News: Volunteers feed masses
Story by Sgt. Eric Glassey
COLORADO SPRINGS — Joint Task Force Carson volunteers prepared and served eggs, pancakes, orange juice and coffee to more than 7,000 local residents during the 54th annual Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast, June 18, 2014.
The event was a demonstration of the cooperation between the post and the local community.
“This is my 29th year helping put on the Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast,” said Brett Axton, co-chairman, Service to Mankind, and a Fort Carson Good Neighbor. “This event is a collaboration with the SERTOMA clubs in town, the volunteers from Fort Carson, the city of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Range Riders to promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.”
The first breakfast was held in 1936 and was promoted as a rodeo booster. The meal was served from a chuck wagon with 35 people in attendance. The breakfast uses an estimated 1,100 pounds of pancake batter, 1,500 pounds of eggs, 80 gallons of syrup, 500 gallons of milk and 2,500 pints of juice.
Although there are no firm records of the exact date Fort Carson became involved with this event, it is estimated to be more than 40 years.
“This is a special event,” said Acting Senior Commander Col. Michael J. Tarsa, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. “It’s always special to serve, but it really is a privilege to serve here in Colorado Springs. This year we have 100 volunteers: civilians, spouses and Soldiers. It’s all about being part of this special Colorado Springs community.”
Axton said the volunteers made the breakfast happen.
“I think the volunteers get as much out of it as we do,” he said. “The volunteers (who) are serving, they are the lifeblood here. We couldn’t do this event without them.”
July 9, 2014 is Fort Carson Night at the rodeo. About 50 JTF Carson Soldiers will receive medallions as a token of appreciation for their service to the nation and be recognized on the arena floor. 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.