Almost every day as I drive around the Great Place, I find myself catching the Phantom Corps vision on the electronic billboards. Sometimes I get a chance to read through all of the pillars, other times I just catch one or two. Every single time, the importance of the vision makes me pause and allows me to recognize how important this vision is to not just our service members, but our Army families.

The III Corps vision has five pillars to it and I have been thinking about how they translate to our Fort Hood families. Our service members and installation is guided by this vision and, as Army families, we can take these pillars and use them to continue to strengthen our Fort Hood community.

It starts with “training” to “build tenacity.” Our service members are the most highly trained and highly skilled. For our military families, we also have the opportunity to be highly trained. It all depends on how much you want to learn and grow. From Family Readiness training to resiliency training to managing social media, the Army Community Service office has a wide variety of training programs for our military families. If you haven’t checked out what they offer, I encourage you to check out their website or stop by the office in the new year.

The next bullet is “maintaining,” and this is all about balance. We know our service members must sustain the mission and at home, as Army families, we must hold down our portion of the mission. When our service members know we are managing everything at home, from our career to the kids to maintaining our balance in health and wellness, their focus is exactly where it needs to be — their mission.

Teamwork falls right in the middle. It is the “glue that holds us together.” It also makes sense that it falls in the middle. This pillar rings true on so many levels. We work together as Army families and as one team. We work together in times of happiness. We work together in the time of sadness. The Army family glue is like super glue. It is always there holding you when you need it most. Often times without even asking.

Then comes “morale.” The billboard reads “more do-ah, less hoo-ah.” I must say I love this one. It’s about dignity and respect. It encompasses the fact of why we serve our communities as military families. It’s about pride for the chosen service by our loved one. For me, it’s about respect to our flag and all those that serve this great nation.

And finally, discipline. It is “doing the right when no one is looking.” This is using the best practices we have learned as we all navigate this Army life and live it to the fullest. There are a many quotes out there from Henry Ford to C.S Lewis about doing the right thing. The underlying message is the same — the test of a person’s character is what he or she does when no one is watching. It is a true sign of integrity, quality and character.

I believe it’s important we find a way to support the vision of the Great Place as we serve our families and communities as part of the greatest family in the world, the Army family.

The New Year is here and the pages of your book are waiting to be written. So next time you are driving along Tank Destroyer and you catch the Phantom Corps vision on the electronic billboard, think about these five pillars and how you can live the vision and values as part of this wonderful Fort Hood Army family.

Reena O’Brien is an Army spouse and Herald Correspondent. She lives on Fort Hood.

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