The 21st Theater Sustainment Command hosted Hollyanne Milley, wife of Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, during the week of Oct. 25.
During her visit to the Kaiserslautern area, Milley spent her time visiting a number of different offices at Sembach Kaserne where she focused on understanding Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe and the Installation Management Command-Europe’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.
Milley received a briefing from administrators with the IMCOM about how their FMWR programs support families throughout the European footprint.
“We do a lot of programs for kids at our libraries,” said Deborah H. Reynolds, deputy commander of U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, who accompanied Milley on her tour. “We also have interactive anti-bullying programs, where the children adopt roles in order to understand how it feels to be bullied in various situations.”
Reynolds also explained that training is available for parents to help them recognize the bullying patterns in their children.
Milley also visited Department of Defense Education Activity’s headquarters, where she was briefed about the DODEA schools changing to a newer, more progressive school format, with innovative designs that support an updated teaching model.
“DODEA is moving into the 21st century “neighborhood” environment,” said Harvey Gerry, chief of staff of DODEA. “In this type of school, the focus is on group learning. Walls can be put up or taken down … depending on what is being taught.”
The first school of this type in the KMC, Kaiserslautern High School, is currently under construction.
Milley also attended a working luncheon, where she discussed the new Army Family Action Plan program which is currently undergoing major changes.
“AFAP meetings will now occur one time per month instead of once per year,” said Heather Robinson, director of Army Community Service, IMCOM, Europe, who further explained that other changes included a new approach in which every issue brought up by the community will be forwarded to a responsible commander for action.
“All of you in Rheinland-Pfalz are doing fantastic work,” Milley said. “It has been an honor to meet with all of you. Thank you for sharing your concerns and issues with me.”