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(left to right) Lt. Gen. Sam Armstrong (retired); Garrison Commander Col. Michael Greenberg; Maj. Gen. Tom McHugh (retired) cut the birthday cake celebrating the 54th year for Army Community Service July 26. 

Army Community Service was standing room only, inside and out, Friday at its 54th birthday celebration, where Soldiers and Family members, alike, were gift recipients of food, cake, prizes and a variety of fun. George Dickson, DFMWR director, started off the celebration thanking ACS supporters and employees, who, he said, “take care of Service members, their Families and retirees, every day at Belvoir Army Community Service.” 

Tammye Braddy, chief of Army Community Service at Fort Belvoir, also thanked everyone who came to the party, “We at Team ACS truly appreciate your support of us and our programs, especially in the midst of budgetary challenges,” she said. 

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Autumn Henry, 5, gets her face painted by Alexia Costas during the Army Community Service 54th birthday party July 26. 

Nicole James, a Woodbridge resident and military spouse, brought her three kids, ages 11, 8 and 1, to the birthday party, after she’d heard about the event while participating in the Summer Reading Program at Belvoir Library. “ACS is very supportive of the military,” she said. “ACS helped me a lot with different challenges we faced with overseas moves. And, ACS at Fort Bliss (Texas) helped us by offering date-night opportunities.” 

Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, said, “54 years is great stuff. ACS at Belvoir is one of our centerpieces. The people here help someone every day, with programs that make us resilient as a Family and as a community. These are all programs we need as a community, to sustain and enjoy everything that we do.” 

Programs ACS offers include: free classes and training; deployment and relocation support; financial readiness and planning; new parent support; the Exceptional Family Member Program and employment readiness. 

To learn more about ACS programs, visit their web page at home.army. mil/belvoir/index.php/my-fort-belvoir/all-services/army-community-service or call 571-231-7001. 

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Families arrive at Army Community Service to celebrate its 54th birthday July 26.