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NEWS | Nov. 10, 2015

November--month of the military family

By Col. Robert Lyman Joint Base Charleston

Team Charleston,

Each and every day, men and women from Joint Base Charleston are working
around the clock and at locations all over the world to keep the mission
going.  Your selfless service ensures not only the defense of our nation,
but the protection of our future.  This call of duty to our nation does not
come without a high cost, though.  At the same time that you give of your
time to the mission of the Department of Defense, your families are
sacrificing a great deal as well.  All Military Families are also called to
serve.  I cannot thank them enough for what they do every day to support
this installation and your ability to serve.  Please thank them yourselves
as well!

Military service is demanding, and many times it does not afford us the
precious time we so cherish with our loved ones.  While we are serving on
the front-lines, your family members are serving too -- balancing work,
childcare, school, separations, day-to-day stresses and more.  There is no
greater expression of patriotism than what our families provide for us when
they endure long separations and absences through their support,
understanding and love.

During November, we celebrate the Month of the Military Family as one way of
thanking our loved ones for the ways in which they selflessly give of
themselves so that our mission can continue.

Below is a link to the Presidential Proclamation highlighting this very
special celebration:

As a Joint Base, we are also committed to supporting and caring for our
military families.  We must continue to stand in the gap for our families as
they go through the stresses, separations and hardships that come with
military life.  As part of this month's recognition of our families, there
are a number of events and opportunities available to the base community to
celebrate and support our loved ones.  Please take the time to look at the
following list of ways you can pay tribute to spouses and children who
sacrifice so much for us.


Rob Lyman, Colonel, USAF
Commander, Joint Base Charleston