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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, November 2 2012

Today's Focus:

Military Family Appreciation Month

Senior Leaders are Saying

In our military families, we see the best our country has to offer. They demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than two centuries and the values that will preserve our greatness for centuries to come ... Military families strengthen the fabric of each community they touch and enrich our national life as shining examples of patriotism.

- President Barack Obama

Presidential Proclamation -- Military Family Month, 2012

What They're Saying

It's a no-fail mission We don't stop for weather. We put the mission before anything else.

- Staff Sgt. Sean McAlpine, casket team noncommissioned officer in charge, Delta Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

Old Guard Soldiers brave Hurricane Sandy to render honors, ensure others' safety

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

Military Family Appreciation Month

What is it?

Military Family Appreciation Month (MFAM) is a campaign designed to communicate the Army's recognition and appreciation for Army families and to fulfill the Army Family Covenant - provide them a quality of life commensurate with their service. The result is families feeling important, supported and connected to the Army and the nation.

What has the Army done?

MFAM provides an opportunity for Army leaders to raise awareness about the importance and sacrifices of our military families. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families. The Army encourages senior mission commanders, garrison commanders, National Guard and Army Reserve commanders, and family programs staff to work together to conduct MFAM events and awareness campaigns in their community throughout November.

Why is it important to the Army?

The Army recognizes the commitment and sacrifice families make every day. The Army knows the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their families, which means providing a strong, supportive environment where Soldiers and their families can thrive. To do this, the Army is committed to building a partnership with families that enhances their strength and resilience to face an environment of full tempo operations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue to provide families a strong, supportive environment and has an extensive network of programs and services to strengthen the resiliency and readiness of Army families. This is in keeping with the Army's commitment to support Army families, improve their well-being and provide them communities of excellence in which to thrive.

The Army is dedicated to improving family readiness through funding of programs, better health care, housing, schools, youth services, child care, education and employment opportunities, and we will continue to build upon and improve the tenets of the Army Family Covenant.

The Army Family Covenant is the Army's commitment to provide Soldiers and their families a quality of life that acknowledges their service, sacrifices and dedication to our nation.

The Army Family Action Plan helps leaders address the needs and concerns of the entire Army family. AFAP enlists representatives from around the world to identify, prioritize, and elevate quality of life issues to senior leaders for resolution.

The Army will encourage media to provide accurate and informative reports highlighting Army family sacrifices, contributions and the commitment the Army is making to families.

Resources: Army Families
Army Family Covenant
Army Community Covenant
Army Family Action Plan
Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
Installation Management Command

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