By Rick Emert, Fort Carson MountaineerJune 18, 2010
FORT CARSON, Colo.---Fort Carson and local community members met at Alternate Escapes to discuss ways to better support Soldiers and their Families through the Warrior Family Community Partnership.
Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, and Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander, addressed those in attendance at the event. Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation personnel manned booths and touch-screen information panels were displayed at the Warrior Family Community Partnership.
The partnership is designed to coordinate the initiatives that fall under the Army Family and Army Community covenants, according to an information paper provided at the event. The partnership "integrates existing systems of support and services to Fort Carson Soldiers and Families" while offering forum and facility for individuals and groups to support them with gifts, services and volunteer activities, as well, according to the paper.
McLaughlin said Alternate Escapes would house a one-stop shop for Soldiers and Families to get information on an array community events.
"We are able to use this facility to communicate ... and the technology will help our Soldiers and Families connect better to you (local community members), so we can all collectively take care of them," he said.
Perkins spoke of the 4th Inf. Div.'s recent mission rehearsal exercise, which prepared the division for its upcoming deployment to Iraq by focusing on such things as how to coordinate with the Iraqi army and police. He said the WFCP similarly coordinates efforts between Fort Carson leadership and the local community in providing vital services to Soldiers and their Families.
"It's not always intuitively obvious on how you sort of plug into the Army and where input goes and where output comes out of. So, this is our attempt to try to simplify that, and for one thing, for us to figure out ourselves - for us to sort of streamline it and make it efficient and effective, and then make it easier for those outside the front gate to plug in to what is going on here at Fort Carson," he said.
McLaughlin vowed to continue to work with the community to improve the partnership.
"I think our partnership together can continue to grow and make things better for our Families," he said. "It's critically important.
"I'm proud of the team that is offering these services to Soldiers and Families, and I look forward to continuing to grow together and do great things."