This is a Soldier

In conjunction with our Adopt A Platoon program at Fort Drum, we were invited to take part in a seminar entitled,  

“This is A Soldier 101” 

on Friday morning, February 5,  at the beautiful Black River Valley Club in downtown Watertown, NY.  The program was presented by The Northern New York – Fort Drum Chapter AUSA and the Fort Drum Army Family Team Building. It was a real challenge to get there by 9 a.m. (especially since I didn’t sleep the night before).  But we (President Joyce Charboneau, my husband Keith, and I)  arrived in time – early enough for coffee and pastry, as a matter of fact. 

There were three different parts of the seminar:  

Expectations and Impact of the Mission on Family Life 

The Chain of Command; and 

Family Readiness Groups and the Deployment Cycle. 

The presenters were volunteers – Army wives –  and each presentation was informative, interesting, and well done. I learned a lot about military life, and have a better appreciation of what our soldiers and their families go through.  

So, THANK YOU to everyone who serves in America’s ALL VOLUNTEER Army

We even received certificates for taking the course. 

Pikkwan Boston, AFTB/AFAP Program Manager, Army Community Services, hands out certificates at class conclusion.

“What is AFTB? Army Family Team Building is about Readiness – for both the mission and the Family. AFTB is about adapting to Army Life. We teach and train America’s Army and their families in a wide variety of knowledge, skills and behaviors that foster personal and family readiness. AFTB is a never ending resource that is available to every member of the Army for free. The Army takes care of its own, by teaching its own to take care of themselves.”  

I guess one of the main things I learned, is that a soldier’s family has a lot of support these days, compared to those in years past. Help is just a phone call away. 

 Thanks for visiting our blog. Please stop by again soon for the latest updates. If you have any questions about The Boonville Historical Club’s Adopt A Platoon project or any of our activities, please write to us at We’d love to hear from you!


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