LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2010) -- Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation professionals through the Army's cultural and business transformation. The goal is to provide quality programs to reduce stress on Soldiers and families.

"Every time I see a Soldier, I always thank him for his service," Lynch said. "But this one second lieutenant, who was going on his third deployment, leaving a wife and three kids behind, thanked me by saying, 'I can focus on the fight because you're focusing on my family.'"

"You are touching the soul of the Army," Lynch said. "When you go back to your garrisons with what you've learned here, you will make a difference."

By the end of the three-day conference participants will: create new strategies to infuse the human dimension into Survivor Outreach Services program for families is supported. "For the families who have lost someone, their tragedy continues. Go back to your garrisons and please look at the Family and MWR employees to place their families first.

"When I visit a cemetery I look at the grave stone and notice the dates of the person buried there. There's the start date and the end date. In between there's a dash. The dash is the most important part of that grave stone. How do we live the dash between those two dates'"

He left the attendees with some additional food for thought before they headed out to pack in as much training and education they could handle over the following three days.

"Don't be a 'we-be' when you listen to the leaders who are excited about their programs. You know, don't be the person who says, 'we be here when you came, and we be here when you leave.' Take what you've learned at these sessions and build on them, promote them and keep the excitement high," Lynch said.

While the symposium promised to be an intense program of training and education, it also promised a fun time for MWR employees. With nine plenary sessions and an additional 10 breakout sessions required to receive credit in MWR Academy training. A video diary was also offered so conference attendees could share their thoughts on camera about their symposium or their family and MWR experience. The diary will be posted online and shared with the workforce.