US Army Soldier and Family Readiness Directorate

US Army Soldier and Family Readiness Directorate The Soldier and Family Readiness Division is responsible for policy, prioritization, resourcing and oversight of Soldier and Family programs and services.

Key focus areas include Soldier and Family support in Army Community Services, Child Youth and School Services and Morale Welfare and Recreation.

Mission: The Soldier and Family Readiness Division provides Soldiers and their Families a quality of life commensurate with their service and sacrifice: - Leads and supports quality of life programs and objectives in support of the Army Campaign Plan - Builds partnerships that promote the Army Vision and Mission

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Congratulations to a military-connected student and DoDEA Europe Schools Heidelberg Lions graduate and valedictorian, Ke...
12/29/2020
MIT Department of Physics

Congratulations to a military-connected student and DoDEA Europe Schools Heidelberg Lions graduate and valedictorian, Kevin Burdge! He will be returning to MIT for the next three years as a Pappalardo Fellow in Physics.

As Kevin states, "Being awarded this fellowship was truly a long shot (and a dream come true); I will give it my all to put together a research program which lives up to the astronomically high bar set by past fellows. I look forward to returning to my alma mater and engaging with the physics department in a completely different capacity than I did as an undergraduate 🙂. As icing on the cake, I’ll be working in a building which is essentially across the street from the company Moderna, which is where my wife works."

So proud of Kevin and his continued success! DoDEA Europe Schools Department of Defense Education Activity, please join us in congratulating one of our outstanding DoDEA graduates!

For those who are curious, you can read more about the program here:

MIT Department of Physics Web Site

How Fort Hood School Liaison Officers (SLOs) are making a difference and building partnerships with the Adopt a School p...
12/19/2020
How Local Soldiers Began Tutoring Bell County JJAEP Students - Southwest Key Programs

How Fort Hood School Liaison Officers (SLOs) are making a difference and building partnerships with the Adopt a School program!

https://southwestkey.org/stories/how-local-soldiers-began-tutoring-bell-county-jjaep-students/?fbclid=IwAR0Mgz9ozxSvv_265XGOs65U41sfgl6hi6QgJFJ4xZ75uEXJTSjSiRbhx18

With students struggling to stay engaged this school year, Bell County JJAEP found an surprising opportunity for engagement with the nearby Fort Hood

Schools on US military bases to close classrooms as Germany readies for tougher coronavirus lockdownhttps://www.stripes....
12/16/2020
Schools on US military bases to close classrooms as Germany readies for tougher coronavirus lockdown

Schools on US military bases to close classrooms as Germany readies for tougher coronavirus lockdown

https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/schools-on-us-military-bases-to-close-classrooms-as-germany-readies-for-tougher-coronavirus-lockdown-1.655275

Schools at U.S. military bases in Germany will hold a final day of in-person classes before transitioning to remote learning, in line with new host nation restrictions aimed at bringing down stubbornly high numbers of coronavirus infections, officials said Monday.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America introduced the Military  Youth of the Year (MYOY) program in 2013to recognize outstanding ...
12/11/2020
Former Fort Knox student remains connected after Boys, Girls Clubs of America regional win

Boys & Girls Clubs of America introduced the Military Youth of the Year (MYOY) program in 2013to recognize outstanding teens served at military Youth Centers on U.S. military installations through a partnership with the Armed Forces. We are so proud of this amazing program and Tessarose Brown ("Tessa" Cepe) became a mentor four years ago and this year Nichole Tatu, gave Cepe her fourth in a row to reach the National MYOY competition as a mentor. We are so proud of U.S. Army Fort Knox and Fort Knox Middle School and Teen Center and all our military youth programs for encouraging youth like Nichole reach their goals during their teen years.

As Nichole states in the article, the youth program is where the adults sincerely care about the youth, is a big part of why Devers Youth Center at Fort Knox keeps winning title after title each year. “The staff members actually talk to the youth. They want to know how they’re doing, how their families are doing to see if they need support,” said Tatu. “It’s not just the staff members that are like that, either. The other youth are all there to help each other out and have each other’s backs.”

https://www.army.mil/article/241586

Former Fort Knox student remains connected after Boys, Gi...

12/09/2020

A new DCS G-9 vacancy announcement posted to USAJOBS for a GS-0340-14 Program Manager position in the Management Support Division, Executive Directorate.

The announcement is open from 9-18 Dec 20.

For more information on the position and how to apply, go to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/586500600

So proud of our Army School Liaison Officers (SLOs) and the important role they play in the transition of our military F...
12/08/2020
School Liaison Officer Helps Families Adapt To New Community

So proud of our Army School Liaison Officers (SLOs) and the important role they play in the transition of our military Families, to include youth sponsorship and the education challenges due to COVID-19.

Way to go, Lynn Rice on being recognized in this great article! Well deserved and thank you for all have done during the many years as the SLO in Rheinland-Pfalz!

School Liaison Officer Helps Families Adapt To New Community

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
12/08/2020

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

We want to give a big welcome to Mr. Jorma Young! Mr. Young was selected as Chief for the Center of Instructional Leadership (CIL) at the Europe Region Office in Sembach, Germany. The primary mission of the CIL is to ensure high academic achievement for all DoDEA students, develop high impact educational leaders and continue to pursue excellence and equity, ensuring that every student is adequately prepared for success in college, careers and citizenship. Read more: https://bit.ly/2JLGR5I #DoDEAProud #DoDEAinAction

U.S. Army Reserve
12/05/2020

U.S. Army Reserve

Combating the coronavirus on U.S. Army bases involves a high level of planning and skillful coordination to keep Soldiers safe.

A group of U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to Area Support Group - Kuwait received the prestigious Commander's Coin of Excellence from Lt. Gen. Terry Ferrell, U.S. Army Central commanding general for doing just that.

Read more: https://go.usa.gov/x7zTr

654th Regional Support Group

12/03/2020
Military OneSource

Please take time to check out the discussion on Military OneSource COVID-19 Facebook Update: https://www.facebook.com/military.1source/videos/2543616439275257/.

Our very own, Mr. Steve Yearwood, lead the discussion and provided some great information on the military spouse employment program you don't want to miss.

COVID-19 Update December 3

For today’s update, we’ll focus on military spouse employment with Mr. Steve Yearwood of the Army Soldier and Family Readiness Division. Tune in now!

Secretary of the Army
12/02/2020

Secretary of the Army

The Quality of Life program focuses on five key areas: housing, health care, child care, spouse employment, and PCS moves. We must continue to keep our U.S. Army strong and help relieve stress, enhance well-being, and improve readiness. #QualityOfLife

Sgt. Samuel Kosgei is a combat medic with the Army's World Class Athlete Program and former marathon runner with the pro...
12/01/2020
Medic, former Soldier-athlete, saves a life at Walmart

Sgt. Samuel Kosgei is a combat medic with the Army's World Class Athlete Program and former marathon runner with the program. His quote are words to live by, "I have the skills and responsibility to help others, whether they are a Soldier or a civilian. I am glad I was there to help.” 👍

Army medic, former Soldier-athlete, aids civilian at Colo...

Army Family and MWR Programs
11/30/2020

Army Family and MWR Programs

Service. Sacrifice. Courage. Determination. These aren’t characteristics of just the military – they’re also shown daily by military Families!

November is Military Family Month, when we take the opportunity to honor Families for their sacrifices on behalf of our nation. From all of us at FMWR – and millions more Americans – we say thank-you!

www.armymwr.com/mfm

Army Family and MWR Programs
11/29/2020

Army Family and MWR Programs

The average Family Child Care provider with 6 children enrolled starts out at $32k/year, while working at home. Own a business that moves when you move and you could also earn a $1,000 bonus! *Conditions apply

Go to www.armymwr.com/fcc
#CYS #FCC #ArmyMWRCares

US Army Soldier and Family Readiness Directorate's cover photo
11/24/2020

US Army Soldier and Family Readiness Directorate's cover photo

Installation Management Command Directorate-Europe
11/23/2020

Installation Management Command Directorate-Europe

Thank you to every health and medical professional serving on COVID-19 front lines. You are heroes, one and all.

Installation Management Command Directorate-Europe
11/23/2020

Installation Management Command Directorate-Europe

The Army has announced the consolidation of U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa into a new command, U.S. Army Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF). This new command will be the Army service component command for both U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. Recently promoted Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli will be the commander of USAREUR-AF.

As part of the new command structure, U.S. Army Africa/Southern European Task Force is re-designated as the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) and its two-star commanding general will also serve as USAREUR-AF’s deputy commanding general for Africa.

“This consolidation enhances global and regional readiness in support of the National Defense Strategy,” said Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army. “The new structure will increase command and control effectiveness, flexibility and the capability to conduct large-scale, joint and multi-domain operations.”

The consolidation of these two Army service component commands under one four-star commander will play a vital role in supporting missions across two interconnected theaters of operation. It will also enhance efficiency by streamlining the headquarters’ ability to execute functions and improving global and regional contingency response efforts.

This consolidation will allow the headquarters to focus on tasks at the strategic-level, while the recently re-activated V Corps and re-designated SETAF-AF focus on readiness and interoperability with allies and partners at the operational and tactical levels.

With a rotational forward headquarters in Poznan, Poland, V Corps will be integral to the planning and synchronization of operations in Europe. SETAF-AF will be responsible for all Army operations and assets in Africa and Italy and maintain direct coordination with U.S. Africa Command.

All units assigned to U.S. Army Africa will be reassigned to USAREUR-AF.

Army Family and MWR Programs
11/19/2020

Army Family and MWR Programs

Military Families: We don’t say it QUITE often enough – but THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts.

Thank you for your sacrifice. For your strength. For your endurance. For your continual grace.

And thank you for letting us be part of your lives. We are grateful to serve the world’s most amazing people throughout the year! www.armymwr.com/mfm

11/19/2020
FEEA wants to help reduce parental stress and prevent or reverse potential learning losses for their children. This is w...
11/15/2020
Free Tutoring Now Available for School-Age Children of Federal Employees

FEEA wants to help reduce parental stress and prevent or reverse potential learning losses for their children. This is why they have just started a partnership with Tutor.com to provide free one-on-one online help from professional tutors in nearly all K-12 subjects to children of federal employees. They are currently enrolling employees who earn under $100,000 per year, but they might increase that threshold if funding permits in the future.

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund partners with online tutoring company to provide service.

Tommy Mize, director of IMCOM-Europe, presents Kristy Trahan from the G9 team with the Civilian Service Commendation Med...
11/15/2020

Tommy Mize, director of IMCOM-Europe, presents Kristy Trahan from the G9 team with the Civilian Service Commendation Medal.

Congratulations, Kristy, for the support you provide to our Child, Youth and School Services!

Tommy Mize, director of IMCOM-Europe, presents Kristy Trahan from our G9 team with the Civilian Service Commendation Medal. Thank you, Kristy, for the support you provide to our Child, Youth and School Services. (Photo by Sandra Roemer/VISE)

Today is the opening of the National Museum of the United States Army!  Visit https://www.thenmusa.org/.  The NMUSA hono...
11/12/2020
Landing - National Museum of the United States Army

Today is the opening of the National Museum of the United States Army! Visit https://www.thenmusa.org/.

The NMUSA honors the dedication and commitment of Soldiers by telling the Army story from the perspective of the men and women who served. I wasn't able to take any pictures in the museum prior to its opening, but the plaque pictured below is posted along the walkway leading up to the museum.

This Veterans Day we celebrate the Museum’s grand opening while honoring those who have served. Watch the Virtual Opening Ceremony on November 11, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
11/12/2020

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

Happy Veterans Day!

Join the Penn State community for a Veterans Day Ceremony honoring those who have served in the armed forces. The annual ceremony, sponsored by the Penn State Student Veterans Organization, will be streamed via WPSU at 11:11 a.m. The link will open at 11 a.m.

https://militaryappreciation.psu.edu/event/veterans-day-ceremony-6/

#PSUClearinghouse #MilitaryFamilies #PennState #WeAre #Veterans

Great news for Military Spouse Educators moving to or residing in New York State! The state Education Department Board o...
11/09/2020
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Great news for Military Spouse Educators moving to or residing in New York State! The state Education Department Board of Regents announced a new teaching certification initiative for military spouses transferring to the state. For more information, click here: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/news/newsitem102020_Transitional-J-military-spouses.html

The Board of Regents created a new Transitional J certificate for military spouses, effective November 4, 2020. On this date, the Transitional J certificate requirements will be listed in detail on the Search Certification Requirements webpage and the application will be available in the TEACH syste...

Army Family and MWR Programs
11/08/2020

Army Family and MWR Programs

November is Military Family Month – and we celebrate you, military Families! You are an inspiration to us every day.

We’re thankful to be part of your lives week-in, week-out. From CDCs and Youth Sports…to gyms and pools…to support through PCS moves and leisure travel…we’re here for YOU.

We honor you this month – and every month! www.armymwr.com/mfm

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
11/06/2020

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

Less than a week from today!

Join the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness' own Daniel Perkins for a Veteran's Day event to learn about the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and combat exposure on veterans’ mental well-being.

"Let's Talk about Mental Health"
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Register today at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTNnjw2C-X9Z1S4Wx7UOWTGb32X1Gh7dvKr0nx6_AI0oKiiA/viewform

#PSUClearinghouse #MilitaryFamilies #PennState #WeAre #Veterans

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
11/06/2020

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

Less than a week from today!

Join the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness' own Daniel Perkins for a Veteran's Day event to learn about the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and combat exposure on veterans’ mental well-being.

"Let's Talk about Mental Health"
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Register today at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTNnjw2C-X9Z1S4Wx7UOWTGb32X1Gh7dvKr0nx6_AI0oKiiA/viewform

#PSUClearinghouse #MilitaryFamilies #PennState #WeAre #Veterans

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has some great tips and resources to help you teach your children about personal finance.
The transitional compensation program for abused military dependents is one of the most poorly executed programs in the entire USA. They leave dependents who are battered and beat down in financial distress and quite often times facing homelessness and starving as they sit on your "paperwork" for months on end. You get abused by the service member, and then you get abused by the actual service itself... all while your abuser is provided three hot meals, a warm bed, and AN ARMY PAYCHECK for being in military prison! It's atrocious. Often times a spouse will stay with their abuser out of fear of the exact thing you allow them to go through, financial hardship, homelessness, starvation, and lack of medical care so essentially, you are letting the abusers win and allowing people to continue to be abused. You HAVE to do better than this!!!!!!! #ShameontheUSArmy
April is the Month of the Military Child! This year's theme is brave hearts, resilient souls - they sure are!
It's out there in the forecast, but those +40° temps are going to feel like a heatwave!
What about the Army Civilian Corps?
My son just got to his FDS and is not getting ready to deploy overseas for the first time. I know this is what he wants, but I am worried. Not only is he my son, but he is my youngest. Of course my daughter is National Guard reserves, and you would think I would be better prepared for this, but I am not, Guess its because she isn't active like he is, and their MOS is very different. I find myself watching all sorts of military movies like "The Long Road Home" and "Sand Castle" when I know I probably shouldn't. I just want to know what to prepare for, and then I wonder are there any support groups locally that I can be a part of that are readiness? I know I am a strong person, and I can handle a lot, but even I need to cry sometimes, and just wish someone knew what it was like with what I am feeling on the inside. I am so tired of hearing people say they understand, when really all they have to relate it to is their child going off to college. I have experienced that as well, and it is NOT the same!
My husband is in the Army and we are newlyweds, he's deployed, ect. Am I in the correct group?