Fort Rucker Child and Youth Services celebrates Month of the Military Child
A Fort Rucker CYS member signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation during a kick off celebration on Fort Rucker April 1. (Photo Credit: Kristina DeLuca) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Fort Rucker School Age Center kicked off this year’s Month of the Military Child celebration with a reading of the MOMC proclamation April 1.

The proclamation, signed by Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Gabram, U.S. Army Installation Management Command commanding general, reads: “For the last 35 years, the Department of Defense has recognized military children and youth during the month of April. It is important to honor and celebrate our military's young heroes for their service, commitment, and sacrifice in support of the Army's mission.”

Each child at the event had the opportunity to sign the proclamation to celebrate their individual strengths and resilience. The event ended with an obstacle course run and a special snack for the day.

The Month of the Military Child observance provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes: military children. This year’s theme, “Military Children and Youth: A Resilient Force in a Changing World,” highlights the strength of military children and youth, and their ability to adapt to current and future changes.

Our military children and youth experience many unique challenges. The Army’s commitment to them is to provide quality care and positive youth development for a bright future.

Honoring our commitment ensures military families receive the best we have to offer, no matter what they face or where their next adventure takes them.

The School Age Center will continue to honor military children throughout the month of April with a full schedule of events, including:

  • April 5-9: Spirit Week (Monday – wear tie dye; Tuesday – crazy hair/sock day; Wednesday – wear camouflage; Thursday – wear your favorite hat; Friday – pajama jam dance)
  • April 6: Army CYS will attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for virtually passing a soccer ball.
  • April 19-23: Purple Up! for Military Kids Week

The School Age Center program for children in Kindergarten through grade 5 is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and offers before- and after-school care during the school year along with full-day summer camps. To participate in School Age Center programs and activities, children must be registered with Child and Youth Services and meet all CYS requirements.

For more information on the Fort Rucker School Age Center and other CYS programs, visit the Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation at