In town for relaxation and a soak in the springs |

In town for relaxation and a soak in the springs

Post Independent/Kelley Cox Army Sgt. Michael Carlson, his 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Kadence, and his wife, Rebecca, of Fort Carson, relax poolside at the Holiday Inn Express in Glenwood Springs Friday afternoon. The family is visiting the valley as part of Operation Vacation, a program for military personnel who have served overseas, and their families.

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, which is bringing six soldiers over a six-month period to Glenwood. More than 20 businesses have donated dinners, entertainment, outdoor activities, lodging and transportation for Operation Vacation participants.Name: Sgt. Michael Carlson

Hometown: Greenville, PennsylvaniaBranch of the military and division: Army, Third Heavy Brigade Combat TeamFamily: Wife of four years, Rebecca, and 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Kadence

When and why did you join the Army? October of 2000, to travelWhere have you been deployed? I’ve spent one year in Iraq and will go back in two and a half months for eight months to a year. When you were being deployed, what did you miss most about home? My family (Carlson was overseas when Kadence was born), and cold water

What’s your favorite food? PizzaWhat do you like to do in your free time? I’m pretty big into soccer I play on the Fort Carson team – and spending time with my family.What historical figure do you most admire? Alexander the Great. He just formed this huge empire across the Middle East and Asia.What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs? Relaxing and going to the Hot Springs Pool (this will be the Carlsons’ first experience with hot springs).

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