Virginia Guard leaders sign Fredericksburg region Community Covenant

Lt. Col. Chris Doss, commander of the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, joins senior Virginia National Guard leaders and military leaders from Fort A.P. Hill, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in signing the Fredericksburg Region Armed Forces Community Covenant May 4, 2013, in Fredericksburg. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Chris Doss, commander of the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, joins senior Virginia National Guard leaders and military leaders from Fort A.P. Hill, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in signing the Fredericksburg Region Armed Forces Community Covenant May 4, 2013, in Fredericksburg. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Senior Virginia National Guard leaders joined military leaders from Fort A.P. Hill, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in signing the Fredericksburg Region Armed Forces Community Covenant May 4, 2013, in Fredericksburg. Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, deputy adjutant general of Virginia, Col. John M. Epperly, commander of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Lt. Col. Chris Doss, commander of the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, signed the covenant that pledged “to create and encourage a strong relationship between these communities and the military and former military personnel and families who live and work in them; to educate men, women and children of the value and strength of having military service members, active and retired, and their families, living in their communities; and to assist community leaders in developing programs in support of our active duty military, veterans and their families.”

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council and the Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance presented the event that also served as a community celebration with local food vendors, activities for children, demonstrations, music and informational booths and displays, including a display from Virginia National Guard recruiters.

“There is nothing we could do without the great community support here in Fredericksburg,” Doss said. “Our National Guard holds close the relationship that we have with the Fredericksburg community from the time our local militia assembled back in the mid-1700s to the campaigns fought during World War I and II, our Fredericksburg community has been there. You have been there to comfort families when their beloved husbands, wives, moms and dads deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to defend our freedoms against terror. You were also there to welcome these same Soldiers home, and to honor those who did not return and we lost in combat. Our families and our children thank you.”

Doss also credited the strong relationship the 116th BSTB has with local emergency response organizations for the successful response to recent severe weather as well as support for the Presidential Inauguration.

“On behalf of our Fredericksburg National Guard, and the entire Virginia National Guard, I would like to sincerely thank you for the continued love and support for our Soldiers and their families,” Doss. “It is only with this support that our National Guard can conduct its mission to our nation and this great American community.”

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Full text of Fredericksburg Region Armed Forces Community Covenant
May 4, 2013

THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY COVENANT DOCUMENT

Signed by community and military leaders, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 4, 2013

The Fredericksburg Region is defined as: City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline.

Together we are committed to building strong communities through recognition and support of our men and women in uniform, past and present, and their families.

We, the leadership of this Virginia community and our nation’s armed forces, recognize the sacrifice and commitment that our active duty military, reserve, National Guard, veterans and their families have made and are making every day across America, and in assignments and deployments around the world in support of our nation’s national security.

We pledge today, by this covenant, to work closely together:

To create and encourage a strong relationship between these communities and the military and former military personnel and families who live and work in them.

To educate men, women and children of the value and strength of having military service members, active and retired, and their families, living in their communities.

To assist community leaders in developing programs in support of our active duty military, veterans and their families.

We agree to support and promote the principles of this Community Covenant on this 4th day of May, 2013, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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