Benning leaders signing covenant

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, along with leaders from Fort Benning, Columbus and Phenix City, will sign an Army Community Covenant Thursday at 9 a.m. in the RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall.

The signing will signify a commitment to building strong communities and will be the official kick-off to other Army Community Covenant signings across the nation between now and December.

The Army Community Covenant is a formal commitment of support by the state and local community to soldiers and families of the Army and is a symbolic gesture designed to develop and foster effective state and community partnerships with the Army.

The covenant signers will also include Maj. Gen. Walt Wojdakowski, Fort Benning's commanding general; Mayor Jim Wetherington of Columbus; and Mayor Jeff Hardin of Phenix City. Each will provide remarks before signing the Community Covenant.

By signing the Covenant, both of the mayors promise to continue their great commitment and relationship with Fort Benning. The Community Covenant recognizes the need to improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families, both at their current duty stations and as they transfer from state-to-state.