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Army Family Covenant: What does it do for you?

This month marks the third anniversary of the Army Family Covenant, first signed in the new PX Oct. 31, 2007.

Since its inception, the Army Family Covenant has remained active and alive on Fort Benning, said Holly Gifford, director of Army Community Service.

“What we’re doing is we’re letting family members know that Army leadership cares about them and is doing what (it) can to improve the conditions they’re living with and working with and playing with,” she said.

“We want people to know what Army Family Covenant means and what it’s doing for them.”

The covenant covers a wide range of services and activities available to military families. Partners include the commissary, AAFES, the schools, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, ACS and the Directorate of Human Resources. Areas of focus include education, employment, recreation, housing, medical care and youth services.

“It’s a promise that programs will be resourced, so (the Army) can deliver a quality of life commensurate with the sacrifices our Soldiers and family members make,” Ms. Gifford said.

The commanding general and garrison commander are updated quarterly about strides made with the AFC, she said.

The briefings include assessments of customer service ratings and plans for future projects and endeavors related to the covenant.

“The AFC is an ongoing process,” Ms. Gifford said.

“It is real and the promises of the AFC endure.”

Ms. Gifford said the two best avenues for customer feedback for programs and services initiated through the AFC are the Interactive Customer Evaluation system and the Army Family Action Plan.

To submit a comment through ICE, log on to To contact AFAP, call 706-545-2794.

For more information about the Army Family Covenant, visit

The next Army Family Covenant happening on post — the Indianhead Child Development Center grand opening — will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Activities include face painting, live music, arts and crafts, balloon animals, food and tours of the facility at Building 2389, 6351 Indianhead Road.

The event is open to the Fort Benning community, said the CDC assistant director, Ms. Allison Smith.

The state-of-the-art facility, which opened its doors June 7, is one of many examples of the Army Family Covenant in action, she said.