MWR’s Army Community Service celebrated its birthday at its newest location, in Building 1263 on 6th Street, across from the Intrepid Spirit Center.

Attendees were able to get to know more about ACS and its services, including sampling a dance class and learning about programs through vendors.

“It’s important that we are mindful of all the goodness that ACS brings over its 53 years,” said Lt. Col. Chris Tomlinson, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, adding that the program has continued to evolve since it started.

“It runs the gambit of capabilities that provides Soldiers and their families exactly what they need at the right point in time. That’s what we’re celebrating,” he said.

Recently, ACS moved to the Soldier and Family Assistance Center, a program under ACS, to consolidate resources. The move allowed ACS greater ability to provide service to wounded warriors and their families.

Army Capt. Michael Brown came out to ACS with his mother-in-law, niece and nephew.

“I’m very familiar with the lending closet,” he said. “I’ve been a company commander two times, so I’ve sent Soldiers there to use the lending closet.”

He’s also used it while stationed overseas.

“I think it’s an awesome program,” he said, adding that it continues to grow. “It’s gotten really good. I definitely use it, especially with my job.”

ACS helps active-duty military, retirees, civilians and their families and is dedicated to improving the quality of life of families in the area. Some of ACS’ programs include the Army Family Action Plan; Army Volunteer Corps; Soldier and Family Assistance Center; and Survivor Outreach Services

ACS is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. However, on the first Wednesday and third Friday of the month, ACS is only open from 8 a.m. to noon.

The next ACS event is Newcomers’ Orientation, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 14 at the Community Center. For more information, call the Relocation Assistance Program at 571-231-7027 or 571-231-7026.

For a complete list of ACS programs and events, visit