With the holidays fast approaching, most people think of spending quality time with their Families. Fort Bragg leadership made the connection between the winter holidays and Family by renewing its pledge to support military Families and re-signed the Army Family Covenant at the Main Post Parade Field, Dec. 6.
“Our Soldiers and their Families sacrifice so much in service to our nation. This ceremony symbolizes our renewed and sustained commitment to supporting our Fort Bragg Families,” said Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg commanding general.
Master of ceremonies, Gilbert Baez listed the many programs and improvements that Fort Bragg leaders have implemented such as adding seven new child development and school age service centers, helping Army spouses get jobs with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies and reducing fees for Child Youth and School Services programs.
Allyn also recognized the Lewandowski Family as the newly named 2012 Fort Bragg Family of the Year.
“Their presence here today is fitting as we publicly renew our pledge to our Army Families,” said Allyn.
Before a crowd of more than 200 people, Allyn, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Isaiah T. Vimoto, XVIII Airborne Corps command sergeant major, Col. Jeffrey M. Sanborn, Fort Bragg Garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda M. Tate, Fort Bragg Garrison command sergeant major each signed the covenant.
After the signing, the ceremony turned to more festive activities as the post Hanukkah Menorah and Christmas tree were lit to officially start the holiday season on Fort Bragg.
Vimoto assisted the Lewandowski Family with their first duties as Family of the Year in lighting the post Christmas tree. Chaplain (Capt.) Ephraim Travis recounted the story of the miracle of lights while Chaplain (Col.) R.C. Dolinger led the audience in a Christmas prayer.
The Bowley Elementary School Bobcat singers entertained the ceremony attendees with holiday music as Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special appearance for children of all ages.