BAMBERG, Germany - Soldiers and families gathered in Preston Hall on Warner Barracks here Nov. 8 to witness the signing of the Army Family Covenant - a worldwide initiative recognizing the Army's commitment to Soldiers and families serving their country.

As part of the ceremony, Lt. Col. Gary Rosenberg, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, accepted a responsibility to honor and execute the service's pledge to provide Soldiers and their families with a quality of life equal to their service to their country.

Along with Brig. Gen. Stephen Lanza, deputy commander of V Corps and senior mission commander, Rosenberg signed the covenant, personally thanking family members for their outstanding contributions.

"Over the past several years, the Army has recognized the tremendous sacrifices our Soldiers and families have made," Rosenberg said, giving examples of recent initiatives that have improved the quality of life for all.

"The Army put its money where its mouth is and continues to fund programs to support the Soldiers and families," he said.

For example, on Warner Barracks, the child development center received 35 additional spaces at a cost of $500,000. Plus approximately 1,800 Soldiers received renovated barracks rooms at an investment of $8 million.

And though the new Freedom Fitness Facility opened about three years ago, the investment of $14 million continues to enhance morale here. The old gym is undergoing renovations to become be a state-of-the-art youth workout center, which will feature a climbing wall among many other features.

The Warrior Transition Unit program here is yet another example of the Army taking care of its own. Currently, there are five WTU projects - at an investment of $920,000 - ongoing at Warner Barracks.

Numerous Army and Air Force Exchange Service initiatives also focus on improving the community atmosphere. AAFES committed $2 million to upgrade every exchange operation on Warner Barracks, increasing customer service and the overall shopping experience.

"Families and Soldiers deserve better. They're making huge sacrifices in support of the Global War on Terror and we're committed to give them what they deserve," Rosenberg said.