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COMMUNITY CORNER - Fort Riley to celebrate military children during April

By Col. Andrew Cole | GARRISON COMMANDER | April 04, 2014

How often have you heard this statement, “The strength of our Army comes from the strength of our families?” If you have been in the Army for any amount of time, you have more than likely or will hear this statement often because it is the reality of today’s Army.

Soldiers cannot complete their missions without the support and understanding of their families. At the same time, Soldiers also have to know when they are deployed down range that their families are being taken care of so they can focus on the mission.

It is important to remind ourselves and others that military children – as members of the Army family – also are serving their country and making sacrifices.

According to the latest demographic study commissioned by the Department of Defense:

• About 63 percent of all military family members are children, and more than 64 percent of all U.S. Army family members are children.

• More than 1.7 million children have at least one parent serving in the military.

• An estimated 900,000 children have had one or both parents deployed multiple times during the last 10 years.

Since 1986, Army installations around the world have recognized the sacrifices and applauded the courage of military children by celebrating Month of the Military Child in April. MOMC emphasizes a military child’s resiliency and ability to succeed, despite frequent relocations, reintegration, deployments, loss and/or care for a wounded parent.

This year’s theme “Young Lives, BIG Stories” highlights the unique lifestyles and contributions military children make to our nation.

Fort Riley will host a variety of fun and educational events in April to celebrate our military children, including:

• April 5 – MOMC pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., Forsyth East Child Development Center.

• April 7 – Outdoor Extravaganza, 9 to 11 a.m., Parent Central, Building 6620 on Normandy Drive.

• April 8 – Great Plains Theatre production of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” 6 p.m., Barlow Theater.

• April 11 – MOMC dance, 8 to 10:30 p.m., Middle School Teen Center.

• April 12 – Two-Mile Fun Run, Registration is at 8 a.m.; run starts at 9 a.m., outside Riley’s Conference Center.

• April 18 – MOMC parade, 2 p.m., Artillery Parade Field to Cavalry Parade Field on Main Post.

• April 19 – Kid’s Fishing Day, from noon to 4 p.m., Moon Lake.

• April 25 to 26 – Teen lock-in, 11 p.m. April 25 to 8 a.m. April 26, Middle School Teen Center.

• April 27 – MOMC festival, noon to 3 p.m., grounds of the Forsyth and Forsyth East child development centers.

Military children are a crucial member of the Army team. As a grateful nation, it is our responsibility to stand by our military children. MOMC is an opportunity to thank military children for their support. They are truly everyday heroes in the eyes of the Army and the nation.

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