FORT BRAGG, N.C. - For the second time in five years, Fort Bragg has been recognized as one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for young people by America's Promise Alliance and financial services company ING.

The honor, announced during a ceremony in Washington Sept. 21, recognizes the programs and activities put in place by the two communities to assist the Families of Soldiers excel academically and socially in the face of the difficulties of an Army at war.

This year marks Fort Bragg's first joint win, partnering with the City of Fayetteville, and Col. Stephen Sicinski, Fort Bragg Garrison commander, notes that the majority of the installation's successes are a result of the strong partnership that Fort Bragg has with its neighboring communities.

"It is a great honor to share the recognition of this award with our partners in the City of Fayetteville. The relationship we enjoy with the city is exceptional. There is no better joint, military-community spirit and cooperation to be found anywhere in this nation," Sicinski said. "Fayetteville is the most military friendly community in the country and proved it yet again with this recognition," he said.

"Fayetteville is humbled and honored to jointly accept with Fort Bragg the 100 Best Communities for Young People award," said Tony Chavonne, Fayetteville mayor. "Our community offers numerous programs and good schools that help train and motivate our children.

Working with parents and guardians, Fayetteville and Fort Bragg have a vision for young people. We're so grateful for this award and thank the America's Promise Alliance and ING for recognizing us."

America's Promise Alliance president and CEO, Marguerite W. Kondracke, also praised the partnership between Fort Bragg and Fayetteville in producing young people ready to meet the challenges of modern life.

The entire 2010 list of 100 Best Communities for Young People and their accomplishments can be found at

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