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Leadership salutes military spouses

2009 Military Spouse Appreciation Day

In 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.

In 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.

In 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.

On May 8th, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we salute you. Army Families, Army Strong!


      Kenneth O. Preston                  George W. Casey, Jr.                   Pete Geren
      Sergeant Major of the Army      General, United States Army        Secretary of the Army
                                                       Chief of Staff


Fort McCoy to have activities for 
military personnel, spouses May 8

Military 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, building 1571.


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