Texas relies on a team of collaborators who have different specialties and who can deliver programs that make life better for soldiers, and their families, the land where they train, and the communities in which they live.
Such teamwork encompasses programs and projects of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and collaborators within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Army, Navy, Air Force, and their components–Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserves.
Partnering Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the U.S. Army
In 1985 the agency executed a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Defense (DoD). The partnership led to Extension providing continuous support for Fort Bliss (El Paso, TX) since 1987 and Fort Hood (Killeen, TX) since 1996. The newest addition to Extension Military Programs has been the induction of family support programs at Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio, TX) in 2005.
The Military Program within Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service focuses on providing educational programs to assist military Families as they face the many uncertainties of life. Whenever a new initiative is introduced in the caring of Soldier and Families, Extension staff, working together with their military partners, have met the challenge to provide quality programs, activities, and resources to assist the Soldier and Family in whatever they require.
The program serves military Families by augmenting Texas military installations’ civil service staff with Extension professionals. Some of these civil service staff consists of military Family members or retirees recruited by Extension and provide them with professional development training. The training also equips these individuals with programs and curriculum developed by Extension specialists. The close partnership with civil service staff allows Extension the flexibility to add new staff or programs quickly when families need them and adjust the programs to meet the needs of service members and their Families.