The 2023 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has come and gone, but since it was established in the 1930s, the iconic event has made a mark on both the local economy and, most notably, the military community.

Colorado Springs resident Ron Fitch brings the connection between the rodeo and military community neatly in to focus. Fitch is veteran of the Army Special Forces, having served 24 years on active duty as a Green Beret. He spent the last two of those years at Fort Carson as garrison commander before retiring.