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Developing Future Leaders of America

Named in honor of its late founder, Gen. Roscoe C. Cartwright, The ROCKS Inc. is comprised of military veterans seeking to strengthen the officer corps through providing young officers with mentorship, leadership development, scholarships, and networking opportunities. Organizations such as ROCKS, Inc. are a valuable asset in continuing to achieve the Army’s goal of maintaining a diverse force through the mentorship they provide to young officers and cadets.

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Celebrate Older Americans Month in May

More than 345 Texas residents reach age 65 daily, and May is Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Age My Way!” highlights aging-in-place and how older adults can live independently in communities for as long as possible. Texas Health and Human Services administers an array of programs and supports to help older Texans live healthy lives, stay connected to their communities and age-in-place. learn more  

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National Military Brats Day – Growing up as a military child

A ‘brat’ is a slang term for the child of a military service member, and the nomadic lifestyle of a military family is hard to understand unless you have lived it firsthand. Military brats are a special breed of children, witnessing more of the world and overcome more adversity than most people will in their whole lives. They could say “I’m not from anywhere” or, “I’m from everywhere,” but people probably

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Naval Nurse Powerlifts Her Way to Winner’s Podium

Competing in the United States Powerlifting Association’s Virginia Beach Classic, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Holly Vickers took home the top spot for her weight class. Vickers, a native of Woburn, Massachusetts, says sports have always been a part of her life, but it wasn’t until she joined a CrossFit gym in 2017 that she discovered her love of weightlifting. learn more  

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Earth Day event shares how installation initiatives ‘Sustain the Mission, Secure the Future’

The message delivered at Rock Island Arsenal’s Earth Day 2022 event was “It starts in your own backyard.” The community re-committed to doing their part to protect and preserve Earth and its natural resources. “Here at Rock Island Arsenal, we strive to take care of not only a major river system that surrounds us, but also the river banks of two community partner states, as well as every living thing the

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Fort Hood celebrates Earth Day and Month of the Military Child

In honor of Earth Day and Month of the Military Child, several organizations on Fort Hood partnered to provide the EarthFest and MOMC celebration, giving children a fun way to learn about the environment “We enjoy finding unique and fun ways to bring joy to our military families and residents all year long, but especially during Month of the Military Child,” said Chris Albus, project director of Fort Hood Family Housing.

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Army Sgt. Grover Reports for Duty as USU’s Newest Facility Dog

During an enlistment ceremony on Feb. 28, Army Sgt. Grover officially reported for duty at the Uniformed Services University facility dog program, where he will serve as an enormous source of positivity and community. Grover comes to the university from Hero Dogs, Inc., a Maryland non-profit, which raises and trains service and facility dogs, and will join the university’s current facility dog Shetland, a Golden Labrador retriever mix, who began as

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Guard incorporates women, peace and security initiatives

The National Guard is playing a key role in integrating a Department of Defense initiative to reinforce the importance of equal gender participation in all aspects of global peace and security. Women representation matters in preventing and resolving conflicts, peace negotiations, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and post-conflict reconstruction efforts. learn more  

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Fort Hood female command team leads unique mission

1st Sgt. Amanda Hoover and Capt. Rosa Meeks, one of very few female command teams in the Army, are carving out their place in history as the first-ever command team of the People First Center. With 10 years of experience in the Army, Hoover admitted that it is often difficult to find a female battle buddy who balances out one’s own qualities. With Meeks, however, Hoover has found that unique dynamic.

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Celebrating women who made history, set groundwork for future generations

During Women’s History Month, people nationwide celebrate women’s achievements and contributions to American history, often attained with courage and sacrifice of thousands, if not millions, of persevering women. Women have founded many of our philanthropic, cultural, educational and charitable institutions. Women have served our nation with valor and distinction during wartime, nursing the wounded, piloting airplanes, performing vital jobs in defense plants. learn more