Fort Bragg senior leaders gathered for the fifth signing of the Army Family Covenant as a reminder that Fort Bragg remains committed to the continuous support of Soldiers and their Families.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg commanding general, Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia T. Vimoto, XVIII Airborne Corps command sergeant major, Col. Jeffrey Sanborn, Fort Bragg Garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda M. Tate, Fort Bragg Garrison command sergeant major signed the covenant Tuesday at the Fort Bragg Club, just before the Iron Mike Awards ceremony.
In his opening remarks, Anderson reassured the Families in attendance of Fort Bragg’s pledge.
“We will re-sign the covenant as a reminder that our staff will change, but our commitment to Soldiers and Families will not,” said Anderson.
“In 2007, the Army unveiled the Army Family Covenant, which ensures the Army’s commitment to provide Soldiers and Families a quality of life that is at the same level of service and sacrifice they give to the nation,” said Anderson.
Since the launch of the Army Family Covenant, significant progress has been made improving Family programs, health care, housing, child and youth services, recreation, education and employment opportunities.
“There is still work to put in here at Bragg, but we have made great progress and will continue to do so,” said Anderson.
After the re-signing of the covenant, the quarterly Iron Mike Award ceremony was held, and several Fort Bragg volunteers received awards for their countless hours of service.
Jill Crumpler, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Crumpler of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, received the Iron Mike Pin for completing 300 volunteer service hours. Crumpler said she volunteers because it’s important to her that other Army spouses are made to feel welcomed.
“I am the Family Readiness Group leader for the unit and I take great pride in the job,” said Crumpler. “Getting involved with the unit and volunteering is the best way to connect with other spouses. It was rough during the deployment last year, and volunteering gave me a way to reach out to others and a great way for us to all help each other.”
Crumpler has been volunteering for the past few years and said she will continue to volunteer at their new duty station. Crumpler urged other spouses to get involved in the community.
“I was inspired to volunteer and get involved by another Army wife,” she said. “It is nice to be recognized for my efforts. We are PCSing (permanently changing station), and I hope to inspire others to volunteer there as well.”
Of the 22 volunteers who received the Iron Mike pin for completing 300 volunteer hours, three were youth volunteers. The Bronze star was also awarded to 13 people for achieving 500 volunteer hours.
“As you all know, Fort Bragg continues to function because of the volunteer efforts that are made. Without volunteers, we would not be able to do what we do here for our community or our Soldiers and their families,” said Anderson in his concluding remarks.