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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

“Life as a military student isn't simple. …Every one of your families has made a choice to be a part of something bigger than yourselves and because of that choice you, too, are a part of something bigger than yourself …your path sets you apart. …keep serving in your own way.”

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Dr. Jill Biden
First Lady of the United States of America
Ramstein HS Graduation Address, June 2021

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