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2014 August Family Newsletter

Welcome to Army OneSource Family News - the monthly newsletter from Army Community Service (ACS) and Army OneSource (AOS), the Army's most comprehensive portal for Family Members.



Army Transitions From ACAP To Soldier For Life 

The Army's Human Resources Command recently announced that the Army Career and Alumni Program has changed names effective immediately to Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program. This change was announced June 20, by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, to better reflect the new direction of Army transition.

Recruiting Company Commander's Daughter Named Army Military Child of Year

Sixteen-year-old Kenzie Hall knows the stress military kids feel when a parent deploys to a combat zone. She also knows what it's like to experience constant change. Kenzie has moved more than 10 times, and at one point, she attended three schools in one year.

Military Child of the Year
New House

Triple Amputee Soldier To Get House, Land 

Adam Keys took shovel in hand -- his remaining hand -- and dug into fresh soil. It was the triple amputee's first step toward an independent life. On Thursday, the 30-year-old Army sergeant broke ground at the site of his three-bedroom Crownsville home. The $500,000 cost of the house and 3.5-acre lot were donated to Keys by businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Army Moving Education Content To Cloud For Better Access

Eighteen months ago, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command began migrating education content to the dotcom cloud, a commercially operated bank of servers.

Education Content Moves
Housing Market

Troops Grapple With Housing Market

Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Ballek thought the four-bedroom house bordered by sage bushes and mountain roads on the edge of Las Vegas was a good deal when he purchased it for his growing family in 2007. Nevada's skyrocketing home prices had dipped slightly that year, and the so-called experts all assured him he was getting in at the bottom of the market.

Above The Best: Aviator Flourishes On All-Army Triathlon Team

The day was hot and the bay water was cold, but that didn't stop a Fort Rucker flight school student from achieving what many Soldiers only dream of. Second Lt. Justine Emge, D Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment, represented the Army May 31, at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California, as she competed in the Armed Forces Triathlon Championship for the All-Army Triathlon Team.

Achieving a Dream

Installations To Open SHARP Resource Centers

The Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program aims to synchronize and professionalize victim advocacy services by establishing SHARP Resource Centers on military installations across the globe.

Rangers In All-Black Company Remember Korean Service

Soldiers with the Army's only all-black Ranger company fought bravely, endured extreme conditions, and served with distinction during the Korean War, according to the veterans and the Army's top NCO.

Mothers Love

Terminally Ill Army Wife Gives Birth To 'Miracle' Baby At BAMC 

When doctors told Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo she was terminally ill, the pregnant 21-year-old put all thoughts of herself aside. Just save my baby, she asked. Less than four months into her pregnancy, she was facing aggressive liver cancer and given two to four months to live. But rather than give up, the Army wife and her team of providers at Brooke Army Medical Center, known as BAMC, here, decided they were going to beat the odds.

Student Clears Hurdles In Path To Success

The Army produces strong leaders who possess the hard work ethic and discipline necessary to be successful and lead. Military children can often pick up on these skills, which seemingly seep into the homes of military communities.

Achieving Success
Military Children

Are Children With Military Parents Missing Out? 

The great and not-so-great thing about writing about parenting each week is that I'm forced to continually assess the sort of parenting my own military children receive. Perhaps fashion and beauty writers are similarly both addicted to (and repulsed by) full-length mirrors. Film writers rarely step outside. And sex writers, well ... they're probably a lot of fun to date. Or, not.

ACS Gains New Resources Through Partnership With AOS 

Through our partnership with Army OneSource (AOS) - a Secretary of the Army initiative with a mission similar to ACS – Army Community Service staff now have access to additional resources to ensure our Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families continue to receive the support services they so richly deserve.

ACS Partnership