by Pvt. Andrew Ingram
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
The 4th Infantry Division unfurled its colors during an uncasing ceremony July 22 on Manhart Field, signifying the unit’s arrival at Fort Carson.
The Ironhorse Division colors were uncased by Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, the division’s new commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, the 4th Inf. Div. senior enlisted leader.
Gen. Charles Campbell, commanding general, U.S. Army
Forces Command, was the reviewing officer.
During the uncasing ceremony, Perkins, Campbell and Col. Peter Utley, 4th Inf. Div. chief of staff and commander of troops for the ceremony, inspected Soldiers from the four brigade combat teams, 214th Fires Brigade, 43rd Sustainment Brigade and the Division Special Troops Battalion.
Following the inspection, Perkins and Dailey unfurled the division’s colors, formally announcing the division’s arrival at Fort Carson.
After the colors were uncased, Campbell honored Perkins and Ironhorse Division Soldiers.
“The Ironhorse Soldiers who stand on this field and all those that they represent have willingly stepped forward to do the difficult and dangerous work of a free society,” said Campbell.
Perkins thanked the people of Colorado Springs for their continued support of the 4th Inf. Div. and the Army at large, reminding those in attendance that the people of Colorado donated the land Fort Carson stands on as a training ground for the Army shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
During the ceremony, senior command responsibility for Fort Carson was transferred from Maj. Gen. Mark A. Graham to Perkins. In addition, Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Young relinquished responsibility as the command sergeant major of Fort Carson to Dailey.
Graham and Young retain their positions as commanding general and command sergeant major of Division West (First Army).
Perkins thanked Graham for his dedication to the Soldiers and for making the transition smooth and successful.
The 4th Inf. Div. returned to Fort Carson after 14 years at
Fort Hood, Texas. The Ironhorse Division called Fort Carson its home from 1970 until 1995.
Following the remarks, the Soldiers conducted the traditional pass and review before the reviewing party.
In addition to uncasing its colors, the 4th Inf. Div. also celebrated the official opening of its new headquarters building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony immediately following the uncasing.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Allen Ross, from PCL Construction, presented a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design award to Perkins in recognition of the building’s environmentally-conscious design.
This building was the first headquarters designed by Army
Corps of Engineers staff to receive this distinction said Erik Belchinger, Army Corp of Engineers, deputy district engineer.
Perkins and Dailey met with the local community at an open house held at the new division headquarters building. Tours of the new facility were given to members of the Colorado Springs community.