Story and photos by Sgt. William Smith
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Joint Task Force Carson cooks prepared 1,500 pounds of eggs and 1,100 pounds of pancake batter as a show of thanks to the community for its continued support of the military, during the Colorado Springs Street Breakfast, June 19.
The Army cooks volunteered to feed the 4,500 people who attended the annual event. In its 53rd year, the breakfast celebrates Western Heritage Month and kicks off the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days July 10–13.
The Street Breakfast affords Fort Carson the opportunity to interact with the community in a unique and exciting way.
“The breakfast was a good experience for me,” said Spc. Chainisha Williams, food service specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “We started setting up for the breakfast at (midnight) and worked very hard. I enjoyed showing the people of the Colorado Springs community the appreciation they deserve for all of the support they give us, and to have that reciprocated back to us made all of the hard work worthwhile.”
Sgt. Robert Forshey, avionics systems repairer, Company B, 404th Aviation Support Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation
Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., said he had so much fun at his first Street Breakfast that he plans to attend in the future.
“The breakfast was an incredible amount of fun, with music, and interacting with people from the community,” said Forshey. “It gives the public a chance to interact with the Army. It helps us strengthen the bonds we have with them. I would recommend people to come out to the breakfast in the coming years.”
The proceeds raised from the breakfast go back to Fort Carson by benefitting military charities, said Brett Axton, co-chairman, Service to Mankind.
“We want people to come to the rodeo, because that money goes back to military charities as well,” he said. “The relationship that exists between Fort Carson, Pikes Peak Range Riders and SERTOMA is great, and we want them to know our community loves our military.”
July 10 is Fort Carson Night at the rodeo. Fifty-seven JTF Carson Soldiers will receive medallions as a token of appreciation for their service to the nation and be recognized on the arena floor and post Soldiers will compete in the wild cow milking contest. The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard will present the colors and participate in the grand entry each night. Tickets are available at http://www.pikesorbust.org or at the Norris-Penrose Events Center box office, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road in Colorado Springs. Military receive $2 off each grandstand ticket purchase by entering coupon code “military” online; must present military identification card at the stadium.