FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker is running its second biennial Health Promotions Community Strengths and Themes Assessment now through July 29 aimed at collecting population data as it relates to the health and readiness of the community.

Data is collected through the Internet, which allows Soldiers, family members, civilians and military retirees to take the survey from their homes or offices, said Heather Gardner, Fort Rucker and U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence health promotion officer. The survey focuses on how the community feels on health, safety, quality of life and overall satisfaction with the installation.

"The CSTA gives Soldiers, family members, civilians and retirees a voice for change on the installation," said Col. Robert Ault, USAACE chief of staff. "The results from this survey will help Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, USAACE and Fort Rucker commanding general, address the health needs of the community.

"We are encouraging maximum participation from the community, so that we can work to continue to improve the overall quality of life for everyone at Fort Rucker," Ault added.

Information is collected through the Fort Rucker Community Health Promotion Council Office, Gardner said. It will be used to help identify population health concerns for assessing health-related needs of the Fort Rucker community for program planning, policy development and program evaluation.

The confidentiality of responses is assured under Section 308 (d) of the Public Health Service Act. Procedures are in place to prevent the disclosure of personal data, including data encryption and secure data networks. No personal identifiers are collected as part of this survey process, she said.

The assessment is available at

For more information, call 255-0529.