Detroit Arsenal's senior leaders once again showed their support and reverence for military families by signing the Army Family Covenant May 18 in a ceremony at Selfridge ANGB.

Maj. Gen. Michael Terry, Commander TACOM Life Cycle Management Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Schmitt, and Alan Parks, garrison manager or the U.S. Army Garrison Detroit Arsenal, were just some of the officials in attendance that demonstrated their unshakable commitment to support of the military family.

Parks spoke first, sharing with the crowd. "I'm honored and privileged to join these fellow leaders in the signing of our Army Family Covenant," said Parks. "As Army leaders we continually demonstrate the passion and support needed to help our Soldiers and our Families remain strong."

Parks was immediately followed by Terry who expressed his unyielding support and reverence to the families of the military as a whole. He then spoke about the Army Family Covenant and reiterated, "the Army life is challenging. The Army recognizes both the commitment and the sacrifices that Army families make each day."

Terry then made special note of the military members who paid the ultimate price. Turning to the Surviving Family members in attendance he emphasized that the Detroit Arsenal will continue to provide support to the children and spouses of our fallen Soldiers.

"Your loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our great nation," said Terry. " These families, including grandparents and other relatives, know the cost of freedom. For all who have lost a loved one you've had to be resilient and you've been asked to be brave, understanding, and strong. Some things have been especially hard for you and your family. No human words can fix the hurt. But you can be proud to know that your loved ones have not been forgotten and they are truly heroes. They epitomized what it means to be an American warrior, a defender of our freedom and liberties."

Upon the conclusion of the speakers presentation, Terry, Schmitt, and Mr. Parks joined one another on stage to sign the Detroit Arsenal - Army Family Covenant. Attending family members were invited to participate and have photos taken with their senior leaders.

Afterward, all attendees were encouraged to participate in a full day of family-fun activities, which were provided by the Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation -- Child and Youth Services.

Activities ranged from face-painting to an Annual Fun Run for adults and children.
The Detroit Arsenal's Army Community Service staff also shared with all military family members, if you or another military family is ever unsure of how to best gain support for an emergency circumstance then please call the ACS staff, 586-282-0489 to speak with a Family Programs expert. Families are also welcome to visit the ACS website -

The sole purpose of ACS is to support our military members, retirees, DoD civilians, their dependent family members, the families of the fallen, missing in action and prisoners of war. ACS is one major component which is provided by the Detroit Arsenal to support the Army Family Covenant.