By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
April is the Month of the Military Child — a time when we show extra appreciation for military children and the strength they provide to our service members and their families. This year’s Army theme, “Brave Hearts, Resilient Souls,” sheds light on the extraordinary sacrifices, contributions and commitment of our nation’s youngest patriots.
Military children serve alongside their parents and share experiences different from their civilian counterparts. They frequently relocate and transition to different schools, adjust to new environments, and are separated from loved ones during extended training and deployments.
Despite these challenges, the military lifestyle also provides them with unshakable values, cultural awareness and a sense of pride knowing they are a vital part of our readiness.
Please join us in thanking our military children here at Fort Leonard Wood.
Child and Youth Services is hosting several events as a part of their annual celebration, to include: the Community Fun Fair on Saturday, PT in the Woods on Wednesday, the School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Dance Recital on April 21, Family Picnic Day on April 26, and much more throughout the month.
Also, many of our on-post recreational establishments are offering great deals for children. We encourage our Fort Leonard Wood military children to participate and enjoy the many programs our CYS staff has to offer.
Whether it is a familiar place or a distant location around the globe, “Home is Where the Military Plants Us” and military children are the joy of our families. Take time to honor and celebrate your children this month; we are proud to serve with them and with you.
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)