Archive for Thursday, March 27, 2008

Show support for Fort Leavenworth’s soldiers

March 27, 2008

The days of guaranteed three-year assignments with follow on orders coming a year out are gone for military forces with our nation at war. With increased frequency of moves for military personnel and decreased time on station, it is extremely important that the local community supports soldiers.

My wife and I are currently attending the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth. Since arriving in the Leavenworth/Lansing area for our ten-month stay, we have continually been supported by the community.

Most local companies offer special contracts for CGSC students for 10 months instead of forcing a 12-month lock in requiring orders to break the contract. Two of these businesses are Visions Salon and Spa and the Maximus Gym.

The community further supported us when our grandson came to visit. The Kinder Care in Lansing jumped through hoops to make sure they could watch him while we were in class. This is the kind of support that keeps soldiers focused on the mission because they know that people support them.

It is just as critical for military personnel to understand that they have a part in keeping the community strong. We cannot create an us versus them mentality and have to work together to build communities where the military is a viable part.

We would like to thank the community for its support and understanding and let them know that their support has a huge impact on moral and mission accomplishment.

Maj. Steven Dowgielewicz

Lansing

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