|SAN ANTONIO (Installation Management Command) — November
is Military Family Appreciation Month, with the Army continuing its
focus on building strong, resilient Families.
Throughout November, Families will be recognized and honored in various
ways on and off post. Community leaders, businesses and installations
are teaming up to sponsor special activities: open houses; Family Fun
Nights; dinners; festivals; and sporting-event nights.
ACS and CYS Services
celebrate military Families
November is Military Family
In celebration of the month, Army Community Service (ACS) will
offer a goody bag for Families in the Fort McCoy community. The
bags can be picked up at the ACS Center, building 2111, through
For more information, call 608-388-3505.
Child Youth and School (CYS) Services also will hold a Family
Fun Night for all Families enrolled in CYS Services programs
Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Child Development Center Fall Fest will
be held Fridays, Nov. 4 and 18.
For more information about these events, call CYS Services at
Overall, the Army campaign for Military Family Appreciation Month,
with a theme of “Taking Care of Those Who Care for You,” aims to thank
Army Families for their sacrifices.
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Installation Management Command (IMCOM),
noted in a recent column that the Army recognizes the strain Families
have experienced since 9/11.
“During the last 10 years of conflict, our Soldiers and Families have
faced challenging situations, and in too many cases, tragedy,” Lynch
said. “Multiple deployments and too little dwell time have strained
their relationships. We owe it to our people to help them build the
resiliency needed in coping with their challenges — with folks coming
out stronger and better.”
“We have taken a number of steps to assess and build resiliency in our
Family members,” Lynch continued. “The Army is keeping a key promise it
made in the Army Family Covenant, fostering an environment in which
Families can thrive.”
Lynch also noted that the U.S. armed forces are now operating in a
fundamentally different fiscal reality, adding that IMCOM must find
smarter ways to provide services and programs while continuing to
support the Army community.
“The Army’s budget is smaller than it has been in previous years, and it
will get smaller still,” he said. “However, a different fiscal reality
does not change the reality of what we owe to our Families. The Army’s
commitment to Families remains as strong as ever.”
Although Military Family Appreciation Month is officially celebrated in
November and primarily on installations, the push to support military
Families continues throughout the year and throughout the nation — from
small-town Main Street to the White House.
In April 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice
President Joe Biden, launched a national initiative, named Joining
Forces, that calls on all sectors of America to join forces in
supporting and honoring service members and their Families.
“This campaign is about all of us, all of us joining together as
Americans to give back to the extraordinary military Families who serve
and sacrifice so much every day so we can live in freedom and security,”
the first lady said.
“Military Families are strong and resilient, and they don’t complain,”
she added. “But this same strength may cause Americans to overlook these
Families’ immense sacrifices. Working together we’re going to make sure
our military Families are never forgotten.”
(Additional information provided by American Forces Press Service.)