By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
In April, we observe Month of the Military Child to show extra appreciation for military children and the strength they provide to our service members and their families.
The nearly 2 million dependent children across all branches of our military are some of the most resilient and selfless members of our society.
Military children frequently relocate, adjust to new environments, integrate into new school systems, meet new friends, and are sometimes separated from loved ones during extended training and deployments.
Despite these challenges, military life also provides them with unshakable values, cultural awareness, and a sense of pride knowing that they are a vital part of our readiness.
To thank and recognize our military children here at Fort Leonard Wood, our Child and Youth Services has many activities planned this month.
We encourage our Fort Leonard Wood military children to participate and enjoy the many programs our CYS staff has to offer, along with great deals being offered for children by our on-post recreational establishments.
Military children are the joy of our families and are a vital part of the force behind the force that gives our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen the strength to serve this great nation.
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: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)