at West Point. "I really want people to know the good that comes out of AER and the people who are helped by it," Weyhrauch, the AER Campaign manager, said. "AER asks for contributions, but you don't always get the significance of who's being helped. So my big intent for the West Point campaign is to push this message and let people know where their money is going."

  • 2011 FORSCOM AFAP Conference

    Mar 9, 2011

    About 50 delegates from FORSCOM subordinate units across the country are attending the weeklong conference to prioritize FORSCOM's top 10 quality-of-life issues for resolution.

  • DoD helps spouses compete for federal jobs

    Mar 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - It's no secret that military spouses make sacrifices. They raise children while their spouses are deployed and leave behind jobs when it's time to relocate to a new duty station.

  • AER campaign helps the Army take care of its own

    Mar 7, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Army Emergency Relief fundraising campaign, here, kicked off Tuesday, and will continue through May 15.

  • Survivor Outreach Services: Supporting Survivors and honoring Soldiers

    Mar 7, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- I commanded the 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Ga., as part of the surge in Iraq in 2007-8.

  • Redstone Bowler Strikes Second Perfect Game

    Mar 4, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Somewhere around the seventh frame, retired Sgt. 1st Class Joe Cox's dad knew his son was on to something.

  • "Why should people contribute to Army Emergency Relief (AER)'"

    Mar 4, 2011

    Man on the street: This week the Sentinel asked members of the military community: "Why should people contribute to Army Emergency Relief (AER)'"

  • AER campaign kicks off

    Mar 4, 2011

    Howard Butler (left), U.S. Army Garrison deputy commander, addresses attendees at the Army Emergency Relief (AER) campaign kickoff March 1 at Army Community Service, Bldg. 62, on Fort McPherson.

  • Driving home life lessons with golf

    Mar 4, 2011

    The school week might have been over, but Feb. 26, from 9:30 until 11 a.m., First Tee of Atlanta (First Tee) turned the golfing greens on The Commons at Fort McPherson into a classroom for 29 children seeking to learn more about the sport.

  • Hayden crushes Bataan March challengers

    Mar 4, 2011

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Champion Jeffrey Hayden, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment at Camp Casey, triumphantly defended his men's division title during the 2011 8th Army Bataan Memorial Death March Qualifier at Carey Fitness Center here Feb. 26.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers manage money during Military Saves Week

    Mar 3, 2011

    Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program financial specialists were on hand at the Military Saves Week kick off, which took place at the Fort Bragg Club's Lafayette room, Feb. 22. The program targets Soldiers' spending habits and features educational forums, individual financial counseling and money-related materials. It encourages Families to set realistic goals that focus on long-term solutions over financial fads.

  • Fort Bragg library hosts environmental programs from children

    Mar 3, 2011

    In the spirit of environmental responsibility, Sustainable Fort Bragg has partnered with John L. Throckmorton Library to host a series of environmental programs for children designed to educate children about the environment and provide a connection to the natural world. The programs will feature stories, music and activities with an environmental theme.

  • Nashville Connection

    Mar 3, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Elvis was in the building, along with Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and the Blues Brothers for The Nashville Connection, a tribute show celebrating the roots of Rock and Roll. The concert, which was presented by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, was held at the Aberdeen Proving Ground South (Edgewood) Recreation Center Feb. 26.

  • Fort Lee launches civilian employee fitness challenge

    Mar 3, 2011

    It's "off-and-on" time for the civilian employees of the installation workforce. That's "off your chair and on your feet" to participate in a new fitness program that is part of a nationwide effort to improve the overall health of Americans everywhere.

  • West Point issues addressed at AFAP outbrief

    Mar 2, 2011

    West Point conducts annual AFAP Conference and discusses 16 issues of concern to the community.

  • Polar Fest smashes attendance record at West Point

    Mar 2, 2011

    The West Point community turned out in record numbers Feb. 26 during the 2011 Polar Fest at Victor Constant Ski Slope. The seventh annual event was a major draw with more than 830 enjoying the slopes, the food and live entertainment. The first year attracted about 250 people, with attendance reaching 700 in 2010.

  • Open Mic Thursday highlights local creativity, talent

    Mar 2, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Creativity flowed in abundance during the first Open Mic Thursday at the Aberdeen Proving Ground North Recreation Center's North Side Grill Feb. 10.

  • Army Community Service to employ pilot transformation

    Mar 2, 2011

    Warner Barracks in Germany is one of 22 pilot sites selected to assess a new service-delivery design within Army Community Service that may overhaul the way ACS collectively operates.

  • Kicking it into high gear

    Mar 1, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - APG News reporter, Rachel Ponder stays motivated by trying a variety of challenging post fitness classes.

  • Survivors find help through SOS program

    Mar 1, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Sudarat Kirby transitioned from wife to widow with two children and too many questions. A,A Her husband, Staff Sgt. Darian Kirby, died in March 2010. After an unexpected turn in health, he was gone.

  • Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to launch troop-support campaign

    Mar 1, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, plan to launch a campaign next month that's designed to rally citizens, businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide support for U.S. servicemembers and their families.

  • The Quiet Professionals: USAG-HI supports deployment cycle

    Feb 28, 2011

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii provides support services, installation facilities, family housing, training and recreational centers for more than 94,000 Soldiers, family members, civilians employees and retirees stationed on Oahu and the Big Island.

  • Mother of fallen Soldier: 'I Want To Let People Know About Him'

    Feb 28, 2011

    There are times when Julie Nethery can't face the truth. There are times when this mom of three has convinced herself that her youngest son is still coming home from his deployment.

  • Community learns how to get fit at education fair

    Feb 28, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A free education fair was held, here, Feb. 17.

  • Spouses Readiness Program provides resources for families

    Feb 25, 2011

    Although spouses of the Soldiers have had other chances to gather information at pre-deployment briefings, because of time constraints, they often don't have time to ask questions, said Rebecca Taylor, the Family Readiness Support Assistant for 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1-25th SBCT and one of the organizers of the event.

  • Army Family Action Plan: Wainwright volunteers attend Army conference, prepare for local AFAP

    Feb 25, 2011

    Lyons believes in change and the power of AFAP to bring about that change.

  • Spouses 'get to know each other' during couples' game

    Feb 25, 2011

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Communication is key in relationships. Army Community Service showed couples how well they communicated and how much they knew about each other during "Guess What Your Mate Will Say," a game-show-like presentation Feb. 20 at Riley's Conference Center on Main Post. It took place alongside Riley's monthly brunch, which had a theme of "Brunch with your Little Valentine."

  • Top participants qualify to represent Fort Bragg in Bataan Memorial Death March

    Feb 25, 2011

    The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored 2011 Fort Bragg Post Intramural Combat Cross Country Meet, Feb. 17. The top five participants to cross the finish line in both men and women's divisions are eligible to continue on to New Mexico to represent Fort Bragg at Bataan Memorial Death March, in White Springs, N.M., March 27.

  • Situational support: Fort Bragg Care Teams trained for Family tragedy

    Feb 25, 2011

    Family Readiness Group Care Team, is trained to be a first-responder in times of tragedy. The Care Team provides that logical and emotional support to a Family immediately after notification of a casualty. It allows the Family to focus on themselves, instead of all the things that go with that notification of a loss.

  • Teen Job Fair offers work, volunteer opportunities

    Feb 25, 2011

    As adults vie for jobs in a competitive job market, teens may wonder if they will be able to land a part-time or summer job. But at the installation's annual Fort Meade Community Teen Job Fair on March 3, more than 40 employers will offer real job and volunteer opportunities for qualified teens in the hope that they develop marketable professional and personal skills.

  • Army Community Services launches proposed logo with transformation

    Feb 25, 2011

  • IMCOM commander visits Fort Lee, discusses ACS transformation

    Feb 24, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 24, 2011) -- Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, the commander of Installation Management Command, and his wife, Sarah, came to Fort Lee Feb. 17 to visit various facilities on post and meet with military families, installation employees and organizational leaders.

  • Goldner manager leads by example

    Feb 24, 2011

  • Army team at Fort McCoy March 17 to brief Soldiers, Families about benefits

    Feb 24, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- In addition to pay for their duty in uniform, Soldiers earn a long list of financial, health-care and other benefits that enhance their quality of life. But some of those earned benefits go unclaimed, according to Kevin Herman, Mobilization/Deployment program manager at Fort McCoy's Army Community Service (ACS) Center. Herman equated the situation with an employer laying several $100 bills on a table in front of a Soldier, telling the Soldier this is what they earned. "Does the Soldier pick up the money and take it with them, or do they leave it on the table'" "Many Soldiers leave it on the table," Herman said. "They leave a lot of money (benefits) unclaimed." Soldiers can learn more about their benefits at either of two presentations Thursday, March 17 at the 88th Regional Support Command Headquarters auditorium, building 60.

  • Fort McCoy representatives bring input to Army AFAP Conference

    Feb 24, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Two Fort McCoy representatives participated at the Headquarters, Department of the Army Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference Jan 28-Feb. 4 in Alexandria, Va. Kevin Herman, the installation's Army Community Service (ACS) AFAP program manager, attended as an FRTI (Facilitators, Recorders, Transcribers, and Issue support staff) and helped facilitate the processes of his assigned group. Laurene "Susie" Krueger of the Fort McCoy Network Enterprise Center represented the installation as a delegate to the conference. Krueger also served as a delegate for the Fort McCoy AFAP conference during the past several years. "Attending the Army-level conference gave me a firsthand look at the entire process from the lowest level to mid level to the Army level," Herman said. "Our voice is just as important as those from other installations, and our concerns are equally heard."

  • Fort McCoy Family & MWR director recognized as Department of Army Recreation Employee of the Yea

    Feb 24, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- A Fort McCoy employee is the Department of the Army (DA) Recreation Employee of the Year. Daryl Budda, the director of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Directorate, was honored during the fiscal year (FY) 2010 competition for his innovations and contributions to the recreation program and his efforts to enhance community life. Budda, who has more than 29 years of service in the recreational field, has been at Fort McCoy since 1998. The award is presented to an employee who best exemplifies superior achievement as an Army community recreation professional. "This award reflects an entire team effort," Budda said. "The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation team at Fort McCoy has a very positive attitude and is committed to serving Soldiers and Families."

  • West Point CYSS extends availability for rock-climbing wall

    Feb 23, 2011

    Beginning in March, Child, Youth and School Services will extend the time of accessibility for the new rock-climbing wall in the West Point Teen Center.

  • Blue Star Card holders meet, take photos with Lt. Dan Band

    Feb 22, 2011

  • Cobb makes NASCAR Truck history in 'Driven 2 Honor' debut

    Feb 22, 2011

    Jennifer Jo Cobb posted the highest finish by a female in NASCAR truck racing history while debuting her "Driven 2 Honor" program to salute women of the U.S. military.

  • SKIES students win big at taekwondo competitions

    Feb 22, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Two Aberdeen Proving Ground taekwondo students recently won first place at regional and world competitions

  • Military women receive 'Driven 2 Honor' treatment at NASCAR race

    Feb 22, 2011

    Cobb teamed with the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers to create the opportunity for female service members to win a NASCAR VIP Weekend as a salute to women in the military.

  • Survivor Services set at APG

    Feb 22, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Are you a family member, relative or friend of a fallen Soldier' Are you having trouble handling the grief' Has the loss hurt you financially as well as emotionally' For survivors of fallen Soldiers, unsure of where to turn for answers, help has arrived. The Survivor Outreach Services program provides long-term emotional and financial planning support to the Families of fallen service men and women in a compassionate, thorough and timely manner.

  • Security discussed at AFAP ceremony

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS - Increasing security within Army Hawaii's military housing communities was among the top items on wish lists presented at the closing ceremony of Fiscal Year 2011's Army Family Action Plan Conference, held at the Nehelani, here, Feb. 11.

  • Family Camp helps keiki cope

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Twenty-five Army families affected by deployments socialized and relaxed at a recreational camp located on the island's North Shore, Feb. 4-6.

  • ACS care teams thoroughly trained to assist Knox surviving spouses

    Feb 22, 2011

    Although no Fort Knox Soldiers have been killed recently, the FMWR directorate employees received training so they could help a co-worker who might also be a surviving spouse. The recent deployment of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division to Afghanistan raises the odds that Knox employees or family members may be affected.

  • Wiesbaden daughters welcome home their fathers by 'Dancing with Daddy'

    Feb 22, 2011

    Girls from across the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden put a spin on their fathers' welcome home celebrations. They also added a few dips, twists, turns and squeals. A,A

  • Balloons fly with message of love

    Feb 18, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Hanging onto Beth Allmandinger's balloon was a message that said simply "Love ya, Bubba."

  • Feeding the hungry

    Feb 17, 2011

    Lucy Hrabowski, a food service specialist at the Strike Zone at Fort McPherson, places food Feb 16 in anticipation of the lunch-time crowd.

  • Registration open for 2011 Bataan Memorial Death March

    Feb 17, 2011

    It is time to start preparing for the 2011 Bataan Memorial Death March to be conducted March 27, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Wainwright teens make a difference, earn national community service award

    Feb 17, 2011

    Fort Wainwright's Youth Services program was recently named one of the eight Army sites to receive the prestigious award that merges the resources and influence of both BGCA and TeenNick (Nickelodeon) TV network.

  • Wainwright spouse wins photography honors

    Feb 17, 2011

    A Fort Wainwright family member was among the winners of the 2010 Army Digital photography contest.

  • DoD stresses debt reduction

    Feb 17, 2011

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- The statistics are frightening. About 43 percent of American families spend more than they make each year, average households carry some $8,000 in credit card debt and personal bankruptcies have doubled in the past decade. Military personnel are not immune to financial woes. To combat the mounting personal debt, the Military Saves campaign is a Department of Defense financial readiness campaign to persuade military service members, family members and the wider military community to reduce debt and save money, thereby ensuring personal wealth and stability and positively impacting the nation's personal household savings rates.

  • Army Community Service transforms

    Feb 17, 2011

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Army Community Service is enhancing the way it delivers services, to make it easier and faster for Soldiers and their Family members to get the help they are seeking.

  • Third Army, 20th Fighter Wing work together to ensure BRAC transition a success

    Feb 17, 2011

    In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure committee mandated that Fort McPherson, Ga. close, and the Third Army headquarters be moved to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. That means approximately 1,400 new military and civilians in the workforce, many with their Families, will be entering Shaw AFB, shopping at the Base Exchange, using the gym, taking their children to the child development center, and utilizing other facilities when the command complete its move later this summer.

  • AFAP gives ohana power to affect change

    Feb 15, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Nicole Roames threw a soft, gray, woolen shawl over her blouse to ward off the chill in the standard-issue classroom in the Education Center, here, Feb. 8.

  • The Army's looking for a few good athletes

    Feb 15, 2011

    DENTON, Texas - After the last class of the day Billy Ryan High Schools' track team ran paced laps in the gathering shadows. This afternoon was special. They weren't running as alone two Soldiers from the United States Army World Class Athlete Program decided to join the students' afternoon run.

  • Jennifer Jo Cobb to unveil 'Driven 2 Honor' program at Daytona

    Feb 15, 2011

    LOS ANGELES - Even as a race-car driver, Jennifer Jo Cobb finds it hard to fathom how fast her "Driven 2 Honor" program is coming to fruition. Cobb teamed with the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers to create a NASCAR VIP Weekend for female troops as a salute to women in the military.

  • Great Aloha Run to kick off on President's Day

    Feb 15, 2011

    HONOLULU - Hawaii runners, including those in the armed services, are lacing up for the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run, scheduled, here, Feb. 21.

  • WCAP runners lead All-Army to silver in Armed Forces Cross Country

    Feb 15, 2011

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program runners Spc. Robert Cheseret won the men's 12K and Maj. Emily Potter finished second in the women's 8K at the 2011 Armed Forces Cross Country Championships on Feb. 5 in San Diego.

  • Byers determined to wrestle another Olympics before coaching

    Feb 15, 2011

    SAN ANTONIO - With the 2012 London Games looming over the horizon, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Greco-Roman heavyweight wrestler Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers is more determined than ever to win an Olympic gold medal.

  • Soldier-athletes share WCAP, All-Army Sports stories with Families

    Feb 15, 2011

    SAN ANTONIO - The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program may be one of the best-kept secrets in the military. Three WCAP athletes discussed Soldiering and sports with visitors of the Army Strong Zone for two days prior to the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. They were reminded of how few people realize that the Army has a program to support Olympic-caliber athletes.

  • Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Winter Extravaganza attracts record crowd

    Feb 14, 2011

    A record-setting crowd of nearly 800 participated in the fifth annual Winter Extravaganza, held Jan. 29 at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The participants took advantage of many discounted events. A majority of the attendees - 502 people - found their way to the snowtubing slopes during the event's 11-hour schedule. Winter Extravaganza supports both the Army Family and Community Covenants, said Jobi Spolum, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Marketing director. The event helps to bring Families together and strengthen their ties in support of the Army Family Covenant, she said. Whitetail Ridge is open to the public, and events such as Winter Extravaganza help strengthen the relationship between Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities in support of the Army Community Covenant, Spolum said. Commercial sponsors helped support and defray the cost of the event, she added.

  • Fort McCoy Community Activity Center piano lessons are 'outlet, stress reliever' for Soldi

    Feb 14, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- When Soldiers step into the piano room at the Fort McCoy Community Activity Center (CAC), they step into a different world. Michelle Jones, a chief operator at the installation's telecommunications center who teaches piano and drum-set lessons at the CAC, said Soldiers need an outlet, a stress reliever, and the piano is one way to achieve that. Jones, who has been at the telecommunications center 22 years and teaching piano at the CAC five years, tells her "favorite story" to illustrate the positive impact of music. "A mobilized Soldier stationed at Fort McCoy came into the CAC and said he needed an outlet," Jones said. "He said all he could hear was 'war' ... 'war' ... 'war.' He had come to the activity center to play pool, and he saw a sign noting the availability of piano lessons. He came to see me, though he had never touched a piano before. He began taking piano lessons in January." His goal was to be able to play traditional Christmas music for his family when he went on leave in December. "He wanted the whole thing to be a secret," Jones said. "When he went home that Christmas, he floored everyone." "There was nothing like it when he was playing 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' in July," Jones said. "That's my best story."

  • Turning trash into cash: Fort Bragg Sports, Recreation Division benefits from recycling incentives p

    Feb 11, 2011

    The Fort Bragg Recycling Incentives Program was launched in March of 2008 as a way for military units and agencies across the installation to reduce waste and recycle post commodities. Participants in the program collect and donate cardboard, office paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles to the Fort Bragg Recycling Center where the materials are weighed and recorded. The recorded weights are then transferred into a value and the amount is issued to the donating unit or organization as a voucher that may be applied at any FMWR resource.

  • Character Counts: CYSS Programs Promote Strong Students, Citizens

    Feb 11, 2011

    This is the final installment of a three-part Fort Lee Traveller series that explores the dilemma of school bullying.

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