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30 Jul 15, 11:06 PM
Compiled by Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers
Most parents, young or old, new or experienced, recall them with a haze of exhaustion-induced nostalgia: the precious days, weeks and months after they brought home that fragile, squalling, mysterious being known as a newborn. But in between the snuggles and the tiny fingers and the magic of first smiles, there are countless diaper changes and endless nights, unending crying jags and rivers of body fluids. There’s love and helplessness, euphoria and anxiety (and sometimes crushing depression).
For every parent who bonds effortlessly, there’s one who struggles. For every infant who settles into an easy routine, there’s one who has colic or reflux or something much, much worse. And in those dark, lonely hours of the night, in between frantic Internet searches asking “Is this normal?” many mothers and fathers would give anything to have someone to turn to, someone to tell them “Yes, your baby is normal. Your baby is healthy. You can do this.”
That’s especially true for military parents, who are often far from home and family, far from support networks and sometimes a world away from their partners. Sometimes, there isn’t anyone to say, “Go take a nap. I’ll watch the baby.”
But in the Army, you’re never really on your own: There are neighbors and friends and battle buddies. And there’s the New Parent Support Program. Run by Army Community Service since 1995, it provides home visitation services from registered nurses and licensed clinical social workers, as well as support groups and classes to new or expectant parents.
Command Sergeant Major Franklin D. Jordan was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Alapaha, Georgia where he entered the Army in July 1988. He attended Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and graduated Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as a 63W Wheel Vehicle Repairer.
CSM Jordan's assignments include B CO, 3RD FSB, 3ID, Schweinfurt, Germany from February 1989-February 1991. CSM Jordan was then assigned to Bravo Company 581ST Maintenance, 177TH FSB (OPFOR) Fort Irwin California from March 1991-May 1993. Upon departing California, CSM Jordan was assigned to the United States Army Element, HQ AFCENT, Brunssum Netherlands from May 1993-August 1996. CSM Jordan was then assigned to HHC, 49TH Quartermaster Group Ft. Lee, Virginia from March 1997- October 1998. Upon leaving Fort Lee, Virginia, CSM Jordan was assigned to BNCOC, NCO Academy, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and Maryland from October 1998- May 2000, later assigned to ANCOC, NCO Academy from May 2000- Dec 2001. CSM Jordan was later assigned to HHD, 702ND Main Support Battalion, 2ID, Camp Casey Korea from January 2002- December 2002. CSM Jordan was later assigned to Bravo Company 3RD FSB, 3ID-Maintenance Team Chief, Bravo Company 26TH FSB, 3ID- First Sergeant , HHC 3RD Sustainment Brigade, 3ID-Distrubution Sergeant Major, and as First Sergeant for Echo Company, 703RD BSB, 3ID, Fort Stewart, Georgia where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I, III and V. Upon leaving Fort Stewart Georgia, CSM Jordan was assigned to HHC Division Special Troop Battalion, 2ID, Camp Red Cloud, Korea as the G-4 Maintenance Sergeant Major from July 2009- June 2010. In July 2010- February 2012, CSM Jordan was later assigned to HHC 299TH Brigade Support Battalion, 1ID, Fort Riley, Kansas as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn from November 2010 - October 2011. After returning from Iraq, In February 2012- January 2014 CSM Jordan was reassigned to HHC, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1ID, Fort Riley, Kansas for a second tour as Battalion Command Sergeant Major. In February 2014, CSM Jordan was assigned to HQ Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal as the AMC, Inspector General Sergeant Major.
Total Army Strong succeeds the Army Family Covenant, and provides a broader, tailorable platform from which commanders can deliver essential programs to support a ready Army. Commanders will have flexibility to prioritize and adjust installation programs and services regardless of geographic location or component. Total Army Strong continues and underscores the U.S. Army's commitment and responsibility to the total Army family -- Soldiers, family members and civilians.
Total Army Strong reaffirms the Army's commitment to the total Army family, builds trust and faith between the Army and its most precious resource, the people, and sets the foundation for a balanced system of programs and services. These programs and services will meet the unique demands of military life, foster life skills, strengthen and sustain physical and mental fitness and resilience, and promote a strong, ready, and resilient Army.
Under the Army Family Covenant, the Army doubled its investment in base funding for Soldier and family programs from fiscal year 2007 to 2010. This investment funded Survivor Outreach Services, new child development centers, youth centers, and Soldier and Family Assistant Centers for Wounded Warriors. It also improved Army housing and increased accessibility to health care. These enhancements built a better environment for Soldiers, family members and civilians to thrive.
Total Army Strong marks the evolution of the Army Family Covenant. As the nation and the Army prepare for the future, the needs of Soldiers and families also will evolve. The Army will find a new balance to support the premier, all-volunteer Army through responsible stewardship, program assessment and the promotion of self reliance. Decisions to adjust programs will be made strategically, but will be executed locally at the installation level. This will ensure a sustainable balance of services to promote long-term Soldier and family readiness. The Army will continue to refine programs to ensure they efficiently serve the most critical needs of the Soldiers, family members and civilians. The Army will keep the force healthy, self-reliant, ready and resilient.
Major General Brian Lein
Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick and Deputy for Medical Systems to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology
MG Brian Lein grew up in New York and attended the United States Military Academy. He graduated in 1984 as a Distinguished Military Cadet with a Bachelor of Science, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. He then attended Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He graduated in 1988 as an Alpha Omega Alpha Scholar with an MD degree. He completed his Internship in General Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1989. He completed his Residency in General Surgery at Abington Memorial Hospital in 1993. He is board certified in general surgery.
The US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick, provides sustainable base operations support, quality of life programs, and environmental stewardship to facilitate the sustainment of vital national interests.
The US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick, supports five cabinet-level agencies: The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services.
Within the DoD, Fort Detrick supports elements of all four military services. Major Department of the Army mission partners include the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the 21st Signal Brigade.
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