FORT CARSON, Colo.---Fort Carson leaders and community members broke ground at the future site of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Museum Activity April 30.

Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commander, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson; Col. Robert McLaughlin, garrison commander; retired Lt. Gen. Edward Soriano, president of the Mountain Post Historical Association at Fort Carson; and Barbara Myrick, owner of B&M construction; turned over the first shovelful of dirt to mark the beginning of construction.

"This is a truly special event for us as we celebrate the history and the building of this facility, and we look forward to continuing the partnership as a community," said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said the occasion marked the commitment to a great future between Fort Carson and the community, and he thanked those in attendance.

The project is another great example of the community partnership, Soriano said.

"I cannot think of a more important effort or project than to build something that is permanent, enduring, physical evidence and a demonstration of our commitment and support to our Soldiers," he said.

"This is a time to reflect back on the continuing partnership that Fort Carson has had with Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region since its inception," said Perkins.
"From 1942 until now, these Soldiers of Camp Carson - now Fort Carson - (have) participated in every single conflict that the U.S. has been engaged in."

The project will start with the artifacts facility and will be partnered with the Mountain Post Historical Association at Fort Carson to build a historical center here - another way for the Mountain Post to continue its connection with the people of Colorado Springs, the people of Colorado and the people of the nation, for whom the Soldiers of Fort Carson serve, Perkins said.

The construction on the 3,600-square-foot building is expected to be completed in the fall and is scheduled to open to the public in the spring of 2011, said Steve Ruhnke, museum curator.

Artifacts from World War I, World War II, Vietnam and Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom will be featured in the museum, as well as unique collections such as the Saddam Hussein assortment.

Additionally, there will be 1,000 square feet of covered outdoor displays for vehicles.

As a preview of what will be exhibited in the museum, select artifacts are being displayed at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, at the end of May, said Ruhnke.

Pieces are also being showcased at the Colorado Springs Airport in the secure ticketed area until the end of June.