The Garrison Command Sergeant Major, CSM Gordon, and I often discuss the significance of community. We think of community as people feeling connected to each and consisting of three parts:
- Community Place. So, where can people come together? Community may mean as few as three, four or five people, and it can mean a couple hundred. Where are the places? Let’s make sure they’re in good shape, good order, taken care of, and they’re policed.
- Community Event. Where are the events? We schedule a few, but not all of them. We schedule the ones we can resource. Others plan fun events—everything from unit organization days to high school sports to neighborhood cookouts.
- Community Mindset. The mindset is really the feeling that you’re invited, that we need you there, we want you there. Hey, bring a friend, bring what you can.
Once we identified that those three key factors of community could happen, and told some real stories of community in action, this thing really took on a life of its own.
A lot of things have changed in Schweinfurt in the past few years. During a time where closure is still very much on our minds, our staff has made it clear that we reject to have a “we’re dying” mindset. Instead, we build and strengthen community every way we can. And we invite each of you to do the same.