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In Their Words

In Their Words... is a series of quotations from teachers, administrators, military leaders and our partners that speak to the circumstances, determination, and spirit that have better enabled our warriors and DoD civilians, past and present, to make lasting contributions to our nation's defense, and indeed the defense of freedom around the world.

The world has changed dramatically since our school system began in 1946-1947.
In School Year 2021 - 2022, we celebrate 75 years of educational support to military-connected families - empowered by the resourcefulness, dedication, and focused optimism of the men and women who established and operated schools in the aftermath of World War II.

Discovering the past, understanding the present, and creating a better future...

In Their Words

“At no time in history has any other nation educated 150,000 of its children in 20 countries around the world and made it possible for them to understand and experience the culture of their host nations while maintaining their identity with and patriotism for their own country.”

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Photo of Dr. Beth Stephens.

Dr. Beth Stephens
Former DoDDS Director
(1982 - 1986)


Era 1

The Early Years Gallery

Era 2

The Consolidation Years Gallery

Era 3

The Modernization Years Gallery