Army Integrated Family Support Network

Tuesday April 8, 2008

What is it?

The Army Integrated Family Support Network (AIFSN), working in concert with other military and civilian agencies, establishes a comprehensive multi-agency approach for community support and services. It is intended to meet the diverse needs of the Army's active, Guard and Reserve Soldiers, Families, and employers throughout the deployment cycle.

What has Army Done?

The AIFSN was initially developed by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) in coordination with the National Guard Bureau, the U.S. Army Reserve, and the Installation Management Command's Family Programs and Child and Youth Programs.

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Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Weapons upgrade faces big hurdles (WP)
  • Vice chief says strain on all-volunteer force unprecedented (ARNews)
  • Master sergeant awarded Soldier's Medal for saving lives (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Petraeus likely to advise against more troop cuts (NPR)
  • Congress to hear of gains in Iraq (WP)
  • Iraqi security forces managing recent violence in Sadr City (ARNews)
  • Detainees treated fairly says new Guantanamo deputy (ARNews)

OF INTEREST

  • Widow has dead Soldier's sperm extracted (AT)
  • See humor through eyes of an Army spouse (DL)
  • U.S. Army awards General Dynamics contract for biological detection system production and support (ET)
  • DRC awarded $2.3 million U.S. Army training contract for heavy brigade combat teams (SH)
  • Martin drives to eighth-place finish in Texas (ARNews)

WORLD VIEW

  • Secret U.S. plan for military future in Iraq (TG | Story)
  • Iraqi leader warns Sadr movement (BBC | Story)
  • Warm words end Black Sea summit as leaders vow to bridge differences (IND | Story)
  • U.S. still mired in Iraq, says report (SMH | Story)
  • Uganda: U.S. Army set to recruit citizens (AA |Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • AWTR April 2008 newsletter (LAS)
  • U.S. Army attacks endangered desert tortoises (GB)
  • Army's new field manual discussed on Hill (BW)
  • Inhofe meets with Army officers (TMS)
  • Reunited!!! (ABP)

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It is so important to keep these kids in a routine, to keep them involved in activities and on track. Unfortunately, the challenges these Families face are compounded by the fact that when a reservist is called up for active duty, many times his or her income can drop substantially. So, just when the children most need these extracurricular activities, the Family can no longer afford them."

-Gail Kruzel, executive director of Our Military Children

Group helps Guard, Reserve children with after-school activities

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