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Carson and partners share their strategies – Fort Carson Mountaineer

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Col. Sean Brown, Fort Carson Garrison Commander, delivered a keynote address to Fort Carson Garrison and partners Oct. 26-27, 2022, at the Catalyst Campus in downtown Colorado Springs. Partners from the City of Colorado Springs, City of Fountain, El Paso County, City of Woodland Park, Teller County, City of Pueblo, City of Trinidad, and Las County Animas attended the first day of the summit to present their strategic plans for their areas in Fort Carson and surrounding counties. (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

By Jordyn McCulley

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FORT CARSON, Colo. — Garrison Command Sergeant Major Marcus W. Brister II speaks with Las Animas County Commissioner Felix Lopez during a break at the 2022 Fort Carson Strategic Summit on October 26, 2022 , at the Catalyst Campus in downtown Colorado Springs.  (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Garrison Command Sergeant Major Marcus W. Brister II speaks with Las Animas County Commissioner Felix Lopez during a break at the 2022 Fort Carson Strategic Summit on October 26, 2022 , at the Catalyst Campus in downtown Colorado Springs. (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson and members of the Front Range community gathered for a two-day Settlement Strategy and Partnership Summit on October 26-27, 2022, to share their strategies for the coming year. This was the second annual settlement strategy summit, building on what had been done last year.

Community leaders from Colorado Springs, Fountain, El Paso County, Woodland Park, Teller County, Trinidad and Las Animas County discussed challenges within their communities and their partnership with Fort Carson. Sister Service partners from the Air Force Academy, Space Force Bases Peterson and Schriever, and the Colorado National Guard also attended.

After the presentations, many communities shared their experiences within their cities and counties. Facility and government employees met in groups to discuss the various conflicts and propose potential solutions.

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Nicholas Gradisar, Mayor of the City of Pueblo, has a conversation with Jessie Kimber, Coalition Military Spouse for the City of Colorado Springs, during a break for the 2022 Fort Carson Strategic Summit at Catalyst Campus on Oct. 26, 2022, in downtown Colorado Springs.  (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Nicholas Gradisar, Mayor of the City of Pueblo, has a conversation with Jessie Kimber, Coalition Military Spouse for the City of Colorado Springs, during a break for the 2022 Fort Carson Strategic Summit at Catalyst Campus on Oct. 26, 2022, in downtown Colorado Springs. (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

“The majority of us have the same challenges that we face,” said Phillip Rico, Mayor of Trinidad. “It’s good to know that we can learn from each other and that we are not alone in facing certain challenges.”

The City of Trinidad is working closely with Fort Carson to ensure the Piñon Canyon maneuver site is a viable training area for all service members. Piñon Canyon is a huge asset to Fort Carson and other military installations due to its 236,000 acres of maneuvering space.

“Piñon Canyon is 30 miles outside of town, but it’s still close enough that there’s a connection between Trinidad, Las Animas and Fort Carson,” Rico said. “With communication and the ability to work with Fort Carson, we support each other.”

Fort Carson is no different from the communities outside the gates. It is a community within a community.

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Col. Sean Brown, Fort Carson Garrison Commander, mingles with Clinton Reiss, Director of Public Works Housing Chief, during the 2022 Fort Carson Strategic Summit Oct. 26-27, 2022, at Catalyst Campus in downtown Colorado Springs.  (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Col. Sean Brown, Fort Carson Garrison Commander, mingles with Clinton Reiss, Director of Public Works Housing Chief, during the 2022 Fort Carson Strategic Summit Oct. 26-27, 2022, at Catalyst Campus in downtown Colorado Springs. (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

The resources that communities have dedicated themselves to are also harnessed inside the gates.

“By sharing resources between communities, we are able to build readiness at Fort Carson,” said Col. Sean M. Brown, Garrison Commander.

The second day of the summit was more focused on Fort Carson as a whole. Facility members and representatives from the sister service facility broke into groups to discuss specific challenges within the facility and possible solutions to those barriers.

Maintaining readiness is one of the Mountain Post’s top priorities. Brown said it was good for him as garrison commander to understand the frustrations within the organization that might not reach his level without this type of venue.

“I may not be able to address it directly, but I can address some of the sticking points above the organization that influence and impact the stress inside the facility” , Brown said.

The summit concluded with a stronger bond between Fort Carson and surrounding communities and strengthened ties with community leaders, Brown said.