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  • Oahu Community Covenant

    Oct 2, 2009

    Oahu signed a Community Covenant on September 26, 2009 signifying support for Soldiers and Families.

  • Oahu Community Covenant

    Oct 2, 2009

    Oahu signed a Community Covenant on September 26, 2009 signifying support for Soldiers and Families.

  • Camp gives kids taste of deployment

    Oct 1, 2009

    It was no ordinary day at Sledgehammer Field on Kelley Hill as platoons performed physical fitness and practiced marching, Sept. 19. The training was for the children of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers to learn what their parents might encounter while deployed to Iraq.

  • Hawaii County signs Army Community Covenant

    Oct 1, 2009

  • Selectmen sign Military Community Covenant on Hollis common

    Sep 30, 2009

  • 'Operation Headrest' helps welcome home entire battalion

    Sep 29, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Home-comings are a busy time. As groups of Army spouses ready themselves and their families for the return of more than 3,400 Soldiers, many are working to make redeployment a memorable time for the entire battalion family, including their single Soldiers.

  • Illinois man raises $16,001 in less than a week for Fort Benning kids

    Sep 29, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Hundreds of Fort Benning children will have presents under the tree this holiday season thanks to the efforts of an Illinois man.

  • The long, dark tunnel: spouses and deployment

    Sep 28, 2009

    For a military spouse, the long, dark tunnel of deployment is paved with new challenges and responsibilities. While their service member spouse is away, the husband or wife left behind juggles children, finances, managing the home and work - alone. Add to this the loneliness of losing a partner and best friend, and the end result can be overwhelming, even traumatic, if the spouse create a support system for themselves.

  • Community Entertains Families From Fort Campbell

    Sep 25, 2009

    "OMG!" said Denise Lewis upon seeing the crowd gathered in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel. More than 250 family members, Team Redstone leaders, community leaders and representatives from various support organizations were assembled. They met in a reception room for a "Welcome to Huntsville" event Sept. 12. With their spouses deployed in Afghanistan for a year, the family members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Campbell, Ky., were ready for a relaxing time - a retreat from the stress of running a family, working jobs, being involved in the community, and the day-to-day household operation without the presence of their spouses. The group is part of Strong Bonds, formerly known as the Building Strong and Ready Family program in 1997, an Army family readiness/support group led by the 159th Chaplain unit. The program recognizes the importance of family support. "We are so happy to be here," said Lewis, family readiness group brigade adviser

  • Reaching Out to Reserve and Guard Forces

    Sep 25, 2009

    Reaching Out to Reserve and Guard Forces

  • Showing support for military

    Sep 25, 2009

  • Pros vs. GI Joes: Guitar Hero

    Sep 18, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Players from the Atlanta Falcons took time to play video games against Soldiers representing the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and Soldiers currently deployed to Qatar and Afghanistan Sept. 15, at the Falcon's training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga.

  • Army Community Covenant - Angel Soldiers at Work

    Sep 18, 2009

    Giving back to the community was the overall sentiment of the Soldiers who spent most of their day at the SAMMinistries, an organization that supports the homeless in San Antonio.

  • Volunteers make care packages for deployed Soldiers

    Sep 17, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley and Davis Broadcasting packed more than 50 care packages Friday at the National Infantry Museum to ship to Soldiers in Iraq.

  • Stewart-Hunter, local leaders join first responders to commemorate 9/11

    Sep 17, 2009

    More than 1,000 Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Soldiers and Family Members, along with community leaders joined first responders to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001 with a Freedom Walk, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

  • Showcase Keeps Stewart-Hunter Community In the Know

    Sep 17, 2009

    Sharing information about upcoming events and activities was part of the goal at the 2009 Fall Regional Information Sharing Forum and Community Showcase at Club Stewart, Sept. 9 and at Hunter Army Airfield, Sept. 10.

  • 'Operation Kid Comfort' provides lasting memories

    Sep 16, 2009

    Hearts Apart along with the Armed Services YMCA in Junction City held the Operation Kid Comfort program Sept. 10 at the ASYMCA facilities.

  • Books on Bases, puts Smiles on Fort Bragg faces

    Sep 14, 2009

    Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization of military Families, has partnered with Kids in Distressed Situations, Incorporated, to introduce the Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces program. The national launch of the Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces program will include the distribution of about 4,000 books in North Carolina Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at the W.T. Brown Elementary School in Spring Lake, according to the Blue Star Families Web site, The purpose of the program is to distribute 100,000 books to military schools and libraries, as well as local military-impacted public schools across the nation to promote the healing power of books, said Lisa Ferguson, the coordinator of the Fayetteville-area Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces group.

  • The long, dark tunnel: Children and deployment

    Sep 14, 2009

    To military families, a deployment can seem like a long, dark tunnel. The pain of loneliness and the stresses of managing without a spouse and parent force these families to deal with issues that their civilian counterparts may never have to face. To some military children, the tunnel is endless: they don't always understand why a parent has to leave, and fear they will not return. However, medical experts agree that both children and parents can make it through, as long as they have someone to walk beside them.

  • Military Leaders Sign Community Covenant with American Legion

    Sep 11, 2009

    Senior military leaders sign a Community Covenant with the American Legion, during its 91st national convention in Louisville, Ky., August 25.

  • Youth Center Gets Youthful Appearance

    Sep 11, 2009

    Nothing beats a fresh coat of paint to instantly refresh a room. Thanks to Home Depot and the hard work of volunteers, the Youth Center looks youthful and fresh. Stephanie Stone at Directorate of Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation got the call from Home Depot. Their service crew, Team Depot, was looking for a community project to do and they really wanted to make it happen on Redstone. "Linda Ares from Team Depot came to me and asked if FMWR had any community projects they could do at no cost to us," Stone said "I put the word out to let everyone know we had this great offer. We got a lot of ideas from all the activities." The Youth Center was ultimately chosen. Even though new furniture and equipment had been bought for the facility, the old paint made it feel dated, Stone said.

  • AAFES takes Army Family Covenant message 'to the streets'

    Sep 11, 2009

    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is hitting the road with a message that says the Army cares.

  • Patriot Day Senior Army Leader Message

    Sep 11, 2009

  • 3/7 Inf operation helps develop stronger Families

    Sep 10, 2009

    The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, is committed to the wellbeing of its Soldiers and Family Members, and the Cottonbaler Battalion is doing their part in this commitment through an initiative dubbed "Operation Able Baler." The two-week operation allowed leaders within the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment to become more familiar with their troops and their Families and helped to build a stronger, more independent team for the upcoming deployment.

  • Tour raises awareness of mental illness

    Sep 9, 2009

    Ambassadors from the land of Hollywood visited Multinational Division - Baghdad Soldiers, here, Sept. 4.

  • ASYMCA, Sierra Club offer free weekend camp in September

    Sep 6, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - The Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation are funding free weekend camping opportunities for military families through the Honolulu Armed Services YMCA.

  • Battlemind for Spouses enhances resiliency

    Sep 4, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - The main goal of Battlemind for Spouses is to make spouses aware of potential issues or concerns that may arise from the reunion with their Soldiers. It addresses issues or concerns the spouse may have when the couple reunites.

  • Sending Love To Soldiers Via Big-Screen TV

    Sep 3, 2009

    Hi, daddy!" "Hi, Bree, Bree! I love you." "I love you!" "You look pretty." "Thank you, daddy." Two-year-old Briana Payne did, indeed, look pretty in a red, white and blue sundress that she wore just for her daddy, Sgt. Jeffrey Payne. Briana's dad got to see her all dressed up thanks to a video teleconference that brought families of the Reserve's 375th Engineer Company together with their deployed Soldiers for a few minutes of big-screen-TV family time. The teleconference was arranged by Lockheed Martin at the company's Huntsville headquarters as part of the Aug. 22 Blue Star Service Banner program for the families of the 159 deployed Soldiers. It was the first time such a large-scale video teleconference has been conducted in Huntsville on behalf of deployed Soldiers, said organizer David Carney. For the families in attendance, the chance to see and talk to their Soldier made the Blue Star Service Banner program even more special.

  • Okaloosa County Community Covenant

    Sep 2, 2009

    The Okaloosa County Military Community Covenant was signed today by the United States Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard - along with state legislators, mayors, chambers of commerce, military spouses and county commissioners.

  • 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.

  • 'Someone has to show appreciation'

    Aug 27, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - "In my war service, I never got a handshake from anyone, except my family. People just didn't seem to care - and someone has to care and show appreciation for what these people are doing over there. I tell them how proud I am of their service." One by one, CSM(R) Virgil Greene greets the U.S. personnel walking out the door, shaking each hand as if it were the first. It's become a weekly ritual for him, a CONUS Replacement Center chaplain and unit leaders. Since early 2007, the 79-year-old highly decorated Soldier, who fought in Korea and Vietnam, has never missed a deployment or Freedom Flight at Lawson Army Airfield. He's met thousands of U.S. troops, Department of Defense civilians and military contractors headed to and returning from 36 different countries as part of the war on terrorism.

  • Heart to Heart seminar features Grammy Award-winning artist

    Aug 27, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Jennifer Holliday knows depression and loneliness can fuel suicidal thoughts. Holliday, best known for her role as Effie White in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls and her R&B hit And I am Telling You I'm Not Going, nearly took her own life in 1990 after years of depression.

  • Springfield pays tribute to Belvoir with bridge walk

    Aug 27, 2009

    The 8th annual Springfield Bridge Walk, hosted by Lee District supervisor Jeffrey McKay, was held Tuesday night. The event pays tribute to the Fort Belvoir community. This year the walk culminated with the signing of the Army Community Covenant - which signifies the long-standing partnership between the installation and its neighbors in Fairfax County.

  • 3rd Sustainment Bde. CSM teaches history, instills pride in local community

    Aug 27, 2009

    "The 3rd Infantry Division and the 3rd Sustainment Brigade have accomplished the litany of things we have because of the great Americans who came before us. This is why we are steeped in tradition. We could not have done anything without them." These words were spoken by Command Sgt. Maj. Clifton H. Johnson, command sergeant major of the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at the Lower Altamaha Historical Society's meeting, Aug. 20 at Fort King George in Darien, Ga.

  • FFID saddles up for the Army's Motorcycle Mentorship Program

    Aug 26, 2009

    The Future Force Integration Directorate Deputy Director Colonel Patrick Fetterman led a group of FFID motorcyclists on a winding forty mile ride up scenic Highway 28 to Old Mesilla, New Mexico to promote the Army's new Motorcycle Mentorship Program.

  • 82nd Association Convention brings together past and present Paratroopers

    Aug 24, 2009

    Paratroopers of different eras came together to bond over their similar experiences during the 63rd 82nd Airborne Division Association National Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind. from August 19-22.

  • Nevada News

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Nevada Governor-Hosted Community Covenant Ceremony

    Aug 24, 2009

    Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki announces new initiative to document stories of Nevada's service-members involved in the Global War on Terror at the Community Covenant Ceremony on August 18, 2009.

  • Seventeen-year old rises to the challenge, issues her own

    Aug 24, 2009

    When Jessica Zachar opened her local newspaper and saw fellow Harker Heights High School student Stephanie Graham's picture, she was both intrigued and challenged.

  • AUSA picnic hosts 90 Soldiers

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Fort Myer reaffirms community covenant

    Aug 21, 2009

    The Fort Myer Military Community garrison commander and vice chairman of the Arlington County Board reaffirm the Army Community Covenant at the Arlington County Fair, a year after Fort Myer and Arlington County signed the original covenant.

  • Charlotte Community Covenant

    Aug 21, 2009

  • Morris County Community Covenant

    Aug 21, 2009

  • Nevada Community Covenant Signing Ceremony

    Aug 21, 2009

    More than a hundred community leaders, military members, veterans groups and elected officials gathered Aug. 18 to sign a Community Covenant between Nevada communities and service members in the Silver State at the capitol grounds amphitheater in Carson City. The Nevada event was hosted by Gov. Jim Gibbons, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and The Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Bill Burks, and was organized to honor and thank Nevadans across the state for their ongoing support of those in uniform. Gov. Gibbons remarked that a recent trip to Iraq gave him unique perspective on how Soldiers deployed to war feel about the encouragement they receive from home. Brig. Gen. Robert Abrams, commanding general for the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., represented of the Secretary of the Army at the event.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters gains military focus with new grant

    Aug 20, 2009

    FORT BENNING GA - After 20 years of serving the valley area, Big Brothers Big Sisters is concentrating much of its efforts on Fort Benning, thanks to a $20,000 grant that will link military children and Soldiers with "Bigs" and "Littles" in the community.

  • Community Relations connects, informs with new web site

    Aug 20, 2009

    The U.S. Army Community Relations Division, a component of the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, launched a new web site today, Aug. 20. The site is designed to communicate key messages and themes and educate the American public on current Army events and initiatives.

  • Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona

    Aug 20, 2009

  • 'Army Wives' author reaches out to fellow spouses

    Aug 20, 2009

    Tanya Biank, whose book "Army Wives" inspired the No. 1-rated Lifetime TV network show of the same name, will experience the same hurt and pain of separation as other 3rd Infantry Division families when the division deploys in less than two months.

  • Homes for Troops

    Aug 18, 2009

    Hundreds of individuals and dozens of area businesses participated in the Homes for Troops project to benefit the Wallace family.

  • Local Alaska community honors USARPAC NCO of the Year

    Aug 14, 2009

    Local Alaska community members honor the 2009 U.S. Army Pacific NCO of the Year Staff Sgt. Neftali Bonilla, of Task Force 49, U.S. Army Alaska, during a ceremony at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Aug 13.

  • USACE decision sets focus for Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration

    Aug 14, 2009

    The stroke of a pen set the agenda for Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration, ending a controversy over the introduction of a non-native species.

  • Boy Scout creates meditation garden for Main Post Chapel

    Aug 14, 2009

    One day in January after attending daily Mass at the Main Post Chapel, Insahl Chenet noticed the shrubbery near the entrance of the chapel. "It didn't look too nice," the 15-year-old recalled. He examined the space and thought it would be a good idea to make a few changes.

  • AUSA golf tournament honors WTU, raises thousands for Army programs

    Aug 14, 2009

    Friday isn't usually a fun day for the Warrior Transition Unit. While Fridays for some can be a day to putter into the weekend, for WTU Soldiers such as Capt. Kirk Butler, the day can mean MRIs and physical therapy. But last Friday, the steely-eyed expression and grunts weren't from pain but from trying to make the perfect putt on The Courses Fort Meade.

  • Night on the town: Local community celebrates National Night Out

    Aug 14, 2009

    For Anthony Laus and his friends, National Night Out is more than a study in crime prevention. The annual event, held Aug. 4 on McGlachlin Parade Field, offers a final opportunity for the Fort Meade community to hang out before school begins.

  • Leaders work toward partnership between WTB, center

    Aug 13, 2009

    FORT BENNING GA - U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton said he hopes to see a partnership develop between the institute and Fort Benning's Warrior Transition Battalion to help more troops.

  • Missing Link: Program helps orient teens to life overseas

    Aug 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Military teens know what it feels like to move from one place to another, making new friends and feeling lost in a crowd.

  • VFW collects wheelchairs for disabled vets

    Aug 13, 2009

    There are people out there who at one time wrote a blank check to this country who are not doing so well right now. I think it is our responsibility as citizens to do what we can for these people. Some of them have fallen on hard times.

  • 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.

  • Illinois Governor Signs Veterans Higher Education Bill

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Military spouses advance with MyCAA

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Fort Polk, communities reaffirm covenant

    Aug 3, 2009

    State, local, and military leaders met at Fort Polk July 23 to pledge to continue working together. They re-signed and reaffirmed the Army Community Covenant, first signed June 16, 2008. The re-signing came during a Polk Progress Update, held at Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk headquarters.

  • Fort Polk progress projects promise of bright future

    Aug 3, 2009

    Gen. James C. Yarbrough, commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, writes about a few of the unique initiatives underway between Fort Polk and the Leesville community.

  • APG quilters donate 37 quilts to Wounded Warriors

    Jul 30, 2009

  • Ft Campbell Army Community Covenant signing ceremony

    Aug 22, 2008

    Fort Campbell joined with members of the surrounding communities in Kentucky and Tennessee to sign the Army Community Covenant Aug. 22

  • Fort Bliss Community Signs Army Covenant

    Jul 10, 2008

    The Fort Bliss community and visitors withstood the deluge of rain that flooded the Army Community Covenant signing ceremony at Cohen Stadium in El Paso on July 9.

  • Minnesota communities embrace Army Families

    Jun 17, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren joins Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at the Minnesota State Capitol building for the Army Family Community Covenant signing ceremony, June 16. Geren visited with National Guard recruiters in Roseville, Minn. following the ceremony.

  • Fort Carson, surrounding communities sign Army Community Covenant

    Jun 6, 2008

    In a ceremony June 6, leaders from Fort Carson, the U.S. Army and the local communities signed the Army Community Covenent at the El Pomar Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. From left, Bill Hybl, Chief executive Officer of the El Pomar Foundation and ; Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera; Maj. Gen. Mark A. Graham, commanding general, Division West (First Army) and Fort Carson; Fountain Mayor Jeri Howells; Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston; Chynna Jade Stephens, District 8 student and Army Family member; Staff Sgt. Evan McDonald, Fort Carson Soldier; Adela Stearns, wife of deployed Soldier Cpl. Robert Stearns and mother of Chynna Stephens; Brig. Gen. Thomas Mills, Colorado National Guard; and U.S Army Reserve Ambassador Shawn Graves.

  • Fort Drum Army Community Covenant Ceremony

    May 10, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren is joined by members of the Fort Drum and northern New York communities in signing the Army Community Covenant in Watertown, N.Y., May 9, 2008. The Army Community Covenant signifies the commitment of the local community to continue its tradition of strong support to Fort Drum Soldiers and their Families.

  • Community Covenant Signing

    Apr 22, 2008

    Soldiers and Families at Fort Benning, GA, receive a strong show of support during the inaugural signing of the Army Community Covenant. Gail McCabe has more.

  • Fort Benning kicks off Army Community Covenant initiative

    Apr 18, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston join Maj. Gen. Walt Wojdakowski, Fort Benning commanding general, Mayor Jim Wetherington of Columbus, Ga., and Mayor Jeff Hardin of Phenix City, Al., in signing the Army Community Covenant at Fort Benning, Ga., April 17.

  • Benning Signs First Covenant with Local Communities

    Apr 17, 2008

    The Army formally signed its first community covenant Thursday between Fort Benning and the towns of Columbus, Ga., and Phenix City, Ala., launching a mutual commitment of support by the Army and the local communities to Soldiers and Families.

  • Fort Benning Signs Community Covenant

    Apr 17, 2008

    As Army Family members and civic leaders gather around, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren (center) signs the Army's first formal community covenant between Fort Benning, Ga., and the towns of Columbus, Ga., and Phenix City, Ala. To the secretary's left: Sgt. Maj. the Army Kenneth O. Preston. who also signed. Other signers included , to the secretary's right: Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington ; Maj. Gen. Walt Wojdakowski, Fort Benning commander ; and Phenix City mayor Jeff Hardin.

  • Army Signs Covenant with Towns Near Benning

    Apr 17, 2008

    The Army signed a community covenant today between Fort Benning and the towns of Columbus, Ga., and Phenix City, Ala. In the covenant, 11 community leaders pledge that they and the Army will continue with their commitments to Soldiers, Families, educators, employers, civic and business leaders, and citizens. From right to left: Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington and Fort Benning Commander Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski display the signed community covenant.