Hundreds gathered Thursday morning as community leaders signed a pact to further strengthen and build strong ties between the local community and Fort Benning.
Community leaders from Fort Benning, Columbus and Phenix City joined Secretary of the Army Pete Geren in signing the Army Community Covenant in a ceremony at RiverCenter's Legacy Hall.
The event was the official kick-off for other Army Community Covenant signings across the nation between April and December 2008.
Among the signees were Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Maj. Gen. Walt Wojdakowski, Commanding General at Fort Benning, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington, and Jeff Hardin, Mayor of Phenix City.
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