Posted: Jun 4, 2012 3:37 PM by Matt Stafford
Updated: Jun 5, 2012 9:31 AM
Iron Horse Week kicks off activities and competitions at Fort Carson, starting Monday, June 4th, and running through Friday. Iron Horse is a nickname of the 4th Infantry Division, stationed at the Mountain Post. Others across the Army host similar events under different names. It's a chance improve teamwork and unity on post, as well as have a good time. For the soldiers competing during the week, it's about bragging rights.
Leaders wanted to kick it off with something fun; how do they do that in the Army? A four-mile run at 6:30 in the morning.
With the shot from a cannon over Reveille playing in the background, ten-thousand soldiers took off on 4.2 miles across the Mountain Post with Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson.
"This is pretty neat to see the whole fort out here," says Spc. Charles McCoy
It's not quite everyone; some units, like the 1st Brigade Combat Team, are training this week for upcoming missions, and some are deployed.
"I hope everybody is really safe overseas, where ever they are; Afghanistan probably for us right now. Everybody's praying for those guys," says Spc. McCoy.
The deployed aren't far from these soldiers' thoughts.
"I think about them every day," says Pfc. Richard Ray. "To have them here with us, I think that would be just outstanding. Not only would a lot of families minds be at ease, but think about imagine your best friend being overseas; there's nothing you can do right now other than to be there for their family and to pray for them."
They're hopeful for a day the whole post can make the run together.
"Everybody that's deployed, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers," Maj. Gen. Anderson tells the assembled soldiers at Iron Horse Park after the run. "But first and foremost, thanks for what you all do each and every day; keep up the great work and we're proud of you."
Monday's run was about camaraderie, but afterwards the competitions start; everything from archery to wrestling, plus other events like tug-of-war and paintball. Also, finishing the week former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry will have a concert for military families; it begins at 6:30 p.m. You have to proper credentials to be allowed on Fort Carson. To see the full schedule for Iron Horse Week, click here.