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Change and military life go hand in hand. Providing the tools to adapt to both is the focus of this year’s conference of the American Women’s Activities, Germany.

The conference, themed “AWAG … Winds of Change,” will take place Sunday through May 6 in Sonthofen, Germany.

AWAG’s mission is to train, strengthen and connect volunteers and their organizations to their communities. The annual conference, in its 48th year, will present 45 speakers who will provide classes in areas such as leadership development, host nation relationships, organizational skills and personal and professional growth.

“Any person who belongs to a registered club or organization, whether it be Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Red Cross, can also belong to AWAG,” said Naomi Roupe, AWAG Rhineland-Palatinate representative.

Gen. Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, and Kristin Henderson, author of “Driving by Moonlight: A Journey through Love, War and Infertility,” are this year’s distinguished speakers. Henderson, a Quaker, will present a class on the religion and how it has affected the relationship with her husband, a military chaplain.

Other speakers include Diana Ohman, director of Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe; Kathy Moakler of the National Military Family Association; and Kay Blakley, Defense Commissary Agency-Europe consumer advocate.

New to the conference this year is a class on the history, culture and political situation in Iraq and Afghanistan to familiarize spouses with the region.

The class and others are designed to cover information of interest to all military spouses, said Catherine Locke, AWAG publicity chair.

“At this year’s conference, there is more of a focus on giving the delegates a general session than being really specific toward a particular branch of service,” Locke said.


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