Fort Carson thanks Good Neighbor
FORT CARSON, Colo. -Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, presents the 2009 Fort Carson Good Neighbor Award to Jay Cimino at an award luncheon at the Elkhorn Conference Center April 8. Maj. Gen. Louis Menetrey began the Fort Carson Good Neighbor Program in 1978 to recognize one civilian each year from the surrounding communities who has enhanced the quality of life of the Soldiers and Families of the Mountain Post.

FORT CARSON, Colo. - The Fort Carson Community honored a Colorado Springs businessman for his contributions to the Soldiers and Families of the Mountain Post April 18.

Jay Cimino, CEO and president, Phil Long Inc. was honored as the 2009 Fort Carson Good Neighbor during an award luncheon at the Elkhorn Conference Center.

Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, said Cimino's friendship with Fort Carson over the years and his dedication and generosity to the Soldiers and Families of the Mountain Post earned him the annual award.

"When we begin the search for the Good Neighbor of the Year we try to find someone that represents the heart of the community," said Perkins. "In Jay Cimino we have found that heart."

"We, as Soldiers, are going to serve, we're going to deploy, we are going to go into harm's way and we are just looking for someone to hold up the other end of the deal," said Perkins. "We are looking for someone who will help take care of our Families while we are taking care of the values of our nation."

Cimino, a former Marine, has been a prominent member of the Pikes Peak community for many than years and is involved in many charities and outreach programs with the Mountain Post and the greater Colorado area.

In his remarks Cimino asked himself what it means to be a good neighbor.

"At home, it means keep your yard neat and clean, wave to your neighbors and generally be a good guy. Mind your own business and help when you can," he answered. "However being a good neighbor to this greatest military on earth is indescribable."

Cimino said he was humbled by the American Soldiers serving their country during a time of war.

He said their dedication and sacrifices made the award too special to verbalize.

In addition to Cimino, the Mountain Post team recognized a number of other philanthropic community members for their contributions to Fort Carson. Each of these men and women were made honorary members of a Fort Carson unit.

"One of the reasons this is the most requested post in the Army is the community here in Colorado," said Perkins. "It is clear that, in the Pikes Peak Region, we are appreciated and wanted."

Cimino is the 32nd recipient of the Fort Carson Good Neighbor award which has been given to a different member of the Pikes Peak community every year since 1978.

"As long as there are people who wish to take away our freedom we will always be your good neighbor," said Cimino.

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