Army Strong Centers Serve the Community

The Army Reserve has a new support tool for Reservists and their families – the Army Strong Community Center (ASCC). The ASCC is dedicated to supporting service members, retirees, veterans, and their families from all branches of the military – active and reserve. The facilities are designed to assist geographically-dispersed service members and their families who may not have ready access to the services typically available on a military installation. This program was created through the efforts of LTG Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, and his wife, Laura. There are currently four Army Strong Community Center locations: Rochester, NY; Brevard, NC; Coraopolis, PA; and Oregon City, OR.

Kathleen Moakler, Association Government Relations Director, enjoyed a recent visit to the ASCC in Rochester, NY. Located next to the headquarters of the Army Reserves’ 98th Training Division, the small suite of offices manned by Marianne Sernoffsky and her staff serve not only the more than 800 Army Reserve soldiers who live within 50 miles of Rochester but service members and families of other services and components in the area. The center originally opened as a pilot for the Army Reserve Virtual Installation program and served more than 500 military families in its first six months of operation. Marianne and her staff serve as a conduit of information concerning programs and benefits ranging from TRICARE and ID cards to summer programs for military children. They perform outreach to community organizations, pairing the resources they offer with the families who can use them. The waiting area is an inviting place for children to congregate, with toys and games provided by Sesame Street, as their parents gather information they may need. The staff coordinates with national and state programs such as Army Reserve family programs and the New York National Guard State Family Program Coordinator as well as the Cornell Extension.

It was great to be on the ground with Marianne and see how geographically dispersed military families can have that personal touch and outreach to find out about their resources and benefits. Click here to learn more about Army Strong Community Centers in your area.

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