by Anneliesa Barta
Fort Carson Sustainability planner
His name is Robert Tallerdy but everyone calls him “Sergeant Bob.”
He was stationed at Fort Carson from 1970-1971 and now volunteers at the United Service Organization three days a week.
But that’s not all he does. In addition to being a passionate Patriot Guard rider, Tallerdy loves to volunteer his time giving Soldiers he meets a ride. Sometimes he picks up a Soldier who needs to get from the post exchange to the barracks. Other times he drives by the bus station or airport looking for those who would otherwise have to wait hours to complete the final leg of their journey home.
“I’m all for the Soldiers, and I want them to know it,” he said. “I feel good when I give a Soldier a ride. I don’t want money, not even for gas. I give my cell phone (number) to Soldiers who I meet so they can call me anytime. They know that they can count on me to help with their transportation needs and whatever else I can do to make their lives easier.”
Tallerdy has been continuing a long tradition whereby Soldiers, private citizens and military retirees help Soldiers in need of a ride to get to their destinations. Spc. Anthony Neil, Company A, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, remembers when he was a private first class with no car.
“It was a cold snowy day, and I had a long walk to the PX to get my taxes done. A fellow Soldier pulled up next to me and offered to take me where
I needed to go. It turned out that we were in the same company,” he said.
Neil now returns the favor whenever he sees a Soldier walking in inclement weather or far from main post areas.
“People are very grateful for the ride. I feel good to help someone out, save them time and money. There’s a feeling of camaraderie, and that is what the Army is all about.”
By introducing the “Give a Buddy a Ride” program, sustainable Fort Carson continues this Army tradition, but with a more formal and modern twist. Soldiers, civilians, Family members or whomever needs a ride indicate so by standing at one of the designated stops marked by signage provided by the Directorate
of Public Works. In this way, drivers in the area who are willing and able to give a buddy a ride to their desired destination can make arrangements on the spot.
Neil said “I was excited to see the
Give a Buddy a Ride program unveiled – it makes ride share easier which means more people will benefit.”
People in need of a ride can look for Give a Buddy a Ride stops at the following locations:
Near Gate 4:
- O’Connell Boulevard eastbound between Specker Avenue and Magrath Avenue (near building 1042)
- O’Connell Boulevard westbound, east of Magrath Avenue (near building 8037)
- Barkeley Avenue southbound, just inside Gate 4
- Specker Avenue northbound, north of Nelson Boulevard
- Flint Street eastbound, east of Chiles Avenue (near building 1510)
- Flint Street eastbound, east of Wetzel Avenue (near building 1526)
- Main PX (former bus stop near building 6110)
- Magrath Avenue northbound, north of Titus Boulevard (near building 2692)
Barkeley Avenue southbound, south of Titus Boulevard (near building 2350)
- Woodfill Road west of Sheridan Avenue, in the parking lot of housing office (building 7301)
- Cochrane Circle eastbound, west of Sutherland Drive
- Airfield Road westbound (near dining facility, building 9612)
The Give a Buddy a Ride program is entirely voluntary. When stopping to give an individual a ride at one of the pickup sites, use caution to avoid impeding traffic.
Like Tallerdy and Neil, individuals can continue this tradition of giving a Soldier a ride.