Family advocacy goes purple

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein’s Family Advocacy Program has teamed up with the Army’s Family Advocacy Program team to strengthen the means of promoting an emotionally healthy household around the KMC.

The joint advocacy’s program offers classes to improve family dynamics and ease potential problems that life can create for a household.

“Our goal is to ensure that every military member and family has the opportunity and skills available to them to be the best that they can be,” said Maj. Ellen Wirtz, 86th Medical Operations Squadron family advocacy officer.


Ramstein’s Family Advocacy Program and the Army’s Family Advocacy Program have combined efforts to  strengthen the means of promoting an emotionally healthy household. Both advocacy programs offer classes to improve family dynamics and ease potential problems that life can create for a household.
Ramstein’s Family Advocacy Program and the Army’s Family Advocacy Program have combined efforts to
strengthen the means of promoting an emotionally healthy household. Both advocacy programs offer classes to improve family dynamics and ease potential problems that life can create for a household.

Air Force and Army family advocates have joined forces in the KMC area to allow the widest dissemination possible for opportunities and classes that they provide.

“We have the same mission,” said Carmen Schott, 86th MDOS family advocacy outreach manager. “We are here to prevent child and spouse abuse. With our partnership with the Army we aim to increase our audience size.”

A road to bettering one’s self can be difficult. However, the Family Advocacy Program will always match the efforts of those trying, Schott said.

“Being strong and resilient takes an effort,” Wirtz said. “We ask the people to give a little effort and that their commands and shirts are understanding of their efforts to better themselves.”

Ramstein’s advocacy program aims to create healthy relationships and families. They continue to attempt to spread their resources out as far as possible to achieve that goal.

“We want to ensure that we are sharing our resources,” Wirtz said.

By pooling both programs, the Air Force and the Army are able to cover the same topics without competing against each other for audience size while being able to prevent elongated stretches of times without classes.

To contact Ramstein’s Family Advocacy Program, call 479-2370 or 06371-46-2370. To reach the Army’s Family Advocacy Program, call 493-4331 or 0631-3406-4331.