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NGA signs community covenant at local Bridge Walk

Army Maj. Gen. Mark Quantock talks with members of BoyTroop 856. Photo credit: Tony Boone, Office of Corporate Communications

By Regina Galvin, Office of Corporate Communications

Military and community leaders gathered at the Veteran’s Bridge in Springfield, Virginia, Aug. 26 for the 13th Annual Springfield Community Bridge Walk. The event’s origins center around a remembrance of area residents who died on 9/11 and has since evolved to be a celebration of civic collaboration.

NGA’s Military Deputy Army Maj. Gen. Mark Quantock, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, Fort Belvoir’s mission commander and commander of the Military District of Washington and Army Col. Michelle Mitchel, Fort Belvoir’s garrison commander, gave remarks and signed a renewal of the Army Community Covenant along with local and state elected officials. The covenant is a commitment made by state and local communities to soldiers and families of the Army - active, Guard and reserve.

“We are grateful that our local community supports our brave service men and women and the work they do both here and overseas,” said Quantock.

Representatives from the American Legion Post 176, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7327 and members of Boy Scout Troop 856 assisted with ceremonial duties.

“We are here to support what’s important and to give back to what the service men do for us,” said Roberto Salas, age 12, from Boy Scout Troop 856.