The City of Lakewood will welcome senior Army leaders, State and local government officials, civic and business leaders, educators, and others throughout the Puget Sound region next Friday, May 2nd, to sign the Army Community Covenant. The event will be at 2 p.m. at Lakewood’s Sharon M. McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College (CPTC).
Secretary of the Army Pete Geren will attend the Fort Lewis-area community ceremony at CPTC – just the second Community Covenant event in the nation. Secretary Geren kicked-off this nationwide effort April 17 at the first Community Covenant signing ceremony in Columbus, GA, with members of the Fort Benning community. The event will be held as a commitment of support to the Soldiers and Families of our active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve. Coordinating the May 2nd event has been a collaborative effort between Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas and Mr. Jack Creighton, Washington State Civilian Aide to the Secretary Army and other community members.
Puget Sound shares a common bond with other military communities nationwide as a home-away-from-home for Soldiers and their Families. Our dynamic community-military partnerships make us unique from other communities as our local military installations are surrounded by more than 10 municipal jurisdictions. The purpose of signing the U.S. Army Community Covenant is to formally recognize the strength of the relationship between our Soldiers, their families, and our extended communities.
The Army Community Covenant is similar to the Army Family Covenant which was signed by Fort Lewis senior leaders on November 2, 2007, to deliver the Army’s commitment to military families – in writing – to pledge the Army’s support to military families by providing ‚Äúa Quality of Life that is commensurate with their service.‚Äù Likewise, the Army Community Covenant is designed to foster effective state and community partnerships with the Army in improving quality of life for Soldiers and their families, both at their current duty stations and as they transfer from state-to-state.