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Community honor’s local men and women of the armed forces

Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, delivered the keynote speech at The Chamber's Armed Forces Day Luncheon in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kate Rust)

Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, delivered the keynote speech at The Chamber's Armed Forces Day Luncheon in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kate Rust)

The five military services comprised the joint color guard presenting The Colors at the The Chamber's Armed Forces Day Luncheon in Colorado Springs, Colo.,  May 18.  More than 800 people from the commuunity and local military installations attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kate Rust)

The five military services comprised the joint color guard presenting The Colors at the The Chamber's Armed Forces Day Luncheon in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 18. More than 800 people from the commuunity and local military installations attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kate Rust)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— -- The community of Colorado Springs honored its local military members and their families with an Armed Forces luncheon at the Broadmoor International Center here May 18.

Will Temby, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer, said, “The Armed Forces luncheon is our humble way to recognize the people who sacrifice so much to ensure the freedoms we enjoy every day. It is the least we can do to thank the men and women who are serving our country. We are grateful.”

More than 800 people from the community and local military installations attended the event. Among those 800 were the 12 outstanding enlisted nominees. During the luncheon, the winners for each category were announced. Senior Master Sgt. Bryan Rainey, 21st Security Forces Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base won in category three: E-7 and E-8. Staff Sgt. Mark Brummitt, 984th Military Police Company at Fort Carson won in category two: E-5 and E-6. Senior Airman Faris Flournoy III, 10th Security Forces Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Academy won in category one: E-1 through E-4.

The keynote speaker of the afternoon was Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. Admiral Keating reminded all in attendance that “freedom has a price.”

“To win this war it takes a special warrior,” said Admiral Keating. “Where do we find these men and women? Look no further than yourselves. They are your fellow Americans.” These are the same men and women, he said, who are currently defending “our homes, values, beliefs and our way of life.”

“This Armed Forces luncheon, honoring the 12 outstanding enlisted from all the services, has historically brought together the Colorado Springs community and the military who are preserving our liberty today,” said Dr. Robert Stein, chairman of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Council. “This grateful community uses this opportunity to show its continued appreciation to all military men and women serving in the Pikes Peak region. It is truly inspirational.”

A concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Academy Band and the Colorado Springs Chorale took place at the Pikes Peak Center May 16 in honor of Armed Forces Week.