Suffolk military pledge is signed
17:50 11 October 2012
Suffolk’s links with the military were formally marked with the signing of a Military Covenant yesterday by all the county’s major local authorities.
The authorities were joined by the commander of RAF Honington, Group Captain Andrew Hall, who signed the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant on behalf of all the area’s service personnel.
The covenant commits the authorities to support serving personnel, their families, and veterans and to work with them to make life as easy as possible for those in the military.
Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Lord Tollemache said there were 120,000 people in the county with links to the military – currently serving, with family members serving, or service veterans.
He said: “Some of our veterans are only 19 or 20 years old facing a future with life-changing injuries and it is vital that we show them that society understands and appreciates what has happened.”
Gp Capt Hall said service personnel and their families would welcome the signing of the covenant.
He said “It is hugely important.
“With our role in life it is important that we feel that the country and our own communities are behind us and supporting our work.”
Suffolk is home to thousands of service personnel at RAF Honington, Wattisham airfield and Woodbridge.
The importance of supporting service families was emphasised by a performance by the Wattisham Military Wives who entertained the guests at the county council’s Endeavour House headquarters during the signing ceremony.
The Military Covenant is part of a £30m national scheme launched by the Ministry of Defence to strengthen the bonds between the military and civilian communities. Norfolk signed its own Military Covenant in March.