Then Army Chief of Staff Gen. Harold K. Johnson sent a letter to all major commands, July 25, 1965, announcing the establishment of Army Community Service.

“Army Community Service offers a comprehensive array of programs and services dedicated to maintaining the readiness of Soldiers, Families and communities by fostering self-reliance, resilience, and stability,” said Lynn L. McCollum, director of Family programs for the Army’s Installation Management Command.

ACS continued the traditions of Army spouses who operated lending closets, thrift shops, and nurseries prior to 1940. However, many of these social-service activities disappeared when the originators transferred or left the service.

McCollum said ACS will leverage technology to provide programs and services to meet the needs of Soldiers in the future and that Army budget cuts won’t affect ACS too badly.

“Army leadership is very sensitive to sustaining support to Family programs,” McCollum said.

Programs and services ACS offers:

Army Family Action Plan Army Family Team Building Army OneSource Army Volunteer Corps Exceptional Family Member Family Advocacy Financial Readiness Information and Referral New Parent Support Relocation Readiness Sexual Assault and Response Soldier and Family Assistance Center Spouse Employment Survivor Outreach Services Transitional Compensation  Victim Advocacy