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 Sargent First Class Jeremy Stauffacher and family are among the active soldiers, veterans and families who are in the seats for the PRCA Military Appreciation Performance.
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Sargent First Class Jeremy Stauffacher and family are among the active soldiers, veterans and families who are in the seats for the PRCA Military Appreciation Performance.

Active military, veterans honored by Rodeo Rapid City


F.Ganje - January 22, 2020

RAPID CITY, SD – When the American flag unfurls and flies through the arena in the Barnett Arena, it’s always a patriotic moment.  In an even greater salute to the men and women in the US Armed Forces, Rodeo Rapid City hosts active and retired soldiers to the Military Appreciation PRCA Performance held during Rodeo Rapid City, Jan. 31 – Feb. 8.

During his 24 years of military service, including two tours in Afghanistan, Sargent First Class Jeremy Stauffacher, Rapid City, knows how it feels to be far from home and away from family and friends.  It’s one of the reasons why he tries to always make the Sutton’s PRCA Military Appreciation Performance because it reminds him of the appreciation the average citizens have for his and others service.

“Rodeo is a time-honored sport in our area,” he says. “It’s filled with good people who are very welcoming to people and families who know the sacrifices of military service. When the crowd greets us, it’s just hard to explain how great that feels.”

This year’s Rodeo Rapid City PRCA Military Appreciation Performance is set for Saturday, Feb. 1 beginning at 1:30pm.  All the pageantry you expect from a Sutton Rodeo production is ramped up to welcome and salute active military personnel and their families and veterans and families as well.  Tickets are discounted in price with a military identification.

Growing up, Stauffacher says he always knew he would serve in the military.  “By the time I finished high school, I knew I wasn’t ready for college. So I took that time to grow and learn in real-world settings while preparing myself for college.  The military helped me do that.”

Getting to see a rodeo performance is a family affair for the Stauffachers.  “We all go, my wife and the two girls.  Age 9 and 11, if they could spend all their time on a ranch, they would.  They love horses and a summer camp involving horses is an annual thing for those two,” he says with a laugh.

Ask him what his favorite part of a performance is and he’ll tell you he  loves team roping.  “I think it’s because it’s a team sport in that two guys have to work together.  And the timing has to be tight and right.  Those are things drilled into any soldier.”  After that, you might catch him clued to the bull riding where the adrenaline rush is also a shared experience of a soldier.

Expressing his appreciation for the shout-out from Rodeo Rapid City, Jeremy reflects, “You never know when you’ll be called up. So it’s nice to know and experience events like the PRCA Military Appreciation  Performance here at home - where others attending honor us and show their  support.”

Along with continuing his military service with the Army National Guard, he is currently a Detective with the Rapid City Police Department, assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ITAC) Task Force.  He has over 20 years with the Pennington County Search and Rescue and is also a member of  the Water Rescue Team.

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