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The Operation: Military Kids (OMK) program will be
ending on March 31,2015.

For continued support, please be advised:

For Army National Guard Families: Get your youth involved with the State Child & Youth Program! Contact a Child & Youth Program Coordinator (or the State Family Program Director) near you to check out the program offerings and activities they can participate in; visit: and click on "Contact your local State Family Program Director, Airman & Family Readiness Program Manager, Family Readiness Support Assistant, Family Assistance Specialist or Child & Youth Program Coordinator" at the bottom of the page, then choose your state, for assistance in connecting with your Child & Youth Program Coordinator.

For Army Reserve Families: Get your youth involved with a Command Child, Youth, School Service Program! Contact a Command CYSS specialist near you to check out the program offerings and activities they can participate in go to or Fort Family Support & Outreach Center at 1-866-345-8248 for assistance in connecting with CYSS specialist.

You may also visit the 4-H Military Partnership website at:



Welcome to Idaho Operation: Military Kids

Military youth and families, Idaho supports and honors you!  Idaho OMK offers many fun activities for youth, opportunities to meet other military children, and access to networks of support.  The local website includes additional details about opportunities available to you, registration forms, and a calendar of events.
Visit University of Idaho, 4-H Extension Operation: Military Kids or email for event registration and more information.

Idaho's Operation: Military Kids program strives to meet the needs of military children of deployed Guard and Reserve personnel by making them more visible to their surrounding community, providing them with life-skills training, and just plain having fun.  There are more than 6,000 guard youths in Idaho, with 60% residing in the Treasure Valley area.  This initiative is part of a national USDA/Army youth development initiative that operates through the 4-H Extension Office of the University of Idaho.  A Statewide Steering Committe works as a team and includes military Family Assistance staff, 4-H and Extension staff, community volunteers and youth.  The team plans activities to help youth learn targeted life skills and to inform community members of the unique stresses and challenges that Guard and Reserve families face in times of conflict and war.

Our Activities for Youth and Families: Hero Packs, ExpressYourself: Leadership and Team Building Workshop, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) days including Robotics, GPS training, and eco workshops.  Free training in public speaking (Speak Out for Military Kids/SOMK), babysitting classes, Military Family Camps with the Idaho National Guard, and Sports and Fitness days that include fishing, archery and shooting sports.

Creating Partnerships

Current partners include 4-H Extension, American Legion, Army Reserves Child and Youth Services, Army Once Source, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Idaho Air National Guard, YMCA, and many more.  If you are interested in joining the team, email us at


Getting involved in this initiative will give you the opportunity to learn professional skills, help organize OMK programs, and serve the youths and families of military members in your own community! Recieve Ready Set Go Training. View a list of service areas here.

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View our 2012 Annual Report here.

2012 Idaho OMK Team

Linda Gerber-State Military Liaison

Barry Lockard-Asst. OMK Coordinator

Elizabeth Dallas-Asst. OMK Coordinator

Jill Murphy-Asst OMK Coordinator

Brian Sokolowsky-Army Reserves Child & Youth Services Regional Coordinator

Lyle & Judy Gessford-Idaho State Elks Association

Mountain Home Air Force Base Youth Programs

LeAnn Edwards - National Guard State Youth Coordinator

Dan Ashley-Veteran's Center

Major Jim Hicks - National Guard State Family Programs Director

James Lindstrom, EdD - State Director, 4-H Youth Development

Matt Barley - Idaho JFSAP

CJ Watson - Boys and Girls Club Unit Director

Shiela Schumacher - SERCO

TBD - Adjudant, Dept of Idaho, The American Legion

Camille Cashland - ID Dept. of Education

Tsgt April Norman - National Guard Family Readiness

Vickie Burnet - University of Idaho Boise Ctr of Higher Education

Darren Bunshee - Military Family Life Consultant

Marilyn Culp - 4-H Volunteer, SE Idaho

Brian Luckey - Ada Co. 4-H Extension Educator University of Idaho

Angie Nelson - Les Boise Federal Credit Union

      Linda Gerber
      University of Idaho 4-H, Cooperative Extension
      322 East Front Street, Boise, Idaho 83702

      Phone: (208) 334-2328
      Fax: (208) 364-4037
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