Family Forum / By Judy Konitzer: The Department of Defense has designated April as the Month of The Military Child (MOMC) continuing the initiative established by Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger in 1986 to recognize and honor our military youth.
The entire family serves when a military member serves, but military youth make unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country. They deal with separations, deployments, frequent moves, and even parent’s injuries as part of a life they were born into or entered into with their families. During MOMC, units and installations around the globe honor them with a variety of events geared especially for them. I am pleased to share some photos of activities which took place before and during Month of the Military Child’s 33rd Anniversary.
Photos: — Top left to right: Military Child poster, Colonel Steven Pierce – USAG Ansbach Garrison Commander with his two daughters Mary Catherine and Elise. Photo: Christie Daniels; Everyone who has been to Fort Rucker, Alabama recognizes the infamous SGT.Ted E. Bear who received a new paint job on April 1, 2019 to initiate Month of the Military Child. Fort Rucker children added their handprints to also observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month with connected activities. Photo: Jim Hughes; Raul Santiago holds up a sign greeting his father, Spc. Raul Santiago, during a homecoming ceremony at the William “Bill” Reed Special Event Center, Fort Carson, Colo., Feb. 24, 2019. photo: Sgt. Elizabeth Harris
Bottom left to right: Children play with bubbles before a homecoming ceremony for the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, at the William “Bill” Reed Special Event Center, Fort Carson, CO, Feb. 24, 2019. Photo: Sgt. Elizabeth Harris; Children enjoying the activities while Spouses from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division earned their spurs during the Annual Spouse Spur Ride on April 18,2019 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Photo: Sgt Steven Galimore; Fort Campbell-MOMC Kids Fest-27Apr19. Photo: Aimee Clack