Photo by Lesley Atkinson, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee Public Affairs
Child care still a critical need
On October 12th, the application window closed for the temporary child care financial assistance program offered by our friends at the National Military Family Association (NMFA). They received thousands of requests (approximately 6,600!) for support from junior enlisted families. Other nonprofits have also stepped in, including the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, in issuing loans and grants for assistance. This story speaks to the continued critical need for assistance with child care and the costs of child care during a global pandemic.
Speaking of child care, a partnership between our friends at the Armed Services YMCA and Care.com aims to make it easier for military families to vote. On November 3rd, families can use up to four hours of child care at select off-base child care facilities across the country. For more information about eligibility, locations, and how to make a reservation, click here.
Photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston, 316th Wing Public Affairs
Safety first, but business as usual
After learning that Adm. Charles Ray, vice commandant of the Coast Guard, tested positive for COVID-19, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and several other top commanders have begun self-quarantining. We are assured that it is business as usual.
“There is no change to the operational readiness or mission capability of the U.S. Armed Forces,” said the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, Jonathan Hoffman. “Senior military leaders are able to remain fully mission-capable and perform their duties from an alternative work location.”
We wish a speedy recovery to Adm. Ray and good health to all.
Gunnery Sgt. Charles Shaw, who died October 29, 1979, is posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal – the nation’s highest civilian award for “outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marine Corps.”
For a quick history lesson, in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order prohibiting racial discrimination in the military. Shortly after, Black Marines trained at Montford Point Camp, separate from their white Marine peers. Shaw enlisted in 1946 and trained at Montford Point, becoming one of their senior drill instructors.
When desegregation took place under President Harry Truman’s executive order, Shaw was the first Black drill instructor at Parris Island. He served in active duty until 1963 and continued to serve with the Marine Reserves until his retirement in 1973.