FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Country music star Craig Morgan brought his unique style of music to the Fort Carson Special Events Center July 8.

Morgan kept the more than 900-person crowd motivated with such hits as “International Harvester,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “This Ain’t Nothing,” following a meet and greet at the USO where he signed autographs.

Morgan made his Mountain Post stop while in town for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo opening concert Saturday.

“The radio station (95.1) found out we were coming and they have a great relationship with the installation and the USO here,” Morgan said. “They said, ‘Hey, is there any way you can come out a day earlier and do something for the troops,’ and it worked out we could, and here we are.”

Having spent time with the 101st and the 82nd Airborne divisions, Morgan knows all too well what it means to be a Soldier.

“I was a Soldier myself for 16 years and I can relate to what these guys go through, and I’m glad to be able to perform for them,” said Morgan. “I spent almost half my life in the military so it’s a great part of who I am, it’s a great opportunity for me and the people that work with me to come here and give back.”

Country rock band Cari Dell & the Hard Drives opened the third free Concert in the Park series hosted by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the USO.

“It was a great concert, very personal, by an artist that knows just what Soldiers go through daily,”said Spc. Jon Rumsey, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard. “Craig Morgan is a great singer and has used his talents and fame to raise the spirits of troops all over the world and show us that Americans do care and will be there for us when we get home.”