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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Date: November 1, 2007
No: 07-39

SSC leaders pledge support with signatures

Left 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.

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