Strong and proud - April marks Month of the Military Child
With every spring comes the chance to recognize military children, as April is Month of the Military Child. It’s a time to honor military-connected youth for all their service, commitment and sacrifice that, ultimately, supports Service members’ missions. This year’s theme is: Military Children and Youth: Standing Strong and Proud.
“It’s important to recognize these children,” said Kristen Acquah, Fort Belvoir School Liaison Officer with DFMWR.
“Military children should certainly be celebrated,” she said. “We want them all to know their efforts and ongoing resilience is a very important part of the military family,” she said. “They are integral to our sense of community.”
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On May 25, 2023, the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps celebrated the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency’s 50th Anniversary. USALSA alumni, current employees, and friends gathered to participate in a full day of events to commemorate the joyous occasion which included a fun run, a scavenger hunt award presentation, multiple receptions, and a keynote address delivered by MG (Ret.) Clyde “Butch” Tate, former USALSA Commander.
With a lot of persistence Traci Voelke’s efforts brought Virginia Gold Star Families one step closer to equity, working for a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution passed in the spring. To follow state policy, she said there are still a couple more steps before it becomes law, and allows more Gold Star spouses to see property tax reduction.
Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band are playing for troops and veterans while celebrating service members on Memorial Day.
Actor Gary Sinise came to Fort Belvoir May 25 to perform with his band in the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Invincible Spirit Festival, hosted by the USO at Long Parade Field.
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital revealed its new name at a memorialization ceremony on May 16. The hospital was originally given a placeholder name until officials could find someone that embodies the base’s values to name it in honor of. The new name for the hospital is Alexander T. Augusta Military Medical Center, named after Dr. Alexander Thomas Augusta of Norfolk. Augusta was the first African American physician in the United States Army and the first Black professor of medicine in the United States.