YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea (Oct. 10, 2012) -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Army Community Service held a Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation ceremony to raise awareness and the importance of the prevention of domestic violence here, Oct. 2.

The United States Army annually provides campaigns to remind service members, families and civilians about the seriousness of domestic violence and various programs that can help and prevent it from happening.

Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan, and Brig. Gen. David. J. Conboy, deputy commanding general for Eighth Army, marked the commencement by highlighting the importance of domestic violence awareness.

"Our Soldiers and families face many challenges during wartime that tend to have an impact on our Soldiers being away from their love ones," Conboy said. " I want to express how much I value what [Army Community Service] is doing to help our service members and families reform during redeployment and look forward to being a big part of the solution in helping eliminate domestic abuse and violence amongst our fellow servicemembers, families, and civilians."

Masley gave recognition and showed appreciation for all the hard work Army Community Service, or ACS, has done for the military families and community.

"The help and assistance that you provided to the service members are immeasurable," he said. "To this day, ACS has helped keep families together and I want to thank you for your great work."

ACS provides a unique approach in dealing with domestic violence, whether through individual counseling or group session. ACS provides those services to satisfy the needs of service members, families, and civilians.

"One incident is more than enough and we should always know how to react and respond to any domestic violence situation," said Marty Masters, Family Advocacy program manager. "Our goal is to continue to raise readiness and keep awareness."