Prepared Kids Competition
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"And it just reminds you that we wouldn't be here if it hadn't been for the sacrifices of earlier veterans. We would not enjoy the same safety and security and liberty that we do."
- President Barack Obama, reflecting on his visit to Arlington National Cemetery on March 25, 2009
Obama pledges more support for returning combat veterans
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"To get to be an NCO, you have to be willing not only to take the initiative, but also to take control of any situation."
- Sgt. Charles Harris, Blackhorse Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment
Year of the NCO: Sergeants thrive on challenges, enjoy leading Soldiers
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
- The White House Blog
- Blogger's Roundtable
- North Dakota National Guard Soldiers, Airmen work side-by-side with civilians to save Fargo
- Joint, dual mission paves road for future
- U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi police team up to deliver new wheelchairs to Iraqi children
- U.S., Iraqi troops deliver aid to Baghdad community
2009: Year of the NCO
2009: Year of the Military Family
2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant
- National Women's History Month: Army Heritage and History Web site
- Brain Injury Awareness Month: U.S. Army Medical Department Web site
- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
- Month of the Military Child
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
- Part two of seven: Suicide Prevention: Seven Days, Seven Installations (CAC)
- Commonly asked questions about the deployment (MM)
- Fort Hood reset program teaches Soldiers to leave ‘battle mind’ behind (SM)
- What I will leave behind (BOB)
- Face of freedom: SGT Jacinta Mello (GF)
- VBC service members invest time, effort to bring back scout program (MPV)
Prepared Kids Competition
What is it?
To celebrate Month of the Military Child, Ready Army is launching the Prepared Kids competition. Prepared Kids recognizes the creativity, strength and spirit of Army children by inviting everyone 18 years of age and under, to share their unique perspectives on the theme, Prepare Strong! The competition provides an Army-wide forum for our children to express their thoughts on preparing for natural and man-made emergencies, and an opportunity for families to come together to discuss this important issue.
What has the Army done?
Last September, the Army launched a proactive community awareness campaign called Ready Army to encourage individual and family preparedness. As hurricane season approaches, Ready Army’s Prepared Kids competition reminds Soldiers and families of the resources available to protect Army families from all hazards, and provides a creative forum for family preparedness activities.
What does the Army have planned?
Prepared Kids empowers children to use their unique talents to tell their personal stories of preparedness. Entries may be a drawing, song, video, public service announcement or any other creative medium related to the theme, Prepare Strong! suggested focus areas include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, preparing to take care of pets, being informed about the range of hazards, and getting involved in community activities to build preparedness. Children may enter as individuals or in groups. Entire classrooms are welcome!
Prepared Kids runs from April 1 to August 12 when finalists will be posted on Ready Army Web site for a one-week open voting session. Winners in each category will be announced during September, “National Preparedness Month” and incorporated into the 2010 Ready Army campaign, showing that everyone in the Army family has a voice to inspire others to prepare.
Why is this important to the Army?
Emergency preparedness saves lives and mitigates the effects of a disaster; however research shows that most Americans, including military families, consider themselves to be more prepared than in reality.
The Army is committed to preparing for all hazards and caring for Soldiers and Families. Through Prepared Kids, our children and teens are encouraged to participate in age appropriate, educational and fun activities that will enhance their physical, emotional and mental strength.
Our children are the future of our nation and an important part of the Army family. Prepare Strong!
Ready Army Web site
Log in required on AKO:
Army Emergency Management program (AR525-27)
WAR ON TERROR
- Obama to outline Afghanistan, Pakistan strategy (NPR)
- Odierno: Dispute in North could still destabilize Iraq (NPR)
- U.S. general: American forces may not leave key Iraqi cities (CSM)
- Obama plans more funding for Afghan War (WP)
- Afghan official: Pakistan spy agency aided Taliban militants (BG)
- Iran to join talks on stabilizing Afghanistan (LAT)
- U.S. official challenges North Korea's satellite claim (LAT)
- Pakistan to get billions from U.S. despite oversight concerns (USA)
- Army Future Combat Systems too costly, lawmaker says (Update1) (BB)
- Wiring at U.S.-run military facilities is being inspected to prevent more electrocutions (KC)
- Commentary: A Letter to Barack Obama from a Guantánamo Uighur (AW)
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