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Fort Carson Mountaineer

Community counts blessings

(Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Omar Alvarez) Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, right, and Command Sgt. Maj. James A. Kilpatrick, second from right, help serve the Thanksgiving meal prepared by Fort Carson Soldiers at a Salvation Army Nov. 24.

By Andrea Sutherland

Mountaineer staff

For 72 hours, Soldiers from several units volunteered their time and talent to cook Thanksgiving meals for the Colorado Springs community.

“We’re cooking for 4,000,” said Sgt. Patrick Williams, 43rd Special Troops Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, and lead volunteer. “We have 300 turkeys, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and more.”

Members of the Salvation Army collected hundreds of pounds of food through community donations.

“It’s bringing people together for the good of our community during our country’s most terrific holiday,” said Alma Scott, volunteer coordinator for The Salvation Army, El Paso County Command.

For the 22nd year, Fort Carson Soldiers provided the manpower to thaw, cook, mash, sauté, bake, prep and serve the holiday feast.

“This is to benefit the community,” Williams said. “We’re helping people who are less fortunate and giving them a good Thanksgiving.”

4th Infantry Division Food Service Sgt. Maj. Willie Singleton said preparing the feast was a joint effort between Soldiers and the employees of the dining facilities.

“Everybody makes this happen,” Singleton said, “The cooks, the food service workers, everybody.”

Salvation Army volunteers brought the food to the location Nov. 24 where members from Fort Carson command served hundreds of people.

“It’s our honor and privilege to have our cooks work all night … I met with them all this morning at 8 o’clock and they were thrilled and very happy to do this for you,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, addressing the crowd. “We thank you for your support of us and this is just one small way that we can repay you for how you support your military and specifically your Army at Fort Carson.”

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