News: 400 soldiers receive turkeys
Story by Sgt. Jonathan Thibault
FORT CARSON, Colo. - More than 400 soldiers and family members received turkeys and groceries for Thanksgiving during the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade’s turkey-drop event at the unit’s headquarters building Nov. 25.
Maj. Luis LopezColon, brigade chaplain, and Capt. Paul Roman, chaplain, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, coordinated the event so that all 4th CAB soldiers and their families would enjoy a nice Thanksgiving.
“We started coordinating this about seven months ago through the Fort Carson Donation Center,” said Roman. “We gathered lists of soldiers from their commands would possibly need help for Thanksgiving.”
The Fort Carson Donation Center played an important role in making the 4th CAB event happen, said Roman.
“About 60 days ago, all donators cancelled and said they could not support us,” said Roman. “We were worried that we couldn’t make this event happen.
"Just recently, the (donations center) called us and told us that there were some donators willing to help out soldiers,” he said. “Within 48 to 72 hours, we worked quickly to get this event coordinated for our ‘Iron Eagle’ soldiers.”
The turkey-drop event relieves some financial burden for soldiers during the holidays.
“During the holiday period, the biggest problem soldiers have is finances,” said Roman.
The event also allows soldiers to commune and help others that are unable to be with their families during Thanksgiving.
“This year has been tough,” said Spc. Scott La Force, brigade command clerk, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th CAB. “We want to spend time with friends and family. This not only allowed us to do that, but also gave some single soldiers a place to have Thanksgiving. I am overjoyed and grateful to the organizations that provided this for us.”