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While I have been your garrison commander for a short time, I am truly impressed with the services Army Community Service provides and the dedication to support our Soldiers, Civilians, retirees and their Families. With ACS’ 50th Birthday upon us, I ask the community to pause and truly reflect on how much our ACS does for Soldiers, spouses, Families, children and retirees. Many Soldiers and Families do not realize that ACS has not always been an official Army program. Services offered by ACS were once provided

I’ve been your ACS director for two years now, and it seems just yesterday I walked into building 87 and met some of the staff. My name is Bill Lukens. I am William E. Lukens a former “Dog ACS director Faced” Soldier, and I am committed to pushing ACS into the 21st Century. The feedback our organization received during the ACS Needs Assessment is currently being used to tailor services and leverage technology to better reach our client base. The millennial generation is the largest demoPage 2

ACS History ............................................. 3 Current Services...................................... 4 Shout-outs from former ACS staff ......... 5 ACS Then ................................................. 6 ACS Now .................................................. 7 Special Recognition ................................ 8

unofficially by military spouses who saw a need and recognized the special circumstances of military personnel and t h e i r Col. Townley Families. Hedrick It was Stewart-Hunter almost 200 years after the garrison commander Army was in existence that ACS became an official entity of the Army.

graphic we serve and meeting their needs require a different approach to delivering Family programs. Our team is committed to this change. Look for ACS to better leverage social media such as Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms to promote ACS programs. If you are reading this and have ideas how to help, reach out to our staff. They will listen. Our motto is “Real Life Solutions for Successful Army Living,” and we take this to heart. You see, I’ve used ACS in the past and want only the best for our Soldiers, Families and retirees. Our team is one of the best you will find. I am exceptionally proud that this ACS has developed and certified major “Best Practices” that can be adopted at other installations. One of these recent Best Practices

The team, which is assembled at both Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, are some of the best the Army offers. From the financial readiness counselors to the resiliency trainers and social workers, ACS can help you. Life in the Army can be somewhat challenging, but organizations like ACS make it better for everyone. So, join me in wishing the directorate of ACS a great birthday as they celebrate 50 years of service to the U.S. Army. I strongly encourage you to take the time to meet the staff, locate all their buildings, and see what ACS can really do for you.

include the Family Advocacy Program’s Cops and Coffee. It’s a collaborative meeting to bridge the gap between Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield law enforcement, local shelters and community partners. I would be remiss if I did not personally thank all of the volunteers who contribute so much to our installation and Army. Our volunteers save the Department of Defense millions of dollars each year. With our staff doing more with less, volunteers’ dedication to meaningful service is deeply appreciated. Fifty years, in some regards, is a blink of an eye. Join me in wishing ACS a joyous happy birthday. Our organization has come a long way in 50 years, and it is our hope. You haven’t seen nothing yet! Fifty years later, and ACS still has your back.

50 Years of Service

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The original ACS logo.




rmy Community Service formal conception started in the early 1960s. By then, services like Army Emergency Relief already existed. However, as the military entered into the Vietnam War, the needs of Soldiers and their Family Members changed. Lt. Gen. J.L. Richardson, Army Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel, took action to establish an official "Family assistance" program in 1963. He requested a qualified officer to develop a plan for the program's creation. Lt. Col. Emma Marie Baird, who was assigned to the AER and Personnel Affairs Office during World War II, was selected for the position. She began to establish a program addressing military Families' growing needs. The program's philosophy, however, would be of evaluation, not revolution. "Emerging needs can be met, and services no longer needed discarded, to ensure that each program is adapted to the requirements and resources of the specific Army community," she said in her 1986 paper entitled, "Army Community Service History."

Under the guidance of AR 601-1, the ACS Regulation, the Army developed programming based on military Families' diverse needs. From 1965 to 1981, programs such as the Handicapped Dependents Program (now called Exceptional Family Member Program) and the Child Advocacy Program (now evolved into the Family Advocacy Program) were created. The 1980s was also a time where Army leadership brought Family care issues to the forefront. In 1983, Gen. John A. Wickham, Jr., the Chief of Staff of the Army, wrote a white paper entitled "The Army Family" to address how Family Members' support was important to the mission. His paper led to Army Family Action Plan, a grassroots initiative for identifying and prioritizing issues to enhance standards of living for Soldiers and their Families. Other programs such as the Financial Readiness Program, Volunteer Coordinator Program (now the Army Volunteer Corps), and the Relocation Assistance or Relocation Readiness Program were established in this decade. The following decade brought the development of Army Family Team Building, a program where Soldiers,

Lt. Col. Emma Marie Baird, often referred to as “the Mother of Army Community Service,� visits an ACS center in 1981.

Families and Civilian employees could learn about the Army culture, professional development and leadership skills. The 2000s was also a time of major conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This impacted military Families as more wounded Soldiers came home. Development of Soldier and Family Assistance Centers, facilities providing direct support for the Medical Command's Warrior Care and Transition Program and Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers and their Families, began in 2007. The first SFAC opened in 2009 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Another need increased by a decade of conflict was assistance for surviving Family Members. In 2008, Survivor Outreach Services was established to work alongside Casualty and Mortuary Affairs and Casualty Assistance Centers across the Army to provide long-term care for these Family Members. Today, there are 64 ACS centers worldwide in addition to 25 SFACs and eight standalone SOS centers. "As we celebrate the 50th birthday, we will continue with that original mission to help our Army Families remain Army Strong." Page 3

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50 Years of Service

Shoutouts from former


While Tolbert had a small detour to Korea, she shared her fondest memories are of working with Families and seeing them smile when helped. Precilla Tolbert Relocation Program, 2005-2014

“Congratulations, ACS, on reaching a very exciting milestone! It is without question that during the few years that I worked in the capacity of the SFAC outreach coordinator, I not only learned a lot but I also had many memorable and enjoyable times,” shared Boity. Linda Boity SFAC outreach coordinator

Braxton recently retired from Federal Service. She shared that her fondest memory was preparing and successfully passing the first ACS Accreditation. “The teamwork and dedication was always present,” she declared. Lucia Braxton ACS director, 1997-2007

Collazo said she had many fond memories while employed by ACS, working under the leadership of Braxton was the greatest memory. Lisa Collazo Financial Readiness Program, 2005-2012

McDonald said helping Soldiers was paramount in his mind. Being of age to serve the United States Army doesn’t always prepare your life skills, he said. He enjoyed helping Soldiers of all ranks. Willie McDonald Financial Readiness Program, 2002-2012

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5IFO An ACS team member at the volunteer desk in circa 1966.

volunteer A Fort Stewart article about ACS t. 1, 1967. Sep in tes dua gra

Team members performing aerobics in 1986.

ACS responds to Family Member about the ACS volunteer trainin g course in circa 1968.

ACS/AER office staff member in circa 1969. Capt. Bovia, ACS/AER officer, in a 1968 photo. Page 6

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3FDPHOJUJPO The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield ACS would like to recognize the following volunteers for their true dedication to volunteer service: Emma Marie Baird Award for Volunteer Service The Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service was established August 29, 1988 to memorialize the late retired Lt. Col. Emma Marie Baird, who is considered by many to be the founder and “Mother� of Army Community Service. Marcia Steele, Hunter, 2009 Alfred W. Jelinski, Fort Stewart, 1991

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Maj. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf cuts the ribbon in opening ceremonies of the Spouse Center at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, Feb. 14, 1985. Ann Scheer, former Hunter ACS director, assists in the ceremonies.

Marne Spirit Award Winner This 3rd Infantry Division award is reserved for volunteers who demonstrate sustained superior performance of volunteer duties and outstanding leadership abilities that make significant contributions to the nominating organization or to the entire installation. Frank F. Palmer, Fort Stewart, 2007

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ACS 50th Anniversary  

Army Community Services is celebrating its 50th anniversary and you're invited to the party.

ACS 50th Anniversary  

Army Community Services is celebrating its 50th anniversary and you're invited to the party.