Mayor Bach and other dignitaries including the Secretary of the Army attended the U.S. Army’s Community Covenant Signing Ceremony, a public display of support by community leaders for military (Active, Guard and Reserve Army) and family members to raise awareness of their sacrifices. It is designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships and improve the quality of life for soldiers and families, both at their current duty stations and as they transfer to other states.
Other special guests included the Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John M. McHugh; Major General Joseph Anderson, Commanding General, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson; Fort Carson Garrison Commander Colonel Robert F. McLaughlin, Mr. William J. Hybl, Civilian Aide Emeritus to the Secretary of the Army; City Council President Scott Hente and Terrence McWilliams, Director of Military Support, El Pomar Foundation among many others.
Terrence McWilliams stressed that the program is an Army program but also extends to other military services. He then introduced Mr. Hybl who said, “How proud we are to be here today to recognize so many including Annie Oatman Gardner, Dennis Hisey, the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments, former Mayor Lionel Rivera and others.”
The Secretary of the Army, Honorable John M. McHugh started in public service in a small town in Upstate NY and said there is always a chance to start partnerships and engender new friendships. “Our partnership with Fort Carson goes back 70 years. It is the hard work of freedom and they’re not just wanted – they’re loved. Thank you for all you’ve done!”
General Anderson said, “We continue to foster programs and there are so many. I’m truly humbled by this support. After 31 years of service, the support here is unparalleled. We’re extremely grateful for everything you do. Steadfast and Loyal, Army Strong! Hooah!”
Mayor Bach said his service in the U.S. Army at Fort Carson was a personal experience that mentored and prepared him for the rest of his career and community service. “I want to express how much we respect the Army. Your fellow citizens love you very much,” he said.
The Mayor then described Fort Carson’s “Adopt a School” Program, launched by Colonel McLaughlin. He joked, “General Anderson is in my foursome, so we’d better warn those who follow us that we’ll be heavily armed!”