FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Army leaders have set aside May 11 to express their gratitude to Army spouses for their support of Soldiers.

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.

Locally, Army Community Service, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, hosted Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 9, at Fort Shafter's Hale Ikena. Jeannine Wiercinski, spouse of Lt. Gen. Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, discussed "Real Life Solutions for Military Spouses."

"Being a military spouse is the greatest profession," Wiercinski said. "It's a daily challenge, but it has huge rewards."

ACS offers offer a variety of programs and events, such as military spouse career expos, tailored to Army spouses. Call 655-4227 or visit

(Editor's Note: Information compliled from Army news releases.)