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NEWS | Feb. 12, 2013

ACS evening classes offer free skills to military community

By Senior Airman Jason J. Brown 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Need something to do in the evenings to escape the monotony of everyday life? Looking for a place to meet new friends with similar interests? Just want to learn something new?

As is their mission, Fort Eustis' Army Community Service continues its commitment to the community, offering free evening classes for military members, retirees and dependents.

Classes cover a wide range of topics, including financial planning, family resiliency, and personal enrichment, among others.

Elizabeth Treon, a community readiness consultant with ACS, said the evening classes are designed with working family members and parents in mind. The evening hours provide flexibility for interested persons that are unable to attend classes during the work day, as well as avenue to provide hope and happiness to the military community in uncertain economic times.

"Life is getting hard, and sometimes people take out their aggression when they go home. We're talking about [budget] cuts, and the economy is tough," she said. "Hopefully, these evening classes will help people by teaching them strategies to make their lives better."

If customers are interested in taking a class offered during the day but can only attend during evenings, Donna Cloy, ACS Army Family Team Building program manager, encouraged them to simply call and request an evening version of the class.

Similarly, volunteers with useful skills that want to teach a class are also asked to contact ACS. Classes must be offered free of charge, and may not solicit private businesses or commercial interests.

"If we have something they're interested in, or something they need and don't see it offered, call us," Cloy said. "If we can come up with it, we'll be happy to offer it. If one person needs it, it's likely that others do, too."

"Our mission at ACS is to support our military community, including all branches of the military," Treon added. "We'll do everything we can to improve the quality of life for our Service members and their families."

For more information about classes offered at ACS, call (757) 878-3638, or visit them online at or on Facebook at