Story and photo by Kerstin Lopez
Several citizens from the surrounding communities were recognized for their dedication to Soldiers and Families, but only one could be named the 2010 Good Neighbor.
The 2010 award went to Mike Pfalmer, RMC Distributing Company general manager, during the Fort Carson Good Neighbor Induction Luncheon April 12 at the Elkhorn Conference Center.
The Fort Carson Good Neighbor Program has been an annual tradition since 1978 to recognize a local citizen from the surrounding communities, who through their efforts have enhanced the quality of life of Soldiers and their Families through personal service and support of Soldier programs, said Dee McNutt, garrison public affairs officer.
Pfalmer said that while growing up in Colorado Springs he would often be lulled to sleep by the live-fire exercises taking place on Fort Carson.
“I remember asking my dad what they were, and he responded that they were the sounds of freedom. From that day forward, I have always held what I like to refer to as ‘my Soldiers and their Families’ in the highest of regard and honor.”
Pfalmer provides support through the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for many post activities, with all the proceeds benefitting DFMWR and the Soldiers and Families of Fort Carson, said
Maj. Jeffery Lucas, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
“Mike Pfalmer is one of the few people who always supports our Soldiers for the selfless reason all talk about, but few truly follow through with and he has been doing so for many years now. He never looks for anything in return and he is someone we can always count on in a pinch,” Lucas said.
“Despite the vast amount of Soldiers assigned to Fort Carson,
Mike always makes a special effort to meet and talk with as many Soldiers and Families as he can. Mike’s countless hours of selfless service and unwavering commitment to improving
Soldiers’ and Families’ lives make him a sterling example for which all should strive,” Lucas said.
Pfalmer said though he has not served in the military he still feels compelled to honor the Soldiers that stand steadfast and ready to lay their lives down for their nation.
“A wise lady once told me during a memorial service, the most selfless person walking the face of the earth, except Jesus himself, is the American Soldier. I would also add their Families to that statement as well.”
With his continuous interactions with the Mountain Post community, Pfalmer has naturally integrated into the lives and worlds of the servicemembers and their Families.
“My Soldiers and their Families have taken me into their worlds and allowed a beer guy to realize a dream. That dream was finding a way to repay them for all they have sacrificed for me and my family,” Pfalmer said.
“But suffice to say, being a part of the 4th Infantry Division’s family is an honor I do not take lightly. Thank you for bringing me into your world.”