Military Spouse Appreciation Day
the 19th century the Army protected settlers moving west. Army
spouses braved the journey and life on the frontier to be with
their Soldiers. When relocating, they rode ox or horse-drawn
carts and wagons and, sometimes, even walked. They confronted
harsh climate, disease, and attack while coping with military
life. While times have changed, today’s Army spouses still
confront many challenges. In the 21st century the Army has a
global presence in eighty countries. Today, Army spouses
confront multiple deployments, relocations, and separations
while gracefully coping with military life.
2007 we instituted the Army Family Covenant and the Army
Community Covenant, in part to recognize the commitment and
increasing sacrifices that our families make every day and to
acknowledge that the strength of our Soldiers comes from the
strength of their families. Our spouses are community leaders,
careerists, mothers, fathers, and Soldiers. Our spouses
routinely put the welfare of the Soldier, family, and nation
above their own. After almost eight years at war and multiple
deployments, our Active, Reserve, and National Guard spouses
continue to support America’s Army unconditionally.
2009 we continue to be humbled by your sacrifices and remain
committed to providing you the quality of life commensurate with
your service. Also, as we celebrate "The Year of the
Noncommissioned Officer" (NCO) in 2009, we are reminded
that the NCO Corps is the backbone of the American Army, and,
our spouses are the backbone of the American Army Family.
May 8th, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we salute you. Army
Families, Army Strong!
George W. Casey,
Sergeant Major of the
Army General, United States
Army Secretary of the
Chief of Staff
McCoy to have activities for
military personnel, spouses May 8
personnel or their spouses can register May 8 at the Community
Activity Center, building 2000, for the chance to win one of the
following prizes: Two Army Concert Tour tickets, a $25 AAFES gift
card, two Family Well-Being Gift Baskets or two free meals at McCoy’s.
A lunch special also is available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Habañero,