The Warrior Family Community Partnership, a program that connects Fort Carson Soldiers and Families with local communities and organizations, held an open house Sept. 24 at The Hub.

The partnership is an extension of the Army Community Covenant, an Army program that partners units and installations with local communities to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families.

Even though the partnership has been up and running for some time, the open house was to celebrate its permanent home inside The Hub, formerly known as Alternate Escapes. The Hub also houses the Fort Carson Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and The Foxhole, a lounge area where Soldiers can meet to play pool, video games or watch special events on large-screen TVs.

WFCP is a two-year test program designed to integrate the many existing systems of support and services to Fort Carson Soldiers and their Families to assure an optimal quality of life while the Soldiers fulfill their mission to our nation. The program also serves the greater Front Range community by providing a forum for individuals and groups wishing to support Soldiers and Families with services, gifts and volunteer activities. The program also has an online resource page on the Fort Carson website, .

Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera and other local dignitaries were in attendance as well as myriad representatives from Fort Carson units and garrison organizations.

"It's the first time we've been at war for so long. This is our ninth year in Afghanistan," said Terrance McWilliams, director of military support for the El Pomar Foundation.
"It is critical today for communities to partner with the military to care for our Soldiers. The military can only go so far; the community needs to continue the care. There is a need to coordinate services."

The foundation supports the activities of nonprofit organizations and is active with many local military charities. McWilliams is also the president of the Citizen Soldier Connection and retired from active duty as a command sergeant major at Fort Carson in June 2007.

For more information on the program, contact Kristen Kea, WFCP manager, at 526-8558.