SAN ANTONIO – April’s Month of the Military Child observance has been a time to focus national attention on the youngest members of the military community since 1986.
This year’s theme, “Proud, Ready & Resilient,” highlights military children’s unique lifestyle and their ability to succeed despite frequent relocations, reintegration, deployments, loss or care for a wounded parent.
The U.S. Army Installation Management Command serves Soldiers and families around the globe. Charged with the care of approximately 53,000 children in Child Development Centers and 45,216 youth in School-Age Services programs worldwide, IMCOM recognizes the resiliency of the Army community’s youngest members by putting a spotlight on these extraordinary individuals throughout the month of April.
“IMCOM is committed to ensuring families continuously receive a combination of programs and resources at appropriate times and venues that provide nurturing, resilient environments where families thrive,” said Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, IMCOM commanding general.
At installations across the Army, garrison leaders will celebrate children’s contributions and recognize their sacrifices through teen lock-ins, youth bike rodeos, children’s book fairs, parades and other community events.
Fort Lee has four events scheduled to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. All of these events are open to the Fort Lee community.
The Kick-Off celebration is set for April 2, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. The organizers have requested everyone wear red, white or blue for the event.
The MOMC Spring Fling is set for April 5, 2-5 p.m. at the Child, Youth and School Services Campus. There will be inflatables, a video game truck, community resource tables, refreshments and more.
A Volksmarch is set for April 24, 9:30 a.m., and will begin at CYSS Parent Central Services, building 10624.
A parade is set for April 30, 4:30 p.m., and it will include parents and children of the Fort Lee CYSS programs.
“The Month of the Military Child affirms the Army’s commitment to military children,” said Ferriter. “For IMCOM, that means recognizing their critical role and continuing to offer the best possible education, childcare and youth services commensurate with their families’ service and sacrifice. People are at the heart of what we do, and during the Month of the Military Child, I hope military communities everywhere will join IMCOM in recognizing the accomplishments of our amazing young people.”
For more information about Month of the Military Child, visit www.armymwr.com/momc.