Soldier looks forward to adventurous tours of Glenwood Caverns |

Soldier looks forward to adventurous tours of Glenwood Caverns

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

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 have donated dinners, entertainment, outdoor activities, lodging and transportation for Operation Vacation participants. Walker and his family participated in the Burning Mountain Festival parade Saturday.Name: Spc. Frederick Walker

Age: 32Branch of the military and division: Army, 759th Military Police, Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters DetachmentBirthplace: Charleston, W.Va.Family: Wife, Sara; 3-year-old daughter, Olivia; and 5-year-old son, Ricky

Where did you go on your honeymoon? A bed and breakfast called the Painted Lady in St. James, Mo.How long have you been in the Army, and why did you join? Active: 7-8 months; National Guard: 412 years. Really, I thought it would be a way to better take care of my family. After my first deployment in Iraq, I decided to go active because that would be the best way to take care of them – and we enjoyed the life.Where have you been deployed? Operation Iraqi Freedom II in southern IraqWhen you were being deployed, what did you miss most about home? My family

Where is the most fascinating place you’ve visited in the world? The ancient city of Ur, because I just love ancient history. It was the largest city in the world, where the wheel was invented and money was first used. Abraham started his journey there. What did you want to be when you grew up? A lawyer. It’s in my plans, actually, to be a JAG (Judge Advocate General’s Corps) officer.What do you like to do in your free time? Playing computer games (when I have the time)What are you looking forward to doing while in Glenwood Springs? The caves – both tours – and the Hot Springs Pool. Sara wants to go to the spa.

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