Story and photo by Rick Emert
The Mountain Post community helped Army Community Service celebrate its 44th birthday July 23.
ACS offered free cake, beverages and shaved ice to those who attended the event.
The new 4th Infantry Division command team of Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, and the garrison command team Col. Robert McLaughlin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Kilpatrick toured the ACS facility and met with many of the employees before the cake-cutting ceremony.
“I’m really pleased to see our leaders and community supporting us today,” said Nancy Montville, ACS Family Enrichment Program manager. “We have a lot of our volunteers here, so I’m happy with that.”
Montville said that support happens on a daily basis.
“The community is very involved (with ACS); we have a lot of volunteers, and we couldn’t run our programs without them,” she said.
Since its inception, the role of ACS has changed to play a more proactive role in giving aid to Soldiers and Families, she said.
“The major change, I think, is that before we were a place that people went to if they had problems,” Montville said. “Now … we do so much more for Soldiers and Families. We do a whole lot more prevention. The paradigm before was more the reactive – if you’re in some kind of trouble, go to ACS. We still offer that assistance, but it’s not
a stigma to come here. Everybody comes here for something.”
With the increased cycle of deployments for the Global War on Terrorism, ACS has increased its deployment support programs for Soldiers and Family members, Montville said.
“We do so many more programs – really in every area – but especially in (mobilization) and deployment,” she said. “We do all the Reintegration Universities, we do what we call care team training, rear detachment training – all those things that we kind of always did, but now it’s a huge part of what we do.”
Below are other ACS programs available to Soldiers and Families, with brief descriptions provided by ACS.
- The Fort Carson Army Volunteer Program provides Soldiers and Family members with opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills.
- Family Enrichment Programs include Army Family Action Plan and Army Family Team Building. The AFAP allows Soldiers and Families to identify issues that affect their lives. AFTB offers workshops to improve Family readiness and Army readiness.
- The Employment Readiness Program offers assistance in finding employment and self-development workshops.
- Financial Readiness Program provides counseling services including budgeting and financial planning
and also offers screenings for various federal, state, county and city
financial assistance programs.
- Army Emergency Relief
provides emergency financial
assistance for Soldiers, retirees and their Family members.
- The Soldier and Family Readiness Program offers a variety of classes designed to enhance Family wellness.
- The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide medical, educational, housing and community support
services to Families with special needs.
- Relocation Readiness Program and The Family Connection offer resources to ease the difficulty of a permanent change of station move.
- The Soldier and Family Assistance Center provides support and resources for Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers and their Families.
For more information about programs, call ACS at 526-4590.