Army celebrates its military spouses with special events

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
Jeannine Wiercinski (center standing, white blouse) a senior spouse and wife of Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC, poses with military spouses at a Military Spouse Appreciation Day ceremony, Fort Shafter, May 9. Wiercinski was the guest speaker. (Sgt. Louis Lamar | 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Jeannine Wiercinski (center standing, white blouse) a senior spouse and wife of Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC, poses with military spouses at a Military Spouse Appreciation Day ceremony, Fort Shafter, May 9. Wiercinski was the guest speaker. (Sgt. Louis Lamar | 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Army leaders have set aside May 11 to express their gratitude to Army spouses for their support of Soldiers.

By observing Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the Army reaffirms its commitment to supporting and honoring spouses of Soldiers who are stationed stateside and overseas, and those deployed to combat zones.

Locally, Army Community Service, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, hosted Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 9, at Fort Shafter’s Hale Ikena. Jeannine Wiercinski, spouse of Lt. Gen. Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, discussed “Real Life Solutions for Military Spouses.”

“Being a military spouse is the greatest profession,” Wiercinski said. “It’s a daily challenge, but it has huge rewards.”

Supporting spouses is critical to the Army. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families.

Army spouses routinely put the welfare of their Soldier, family and nation above their own.

The Army recognizes the important role spouses play in today’s military.

Army spouses are community leaders, mothers, fathers and Soldiers. They keep Army families on track.

Also, the Army recognizes its surviving spouses. Their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice. Survivors carry on with a devotion to their families and the nation, beyond their period of grief and sorrow. They live the cost of freedom.

The Army continues to support its spouses with programs such as the Army Family Covenant and the Army Community Covenant. These covenants in part recognize the commitment and increasing sacrifices of Army families. The Army will continue to provide families a strong, supportive environment.

The Army is committed to improving family readiness through funding of programs, better health care, housing, schools, youth services, child care, education and employment opportunities, and will continue to build upon and improve the tenets of the Army Family Covenant.

(Editor’s Note: Compiled from Army news release.)

Programs for Military Spouses

ACS offers offer a variety of programs and events, such as military spouse career expos, tailored to Army spouses. Call 655-4227 or visit www.himwr.com.

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