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  • BOSS provides 'home away from home' for Oahu's single Soldiers

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Aca,!" Quality of life, recreation and leisure, and community service are the three main pillars that make up the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program.

  • EDGE! program expands youthful horizons

    Dec 17, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Just because theyAca,!a,,cre in Europe is no reason for Wiesbaden military youths to miss out on the wide range of opportunities available to their stateside peers.

  • Soldiers on track to make U.S. Olympic bobsled team

    Dec 15, 2009

    Sgt. John Napier and 2nd Lt. Chris Fogt are on track to make Team USA for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

  • DFMWR undeterred by cold weather, hosts quadrathlon

    Dec 14, 2009

    FORT POLK, La. - On the one of the coldest days of this year, Fort Polk's most competitive Soldiers rose early and braved the inclement weather to compete in a quadrathlon, a multi-event race.

  • 'Sesame Street Live' brings furry friends to Schofield

    Dec 8, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - One of the most adorable children's characters and his furry monster friends will be making a stopover in the islands this holiday season, hoping to add a little magic to the lives of military families.

  • Commentary: Spouse support network helps writer cope with deployments

    Dec 4, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Coping with deployment is a necessary part of life for Army spouses who deal with 12-15-month deployments every other year. Being in a foreign country makes it more difficult.

  • Garrison center serves as hub for Army recycling effort

    Nov 27, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - As Americans get ready to double their recycling efforts for this Sunday's nationally recognized America Recycles Day, the Army is hoping that Soldiers and their family members follow suit, increasing their contributions when it comes to protecting the world's resources and environment.

  • Tanker's wife wins 'Rising Star' singing contest

    Nov 24, 2009

    With her recently redeployed husband among those in the audience for the first time in the week-long competition, Lisa Pratt was named winner of the 2009 Operation Rising Star singing contest Nov. 20, on Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Former NFL player considers Soldiers his third family

    Nov 24, 2009

    No movie has been made of Otis Sistrunk's life, although he has acted in a few, including "Car Wash," a 1976 comedy produced by Universal Pictures.

  • Commentary: Quit during Great American Smokeout

    Nov 13, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Soldiers face stresses unique to their occupation. Time away from home, deployments and heavy workloads cause Soldiers to feel substantial work-related stress.

  • Encouraging Volunteer Excellence

    Nov 5, 2009

    MIAMI - A U.S. Army Garrison-Miami tax program that partners with the Internal Revenue Service has saved its customers $43,000 in tax preparation fees. U.S. Southern Command leadership recently recognized the program's hardest working volunteer, Information Technician Second Class Lakeilah Dunbar with the Joint Service Commendation Medal in a ceremony at SOUTHCOM headquarters. "The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program assists military servicemembers with their taxes at bases all around the world at no cost. It does this by providing IRS-certified volunteers to make sure taxes are done thoroughly and accurately," said Jay Fanning, senior stakeholder relationship task consultant for the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Army to delink distributed Learning from resident phase in Civilian Education System courses

    Oct 20, 2009

    Employees enrolling in a Civilian Education System course in the 3rd and 4th quarters of FY10 will notice a major change in the application process.

  • Furry Friend Makes Reading Time Fun

    Oct 16, 2009

    At first glance, Taka is a big dog. The German shepherd stands taller than many young children. But, after meeting him, it doesn't take long for Taka's gentle demeanor, high tolerance level and friendly nature to bring his stature down to a child's level, where he is petted, hugged and kissed, and read to. Read to' Taka is a registered therapy dog and a Reading Education Assistance Dog. He spends the first Saturday morning of each month practicing his listening skills with children who read to him at the Redstone Arsenal Library as part of the Tales with Taka program. At his side is his owner and trainer, Jamie Ward, who spends her working days as the acting chief of the acquisition management division, Lower Tier Project Office. "This is all fun for the children. It gets them comfortable around dogs and encourages them with their reading," Ward said. "It's a way for me to support the troops and their families." On a recent Saturday morning, Taka read books with two members of Taka's Pack Readers -- 9-year-old Sofia Rundini and 7-year-old Isabella Fratangelo. Both picked out books that they knew Taka would like.

  • Soldiers entertain Fort Bragg during annual Soldier Show

    Oct 16, 2009

  • Corps of Engineers pays first expanded Homeowners Assistance Program claim

    Oct 14, 2009

    Air Force major receives first check under HAP program enhanced by the Recovery Act ....

  • Living in the New Normal empowers military children

    Oct 14, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. -Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) officials facilitated a breakout session during the 2009 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium today, Oct. 8, about a program designed to help concerned professionals and parents support military children through challenging times. MCEC Executive Director Mary Keller and MCEC member Patricia Shinseki talked about Living in the New Normal (LINN), a system for educating adults how to empower military children to cope with issues of separation, parents with multiple deployments and losing a parent in combat.

  • Fort Lewis mountain bikers take it to extremes

    Oct 9, 2009

    Thousands of miles from home, he pedaled and sometimes carried his one-speed bike up and down the hills and across the flats until his legs burned and he was muddy and wet. The effort paid off for Tony Corke, a Somerset, England, native who recently moved to Tacoma. Riding alone Saturday for 30 kilometers on a showery morning, he dominated the sport class of the Fort Lewis Extreme Mountain Bike Race II over four laps of the challenging Soldiers Field House cross country course, winning in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 44 seconds. Steven Brady was second in 1:42:19.

  • Army plans resiliency training to deal with stress

    Oct 7, 2009

    Over the next few months, the Army will place renewed emphasis on its suicide-prevention training and Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, two generals who head the programs said during the Family Forum at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting Tuesday.

  • Camp Darby Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers dominated by Air Force

    Oct 6, 2009

    Camp Darby's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) celebrated their 20th birthday and held elections for a new council on Oct. 2. This year's elections, though, resulted in some surprising results.

  • Garrison's recycling program donates proceeds to DFMWR

    Sep 11, 2009

  • Schofield's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers nets DA praise

    Sep 11, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program recently proved that, when it comes to taking care of unmarried service men and women, its work is second to only one among extra-large installations around the world.

  • BOSS advisor receives award for going 'beyond the call of duty'

    Sep 8, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Had you asked her 28 years ago, perhaps she wouldn't have known about the kind of passion she would develop in the forthcoming years to serve single Soldiers to the best of her ability.

  • 'Eddie the Eagle' flies in to support troops

    Sep 6, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) is welcoming a new member to the marketing team: "Eddie the Eagle."

  • You're Hired!

    Sep 3, 2009

    It's a catch 22: to be hired, you need experience; to get experience, you need to be hired. Fort Belvoir has implemented a program that may be the solution to the dilemma. Hired! an apprenticeship program helps students gain a competitive edge by giving them an opportunity to work in different career fields.

  • BOSS celebrates 20 years of service

    Sep 3, 2009

    Fort Jackson's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program celebrated its 20th anniversary in August. And, BOSS -- as the program is commonly called -- continues to be relevant for the post's community.

  • Army Family Covenant improves readiness by 'training the trainer'

    Sep 2, 2009

    Soon, every garrison Army Community Service or ACS center will have master trainers to train others in the best methods of instructing, briefing and facilitating.

  • Fort Riley breaks ground for new Skeet and Trap Complex

    Sep 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - A groundbreaking ceremony for the Fort Riley Skeet and Trap Complex took place Aug. 28 at Range 34. The event lasted less than 20 minutes; getting the project up to that point, however, took some time.

  • SOUTHCOM family visits Elmo

    Sep 1, 2009

    A U.S. Southern Command family travelled to the Big Apple recently to participate in the filming of "Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times" a Sesame Street special premiering on PBS Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. The special will be hosted by Al Roker, Deborah Roberts of ABC's 20/20 and Elmo. It aims to help families with children, age two to eight, experiencing difficult economic circumstances. It offers strategies and tips that can lead to positive outcomes for their children's physical and emotional well-being during this tough economic climate. TSgt Brandon Van Walraven, an intelligence analyst with SOUTHCOM, was interviewed with his family at their home in South Florida and finished up on the set of Sesame Street in New York City. The show focuses on the financial challenges - and solutions - of the four families invited, plus Elmo's family. "When we moved here, we experienced some severe financial difficulties," Van Walraven said. "We had to borrow money from family for rent and had other money tied up. We had depleted all of our savings and were living paycheck to paycheck." The special focuses on tough economic times, but the message applies to any difficult situation, said Van Walraven. "In the military, the meaning has an even wider context because we go through things that other families do not," Van Walraven said.

  • Young Carpenters at the Detroit Arsenal

    Sep 1, 2009

    The Detroit Arsenal partners with local Home Depots to enhance the SKIES program.

  • CYS youth fitness program focuses on health that lasts lifetime

    Sep 1, 2009

    This fall, children and teens can learn what it means to stay fit and practice healthy habits with the Child, Youth and School Services Youth Fitness Program.

  • Pokai Bay Luau: Discover a hidden paradise at PARC

    Aug 28, 2009

    WAIANAE, Hawaii - Nestled in a secluded beach cove is a hidden paradise where families are gathering to catch a colorful sunset, enjoy a luau and experience old Hawaii. That paradise is Pililaau Army Recreation Center (PARC) at Pokai Bay, named one of the best beach facilities on the island and the best-kept secret of those stationed or visiting Hawaii.

  • Apprenticeship program says 'you're hired!'

    Aug 28, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Career-oriented students met at the Teen Center, here, to obtain information about an innovative apprenticeship program offering not only real-life work experience, but paid jobs to local teens, Aug. 10-14.

  • Camp Darby single Soldiers win big

    Aug 28, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Camp Darby's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program was recognized as having one of the best events in the Army during the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation BOSS Forum in Landsdowne, Va.

  • Fort Sam Houston's BOSS President wins top award

    Aug 27, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Edmund Perez was awarded the Dept. of the Army's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers President of the Year award during the annual BOSS conference in Leesburg, Va. Aug. 11. "I am very honored to have received this award," said Perez, who has been the Fort Sam Houston BOSS president for one year. Perez was previously the BOSS president for Camp Nimble, Bravo Co., 702nd Maintenance Support Battalion in Korea.

  • West Point GC, children break ground on 2nd CDC site

    Aug 27, 2009

    Garrison Commander Col. Dan Bruno (center) receives help from 5-year-old's Harlie Heck (left) and Walker Blackmon and their Families in breaking ground at the future site of the Child Development Center. The new CDC, scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2010, will provide West Point with two operational CDCs once completed. The facility, one of 60 new CDCs being built from 2008-10 throughout the Army, will have an interior square footage of 15,085 feet and have the capacity to serve 135 children. The project also includes a 3,770-foot playground that will run alongside the facility. Construction begins Sept. 7, and, once complete, should meet West Point's expanding childcare needs.

  • Soldiers post fast times at Warrior Country's first Mountain Bike Race

    Aug 27, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Warrior's gathered outside Carey Fitness Center Aug. 8 for Warrior Country's first Mountain Bike Race. Many are veteran triathlon and biathlon athletes and were familiar with the 7 kilometer race track laid out by Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation sports specialists.

  • Casey PBC holds sewing and quilting classes

    Aug 27, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Handmade diaper bags, blankets, and quilts are no longer a fantasy for the spouses who attended the sewing and quilting classes, which took place at USAG-Casey Pear Blossom Cottage Aug. 24. With the professional instructors who volunteer to teach, spouses are able to learn how to design and make their own woven goods and quilts.

  • Youth swim camp teaches art of fun, skills of swimming

    Aug 24, 2009

    Normandy Pool on Fort Bragg was the Mecca of cool, wet fun as children of all ages met for swim lessons the week of Aug 3 to 7. The Flying Fish Swim Camp was hosted by the Fayetteville Flying Fish Swim Team. The goal of the swim team, together with coach and swim instructor, Oscar Roverato, was to build each child's confidence being in the water and encourage them to also have fun. "It's about having fun and learning to swim," Roverato said.

  • Operation Homelink founder: Gift computers not free

    Aug 24, 2009

    The Internet-communications ready Dell "netbook" computers handed out to Families of six dozen Iraq-bound paratroopers Friday at the Hall of Heroes were not free. The computers were earned everyday by Soldiers and their Families, who do the heavy lifting for America. That was the sentiment of Operation Homelink founder, Dan Shannon, who, along with Troy West of Dell Computer, presented the Families of 75 paratroopers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division with brand-new, ultra-compact notebook computers, enabling the Families to communicate with their deploying Soldiers online.

  • Fort Bragg Families receive free computers

    Aug 24, 2009

    More than 250 Fort Bragg Families received free desktop computers. The giveaway was part of a back-to-school event, sponsored by the Kramden Institute and computer manufacturing giant Lenovo Saturday at Albritton Junior High School. This year's event marked the second time the agencies combined to sponsor the event here. The first award day took place in 2007, in which 255 computers were given away.

  • Army Family Covenant: What it means to Fort Bragg

    Aug 24, 2009

    The Army Family Covenant has helped to improve and enhance Fort Bragg's existing Family programs and services. This is just one way for us to recognize that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families.

  • Citizenship possible with ACS help

    Aug 24, 2009

    When defense of the United States requires Soldiers to serve in foreign countries, occasionally romance blossoms and Family status changes. Should Family status change while a Soldier is serving on foreign soil, Army Community Services (ACS) can help new Family members establish permanent legal residency.

  • Soldier seeks assistance to avoid home foreclosure, bankruptcy

    Aug 24, 2009

    The U.S. housing market has hit a steep decline, and it's hurting servicemembers like 'Joe,' but through the help of his chain of command and Army Community Service, he's found a temporary solution that has kept him out of bankruptcy.

  • Schweinfurt enjoys 'conversations' with acclaimed author

    Aug 24, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt community enjoyed an evening of the arts yesterday outside of the Conn Community Club when mingling with critically-acclaimed novelist and travel writer, Gary Shteyngart, author of award winning books, "The Russian Debutante's Handbook" and "Absurdistan."

  • Pililaau: A hero's legacy lives on at local Army recreation facility

    Aug 21, 2009

    WAIANAE, Hawaii - The gentle waves and pristine white sandy beach, combed by the soft winds and Hawaiian scents of Oahu's sunny Leeward coast, were integral parts of one young Soldier's upbringing.

  • Oahu North, South spouses' clubs hosting 'Super Sign-Ups'

    Aug 21, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - The Hui O' Wahine club at Fort Shafter and its sister club, the Hui O' Na Wahine at Schofield Barracks are looking for new members during two "Super Sign-Up" events, here, Aug. 26 and 31.

  • Sky's the Limit for Youth Education on Post

    Aug 21, 2009

    While everyone knows the opportunities the Army offers its Soldiers, civilians and contractors in their careers, they may not realize the opportunities it offers for the children to learn and explore their interests. The SKIESUnlimited program offers fun and educational classes for Team Redstone's youngest members. Currently, the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited offers three continual programs. Kids from as young as 3 can take weekly classes in piano, Taekwondo or choose from dance, cheerleading and gymnastics offerings. All classes are taught by instructors who express their enthusiasm for the youngsters. "I do this because I love it," Taekwondo master Jeffrey Davis said. "Some of these kids came to me at 7 or 8 and now they're getting ready to go off to college. It's fantastic to watch them grow into who they are going to be."

  • FMWR's Hired! program offers apprenticeships

    Aug 18, 2009

    Twenty-nine students were successfully placed with HIRED!, a teen-apprenticeship program recently introduced to the Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg community that provides paid apprenticeships for 15- to 18-year-olds.

  • Middle school teens improve environment with recycling

    Aug 17, 2009

    So when Earth Day rolled around this year on April 22, it was the perfect opportunity for CYSS middle school and teen programs to discuss the citizenship pillar of Character Counts, which involves making a child's school and community better by doing things like being a good neighbor, obeying laws and rules, protecting the environment and more. As a result, the kids started a recycling program.

  • Fort Bragg's newcomers' orientation helps ease transition

    Aug 17, 2009

    If Soldiers or their Families sometimes feel overwhelmed by arriving on a new installation, Fort Bragg offers a newcomers' orientation to help facilitate the transition.

  • Army Family Covenant survey located online

    Aug 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The Aug. 15 unveiling of a new, online survey is allowing Soldiers and their families to express frank opinions about anything related to the Army Family Covenant, and just what they think it's done or not done since its inception two years ago.

  • AFTB helps newcomers master the military environment

    Aug 14, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Volunteer instructors guided more than 20 military spouses through the ins and outs of Army life during an Army Family Team Building (AFTB) class at the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy, here, Aug. 4.

  • Yee-haw! Recreation Round-Up showcases best of FMWR

    Aug 14, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Wearing cowboy hats and serving up chili, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) hosted a western-themed Recreation "Round-Up" expo at the Tropics, here, Aug. 7.

  • Preparations begin for move to new Child Development Center at Fort McCoy

    Aug 14, 2009

    The new Child Development Center, building 1796 at Fort McCoy, is moving steadily toward a projected Sept. 1 opening date.

  • Dog Days of Summer: Dog owners strut their stuff at premier event

    Aug 11, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Pet owners and their faithful companions enjoyed an afternoon of sun and fun at the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's (FMWR) first canine-friendly event, the "Dog Days of Summer," at Sills Field, July 31.

  • Fort Polk's CYSS opens new development center

    Aug 11, 2009

    Soldiers and their Families can take advantage of the modern, state-of-the art facilities found at Fort Polk's Child, Youth and School Services new Child Development Center, located at 7576 Colorado Ave., bldg 701.

  • BOSS marks 20 years with new logo at conference

    Aug 11, 2009

    Soldiers and Army civilians kicked off the 2009 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers annual conference Monday with recognition of the organization's 20-year existence, a new logo and a birthday cake.

  • Garrison Supports Strong Families

    Aug 10, 2009

    U.S. Army Garrison - Miami is promoting strong military families by sponsoring several programs, national and local, to give servicemembers and DoD employees the tools to develop a strong marriage. Joe Walker, garrison family advocacy program manager, arranged for more than 20 military and civilian couples to participate in two separate programs, a Marital and Relationship Conference and "A Weekend to Remember," both at no charge and one with free day care. The weekend conferences were filled with classes, speakers and workshops designed to foster better communications between married and almost-married pairs. The benefit to the military is obvious, Walker said. "When you are talking about marriage counseling you are talking about prevention," he said. "Anything that you can do to ensure the safety and wholeness of a family helps ensure readiness for the mission and helps the families know that we are here for them, the greater military family."

  • Fort Bragg's Army Community Service battles child abuse with classes, services

    Aug 7, 2009

    The Army community is a Family. Soldiers help their peers prepare for promotion boards, pass a physical fitness test and survive on the battlefields. Spouses support one another during deployments and deal with the issues that arise as part of military life. Military children play together and befriend one another when they arrive in new houses and new schools every couple of years. While the military Family is a close one, that does not mean the children are safe from the dangers of abuse and neglect. In the U.S., 905,000 children were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2006, according to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Military spouses advance with MyCAA

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Hohenfels children 'get creative' with summer reading program

    Aug 5, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- In the wide array of images the word 'summer' conjures up in the minds of schoolchildren-afternoons at the pool, nights spent catching fireflies and staying up past bedtime- enjoying a good book outside of the classroom might not be at the top of many lists. However, for many children at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels, summer is a time to do just that: read, and have fun doing it.

  • Online survey calls for your opinions on services related to Army Family Covenant

    Aug 5, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Do you have an opinion you want to express to senior Army leadership about programs and services you receive at your garrison' Now's your chance.

  • Summer Reading Program has happy ending

    Aug 4, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - More than 100 parents and children gathered July 24 at the Yongsan Library to celebrate the final day of the 2009 Summer Reading Program.

  • Respite Child Care provides options to families of deployed servicemembers, Warriors in Transition

    Aug 3, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" Military family members of deployed servicemembers or Warriors in Transition occasionally need a break, especially if they have children they are looking after. The Respite Child Care program helps fill that need. The program has become a life-line Army wide and is gaining momentum in the USAG Benelux and SHAPE communities as well.

  • Fort Riley commanders pledge commitment to Army Families

    Jul 31, 2009

    Fort Riley's leaders reaffirmed their commitment to Army families when they re-signed the Army Family Covenant July 31, during the Victory Week Celebration.

  • Class teaches kids how to stay safe when home alone

    Jul 31, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Children learned how to be responsible and take charge when they're home alone during a class at the Kalakaua Community Center, here, July 22.

  • Bamberg hosts successful series of summer programs for youth

    Jul 31, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - As July draws to a close, participants in Bamberg's youth summer programs have one month left of trips and activities to take part in before the start of the school year.

  • Boundless Playground now open for all West Point children

    Jul 30, 2009

    Photo and caption about opening of Boundless Playground at West Point

  • Auto Skills Center Pumps Up Services for Customers

    Jul 29, 2009

    The Auto Skills Center has helped the Redstone community save money on simple car repairs and maintenance for years. With some new equipment and their professional expertise, they are ready to save people even more. "We've got a lot of great new equipment to help us do what we've already done better," Bill Woosley, Auto Skills Center business manager, said. "We're also getting equipment to offer services Redstone has never had before." New equipment is arriving almost daily at the center's Entac Circle location. Some of the new additions are already up and running. A new alignment machine had its first customer two weeks ago. As word has spread, the calls from people wanting to use it have been pouring in.

  • Summer Safety Shoutout: 'Reward Kids for Doing the Right Thing'

    Jul 29, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Provost Marshal; morale, welfare and recreation; and Army and Air Force Exchange Service are teaming up to help keep community youth safe with a little positive reinforcement.

  • Community Services earns 3rd accreditation

    Jul 28, 2009

    Tobyhanna Army Depot's Army Community Services (ACS) received its third accreditation certificate on July 7.

  • Deployment children attend IMCOM-Europe camp program

    Jul 28, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - U.S. servicemembers stationed in Europe continue to support ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense recently announced the 1st Armored Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team are heading downrange in a few months. Meaning: the emotional rollercoaster families experience before, during and after a deployment rolls on.

  • New award recognizes those who deliver quality of life

    Jul 27, 2009

    Nominations are now being accepted for a new award that recognizes teams or individuals responsible for improving the quality of life at Army garrisons.

  • Hired! Apprenticeship Program gives teens career choices

    Jul 27, 2009

    Fort Polk's Child, Youth and School Services, under the auspices of the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation, offer a student-mentor collaboration: The "HIRED! Apprenticeship Program." The program is for youth ages 15-18 who want to do more with their time than play video games and text. Participants take an active role in improving their future chances of landing a job in competitive markets by dipping their toes in the installation workforce and discovering possible career choices.

  • IMCOM-E ushering in Postal Service Centers to improve service

    Jul 27, 2009

    A new postal concept called the Postal Service Center is gaining momentum in Europe as part of Installation Management Command-Europe's postal transformation designed to improve postal service to all authorized postal service customers.

  • Summer program allows children to experience food, music, crafts of different countries

    Jul 24, 2009

    "I got a passport, just like in real life. You have to have a passport to go to tropical islands, Africa (and) China," he said. "I would like to travel because of the way it looks here," at camp.

  • Families find Donovan library's new location 'convenient'

    Jul 24, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Donovan Research Library has a new look. Located near the commissary and the Pins & Daubers Bingo Hall on Marne Road, the library has a more open floor plan, compared with its previous location in Infantry Hall. It also has new books for recreational reading.

  • Water - It does the body good

    Jul 24, 2009

  • Fort Campbell Children cope with grief

    Jul 24, 2009

    Fort Campbell hosted the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Good Grief Camp-Out this weekend. The TAPS program provides a source of comfort, peer support and information to help survivors heal. This was the first overnight Good Grief Camp in the nation, according to camp director Tina Barrett. "The plan is for it to be an annual camp."

  • Schweinfurt ACS receives recommendation for accreditation

    Jul 24, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The Army Family Covenant that was signed in 2007 represents a $1.4 billion commitment to improve the quality of life for Army Families, according to the AFC document. The U. S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Army Community Service Center exudes that program expansion to help care for Soldiers and family members.

  • Families grab on to new experiences, networking at Special Needs Rodeo

    Jul 23, 2009

    Anthony Barnes couldnAca,!a,,ct stop smiling as he filmed his 4-year-old daughter, Angel, riding a horse for the first time. Many Fort Riley Families got to experience new things at the Special Needs Rodeo July 18 at the 4-H Center in Junction City.

  • Fun Alternatives Offered at Redstone Summer Camps

    Jul 23, 2009

    Balancing a parent's need to find a safe place for their child during the summer with a kid's desire for fun can be tricky. The Child Youth and School Services summer camp programs have managed to keep everyone happy while school is out. Programs at the Youth Center and School Age Services give parents peace of mind for the weeks between school years. They kicked off the week following the end of the Huntsville city school term and will conclude during the first week of August. They have offered the two age groups different ways to pass the time safely and happily. Kids in elementary school, from kindergarten to fifth-grade, attend the day camps at the new Myra Garriott School Age Services building, which opened in April. Camp goes until 5 p.m. each day. Inside the spacious facility, kids got to choose how they want to spend their summer. "Every three weeks they sign up for a different track," facility director Mary Washington said. "There are eight tracks. They have music, arts and crafts, sports and fitness, reading and language arts, science and nature, technology, hiking and walking, and the techno room has video games."

  • Coming soon to a theater near you...

    Jul 23, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- A year ago Joyce Dodson won "Operation Rising Star," a military imitation of FOX's hit show "American Idol."

  • Army continues to honor Fort Eustis families through expanded services for children, youth

    Jul 23, 2009

    Army continues to honor Fort Eustis families through expanded services for children, youth

  • New wireless internet services offered to Bamberg Soldiers

    Jul 23, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Soldiers throughout the world are beginning to enjoy a new wireless Internet service. Through the Army Recreation Machine Program, the Family, Morale and Welfare Recreation Command is providing Soldiers with a unique Wi-Fi service. The project has been developing stateside for almost two years and is beginning to branch out to overseas installations.

  • ACS sends SOS to families

    Jul 23, 2009

    Fort Jackson Army Community Service recently started a program to provide services to surviving family members of service members. The Survivor Outreach Services, or SOS, program is available to families of service members who died either while on active duty or from a service-related illness or injury obtained while on active duty.

  • Tri-Border AFAP issue elevates to Dept. of Army

    Jul 23, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- A suggestion about the Military Spouse Preference hiring benefit, which originated at the Tri-Border Army Family Action Plan conference hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen this past February, has been selected as one of two European issues that will now be forwarded to the Department of the Army's AFAP for inclusion in its annual conference. If resolved at the DA level, the results could impact military communities around the globe.

  • Garmisch ACS Team celebrates history and looks to the future

    Jul 23, 2009

    The Garmisch ACS celebrates its first year of service along with the Army celebrating 44 years of Army Community Service. Its been a busy first year!

  • USAG Ansbach opens up new BOSS Center to rave reviews

    Jul 22, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Stepping inside the new Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers Club at Katterbach Army Airfield was quite a surprise to many of the Soldiers here.

  • AFAP issues from Europe forwarded for Army-level review

    Jul 22, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Two issues originating from garrison Army Family Action Plan conferences in Europe will be forwarded to the Department of the Army's AFAP for inclusion into its annual conference in January 2010 - and possible implementation service wide.

  • Soldier's Families enjoy cooking class

    Jul 22, 2009

    Cooking intructor Adelaida Delao demonstrates the wrapping technique for a perfect egg roll during a class held July 17 in USAG-Red Cloud's Pear Blossom Cottage.

  • Wiesbaden Youth Services assistant program manager honored for tuturial program

    Jul 21, 2009

    WIESABDEN, Germany -- Success in school can be a challenge for any student. Add in the absence of parental role models due to deployments, the stress of living overseas or being a new student in a foreign place, and achieving academic success can seem even more daunting.

  • Benning to host ASA archery classic

    Jul 17, 2009

    About 1,500 professional and amateur archers are expected at Fort Benning next week for the sixth annual ASA Classic, sponsored by Team Realtree, organizers said. The four-day event begins Thursday and runs through July 26 on the ranges at Uchee Creek Campground.

  • Library service keeps families 'in touch'

    Jul 17, 2009

    It's called Video Messenger, and it lets Soldiers record messages to their loved ones while they're deployed or Temporary Duty. The free service is available at Sayers Memorial Library on Main Post. Most people choose to read books to their children, but the service is versatile, said Nancy Wahlstrom, technical services librarian at Sayers.

  • Warrior Adventure Quest aims to channel thrill-seeking behavior of combat veterans

    Jul 16, 2009

    Warrior Adventure Quest is a new program to assist Soldiers in transitioning back to their home station after a combat tour. The program combines outdoor recreation activities, leadership and psychological training.

  • Army Family Covenant: A 'cycle of giving'

    Jul 16, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- "We are committed to providing our Families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive" -- From the Army Family Covenant

  • Manager Comfortable with Artwork

    Jul 15, 2009

    Artwork from the Army's 2009 Arts and Crafts Contest is on display at the June M. Hughes Arts and Crafts Center. But the display isn't the only thing new for customers and visitors. So, too, is the manager. Lori Connors took over management of the center in June, following the retirement of longtime manager Mark Wolfson. "I didn't know much about MWR and the Arts and Crafts Center until I learned about the job opening from Gina Hurst (an employee at the center) through the Huntsville Art League blog," Connors said. "This is my second time to live in Huntsville, and Redstone Arsenal had always been kind of a mystery to me.

  • Military Youth Celebrate the Army's 234th Birthday!

    Jul 15, 2009

    Happy Birthday to the US Army! MG Scott G. West, Commander, TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) reads a story to the youth of the Child Development Center, Detroit Arsenal, MI.

  • Baumholder Youth Services takes children to The Edge!

    Jul 15, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - There is a new program that will push youth to the edge of fun and adventure and that's exactly what the program is called - The Edge!

  • Strong Beginnings: Pilot program prepares Pre-K children for the classroom

    Jul 13, 2009

    Two U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Child Development Centers (CDC) have been helping children transition from preschool to kindergarten through an Army pilot program called Strong Beginnings Pre-K.

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