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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, May 11 2012

Today's Focus:

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Senior Leaders are Saying

This is one of the most important things, strategically, that this Army has taken up in recent years. At the end of the day, what they do here that makes it particularly unique is that they put the equipment in the hands of Soldiers, lets them work with it, then takes their feedback and tries to make sure we're not just fielding something that looks good, but also operationally works well.

- Secretary of the Army John McHugh answers questions at a press conference during Network Integration Evaluation 12.2 at Fort Bliss, Texas, May 9.

McHugh visits 'Heavy Metal' Brigade, speaks with Soldiers during NIE 12.2

What They're Saying

The world is a chaotic place. The comfort that we enjoy in the first world isn't necessarily something everyone else in the world enjoys -- it has to be fought for. The beauty is we don't have to if we don't want to. It doesn't have to be military service -- but some kind of service -- adding to the pot. It not only builds character, but also exposes one to a different way of life.

- 2nd Lt. Darius Chen, a medical platoon leader with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., speaking on service as a way to better oneself and the world at the same time.

Fueled by history, passion, son of immigrants serves in U.S. Army

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

May
National Mental Health Month- Related website: Army Medicine Behavioral Health
National Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Women's Health Care Month- Related website: Healthy Women
National Military Appreciation Month

May 11: Military Spouse Appreciation Day- Related website: Army.mil: Army Families

Today's Focus

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

What is it?

On May 11, 2012, Army leaders will express gratitude to all Army spouses and reinforce their importance in supporting America's Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families. Army spouses routinely put the welfare of their Soldier, family, and nation above their own. Military Spouse Appreciation Day is part of National Military Appreciation Month, passed by Congress in 1999. This years' theme is Saluting Resiliency.

What has the Army done?

President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members. DOD has since standardized the date by declaring the Friday proceeding Mother's Day as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Army leaders will express gratitude to all Army spouses and reinforce their importance in supporting America's Soldiers. The continued support of the spouse is critical to the Army. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families. Army spouses routinely put the welfare of their Soldier, Family, and Nation above their own. After almost a decade at war and numerous deployments, our Active, Reserve, and National Guard spouses continue to support America's Army unconditionally. Army Families equal Army Strong!

Why is this important to the Army?

By observing Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the Army reaffirms its commitment to supporting and honoring spouses of Soldiers who are stationed stateside and overseas, and those deployed to combat zones.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The Army will continue to honor the contributions and support that military spouses so selflessly provide. Soldiers are the strength of our Nation and Families are the strength of our Soldiers.

Resources:

Army Families

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