Family Assistance Centers (FAC) provide resource referral and support assistance to Service Members and their Families, of all military branches, throughout all cycles of deployment and levels of contingency mobilizations. FACs are a "One Stop Shop" of Local, State and Federal resources to provide outreach, coordination and support.

Family Assistance Center Feature Story

Happy Holidays! What are your holiday traditions?


As I grew up, we used to go caroling in a group through the neighborhood and nursing homes, then afterward enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies. Now, as a family our traditions start right after Thanksgiving. As my husband and boys head out hunting, my holiday baking begins with rum cakes and fudge. My two boys will wander around on our property and find me the perfect Christmas tree. Sometimes it’s a little Charlie Brown tree, but that’s okay! All of the thought and love they put into their decision always makes it the perfect tree to me.


On Christmas Eve, my family and I set out cookies for Santa with a cold glass of milk and we open one special gift (mom’s choice). These are little things I hope my children will pass onto their kids as the years go by. It is never too late to start your own traditions!


Here is Another Winter Family Activity:

Polar Express!

December 8th & 9th

8 trains daily

Trains run at: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, & 7pm

(Boarding times are 15 minutes prior to train time.)

Tickets are $30 each

Children under 24 months ride free!

Have a wonderful 2018 holiday season with your family and friends!


Rita Durgin

Family Assistant Center Specialist (Contractor)

Berlin Armory