Story and photos by Rick Emert
At 45, Army Community Service seems nowhere near a midlife crisis.
If anything, the organization continues to learn and grow as it provides services to Soldiers and Families facing multiple deployments and to retirees and Department of Defense civilians.
“The needs of our Families have changed. We provide our services to our Families in the way that they need them, when they need them, because we are here to serve (them),” said Patricia Randle, ACS director, during remarks at the birthday observance.
With the theme “Army Community Service Around the World” the celebration included a historical display about the beginning of ACS by Lt. Col.
Emma Baird in 1965 and how the organization has changed through the years.
Other highlights included performances by the Sweetwater Plains Indian Dancers and
FIL-AM Filipino American dancers; face painting; an acoustic guitar solo; a poetry reading; a pig-roast sampling; and a cake-cutting.
Several information booths were set up, including Ready Army; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; wellness center; and children’s activity booths.
Although hundreds of community members turned out for the event, Nancy Montville, manager, Family Enrichment Program, said she wished even more had come.
“I wish more people had attended so they could find out more about the services we offer,” she said.
One community member said ACS’ 45th birthday was a milestone worthy of being recognized.
“I think it’s important to recognize the ACS birthday, because they take care of the entire community,” said Connie Roy, 4th Infantry Division Family readiness support assistant. “It’s very important to celebrate this.”
Montville said she was pleased with the outcome of the event.
“Everything really came together so well because of our volunteer support and support from the staff,” she said.