From the Family Programs Office...

06/08/2010  |  Denise Wallace Acting Family Program Director
108th Training Command (IET)
From the Family Programs Office
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Ms. Denise Wallace, Acting Family Program Director, 108th Training Command (IET) is presented the 2009 Family Readiness Award by Dennis M. McCarthy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. Also, in attendance were Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve, Sgt. 1st Class Patricia Muncy, 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET), Mrs. Sheila Foxworthy 2009 Outstanding Community Connection Volunteer and Maj. Gen. James B Mallory III, commanding general, 108th Training Command (IET). Courtesy Photo.

As the Acting Family Program Director for the 108th Training Command (IET), I would like to make our Families aware of a new service and some upcoming events regarding Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS). 

Our newest initiative is Survivor Outreach Service (SOS).  It is an Army-wide program designed to provide dedicated and comprehensive support to Survivors of deceased Soldiers. The SOS program is designed specifically to meet the needs of the Army’s Survivor population, with dedicated resources, and a commitment to providing first-class service for as long as the Family desires.  Ms. Stacey Gilbert is the point of contact located at the 108th Tng, Cmd. at [email protected]

The Army Reserve Teen Panel (ARTP) will also take place from 7-11 April 2010 in Arlington, Va. The theme for this meeting is “The Multimedia Military Teen: Serving our Community through Art, Media, Technology, and Unique Expression.” The core curriculum for the meeting will be the “Backpack Journalist” training program. The ARTP will be the first Army Reserve youth group to participate in this new and exciting program designed to give military youth a hands-on experience that combines the basics of writing, photography, film making, cartooning, song writing, gathering, and re-porting with the latest, greatest tech tools.  The teens will also complete a Service Learning Project for children cancer patients of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.

Army Reserve CYSS is also preparing for a busy summer of Army Reserve Enrichment Camps (ARECs). The camps are at no cost to Army Reserve Families and conducted during the summer months to minimize conflict with school schedules. For more information on ARECs (locations, dates, application procedures, etc), go to www.arfp.org/cys, and click on “Army Reserve Enrichment Camps.” 

I am pleased to announce that the 108th Family Program office received the 2009 DOD Family Readiness Award.  The following attendees were present at the awards ceremony held at the Pentagon in April.  Mrs. Sheila Foxworthy was named Outstanding Community Connection Volunteer 2009, Mrs. Sheila Newsome was named Outstanding Senior Volunteer, Sgt. 1st Class Patricia Muncy (1st Bde. 95th Tng. Div.) was named Outstanding Family Readiness Liaison (FRL) of the year 2009, and Mr. Jonathan Hill was named Outstanding Family Program Workforce Member 2009. 

Finally, the108th Training Command (IET) Fort Family website has been updated and the address has changed.  The Fort Family website was a pilot program started two years ago within the 108th Tng. Cmd. to meet the needs of geographically dispersed families. Because of its success the Army Reserve is in the process of establishing Fort Family for all Army Reserve The USAR website address is www.USAR411.org.

 

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