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Dear Educators,

FreakleyI am pleased to share the eighth issue of Army Education News & Updates with you today. American innovation has been fueled for decades by our excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). However, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. high school seniors are now testing below the international average for 21 countries in mathematics and science. This is a problem that must be solved.

I encourage you to read the program organization profiles to learn more about specific programs that highlight the Army's commitment to STEM education and advancement for the future success of our Nation.  The Great Minds in STEM program is an organization that brings together the Hispanic community to create awareness of STEM-related degrees and careers for Latino talent.  Additionally, the National Science Center, whose mission is to stimulate interest and increase math and science proficiency of our nation's students, is another great example of the Army's dedication to STEM education.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of the 30 fastest-growing occupations projected through 2018 will require significant math or science preparation. Our national security and economic development depend on the success of our students in STEM disciplines. As educators we ask you to work in partnership with the Army to continue to stress the importance of STEM education to students. Our youth's success in education is a vital component to the future success of our national interests.

Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to our Nation's youth.

Army Strong!


Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley
Commanding General
U.S. Army Accessions Command

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Army Strong Re-Launch

Help Re-Launch the New 'Army Strong' Campaign in your Community –
Share your feelings on what it means to wear the U.S. Army Uniform

Have you ever felt a strong sense of pride when you see a Soldier dressed in a U.S. Army uniform? Now you can share those feelings and participate in the U.S. Army’s exciting new “Symbol of Strength” advertising campaign which was launched across the country on Memorial Day. The campaign showcases the life-changing benefits of Army service and the unparalleled strength that comes with wearing the Army uniform. There’s also an interactive social media component which allows you to share in the dialogue about what it means to be a Soldier.


Great Minds in STEM

Great Minds in STEM™ is the gateway for Hispanics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Established in 1989 as HENAAC, Great Minds in STEM is a non-profit organization that focuses on STEM educational awareness programs for students from kindergarten to career. Great Minds in STEM provides resources for recognition and recruitment of Hispanics in STEM on a national level, connecting multi-areas of engineering and science arenas to the general population.

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National Science Center

The National Science Center (NSC) began operation in Fort Gordon, Ga., in 1981 with the establishment of an NSC Army Task Force. The partnership between the Army and the non-profit partner was established by Public Law in 1985. The initial effort of the NSC was the establishment and successful operation of the Preview Discovery Center, a prototype hands-on exhibit located on Fort Gordon. Additionally, in 1993 the NSC – Army staff initiated national educational outreach programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


U.S. Army Supports 2011 DECA Conference

Drill Sergeant Grant challenges a DECA student to see how many pull-ups he can do.  

The U.S. Army was a sponsor at DECA's International Career Development Conference that took place from 30 APR-3 MAY at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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U.S. Army Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Thurgood Marshall College Fund

On May 4, 2011, the U.S. Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

U.S. Army Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kiwanis International and Key Club International

On April 20, 2011, the U.S. Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kiwanis International and Key Club International.

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