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Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Army Community Service (ACS)

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Army Community Service (ACS) Welcome to the Official page of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Army Community Service (JBMH

The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall ACS provides outreach, education, and support to the community through various programs. Links to external and non-DoD resources are posted in the common interest to the military community and does not imply Department of Defense endorsement of a commercial entity.

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10/07/2022

AUSA Annual Meeting Family Forum I

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10/07/2022

AUSA Annual Meeting Family Forum II

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10/07/2022

AUSA Annual Meeting Family Forum III

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This year, AUSA is providing many new and interesting topics along with interactive workshops for you and your loved one...
10/07/2022

This year, AUSA is providing many new and interesting topics along with interactive workshops for you and your loved ones. Please check them out!

AUSA Family Readiness is excited to announce the 2022 Family Readiness Pavilion at Annual Meeting!

This year the AUSA Family Readiness Pavilion will feature 24 non-profit organizations and service
providers aimed at increasing the quality of life for Army families.

“Remember the wisdom of your ancestors in order to become wise.” -African Proverb We all have ancestors and have differe...
09/27/2022

“Remember the wisdom of your ancestors in order to become wise.” -African Proverb

We all have ancestors and have different backgrounds of where we come from! It is important to realize and understand where our ancestors come from and where our heritage comes from!

We can look to our ancestors for wisdom, as this can help us become wiser. We can learn from our backgrounds and ancestors! A few benefits of understanding our ancestors includes the following creates connections to the family, fosters a sense of identity and can create social interactions.

If we have an understanding of where we come from and who we are, we can better understand ourselves and our actions! Maybe it is time to learn about our ancestors and where we come from, so we can learn more about ourselves!

Honor your ancestors for what they have given you!

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” —F. Scott FitzgeraldIt is finally Fall, kids go back to sch...
09/20/2022

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is finally Fall, kids go back to school and the weather cools off some! One important significant aspect of this season is overall motivation. It is hard to be motivated sometimes, as life pulls us in every which direction.

It is important to stay motivated on the goals you have for yourself and your family. If you don’t have goals, maybe this is a good time to set them and work towards a goal. What motivates us differs from person to person, as some may be motivated by intrinsic factors, while others are motivated by extrinsic factors.

The Fall time is a wonderful season, so figure out what motivates you and make it happen!

September 11 - National Day of Service and RemembranceIn the immediate aftermath of the attacks, President George W. Bus...
09/18/2022

September 11 - National Day of Service and Remembrance

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, President George W. Bush proclaimed Friday, 14 September 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on 11 September 2001.

An official bill to make 11 September a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001. The result was the resolution to proclaim 11 September 2002 as the first Patriot Day in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks.

National Day of Service and Remembrance was launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups who established a charitable service day as a way to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and those who united in response to the tragedy.

As a result of their efforts, the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009.

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we honor those by making today a day of service & remembrance. The U.S. flag is flown at half-mast at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments throughout the world.

Annually, people of all ages and backgrounds participate in activities to pay tribute to 9/11 survivors and heroes as we honor their memory by joining together for various service projects to help meet their community needs.

Today and every day, we will never forget. We will always remember.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (15 September -15 October)National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally ho...
09/18/2022

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
(15 September -15 October)

National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries.
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included 15-16 September.

In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration (15 September – 15 October) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Officially, the 15th of September kicks off the celebration as it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on 16th of September and 18th of September respectively.

This month, we are celebrating and paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society by celebrating and honoring National Hispanic Heritage month!!

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition DayToday, we pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prison...
09/18/2022

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Today, we pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families.

United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day for POWs and those missing in action. All military installations fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who are still missing. National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies and other events to observe the day are also held in places such as the Pentagon, war memorials and museums.

The United States Congress passed a resolution authorizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day to be observed on July 18, 1979. It was observed on the same date in 1980 and was held on July 17 in 1981 and 1982. It was then observed on April 9 in 1983 and July 20 in 1984. The event was observed on July 19 in 1985, and then from 1986 onwards the date moved to the third Friday of September.

The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes remembrance of POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing. Mr. Newt Heisley’s flag design features a silhouette of a young man, which is based on Mr. Heisley’s own son, who was medically discharged from his military service.

As Mr. Heisley looked at his returning son’s gaunt features, he imagined what life was for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. He then sketched the profile of his son as the new flag's design was created in his mind.

The flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette a man’s bust, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White letters “POW” and “MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “You Are Not Forgotten” written in white, capital letters.

Today, we are remembering those who were prisoners of war (POW), those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” — Sandy DahlIt ...
09/18/2022

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” — Sandy Dahl

It has been 21 years since the 9/11 attacks have changed our lives. I am sure we all remember exactly what we were doing at that exact moment when the attacks happened. Time flies by, as we have learned to cope, to deal and to move on with our lives, but we never will forgot that day.

It is important to remember that in a matter of an instance, our lives can change forever. Life is very short, and it is important to live it to the fullest and enjoy every moment with our friends, family and loved ones.

The attacks of 9/11 brought us together and we need to continue to stick together through the good, the bad and the ugly. There really is no time to and for hate. We will never forget the horrific attacks that occurred.

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”― Pablo PicassoProcrastination is something ...
09/18/2022

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
― Pablo Picasso

Procrastination is something that we probably are all guilty of. We put off things, specifically things that do not necessarily have a deadline. There is nothing prompting us to do them, but there are things we procrastinate on that we should not. Sometimes we may procrastinate on calling our families or putting away the laundry.

There may not be a deadline for these things, but we never know what may happen tomorrow or in the preceding days. Fighting procrastination is something that can be challenging, but maybe try making a to-do list or checklist that helps keep you on track.

Maybe have a planner or try these things and figure out which one works for you! Procrastination can lead to unneeded, unwanted stress and can have a negative impact on our moods!

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”- C.S. LewisAugust 30th is National Grief Awareness Day, and this is ...
09/18/2022

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”- C.S. Lewis

August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day, and this is an important day, as this deals with how individuals cope with grief and loss. Grief and loss are a part of life, and they can be difficult to cope with.

Grief can be scary to deal with and can be something that we fear. It is important when we are grieving the loss of someone, we keep in touch with our friends, our families and our loved ones.

This can help us get through the grief and also get through the fear that we are dealing with. It is okay to grieve, it is okay to mourn the loss.

“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide.  And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” -Roman Pay...
09/18/2022

“I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.” -Roman Payne

One animal that represents the month of August is the monkey, and a monkey symbolizes good luck. We often wish people good luck when they move onto future endeavors or for something that is occurring in their lives.

The monkey represents good luck because it is more of a carefree, light-hearted version of yourself. Sometimes it is important to be carefree and light-hearted, as this can help with a reset in one’s life.

People sometimes need luck, but also, hard work is associated with what one accomplishes and what their future endeavors are.

Working hard is key in success.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” -Mahatma GandhiBeing healthy is something that can...
09/18/2022

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Being healthy is something that can be rather challenging, especially with the convenience of fast food. It is important to take care of ourselves and eat healthy. It is also important to exercise regularly and use self-care techniques that can better ourselves.

Sometimes it is hard to eat healthy, go to the gym and take care of ourselves, but we cannot take care or help others, if we are unable to do the same for ourselves.

Some suggestions to help with this include the following: create a routine and schedule to follow, meal prep and practice mindfulness every day! These are small things that can help improve your health.

Change is hard but making small changes everyday can lead to bigger changes.

Today, ACS celebrates 56 years of dedicated service to our active and retired Servicemembers, Family members, and Army c...
08/09/2022

Today, ACS celebrates 56 years of dedicated service to our active and retired Servicemembers, Family members, and Army civilians!

Over the years, our Army has expanded its Army posts from coast to coast. This included expanded into remote locations that were seldom located near any community were assistance was available. This posed an issue for anyone located in any of these areas that may have needed assistance at any time.

For years, Army volunteers operated lending closets, thrift shops, fundraised to help the needy, taught classes, assisted in emergencies, provided care and comfort to the ill and bereaved, and contributed significantly to their military communities.

ACS began from the roots of the Army Emergency Relief program in the 1940s. Funded by community donations and contributions, AER offices were the first of ACS programs that were located at Army posts throughout the U.S. by 1941. AER program provided the framework for development of ACS more than 20 years later as more ACS programs and service centers were added to assist in easing the problems and hardships of Servicemembers and their Families. To assist with these efforts, community and military professional donated their professional expertise to assist in difficult cases free of charge.

On 25 July 1965, General Harold K. Johnson, Army Chief of Staff dispatched a letter to all major commanders announcing the approval and establishment of the ACS. Publication of Army Regulation 608-1 on 19 November 1965 superseded all previous instructions and ACS finally was welcomed as a important Army program.

ACS is a currently part of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation department of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command. ACS also has many programs to help Servicemembers and their Families, from financial and employment readiness to information and referral services, volunteer opportunities, and Survivor Outreach Services.

ACS has continued to serve Servicemembers and their families as we continue to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the global Army family.

Smiling is something that sometimes we often forget about.  Smiling can change, not only our mindset, but also those aro...
08/09/2022

Smiling is something that sometimes we often forget about. Smiling can change, not only our mindset, but also those around us.

Sometimes, when we smile, we may help out someone more than what we know or think. A smile can bring peace to someone else, and to ourselves.

Also, smiling can trick our brains into happiness and also can boost our health! Smiling can cause a release of hormones, including dopamine and serotonin.

The release of dopamine can increase our happiness, while release of serotonin can help reduce stress (NBC News). It is important to smile, for our health, for others and to help with peace!

The Hazel Tree is a symbol of the month of August. The Hazel Tree is said to be associated with wisdom and inspiration. ...
08/09/2022

The Hazel Tree is a symbol of the month of August.

The Hazel Tree is said to be associated with wisdom and inspiration. These are both fulfilling aspects of life and something that we often strive for. We can find inspiration in a variety of different aspects of life; some being the following: nature, artwork, activities.

With inspiration, we can find creativity within ourselves. This is something that can help with our self-care and with taking care of ourselves. Finding inspiration is something that can propel us forward in our lives and within our careers.

With inspiration, this can be scary at times, but being scared can lead to inspiration and gaining wisdom.

"Go forth into the busy world and love it. Interest yourself in its life; mingle kindly with its joys and sorrows." -Ral...
08/09/2022

"Go forth into the busy world and love it. Interest yourself in its life; mingle kindly with its joys and sorrows." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Often times, life is very busy, and we forget the joy that exists in life; however, with joys, there are many sorrows that life throws our way. It is important to find the things that make us happy and bring us joy.

Life is busy, and despite the sorrows, we have to look for the joys that we have throughout our lives.

It is important to look for the joys in all situations, and work through the sorrows that we experience.

Looking for the joy and happiness can help us overcome the sorrows!

Check out this joint service EFMP event of interest. Registration is required ....
08/09/2022

Check out this joint service EFMP event of interest. Registration is required ....

Check out this upcoming EFMP event of interest ....
08/09/2022

Check out this upcoming EFMP event of interest ....

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.” -Herman HesseThe bird for the month of Jul...
07/19/2022

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.” -Herman Hesse

The bird for the month of July is a Woodpecker and can signify learning to let go, in some cases. Sometimes we have to let go of friendships, relationships or other aspects of our lives that do not serve us well. It is important to realize and recognize when it is time to let go and be able to have the strength to be able to do so.

This is not something that is always easy, but is a normal part of life. This is also something that can help us grown into the people that we are made to be. Letting go is hard and is something that is never easy. Be strong and willing to let things go, as this will help us get to where we need to be.

“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.” ― Steve JobsOne key value and aspect of July...
07/19/2022

“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.” ― Steve Jobs

One key value and aspect of July is ambition. Being ambitious is an important aspect of life and helps us strive to get what we want and be the best version of ourselves. We all have dreams, goals and aspirations that are important to us. We want to be and do the best we can to be successful and meet these goals we have set for ourselves.

One way we can work towards our goals is to make a plan, like have a 1-year plan and 5-year plan. This can help keep us on track and give us deadlines and tasks that we have to complete. To achieve dreams, goals and aspirations, we need to have some sort of plan that keeps us on track!

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Is there a calendar for employment readiness classes?
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Calling all Service Members, Family Members, and Community Members--please take a few moments and participate in the Community Survey!
Hello!

I want to share an event that is happening in the Virginia/DC area TOMORROW! It is an event that is helping support veterans and will be great for anyone in the DC area to come to. You are invited and if you would pass along to anyone in that area, I would greatly appreciate your help to spread the word! I am a Marine Corps veteran myself and want to make sure the word gets out to veterans, family, and supporters in the area! This will be a fun family event so wanted to pass along the info!

Event Info:

If you're a veteran, active military, or a military family member or supporter in the Virginia/DC area, you don't want to miss this special event, a fun event for the whole family this Friday, May 18th! It will be a lot of fun for the whole family, with entertainment and prizes, and is a program that helps injured veterans.

Please rsvp at the eventbrite link and get more details there too! All are welcome and encouraged to join for this fun day!

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The Military Battle Challenge will be at the AUSA expo this year started on 9 Oct - 11 Oct. Soldiers in BDUs can simply take their blouse off and run the course. Those who need to change into PT gear can do so - changing stations are on site! This open to all civilians, contractors, retirees, spouses and Service Members.

It is free to run and there is a $500 prize for the team of four that has the best time. Register today at battlechallenge.org. See you there!
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