CLAY CENTER, Kan. - Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, received a very special 'welcome home' from the community of Clay Center, Kan., during an Army Community Covenant ceremony Sept. 25.

The ceremony was to reaffirm the partnership by re-signing the covenant created between the 'Raiders' Squadron and Clay County in August of 2008.

"The reaffirmation of the Army Community Covenant is an important demonstration of the partnership that exists between our two units and entities - entities being Clay County, Clay Center, the 1st Squadron and the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team," said Lt. Col. Scott Nelson, commander of 1st Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 4 during the ceremony.

"I'm very proud to stand here and reaffirm our covenant with Clay County and Clay Center," Nelson added.

"To be able to reaffirm (the covenant) is so important, and I am so glad we were able to do that," said Clay Center mayor Sharon Brown.

After the signing of the covenant, members of the 'Raiders' squadron joined citizens of Clay Center in conversation, handshakes and hugs - closing out a day that not only reaffirmed a community partnership, but placed a seal on a continued and lasting friendship.

The Clay County and Clay Center Army Community Covenant signing is one of several covenant signings that will take within the Central Flint Hills Region through October. In February 2011, the covenants will be taken to the capitol in Topeka and signed in an event in February by state officials.