Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, the base commanding general and regional authority for five military installations in the Southwestern United States, presented Rose Ingersoll and Maria Swanson, with letters of appreciation Feb. 25, for their hard work and dedication as the base’s school liaisons.
According to the letters, Swanson and Ingersoll “have been an important catalyst in bringing greater awareness and understanding of the educational challenges our military-connected children face to all concerned, including parents, educators, district administrators and this command.”
The awardees have provided academic resources and support to military families here with children since August 2008.
Swanson and Ingersoll coordinate activities, such as Camp COPE and Tell Me a Story, which are programs designed to assist military families.
The Camp COPE and Tell Me a Story programs help military children cope with the stresses that can come from multiple deployments and frequently moving.
“Parents might not understand why their child is suddenly breaking down and crying or screaming,” said Rose Ingersoll.
“We do a lot of activities here on base but the most valuable thing we can offer to the families is peace-of-mind,” said Swanson.
When families move across the country to a new duty station, they are often unfamiliar with the local schools.
“When a family says they are moving to a new location, we can connect them with a liaison in that area so they can start researching the schools there,” said Ingersoll.
“It has been so rewarding to be a part of (the liaison) program from the begging and see how it has grown,” said Ingersoll.
For more information on the school liaison officers, visit their website.
Contact Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz at email@example.com