October 14, 2019 – As we head into fall, we would like to thank all of our donors for their continued support. We continue to make progress on the biggest campaign the Foundation has ever embarked on.
Earlier this year, the gift proffer was submitted to the Department of the Army for its necessary process of approvals. We have received approval from the Military District of Washington. Currently the proffer is being reviewed by the Installation Management Command (IMCOM). Once completely vetted and approved by IMCOM, the proffer will then go to Army Material Command (AMC) and then to the Secretary of the Army for submission to Congress for its approval.
AMC and Congressional approval are two additional layers that have been added to the process, which has shifted our timeline. The Department of the Army has been working with the Installation and the FMA Foundation to ensure an expedited decision.
In the meantime, we have had exciting progress on different resiliency-inspired programs.
The kiosks, which will be located throughout the Installation and provide a web-based resource tool, were tested by a focus group over the summer and are now in the final design phase. The website that will be connected to the kiosks is expected to go live in the 4th quarter. The kiosks will connect families and the community at large with the support they are looking for with programs such as mental health services, childcare, legal and financial services. This valuable tool will debut before the Resiliency & Education Center is open.
The FMA Military & Family Committee plans to bring nutritional cooking classes to military personnel and their families in early 2020. These courses are in direct response to feedback from families at Fort Meade.