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COMMUNITY CORNER - Fort Riley to recognize military spouses for contributions, sacrifices

By Col. Andrew Cole | GARRISON COMMANDER | April 28, 2014

Military spouses are often said to have the “toughest job in the Army.” They may not wear our uniform – although some do, too – but they balance military life, family life and their own careers or interests in order to support the service members they love. They are the heart and strength of the Army family.

The nation – and Fort Riley – will honor military spouses’ contributions, strength and resiliency May 9, which is Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day was started in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to recognize military spouses who stand by their service members. The day continues to serve as a reminder of the selfless sacrifices military spouses make every day in support of our men and women in arms.

To honor Military Spouse Appreciation Day locally, Fort Riley is hosting Makeovers and Mimosas from 1 to 4 p.m. May 10 at Rally Point Bingo. This adults-only event will provide an afternoon for spouses to relax and be pampered. Spouses can celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day with free makeovers, mixology instructions and gardening demonstrations. For more information, call 785-239-4593.

Although we will celebrate spouses locally May 10, Fort Riley realizes it’s a year-round job, and the post has programs in place to support spouses in their efforts. These programs range from employment and financial readiness, to family advocacy and relocation readiness. A majority of these programs are housed under Army Community Service.

One upcoming program that demonstrates our commitment to military spouses and families is Master Resilience Training for family members. As part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness movement, these skills are taught to our Soldiers – but also are offered to our spouses and family members.

The next training falls right after Military Spouse Appreciation Day, from May 12 to 15. Throughout the year, the training also will be Aug. 18 to 21 and Dec. 15 to 18. MRT teaches individuals to grow and thrive in the face of challenges, to bounce back from adversity, to be your best when it matters most and to promote resilience in you and your family and friends.

To register, call ACS at 785-239-9435 or stop by Building 7264 on Normandy Drive. Pre-registration is required, and free child care is available.

I hope you will join me in publicly saying “thank you” for their dedication, sacrifices and loyalty.

If you would like to comment on this article, or suggest a topic for a future Community Corner, email usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.post-newspaper@mail.mil or www.facebook.com/fortrileygc.
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