FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico --Fort Buchanan has signed Army Community Covenants with local, municipal and state government representatives strengthening the bond between the garrison and the community. On Oct. 27, 2008, the garrison extended its outreach in the cooperative initiative by signing an Army Community Covenant with veterans group The Military Order of World Wars.

Meeting in Condado, the organization hosted the commanding officer of Fort Buchanan, Col. Edwin C. Domingo. Domingo addressed the group saying, "The Soldiers and the Army family, our volunteer force, are a national treasure and truly, the strength of our nation. Our Soldiers and their families believe in what they do. They take pride in what they do and understand the stakes. We have incorporated the lessons learned from six years on the battlefield in supporting our Soldiers," he said. "We are in an era of persistent conflict. We are an expeditionary Army and our support must adapt to this new norm for our families. We are listening to our families and acting on their guidance."

The Puerto Rico chapter has several flag officers in its membership. The first commanding general of what was then the 65th Infantry Regiment, which evolved into the 65th Regional Readiness Command and now designated the 1st Mission Support Command, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Antonio Rodriguez-BaliAfA+-as was inducted as a life member of the organization. Other flag officers attending were Maj. Gen. (Ret.) FAfAlix Santoni, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army; Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Daniel LAfA3pez-Romo and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Luis E. GonzAfA!lez-Vale.

"Your Army is moving in the right direction," Domingo said. "We are not where we need to be and it will be a continuing journey. with Puerto Rican veteran organizations."