SSC-Natick Press ReleaseU.S. Army Soldier Systems
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Public Affairs
Date: November 1, 2007
SSC leaders pledge support with signatures
to right: Sgt. Maj. Thomas Coleman, U.S. Army Soldier Systems
Center (SSC), Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, commanding general, SSC,
Col. Gregory Ulsh, Natick garrison commander, and Command Sgt.
Maj. Mittie Smith, Natick garrison, sign the Army Family
Covenant in a ceremony on Oct. 24. (Photo by Richard Walunas.)
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NATICK, Mass. -- On Oct. 24, senior leaders from the U.S. Army
Soldier Systems Center (SSC) showed their commitment to Army
families by signing the Army Family Covenant.
Col. Gregory Ulsh, garrison commander, mentioned that we have been
in the Global War on Terrorism since 2001. Soldiers have been
deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries, he said, and
these members of our Army make huge sacrifices. Often their families
bear the brunt of those sacrifices.
"This [signing] gives us the opportunity to reinforce our support of
those families," he continued. "The number one priority for the
Chief of Staff of the Army is taking care of families and this gives
us at Natick the chance to show our support."
Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, senior commander, SSC, said that for 232
years the Army has been the strength of our nation. Our Soldiers
and, by extension, their families, have been there to enforce the
ideas of our nation's founding fathers.
"It is time for the Army to step up and recognize their service to
the nation," Brown said, referring to Army families.
He then read the Army Family Covenant, which states:
- We recognize the commitment and increasing sacrifices that our
families are making every day.
- We are committed to providing Soldiers and Families a Quality of
Life that is commensurate with their service.
- We are committed to providing our Families a strong, supportive
environment where they can thrive.
- We are committed to building a partnership with Army families that
enhances their strength and resilience.
- We are committed to improving Family readiness by:
Standardizing and funding existing Family programs and services
Increasing accessibility and quality of healthcare
Improving Soldier and Family housing
Ensuring excellence in schools, youth services, and child care
Expanding education and employment opportunities for Family members
Brown, Ulsh, Command Sgt. Maj. Mittie Smith, Natick Garrison, and
Sgt. Maj. Thomas Coleman, SSC, all signed the covenant.
Ulsh mentioned that senior leaders at all Army installations around
the world would be signing the covenant.