By Kerstin Lopez (Fort Carson)June 14, 2012
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- The Colorado Springs military community came out in full force June 8 as the award-winning rock group, Daughtry, took the stage and performed at Iron Horse Park.
The free concert, offered through a partnership with Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Air Force Reserve, is part of the global "Tour for the Troops" event and culminated Iron Horse Week.
"I couldn't be happier than to be here at Fort Carson with all you beautiful people tonight," Daughtry told the crowd. "Thank you so much for what you do for us and what you sacrifice."
The event catered to nearly 6,000 military personnel and their guests, said Ann Edinger, chief, DFMWR Events and Entertainment.
"It was a great Colorado evening -- perfect for a concert," Edinger said. "It was great to see our Soldiers and Families enjoying the music -- dancing, singing and just generally having fun.
"For just one night, for just a couple of hours, our Families escaped the pressures of continued deployment (and) redeployment, and shared a great time with their neighbors, Families and friends," she said.
Daughtry is led by former "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry, who is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band.
In 2006, Daughtry released its self-titled debut album, which sold more than 4 million copies and was named the best-selling album of 2007 by Billboard magazine. Since then, Daughtry has released two more studio albums and toured the U.S. and overseas to include several Air Force, Naval and other deployment locations in Germany, Turkey, Spain and Southwest Asia.
Staff Sgt. Alejandro Torres, 127th Military Police Company, 759th MP Battalion, attended the concert with his wife and said the event was great for the community.
"It was a good show," Torres said. "It's good for morale, and we should have more events like this one -- especially if it's free."