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  • Fort Carson, community leaders discuss partnership

    Jun 18, 2010

    Fort Carson and local community members met at Alternate Escapes to discuss ways to better support Soldiers and their Families through the Warrior Family Community Partnership.

  • Fort Carson DFMWR gets 'smart' with new sustainable fleet vehicles

    Jun 17, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---The "Smart Cars" traveling the streets of Fort Carson are a new addition to the post's administrative vehicle fleet.

  • Fort Lee ACS earns best medium ACS

    Jun 17, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (June 17, 2010) -- Fort Lee's own Army Community Service recently received an award of excellence for a medium-sized installation.

  • Three Soldiers earn berths in Wrestling World Championships

    Jun 15, 2010

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Three Soldiers earned berths in the 2010 FILA Wrestling World Championships by winning their weight classes at the U.S. World Team Trials on June 10-11 at the Mid-America Center.

  • Fort McCoy leadership signs Family & MWR Employee, Customer Covenant

    Jun 15, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- The signing of the Family and Morale, Welfare and RecreationEmployee and Customer Covenant at Fort McCoy May 25 marked a commitment to increase employee morale and customer satisfaction.

  • One military teen's thoughts on ups and downs of Army life

    Jun 14, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. -- Have you ever thought about moving and then changed your mind' Well, when you're a kid, you don't have a choice about where you live. If you are a military teen, you have no choice but to pack your bags and go when the Army calls. There are no "ifs, ands or buts."

  • Fort Polk's new Boundless Playground opens at Catfish Cove

    Jun 14, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. -- There's a new playground on post at Catfish Cove.

  • Army uses one portal-of-access for counseling services, support

    Jun 10, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Soldiers and family members in Hawaii are now able to contact counselors at Military OneSource through a single portal-of-access.

  • Soldier Show performers entertain Baumholder, Wiesbaden audiences

    Jun 8, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Rarely does one hear names such as Irving Berlin, Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson, Michael Buble and Kidd Rock in the same sentence. A,A "Soldier Show 27.0" gave audiences in Baumholder and Wiesbaden that and more in performances May 21 and 23.

  • ASEP helps match spouses with employers

    Jun 4, 2010

    Military spouses face unique challenges their civilian counterparts do not. One of those is finding a career in a lifestyle that is mostly transient. The Employment Readiness Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord helps spouses find work and continuity in careers that suit them. ERP achieves this through a relationship it has with the Army Spouse Employment Partnership, a nationwide program committed to connecting Army spouses with prospective employers.

  • AFAP offers community way to affect change

    Jun 4, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Army Family Action Plan program is dedicated to changing the lives of our Soldiers, families, civilians and retirees, and it works.

  • Exceptional Family Member Program supports Families with special needs

    May 24, 2010

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - According to the National Health Information Center, part of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, there were 41 National Health Observances last month alone - everything from Asthma and Allergy Awareness to Ultraviolet Awareness - and a total of more than 208 observances each year.

  • USACE delivers sustainable, state-of-the-art entertainment center on time, on budget

    May 5, 2010

    Wiesbaden Entertainment Center is only the second of its kind in Europe, with 16 bowling lanes, a Pro Shop, Strike Zone and other amenities.

  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day Fact Sheet

    May 4, 2010

    The Army must build trust and confidence among Soldiers and Families, while recognizing the commitment and increasing sacrifices our Families make every day.

  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day

    May 4, 2010

    Every year, the Friday before Mother's Day is designated as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. This year's celebration on May 7 is a time to recognize and applaud the selfless contributions and daily sacrifices our Army spouses make.

  • New $5.8 million multipurpose room serves two Wiesbaden schools

    May 4, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Students christened the new communal Hainerberg Elementary School and Wiesbaden Middle School multipurpose room with a Mexican-themed lunch April 19.

  • Program empowers special needs youths

    May 3, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---A program from Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 helps special needs youths gain independence by teaching them various life skills. The SOAR program teaches young adults, ages 18-21, to be Self-advocates, Outgoing, Achieving goals and Responsible citizens, according to Karin Strohmyer, transition coordinator for the District 8 SOAR Program.

  • Reintegration workshop helps Soldiers' spouses

    May 3, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- A new and innovative workshop took place at Fort Carson's Elkhorn Conference Center to help the spouses of deployed Soldiers cope with numerous stressors. It was all thanks to a trip to a local bookstore and a spin-cycling class on Fort Carson.

  • Daddy-daughter dance creates memories

    Apr 30, 2010

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The music ranged from Danny and the T-Birds "Greased Lightning" for the older crowd to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." for the younger crowd. But the theme of the night came from the Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" when all in attendance whooped it up to the line "tonight's gonna be a good night."

  • Staying safe while online -- tips for using social media

    Apr 27, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "I'm not here to make you paranoid; I just want to make you aware." A,A That's the message Information Assurance instructor Lori Schlichter impressed upon listeners during Secure Use of Social Networking Sites training in Baumholder and Wiesbaden in early April.

  • TAPS seminar unites Families of fallen Soldiers

    Apr 26, 2010

  • Soldiers reintegrate through Warrior Adventure Quest

    Apr 26, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff recently created a program called Warrior Adventure Quest, which takes Soldiers on all-day physical activities as part of their reintegration program after coming home from deployment.

  • West Point CDC Sneak Peek

    Apr 16, 2010

    Community members got a sneak peek at the new Child Development Center located behind the Fitness Center, by touring the almost completed building April 8. The new CDC, slated to open Aug. 2, will give the current CDC some growing room, opens the Youth Center to more middle school and teens while school-age children can seek activities in the new building.

  • New state-of-the-art entertainment center set to open in Wiesbaden

    Apr 13, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Eleven months ago leaders gathered to break ground for the new Wiesbaden Entertainment Center in Hainerberg Housing. At that time project officials described their vision of a 27,000-square-foot venue offering a one-stop, state-of-the-art amusement zone. A,A In two weeks on April 29 everyone is invited to see the results of the around $10 million construction effort and to join the staff as they celebrate the opening of the new two-story facility.

  • Army dedicates month to honor military kids

    Apr 9, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Scores of young children marched their way through the hallways of the Child Development Center, here, in patriotic fashion, April 2, proudly displaying the American flag while humming tried-and-true nationalistic tunes like "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

  • PT in the Park: Children and parents laugh, dance, run and jump through the rain

    Apr 9, 2010

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS - "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring." Well, no one was snoring Thursday morning, during "PT in the Park," a Month of the Military Child event for Soldiers, spouses and children at Bennett Youth Center Field, here.

  • Carson SOS center already helping survivors

    Apr 9, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- The Survivor Outreach Services center, a building dedicated solely to helping survivors of deceased servicemembers, is already working with those survivors, even though the center does not expect to be fully functional until mid-June.

  • Perks card program at Fort Bragg offers customer discounts

    Apr 9, 2010

    Coupon clippers have long extolled the advantages of saving money at the cash register. Well, with one swipe of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Perks card, discounts abound for Soldiers, Families and authorized users. The FMWR discount card program kicked off Thursday, said Pam Thomas, chief of Support Division/fund administrator, FMWR. The cost of the discount card depends on rank or longevity of Department of Defense employment.

  • Survivors get lesson in coping strategies

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors held a survivor seminar and "Good Grief Camp" at Joint Base Lewis-McChord North Chapel March 26 and 27 for the nearly 100 area family members and children connected to service members who have died

  • Shafter Elementary gets national accreditation

    Apr 7, 2010

    FORTAca,!E+SHAFTER, Hawaii - Shafter Elementary School has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the next six years.

  • Leveraging Local Talent:

    Apr 5, 2010

    Tonya Templeton, Information and Referral Program Manager, started looking for an instructor based on a need for a self-defense class for middle school and high school children, and those going off to college. "We sometimes don't give those kids those skills," Templeton said, "because we assume they are big enough and old enough to know how not to get into a situation, and sometimes they don't know." Luis Rivera, a retired special operator employed by U.S. Southern Command, is currently working on a PhD program in the Science of Martial Arts and Disaster Management, at York University. This class fell in line with what he needed as instruction subjects, and he volunteered to do the class free for military families.

  • Program sets Carson teens up for success

    Apr 2, 2010

  • Soldier follows passion for music

    Apr 2, 2010

  • Daddies, daughters enjoy OSC dance

    Apr 2, 2010

    FOLK POLK, La. - It was an affair to remember March 20 as fathers and daughters attended a dance just for them, sponsored by the Fort Polk Officers' Spouses' Club as a fund-raiser for the community grants program.

  • Encore for former post entertainers

    Apr 2, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (April 1, 2010) -- Before the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program and the U.S. Army Soldier Show, there was the Fort Lee Special Services Entertainment Office.

  • Workgroups gives vital suggestions to leaders as Hawaii's AFAP conference closes

    Mar 29, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Army Family Action Plan delegates developed suggestions to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and family members at this year's conference brief-out, while also being reminded that strengthening Hawaii's education system remains the top priority among Army senior leaders.

  • Army Family Covenant takes spotlight

    Mar 29, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Army senior leaders recommitted themselves to the promises they first made more than two years ago in improving quality of life services to Soldiers and their family members, with the re-signing of the Army Family Covenant, here, at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center, March 18.

  • Fort McCoy School Age Services after-school program receives re-accreditation

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- The Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services School Age Services (SAS) program has received re-accreditation for its after-school program. Members of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) conducted an on-site inspection visit in late 2009, said Cori Yahnke, acting SAS director.

  • I. A.M.STRONG Tour dazzles Schweinfurt

    Mar 22, 2010

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Leigh Jones and other enteratiners from the I. A.M. STRONG tour performed March 18 at U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt. The event was packed with nearly 300 people while many Soldiers traveled far distances to attend the concert and the meet-and-greet earlier that day.

  • Musicians entertain Fort Carson troops with serious I. A.M. Strong message

    Mar 5, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - A free concert and comedy show Feb. 24 entertained the crowd with rhythm and blues, jazz and hip-hop, but unlike most concerts, this show focused on a serious issue.

  • Monarch hosts Fort Carson Day

    Feb 17, 2010

    MONARCH MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, Colo. - As the sun rose above the Rocky Mountain peaks, three buses full of Mountain Post Soldiers and Families weaved their way through the serpentine mountain passes of Colorado Jan. 15.

  • Marathon: School takes running one step further

    Feb 8, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany - Lynn Knapp had the first-day-of-school jitters.

  • Operation Rising Star winner cuts CD, praises Army Family Covenant

    Feb 2, 2010

    Capt. Matt Pratt and his wife Lisa lived the dream of the Army Family Covenant on Feb. 1, in Southern California.

  • Fort McCoy respite child care program helps families of deployed

    Jan 12, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. - Children of a deployed parent(s) in the Fort McCoy community are eligible for 16 hours of free respite child care per month. Jan Fink, Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services coordinator, said the program is funded through the Army Family Covenant.

  • Fort Carson Family gets holiday wish

    Jan 8, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - The Family of Sgt. Robert McPherson, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division was given a new van through the NFL's Operation Once in a Lifetime Heroic 7 Wishes program.

  • FMWR launches 'Stuck With Stupid" designated driver campaign

    Dec 29, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Baumholder Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation is advocating for units and groups to take advantage of the designated driver promotion that DFMWR just rolled out for the holiday season. It is called I'm Stuck with Stupid. The promotion is available at FMWR Baumholder clubs encouraging responsible adults to take charge of their friends, colleagues and Soldiers.

  • Army lodge program passes milestone with Ansbach lodge groundbreaking

    Dec 28, 2009

    URLAS, Germany - Construction broke ground on an $8.8 million, 26-room Army lodge at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's post in Urlas recently, marking the midway point in the largest Army lodging initiative in Europe, ever.

  • Shafter gymnasium expansion set, pending Army funding

    Dec 22, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Workout warriors at the physical fitness center, here, could have more room to exercise in the near future, should a planned expansion project receive the necessary funding from the Army.

  • SKIES Unlimited offers babysitting certification course for teens

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Family members between the ages of 11 years 9 months and 18 looking for part-time work, should check out the free babysitting course offered by SKIES Unlimited (the School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration & Skills) and Child, Youth and SchoolAca,!E+Services (CYSS).

  • Series involves entire family in coping with military stresses

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Deployments are a fact of life for most everyone in the military today. Army families in Hawaii have the added stress of being geographically separated, not only from their deployed spouse, but also from friends and family on the mainland.

  • Returning green-suiters find financial support at ACS

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Committed to keeping Soldiers and their families strong, Army Community Service (ACS) offers invaluable financial readiness programs for the returning Soldier and family.

  • FMWR welcomes warriors with aloha

    Dec 22, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Homecomings are rousing and emotional, befitting a heroic welcome. Cheers of family members and fellow Soldiers echo throughout the Multifunctional Deployment Facility, here, at each redeployment ceremony.

  • Army Community Service provides a wealth of resources

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Pfc. Jared Coplin knows firsthand how the battles on foreign soil can sometimes pale in comparison to the clashes at home.

  • 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."

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