The U.S. Army kicks off nationwide the Army Community Covenant April 17, a new campaign formalizing community support for Soldiers and their Families. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston will participate in the first Army Community Covenant signing ceremony in Columbus, Ga., today with members of the Fort Benning community.

"We continue to invest in our centerpiece - Soldiers - and their Families, who support them," Geren said. "Of the million Soldiers in uniform, over half of them are married, with more than 700,000 children. The Army Family Covenant, the Soldier Family Action Plan, and the Army Medical Action Plan are examples of our commitments to caring for our Soldiers and their Families in these challenging times. The Army Community Covenant formalizes the American public's continued commitment to its Army at the national, state and local level."

The Army Community Covenant is a formal commitment of support by state and local communities to Soldiers and Families of the Army, Active, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve. It is designed to develop and foster effective state and community partnerships with the Army to sustain and improve the quality of life of Soldiers and their Families, both at their current duty stations and as they transfer to other states. The Army Community Covenant is tailored to the local community.

The Army Community Covenant states:
Together, We are committed to building strong communities.
We, the Community, recognize...
... The commitment Soldiers and Families are making every day.
... The strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families.
... The strength of Families is supported by the strength of the Community.
... The strength of the Community comes from the support of Employers, Educators, Civic and Business leaders, and its Citizens.

We, the Community, are committed to...
... Building partnerships that support the strength, resilience, and readiness of Soldiers and their Families.
... Assisting in the implementation of the Army Family Covenant.

Communities, organizations, civic and business leaders, and others across the country already support Soldiers and Families through a number of programs and initiatives. This Army campaign recognizes that effort and formalizes it between the Army and its surrounding communities. Many of these programs and organizations are featured in the Community Covenant web site at

Similar ceremonies will be conducted between April and December 2008 recognizing the strength of Soldiers and their Families, as well as the support of the communities in which they live and work.


For more information, contact is Ms. Laura DeFrancisco, Army Community Covenant Public Affairs, at (703) 604-1459.