Aug 19, 2014 2:23 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is spearheading a last-minute push to encourage the community to vocalize support for Fort Carson ahead of potential cuts. At a meeting with local business leaders Tuesday morning, the Business Alliance said that the Mountain Post is expecting some sort of cuts, potentially up to 16,000 personnel. The Business Alliance estimates that a reduction of 16,000 soldiers could cost the local economy $1 billion.
As part of their "Keep Carson Strong" campaign, the Business Alliance has printed postcards to be mailed to the Army. The cards, which will be distributed at various events around the area, are printed with the following message:
"Dear Army Leaders,
I am proud that the Pikes Peak region is home to the brave men and women stationed at Fort Carson. Their sacrifices keep our country FREE.
I want you to know that this community is committed to supporting them and their families in keeping Fort Carson the best assignment in the US Army.
I hope that the Army recognizes the value of Fort Carson and the surrounding communities and keeps a strong presence here.
Thank you for your service to our country!
People can email a message of support for Fort Carson to the Army by clicking this link. Emails and postcards must be sent by August 25.
The next round of base closures and realignments could come as early as 2017.
Here are the dropbox locations for the postcards: