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  • Riding for awareness

    Apr 16, 2015

    CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea -- It can happen in an instant, without warning and between people who you thought they knew each other. Sexual harassment and assault is not a joke. You can say you are against it, but what do you really do to prevent this problem?

  • Twin brothers reflect on time in Old Guard

    Apr 16, 2015

    When twin brothers Jason and Justin Gensler decided to join the Army in 2012, they had no idea they would eventually wind up working on the same casket team as part of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

  • Power of attorney: Which one do I need?

    Apr 16, 2015

    After nearly a decade and a half of war, service members and their spouses are likely familiar with general powers of attorney. The most common type of power of attorney is a durable, general power of attorney. This document transfers nearly every legal right a person has to another individual. Durable means the document survives even if you are incapacitated for some reason (e.g. in a coma in a hospital). Even though a durable power of attorney is what is likely provided to a trusted person during a deployment, it might not be the best power of attorney for everyone who deploys.

  • Army may create cyber career field for civilians

    Apr 15, 2015

    To better manage personnel, "the Army created the Cyber Branch 17 [for Soldiers] and is exploring the possibility of creating a cyber career field for Army civilians," Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon told senators, April 14.

  • Hula-hoop yourself to a healthier body

    Apr 15, 2015

    Physical exercise is an important part of the Army's Ready and Resilient campaign, and there are numerous ways to make exercising fun. Beth Lumsden and Amanda Quintero of U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground utilize the hula hoop as part of their exercise routine.

  • Army trains future equal opportunity leaders

    Apr 15, 2015

    Forty Soldiers are completing the Equal Opportunity Leaders' Course at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. They have now seen how status and influence may create protective barriers for equal opportunity offenders within the military ranks.

  • Wiggles and Giggles program brings parents, tots together

    Apr 14, 2015

    Parents brought their children ages 4 weeks to 3 years old to U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Wiggles and Giggles program April 2, 2015.

  • Ansbach celebrates, supports new parents: Garrison hosts community baby shower

    Apr 14, 2015

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosted a hometown baby shower April 10 at the Von Steuben Community Center.

  • Army salutes outstanding Americans at Twilight Tattoo

    Apr 13, 2015

    A special Twilight Tattoo to recognize five Americans for their outstanding service in support of the United States Army and award them with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award is being held April 14th at Whipple Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JMB-HH), Va.

  • Annual Easter Sunrise Service draws crowds to Arlington National Cemetery

    Apr 10, 2015

    Before the sun rose over Arlington National Cemetery April 5, thousands gathered inside Memorial Amphitheater for the National Capital Region's annual Easter Sunrise Service hosted by Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Commander Col. Michael D. Henderson.

  • Fort Sill Youth of the Year

    Apr 9, 2015

    FORT SILL, Okla. - The ability to separate yourself from your peers is a great achievement within itself, whether through sports, academics or volunteering this achievement is important.

  • Mother teaching world about child

    Apr 9, 2015

    A Fort Carson Family member strives to teach others about perceived parenting problems for parents of children diagnosed with autism.

  • Ammo plant celebrates Month of the Military Child

    Apr 9, 2015

    McALESTER, Okla. (April 9, 2015) -- McAlester Army Ammunition Plant isn't your traditional military installation with troops and families, but children's laughter filled the Lee V. Maxwell Complex during its commemoration of the Month of the Military Child here, April 2.

  • Fort Rucker commits to preventing child abuse

    Apr 9, 2015

    Child abuse can oftentimes go unnoticed, but Fort Rucker is bringing the issue to the forefront as the installation's garrison commander signed a proclamation committing the community to the prevention of child abuse.

  • Pinwheels, superheroes mark special month for military kids

    Apr 9, 2015

    Blue pinwheels spun merrily while laughter from kids of all ages filled Cody Child Development Center on the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH April 1 as the community came together to recognize April as the Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month with a superhero pinwheel parade.

  • Operation Megaphone to Connect Military Teens Worldwide

    Apr 8, 2015

    Operation Megaphone, led by the Joint Service Teen Council, will connect teens, from all military branches worldwide, for one 24-hour period, April 24-25.

  • Four Army volunteers receive the 2015 Emma Marie Baird Award

    Apr 8, 2015

    Four Army Community Service volunteers will receive the 2015 Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. This year's awardees are Mary Britton from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Louise Griswold from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and Theresa Donahoe and Barbara Singleton both from Fort Benning, Georgia. Each year, the award, named in honor of ACS founder Lt. Col. Emma Marie Baird, is presented to volunteers who demonstrated extraordinary dedication and service to the Army community. Volunteers must serve in ACS or a family readiness leadership group for at least five years and contribute a minimum of 3,750 hours within a five year period.

  • CrossFit a "hit" with new Soldiers at Suwon Air Base

    Apr 7, 2015

    With its focus on a varied mix of high intensity exercises and functional strength conditioning, the fitness philosophy CrossFit has caught the attention of professional athletes and fitness trainers across the world looking to gain a competitive edge.

  • Endangered bats protected in Hohenfels

    Apr 7, 2015

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- There are well over 3,000 different species of flora and fauna on the Hohenfels Training Area, but for many people the most exciting creature here is the Greater Horseshoe Bat.

  • New fitness center opens at Ansbach, followed by fair promoting readiness, resilience

    Apr 6, 2015

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held the grand opening of the new Katterbach Physical Fitness Center and a Ready and Resilient mini-exposition April 1, 2015.

  • Spring into risk management: Don't leave it to chance

    Apr 6, 2015

    Spring is here! Whether you're a motorcycle rider, bicyclist, skater (skateboarder, kick scooter, inline skater, etc.), volksmarcher or sightseeing enthusiast, the warm weather means it's time to start getting ready to engage in your favorite activities.

  • Military family settling into Madison life

    Apr 6, 2015

    Military family, John and Jenny Plitsch, describe the importance of working together in the ups and downs of deployment and how they raise four young children in the military community.

  • Energy team flies kites to teach local students

    Apr 6, 2015

    Kites and electricity may sound like Ben Franklin to some. But now, instead of using a kite to prove electricity is in the sky or collect electricity in a jar, employees from the Engineering and Support Center Huntsville's Energy Team are using kites to show students how they can harness wind and convert the kinetic energy into electricity.

  • Young students learn about engineering careers

    Apr 6, 2015

    The Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville participated in Career Day at Monte Sano Elementary School on March 31. The event was geared for elementary school students who are interested in knowing what careers are available to them in the federal government. More than 400 students in first through fifth grades participated in the event held at the school.

  • Disaster preparation theme for month's observance

    Apr 6, 2015

    April is America's PrepareAthon: Prepare Because You Care, and the AMCOM G-3 Protection Division is promoting awareness within the workforce about emergency situations, disaster preparedness, mitigating damage and resiliency within the community in response to emergencies.

  • SHARP workshop invites military, academia to share best practices

    Apr 6, 2015

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center leaders welcomed local military and academia representatives to the Presidio of Monterey for a two-day Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention workshop recently.

  • Female Soldier's ninth title fuels Olympic dreams

    Apr 6, 2015

    Twenty-year-old Pfc. Rianna Rios won her ninth Golden Gloves state crown March 27, and has begun focusing on the long road to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Surrender at Appomattox marks beginning of end to Civil War

    Apr 6, 2015

    Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865, 150 years ago, was actually the first of several Confederate surrenders that took place in the weeks that followed.

  • HRC builds resiliency among its workforce

    Apr 6, 2015

    Army Human Resources Command establishes Ready and Resilient Campaign to support its Soliders, civilians, contractors and family member

  • Fort Hood shooting survivor receives highest non-combat honor for valor

    Apr 6, 2015

    A Special Forces Soldier, who was severely wounded in the Fort Hood shooting last year, received the Army's highest non-combat honor for valor on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, April 6.

  • Month of the Military Child: Ready, set… go!

    Apr 6, 2015

    April is recognized annually by the Army and other military services as the Month of the Military Child. During this month, the military acknowledges and shows appreciation for the service of America's youngest volunteers.

  • 'Masterworks' Series: Army Ground Forces Band performs with guest conductor

    Apr 3, 2015

    U.S. Army Forces Command's musical element - The Army Ground Forces Band - performed with guest conductor, Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant during a "Masterworks Series" concert at the High Point Theatre March 31.

  • ADA Soldiers vie for cooking award

    Apr 3, 2015

    FORT LEE, Va. -- Food service specialists from Fort Sill cooked and served their best creations in the annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event March 7 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Sill officer Army coach of year

    Apr 3, 2015

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond O'dierno named Lt. Col. Nate Johnson of Fort Sill as the Army Coach of the Year during the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium April 1 in Huntsville, Ala.

  • Sunday to Honor and Remember Gold Star Wives

    Apr 3, 2015

    This Sunday, the Army and nation will honor and remember the surviving spouses of fallen Soldiers. April 5 is designated as Gold Star Wives' Day. The gold star has been a symbol to identify surviving Family members of fallen Soldiers since the first World War.

  • Fun Fest, more events set to engage, entertain keiki

    Apr 3, 2015

    The 2015 Fun Fest, Earth Day and Leisure Travel Service Travel Fair have something for everyone.

  • Proclamation and pinwheels pledge child abuse awareness

    Apr 3, 2015

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM).

  • Month of the Military Child kicks off in USAG Bavaria

    Mar 31, 2015

    Events and programs celebrating military children will happen throughout the garrison in April.

  • 'Stalwart' employee: ACS director wins esteemed award

    Mar 31, 2015

    ACS Director Jan Meert wins Stalwart Award.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers compete for Best Warrior and German badge honors at the same time

    Mar 31, 2015

    Eleven New York Army National Guard Soldiers were the first to compete for both US and German awards during the New York Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition here, March 25-30. During the hybrid five-day competition, Soldiers not only navigated difficult terrain and challenging temperatures, but adapted to new events that allowed them to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, the only foreign badge allowed to be worn by US Army National Guard Soldiers. "We seized the opportunity to conduct hybrid training to further recognize and reward Soldiers' efforts who were outside of the winners circle for Best Warrior," explained Maj. John B. McBride, New York Army National Guard Operations Officer for 53d Troop Command. "This also provided junior Soldiers the ability to see firsthand how we work with our NATO partners."

  • Post softball team pounds opponents

    Mar 31, 2015

    Fort Benning's post softball team Miken routed Unique's Swamp Donkeys 19-4, and Waddell's Catering and Legends 23-7 during Columbus Spring League action March 25 at the South Commons Softball Complex.

  • Soldiers grapple 14th consecutive Armed Forces crown

    Mar 31, 2015

    Staff Sgt. Aaron Sieracki came out of competitive wrestling retirement to win three matches. Armed Forces wrestling rookie Pvt. Michael Hooker struck gold in his first tournament against Marines, Airmen and Sailors. They represented the old and the new as All-Army won its 14th consecutive Armed Forces Wrestling Championship, March 28-29, at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special Events Center at Fort Carson.

  • Women's History Month: Leaders celebrate women in history

    Mar 31, 2015

    Fort Benning celebrated women March 26 with a special observance held in honor of Women's History Month at the Benning Supper Club.

  • 'Take a STAND!' by preventing recreational injuries

    Mar 31, 2015

    Recreational injuries account for 10 percent of all Army deaths and 20 percent of lost time accidents.

  • Ansbach Student 2 Student members collect, deliver food to Landstuhl Fisher House

    Mar 30, 2015

    Ansbach High School members of Student 2 Student, a student-run organization, traveled to Landstuhl Fisher House in Landstuhl, Germany, March 7 to help wounded Soldiers and their Families.

  • Community leaders become community readers during Read Across America

    Mar 30, 2015

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- To anyone but a gleeful preschooler, the sight of a Soldier, especially a command sergeant major, in a stovepipe two-foot high green hat with white stripes would seem very unusual.

  • Army Wounded Warrior to receive new home

    Mar 30, 2015

    On March 22, 2012 Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) TaMarsh Thompson sustained a severe traumatic brain injury when his helicopter crashed in Camp Mural, Afghanistan.

  • Multiple style cars race at pinewood derby

    Mar 28, 2015

    Vicenza Cub Scout Pack 295 held its annual Pinewood Derby March 21 at the Caserma Del Din Sigholtz Center with some 50 cars taking part.

  • FMWR raises nutrition health awareneess

    Mar 27, 2015

    FORT SILL-- Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation set up information tables March 24 at the Main Exchange as part of Healthy Nutrition Awareness Month.

  • Twenty years of energy investments pay off for Fort Knox

    Mar 27, 2015

    The Fort Knox slogan declares to all that "strength starts here." After this month, Fort Knox can claim the Army's energy conservation starts here as well.

  • IMCOM leaders set sights on 2025

    Mar 27, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (Mar. 23, 2015) -- U.S. Army Installation Management Command top leaders held a conference here for garrison commanders and command sergeants major to set a collective course for IMCOM 2025 And Beyond.

  • Outreach-KONTAKT Franken reaches out, cleans up

    Mar 26, 2015

    Members of Outreach-KONTAKT Franken and Ansbach Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers worked together on cleaning up an area around a USAG Ansbach installation as part of the Ansbach Saubä(e)r, a city-wide clean-up, Saturday.

  • Vicenza community celebrates women's history

    Mar 26, 2015

    Members of the Vicenza Military Community gathered to honor both famous women from history and some of the influential women in the Vicenza community during a Women's History Month event.

  • Fort Carson DHR director earns IMCOM Stalwart Award

    Mar 26, 2015

    The Army's Installation Management Command honored Fort Carson's director of Human Resources with a Stalwart Award in a ceremony March 24, 2015, in San Antonio

  • Training emphasizes motorcycle safety

    Mar 26, 2015

    The Fort Carson Safety Office has a variety of mandatory training courses for Soldiers to attend prior to riding a motorcycle on or off the installation.

  • DoD warns troops, families to be cyber-crime smart

    Mar 24, 2015

    Department of Defense employees and their families should be vigilant when guarding personal and work information from expanding cyber-criminal activity, and to know how to recognize scammer tactics, the department's chief information officer said.

  • 'Strong bonds:' married medics unite for EFMB

    Mar 24, 2015

    Ashley and Grant Restuccio are a long way from where their relationship started at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and they've embarked on the most unique "honeymoon" imaginable. As they begin their marriage journey the Army couple is also competing side-by-side to earn the Army's coveted Expert Field Medical Badge.

  • Six teams battle for Junior Basketball Championship

    Mar 23, 2015

    USAG Stuttgart Junior Basketball Team wins IMCOM-E East Division Basketball Tournament. Vilseck takes third.

  • Soldiers receive swim assessments, FMWR looking for lifeguards

    Mar 23, 2015

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- The Rinehart Fitness Center pool is seeing more action as post leaders ensure Soldiers and family members receive training that could save their lives.

  • Youth summer expo March 28 at GRTC

    Mar 23, 2015

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- With the school year winding down and summer fast approaching, many parents are considering what their kids will do this summer.

  • ArmyFit website offers information on how to achieve, sustain lasting fitness

    Mar 23, 2015

    For little more than a year, the Army has been promoting a website called ArmyFit, a resource site that provides Soldiers, Family members and U.S. Army civilians with information regarding their physical, spiritual, emotional, Family and social status.

  • IMCOM announces public affairs competition winners

    Mar 23, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (Mar. 23, 2015) -- The U.S. Army Installation Management Command announced results of the IMCOM-level Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition.

  • Kolekole Walking Path officially reopens for limited use

    Mar 20, 2015

    Members of the Army community turned out Saturday afternoon to hike the Kolekole Walking Path and take in the sweeping views it offered of Central Oahu and the Waianae Coast.

  • Newcomers connect with community at weekly expo

    Mar 20, 2015

    Ensuring that Soldiers and their families have the tools to succeed is a priority for U.S. Army Hawaii, and this begins from the moment they arrive on post.

  • Leaders emphasize teamwork during SHARP summit

    Mar 19, 2015

    Fort Jackson leaders held a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, summit Friday at the Officers' Club.

  • Council aims to improve well-being

    Mar 19, 2015

    One of Fort Jackson's top priorities is improving the quality of life. One of the many efforts taking place to fulfill that mission is the Fort Jackson Community Health Promotion Council, or CHPC.

  • Strong B.A.N.D.S. returns for fifth year

    Mar 19, 2015

    The fifth annual Strong B.A.N.D.S. campaign will return to 65 participating Army garrisons worldwide in May. Strong B.A.N.D.S. -- which stands for Strong Balance, Activity, Nutrition, Determination and Strength -- promotes garrison fitness and wellness programs available to Soldiers, Families, retirees and civilians. This year's theme is Total Army Strong, which highlights how all members of the Army community are essential in building a resilient fighting force.

  • Korean War POW gets final salute

    Mar 19, 2015

    Sixty-four years after being declared dead at Valley Number One POW Camp in North Korea, Army Sgt. Floyd J.R. Jackson, a Korean War prisoner of war, was returned home, March 5, 2015, to full military honors courtesy of Fort Carson.

  • Fair provides spouses, Soldiers with job opportunities

    Mar 19, 2015

    Army Community Service at Fort Carson and the Hiring our Heroes Program hosted a military spouse networking reception and job fair March 11-12, 2015.

  • USACE women thrive in male-dominated engineering field

    Mar 18, 2015

    Only 20 percent of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District Engineering and Construction Division employees are women. While the branch is led by a female chief, the office -- like many in the U.S. -- still lacks women. In honor of Women's History Month in March, Engineering in Europe spoke with three outstanding women here to find out how they selected and continue to thrive in a male-dominated career field. These USACE women -- a mechanical engineer, engineering technician and civil engineer -- discuss their educational backgrounds, work experience and achievements to encourage girls and young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math

  • "What to Expect" baby shower brings moms together

    Mar 17, 2015

    Over 70 expectant moms in USAG Bavaria gathered for a baby shower hosted by the author of "What to Expect When You're Expecting."

  • Vanguard Brigade hosts Women's History observance

    Mar 15, 2015

    The 3rd Infantry Division celebrated Women's History Month with an observance ceremony hosted by 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, on Fort Stewart, Georgia, March 11, 2015.

  • Watch, join the conversation as senior leaders discuss the future of the Army

    Mar 13, 2015

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Senior leaders will discuss the challenges the Army faces and the way ahead for the future force during the upcoming 2015 Global Force Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville, Ala., March 31 to April 2.

  • Bike and Walk to School Day a healthy alternative

    Mar 13, 2015

    Fort Huachuca, Arizona - Students and employees all over Fort Huachuca set out a little earlier on the morning of March 6 to participate in the Bike and Walk to School Day.

  • Fitness sessions get installation moving

    Mar 13, 2015

    In a small classroom area near the dining facility at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Ky., a small group of Soldiers and civilians were being led in a display of physical fitness.

  • Soldiers helping Soldiers: AER campaign kicks off

    Mar 13, 2015

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- Fort Sill leaders are emphasizing the need to help Soldiers with the Army Emergency Relief program campaign kickoff, "AER-Making a Difference."

  • Taking care of self, take care of others

    Mar 13, 2015

    At any given moment, a soldier travels in three circles - the Unit Life Cycle, the Soldier Life Cycle, and the Family Life Cycle. In the 188th Infantry Brigade, a training brigade responsible for advising and assisting National Guard and Reserve soldiers across the United States with training, the ULC spins rapidly and unceasingly, while the other two cycles fluctuate with changing circumstances. This inconsistency can burden even the most seasoned soldiers with unnecessary stress. The Army seeks to provide as many tools as possible to ease the burden and help soldiers remain focused on the mission.

  • Women's History Month: EEO hosts lunch-n-learn

    Mar 13, 2015

    The Fort Rucker Equal Employment Opportunity Office Special Emphasis Program Committee will host a lunch and learn March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Commons, Bldg. 8950, in honor of National Women's History Month.

  • Fort Rucker thanks Gold Star Families

    Mar 13, 2015

    Gold Star Family members got the opportunity to take part in something normally only flight school students get to experience -- the chance to take to the skies, through simulation, anyway.

  • BOSS provides community impact, mentorship

    Mar 13, 2015

    The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program offers organized recreation for participants, but volunteers also understand the importance of hard work and the value of positively impacting the community.

  • Adopt-a-Trail: Volunteers sought to breathe new life into old trails

    Mar 13, 2015

    The Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation hopes to reclaim forgotten trails in 2015 with the aid of volunteers and the Adopt-A-Trail program.

  • DOD civilian, retired Soldier says resiliency lessons helped him beat cancer

    Mar 13, 2015

    Army retiree and current Department of Defense civilian Greg Cheek says the resiliency skills he learned from the military helped him overcome the biggest challenge of his life: cancer.

  • Fort Hood WTU Delivers World-Class Venue for Regional Trials

    Mar 13, 2015

    More than 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans from Warrior Transition Units at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Hood, Texas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, were at Fort Hood March 2-6 to competed in swimming, archery, air guns, cycling, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and track and field competitions to earn an invitation to the Army Trials, which will be March 20-April 2 at Fort Bliss, Texas. Forty athletes will then be selected to represent Team Army in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games that will be held this summer.

  • Soldiers learn financial skills

    Mar 12, 2015

    Fort Carson's Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program hosted a Military Saves/National Consumer Protection Week kickoff March 4, 2015.

  • Auto Skills Center offers training, tools to build Soldier, Family confidence

    Mar 12, 2015

    Fort Carson's Auto Skills Center offers a state-of-the-art facility with advanced capabilities and a variety of classes to give Soldiers and Families the confidence and ability to repair and maintain their own vehicles.

  • Dailey discusses revised tattoo policy on Fort Bragg

    Mar 11, 2015

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey revisited Fort Bragg to conduct a town hall meeting with Soldiers to gain an understanding of Soldiers' and Family members' concerns, March 9.

  • AUSA Hot Topics Focus: Installation Management

    Mar 11, 2015

    The Association of the United States Army Hot Topics forum was held in Washington, D.C., March 10.

  • Free Fall Spouse Wins YPG Military Spouse of the Year

    Mar 11, 2015

    YUMA PROVING GROUNDS, AZ - While the men and women in uniform are on the front lines keeping the nation free, the military spouse keeps the home front resilient. Stacy Faris, a military spouse and mother of two, at Yuma Proving Grounds Arizona, was honored as the base-level Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year 2015, for the second year in a row. Faris is the family readiness group leader for the Military Free Fall School at Yuma Proving Grounds, which is headquartered by the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School located at Fort Bragg, N.C. The role and title of MSOY brings big responsibilities and new challenges. "I want to reach out to military spouses and families. Urging them to take full advantage of everything this awesome military life has to offer is always a priority for me," she says. "Inspiring people to be involved in their communities both military and civilian is a bonus. In a time of dwindling budgets, it is increasingly important that we take care of our own." As a military spouse, Faris understands the frustrations that many military families go through. "Resilience is key! Waiting for someone else to do something for you is time wasted," she said. "If you have a problem requiring a solution, be a part of the process to find it. If something within your community needs to be changed, be a part of the conversation to make that happen. Learn what you can about military life, don't expect others to teach you." One thing that continues to concern military members and their families is continuing budget constraints. "Our benefits are constantly under attack in Congress. It is terrifying to watch them chipped away time and again," said Farris. "Every little .8 percent taken from our raises, increases in Tricare costs, commissary funding cuts and threats to retirement are gut blows. Those in the military and the families who support them, give up too much to feel like our sacrifices matter only to those who have lived this life." Military life is a unique culture that most do not fully understand. Many military families rely heavily on each other. "No one can understand what you go through day-to-day without living this life," she says. "If you open yourself up to the support system around you, the friends you make could be there for a lifetime. Some of my military friends truly are a part of my family, and I cannot imagine my life without them!"

  • Army Guard piloting teen resiliency programs

    Mar 11, 2015

    A pilot program designed to bolster the resiliency of Army National Guard teens and build positive methods of coping with stress is currently underway in 19 states.

  • 'Sisters In Arms' aims to match mentors, mentees at JBSA

    Mar 11, 2015

    JBSA-FORT SAM HOUSTON -- "Sisters In Arms," a new program at Brooke Army Medical Center, aims to match young female service members with senior noncommissioned officers to establish mentor/mentee relationships at Joint Base San Antonio.

  • Financial counseling opportunities available for spouses

    Mar 10, 2015

    Fellowship applications for military spouses interested in finance due April 17.

  • Registration deadline for Race Series Challenge and first FMWR race March 9

    Mar 9, 2015

    Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is again hosting a calendar-loaded schedule of road races and three Army 10-Miler qualifiers throughout the upcoming months.

  • Military working dogs sniff out narcotics, explosives

    Mar 9, 2015

    Despite not allowing dogs on the property, an off-season FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Memorial Hall in Washington, host canines and their handlers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment's (The Old Guard) 947th Military Police Detachment stationed on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

  • VHS wrestlers dominate at Europeans

    Mar 9, 2015

    The 2014-2015 wrestling season presented a great deal of obstacles. Due to Vicenza High's transition from Division II to Division I, it was quickly understood that team success would require a massive increase of effort and dedication.

  • Base unites for child abuse prevention PSA

    Mar 9, 2015

    The production of a public service announcement brought together elements of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Feb. 23 to make the community aware of April's designation as Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Month of the Military Child.

  • Remembering the Alamo - 179 years later

    Mar 9, 2015

    Friday March 6, 2015 marked the 179th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo.

  • Europe-based U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers train for disaster response

    Mar 8, 2015

    During the exercise Citizen Response 15, Soldiers from the Kaiserslautern, Germany-based 7th Civil Support Command tested their ability to deploy with other U.S. military services and allied partners in the aftermath of an earthquake.

  • 309th MI Bn. run brings community together

    Mar 6, 2015

    Fort Huachuca, Arizona - Despite strong winds on Saturday morning, more than 190 racers came out to participate in the 309th Military Intelligence Battalion Sentinel Pursuit, an 8-mile run.

  • Living Wax Museum brings history to fife

    Mar 6, 2015

    Fort Huachuca, Arizona - Second grade students at Colonel Johnston Elementary School brought history to life during their Living Wax Museum presentation on Tuesday morning.

  • Town hall educates Soldiers, families

    Mar 6, 2015

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- As 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery prepares to deploy, unit leaders held a town hall meeting to inform and answer questions from Soldiers and their families.