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Posted: May 19, 2017 12:14 p.m.
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Hunter celebrates military spouses

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Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Mike Squires gets ticket drawing assistance from a toddler entering the Hunter PX with his mom. Squires drew interest for the spouse appreciation event from shoppers who appeared happy to assist.

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Tables filled with gift baskets, prizes and educational information were lined up just inside the entryway of the Hunter PX, May 12, for Military Spouse Appreciation Day.  The day is celebrated throughout the nation annually to honor the sacrifices that military spouses make to keep our country safe. 

Sixty-six spouses passed through the PX doors and stopped to register for the gift baskets and prizes, according to Pam Phillips, financial counselor, and Employment Readiness specialist at Hunter Army Community Service. 

Representatives/sponsors at the event included Hunter GeoVista Credit Union, Hunter Commissary, Hunter AAFES and Hunter Army Community Service. 

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Ashman, the Savannah Technical College military liaison, gave spouses educational information about a new Hope Grant and other programs available that will pay for tuition, miscellaneous fees and supplies. Melissa Jusino, a Columbia College representative, also shared information and updates about the school’s program and tuition incentives.

Winners of baskets donated by Hunter AAFES, Hunter Commissary, and Hunter Geo Vista were drawn by random shoppers, with the assistance of Lt. Col. Mike Squires, Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander.  Squires requested their help with the drawing as shoppers walked in and out the PX.  Before the event closed, Squires remarked about the important role of Army spouses and thanked those in attendance for their support.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day began April 17, 1984 by President Ronald Reagan with Proclamation 5184 to recognize the role that military spouses play in the readiness and well-being of military members. Congress officially made Military Spouse Appreciation Day part of National Military Appreciation Month in 1999.  Later the Department of Defense standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day to show appreciation for spouses.

The proclamation states that spouses are the backbone of the Families who support our troops during mission, deployment, reintegration and reset. They are the silent heroes who serve our country just like their loved ones.


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