News: Fort Carson bolsters soldiers' holiday spirit
Story by Spc. Nathan Thome
FORT CARSON, Colo. – During the holiday season, Fort Carson services offer a variety of events for Soldiers and their Families who are staying in the area.
Throughout the month of December, the Army Community Service Center, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and other outlets have programs and activities available to keep the holiday blues away.
“The Army is a Family, and Families take care of each other,” said Spc. Elizabeth Erickson, BOSS vice president and orderly room clerk, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “That’s why we encourage Soldiers to participate in the events going on this month, so they know that they aren’t alone and have so many other people to depend on.”
BOSS will host a bowling party at the Thunder Alley Bowling Center Dec. 27.
Some of the events coordinated by the DFMWR include a “Christmas Chaos” theater production, Jingle Bell Run, Christmas Dinner and New Year’s Eve Cosmic Bowling Party.
The ACS center will hold services tailored more toward families, but are also available to single soldiers.
“We will be holding the Army Family Team Building, Birthday Expo, where everyone is invited,” said Capt. Dustin Centofanti, operations officer, ACS. “It serves to educate Soldiers and Families about the Army, focus on resilience and dealing with some of the challenges that they will undergo.”
ACS will also be giving away $50 holiday food distribution certificates to married soldiers nominated by their first sergeants, to buy food at the commissary for the holidays.
ACS serves the needs of soldiers, with a particular emphasis on families; so its events are meant to help with some of the challenges they might face, said Centofanti.
Additionally, certain unit chaplains will hold holiday services on Christmas.
“The holiday season is a time to bolster the spiritual, social and emotional dimensions of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, especially social, because you’re gathering Family,” said Capt. Sam Rico, chaplain, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Inf. Div. “It’s also important for soldiers not going home for the holidays to strengthen those connections as well, by spending time with other soldiers.”
Throughout the month of December, soldiers and family members are encouraged to partake in the holiday festivities, and enjoy the company of their fellow warriors.
“Not everybody gets to go home, and for those who don’t, we just want them to know that they aren’t alone for the holidays; there are soldiers just like them all over post,” said Erickson.
For more information about events on Fort Carson, soldiers can contact their unit Family Support Readiness Assistants and chaplains. Single soldiers can talk to their BOSS representatives, call 719-524-2677 (BOSS),or visit the Fort Carson BOSS Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/4thID#!/FortCarsonBOSS. For information about DFMWR activities, call 719-526-1867, go to the Fort Carson Hub, building 1532, or visit their website at: http://www.mwrfortcarson.com/recreation-and-sports.php.