Thousands of Soldiers Arriving This Month At Fort Carson

By: KKTV/Associated Press
By: KKTV/Associated Press

Fort Carson will see a surge in the number of soldiers moving to southern Colorado, with thousands of arrivals expected this summer.

Military officials say they expect to see an average of as many as 300 new soldiers a day relocating to Fort Carson. Lynthia Washington, who handles the paperwork for arriving soldiers, says the big increases will begin during the middle of June.

The majority of the new arrivals are expected to come from Texas', as about 6,500 soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division headquarters and its 1st Brigade Combat Team move to Colorado.

Local businesses are hoping the thousands of soldiers will be an economic boom. The Apartment Association of Southern Colorado says the military is its biggest source of renters.

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