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February 2014 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.

IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:

 
GoldStarPins

Army unveils 'Gold Star' PSA honoring survivors of fallen

The Army announced that it will release three public service announcements over the next year to increase awareness of DOD-issued Gold Star and next-of-kin lapel pins.

The pins are designed to signify the loss of a loved one in support of the nation. Although the Gold Star pins have been in existence for decades, many Americans are unfamiliar with their meaning. The PSAs were developed to help educate and inform the public of the significance of the pins.

Army piloting teen resilience program to strengthen Army families

Strengthening the resilience of teenage children of Army parents is critical to the resilience of the family and the readiness of Soldier-parents, said Army experts.

Military teens face unique stresses, said Lt. Col. Stephen Austin, a chaplain with program development for the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, or CSF2, program.

TeenResiliency
Black History Month

Presidential Proclamation -- National African American History Month, 2014

Americans have long celebrated our Nation as a beacon of liberty and opportunity -- home to patriots who threw off an empire, refuge to multitudes who fled oppression and despair. Yet we must also remember that while many came to our shores to pursue their own measure of freedom, hundreds of thousands arrived in chains. Through centuries of struggle, and through the toil of generations, African Americans have claimed rights long denied. During National African American History Month, we honor the men and women at the heart of this journey -- from engineers of the Underground Railroad to educators who answered a free people's call for a free mind, from patriots who proved that valor knows no color to demonstrators who gathered on the battlefields of justice and marched our Nation toward a brighter day.

Nine Soldiers Officially Named to 2014 U.S. Olympic Team

Nine soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program are members of the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 7 through 23 in Sochi, Russia.

The soldier-athletes named to Team USA are 2010 Olympic gold medalist in four-man bobsled Sgt. Justin Olsen, 26, of San Antonio; 2010 Olympic bobsledder Capt. Christopher Fogt, 30, of Alpine, Utah; 2010 Olympic bobsledder Sgt. Nick Cunningham, 27, of Monterey, Calif.; bobsledder Sgt. Dallas Robinson, 31, of Georgetown, Ky.; 2006 Olympic luger Sgt. Preston Griffall, 29, of Salt Lake City; and luger Sgt. Matt Mortensen, 28, of Huntington Station, N.Y.

Army Olympians
ACAP

Premier transitioning now available to Soldiers, but command support required

Soldiers now have the military's best career transition program, which the Army began re-engineering about three years ago, said the program's director.

That re-engineering was the result of "a pretty detailed analysis and a lot of surveys and interviews and discussions with Soldiers," said Walter Herd, Army Career and Alumni Program, or ACAP, director. The program helps Soldiers with their transition from military to civilian life.

Thousands using new ArmyFit site for self-improvements 

Since Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness launched its ArmyFit site two weeks ago, tens of thousands have logged on and are taking advantage of its features, designed to improve self-awareness in health and resilience.

In the first week alone, some 28,000 users visited the site where they took the Global Assessment Tool, or GAT, 2.0 and many then went on to view the myriad help and resources offered, said Lt. Col. Daniel Johnston, program manager for ArmyFit.

ArmyFit
SHARP

Small groups key element of better SHARP training

Last month at the opening of the Army's SHARP conference, the service's chief of staff told attendees he's heard reports of "SHARP training fatigue" among junior Soldiers.

SHARP stands for the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention and Response Program.

National Childrens Dental Health Month begins Saturday

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, an annual event sponsored by the American Dental Association. The purpose is to educate the public about the importance of children's dental health.

This year's theme is "Join the Super Smile Team!" with the program encouraging youth to floss and brush by introducing them to a group of best friends who work hard to take care of their smiles. Runion Dental Clinic will have numerous volunteers visiting schools on Fort Huachuca to give classes in oral hygiene and educate children on dental disease.

Dental Health Month
Digital Photo Contest

Winners in 2013 Army Digital Photo Contest Announced

The Army recognized the artistic eye of enlisted Soldiers, commissioned officers and civilians alike for their simple and true captures of garrison life around the world in the 2013 Army Digital Photography Contest.

The U.S. Army Installation Management Command awarded recognition and prizes to contestants for their photo entries in categories such as Animals, Design Elements, Digital Darkroom, Military Life, Nature/Landscapes, People and Still Life.

Six Wiesbaden youths soar to Scouting's highest rank

Improving a drainage and erosion problem on a World War I memorial trail, constructing a dog obstacle course, restoring a fruit orchard -- sound like jobs for engineers?

These were among the many service projects performed by members of Troop 107 on their way to earning Eagle Scout recognition.

Scouts