First stop " Juicy Lucy’s |

First stop " Juicy Lucy’s

Post Independent/Kara K. PearsonDianne Alexander, left, and her son, Lazarus, 7, laugh at their husband and father, Albert, as they pose for a family photo with Kamille, 9, center, and Sahara, 8 months, Friday in Glenwood. The Alexander family was visiting as part of Operation Vacation.

Operation Vacation is a program that brings military personnel who have fought overseas to the Roaring Fork Valley. Bob Johnson, a realtor for Vicki Lee Green Realtors, in Glenwood Springs, coordinated with the Army to create the program that is hosting six soldiers over a six-month period to Glenwood. More than 20 businesses donated dinners, entertainment, outdoor activities, lodging and transportation for Operation Vacation participants.

Sgt. Albert Alexander


Originally from Chicago-Gary, Ind., area

Army, Headquarter Headquarter Company (HHC) 43rd Area Support Group (ASG)

Wife Dianne and four kids: Kamille, Jade, Lazarus and Sahara

November 1995; to serve my country and take advantage of the opportunities the Army has to offer

I spent seven months in Kuwait supporting the guys fighting on the front line in Iraq. Next time my unit is going to Afghanistan.

I really missed my family. I missed all my kids learning to walk.


I like to write and do acting on the side. I also do foot massages.

Martin Luther King and, the more I learn about him, George Washington. He was a Christian like I am, and he got shot four times. The head chief of the people who shot him went to see him because he said, “I want to meet the man God wouldn’t let die.” That’s something they don’t tell you in the history books.

Definitely driving around looking at this place and making friends so I can come back and visit. We’re going to Juicy Lucy’s ” I might have to go there twice. We appreciate the gesture. It’s not everyday we can do something like this.

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