|WASHINGTON, D.C. (Army News Service) — President Barack
Obama has proclaimed November 2009 as Military Family Appreciation
During a homecoming ceremony,
Capt. Justin Sharpe, the executive officer for Comanche Company,
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, hugs his wife and
looks at how his son has grown during the battalion’s deployment
to Iraq. (Photo by Cpl.
Monica C. Erickson)
Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen.
George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston signed a
letter recognizing the observance and expressing their commitment to
“Never before in the history of the Army have we asked so much of
families,” the senior leaders stated. “They stand tall during
deployments and welcome our Soldiers home with open arms. They hold our
Army together during good times and bad — often without fanfare or
recognition. Army Families continue to be the vital link between
Soldiers and the Army’s ability to maintain ready and responsive
A proclamation signed by the president Oct. 30 pledged his support and
appreciation for military families: “The strength of our nation is
measured not just by our success on the battlefield, but also by our
ability to support those families who have made so many sacrifices for
“Time and again, military families have shown their heart in the face of
adversity,” Obama said. “We have a solemn obligation to ensure that
while our men and women in uniform discharge their duties, we do all we
can to promote and preserve the well-being of their families. We must
also support the families of our wounded warriors and our fallen heroes
who have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy.”
|November is Military Family Appreciation Month,
which was established to demonstrate the nation’s support for
and commitment to the families of military personnel.
Long deployments, family separations, and frequent relocations
are some of the challenges that military families experience.
Military families serve their country each and every day by
supporting their servicemen and women. The strength and support
shown by military families allow these servicemen and women to
perform their missions successfully. It takes an extraordinary
husband, wife, son or daughter to deal with all the challenges
of a military lifestyle.
Fort McCoy’s Army Community Service (ACS) is proud of all
military families and the sacrifices they make. Their courage,
strength and support is an inspiration.
For information on how ACS can help Soldiers and families, stop
by 2111 South 8th Avenue or visit the ACS Academy online at
For more information about Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
events or facilities in the Fort McCoy community, call the
number listed or the MWR events line at
For information on the Armed Services YMCA essay and art
contest, which was launched in November, go to
call ACS at 608-388-3505.
(Submitted by Fort McCoy Army Community Service.)
Many installations celebrated Military Family Appreciation Month by
hosting special events throughout the month.
In 2007, Army leadership signed the Army Family Covenant, a pledge
recognizing and pledging commitment to Soldiers and their families.
Its purpose was to provide resources that will improve quality of life
commensurate with the service of Soldiers and their families, create a
supportive environment and enhance strength and resilience.
The covenant was re-signed Oct. 5 by McHugh, Casey and Preston at the
Association of the United States Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
“I wanted to be here today to symbolically re-sign it to assure you that
all that is embodied in that pledge are things I believe,” McHugh said
at the re-signing. “We will succeed with this program because it is the
very least that we can do to serve all of you.”
Families are the strength of Soldiers and the nation and are an integral
part of the Army’s overall success during deployments, Army senior
In their letter recognizing Military Family Appreciation Month, they
concluded: “We extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the Army families who
serve side by side with our Soldiers, endure their hardships and provide
the unconditional love and support that truly make our Army strong.”