Pueblo, Colo., leaders pledge commitment to Soldiers
August 16, 2012
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Pueblo and Fort Carson leaders signed a covenant in Pueblo Tuesday promising to build partnerships that support the strength, resilience and readiness of Soldiers and their Families.
"This is another extraordinary day for our military community as we strengthen the already strong bonds between Fort Carson and the city of Pueblo with the signing of this covenant," said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson.
The purpose of the covenant is to highlight and recognize the numerous ties Fort Carson has with the Pueblo community and to promote continued efforts to build strong relationships with local communities.
The Secretary of the Army created the Army Community Covenant in 2008 to formalize support from local communities across America. Fort Carson leaders signed an Army Community Covenant in 2009 with Fountain and Colorado Springs. They also signed a covenant with Pueblo West in 2011 and one with Colorado Springs again in May.
"These covenants are designed to develop and build and strengthen effective partnerships in order to improve the quality of life for our Soldiers and their Families," Anderson said.
The Secretary of the Army assigns a civilian aide to represent the Army and to promote community partnerships in every state. Colorado's representative is William J. Hybl, who grew up in Pueblo.
"Pueblo has always made a difference to the military and honors those who have made the greatest sacrifices for our country," Hybl said.
About 20,000 veterans reside in Pueblo, and this covenant signing renewed the strong bonds the city, known as the "Home of Heroes," has with the military community.
"We have more Pueblo native Medal of Honor recipients (four) than anywhere else in the nation," said covenant signer Rod Slyhoff, president and CEO of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. "It is natural for us to put our support in writing and to sign this covenant even though it has been in our hearts forever."
This signing will bring awareness to all of the organizations, programs and events in Pueblo supporting Fort Carson Soldiers and Families.
Soldiers participate in Pueblo events each year, such as the Veterans Day parade by providing marching elements and military vehicles. This year, the Pueblo Veterans Day parade will specifically honor veterans who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"We thank you for all the programs and things you do to support our Soldiers," Anderson said. "The well-being of our Soldiers and Families remains a top priority for all of us at Fort Carson, and the support we get from these communities is second to none."
Upcoming Pueblo events honoring Soldiers' service to the county include the state fair parade, Aug. 25, and the first-ever Soldier appreciation night at the Colorado State University -- Pueblo football home game Aug. 30.
"I have not seen in all my years of service anything as outstanding as the relationships and support that we have here," Anderson said. "We appreciate everyone's continued support."
Fort Carson leaders are scheduled to sign an Army Community Covenant with the cities of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff Sept. 18 and hope to sign a covenant with Denver next year.