by Sgt. Philip Klein
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Commanding General Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey led the Soldiers and units of the Mountain Post Team on a four-mile installation run to honor the lives of the men and women who sacrificed much through service to their country during and since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
More than 7,400 Soldiers, leaders and civilians from the 4th Inf. Div. headquarters, its four brigade combat teams and other Fort Carson units carried forward unit colors, standards and guidons during a run to pay respect to the heroes of 9/11 and build camaraderie and esprit de corps in the ranks.
“Today is a special day because of what happened eight years ago,” said Perkins. “Our country was attacked on American soil for the first time since Pearl Harbor and on that day thousands of firemen, police officers and emergency responders rushed to aid their fellow citizens; and many gave their lives.”
“In the eight years since that terrible day our nation has not been attacked again, thanks to Soldiers who raised their right hands during a time of war, who have since then deployed multiple times and will do so again,” continued Perkins. “Our country owes them a debt of gratitude.”
Perkins said that in the years since 9/11, the country’s servicemembers have taken the fight to an enemy who would have attacked America again if given the opportunity.
“Even today thousands of Soldiers from the
4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan; and it is no accident that there has not been another event like 9/11, because we know that is our enemies’ intent,” added Perkins.
Dailey said that the run was a great morale boost for everyone who participated, from the Soldiers and their Families to civilian employees of Fort Carson.
“We started the morning with the 1st Brigade Combat Team Salute Battery honoring those who gave everything on 9/11 and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Dailey said. “Today was a great day to commemorate 9/11 as well as build esprit de corps across the units of Fort Carson.”
Dailey recognized the participation of Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services Fire and Police Departments providing traffic control during the run and saluting the Soldiers with a blast from the water hoses during a cool down at the end of the run.
Soldiers participating in the event said they enjoyed the opportunity to pay respect to those who have paid the ultimate price and enjoyed the chance to build unit cohesion through a postwide run.
“It was great to be out this morning with all of the units from the division and Fort Carson,” said Sgt. James Jarrell, a fire support specialist assigned to Company A, Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Inf. Div. “We have Soldiers fighting for our freedoms as we speak; so to be able to remember them today is a humbling event.”
Perkins concluded the run at Ironhorse Park, addressing the Soldiers and civilians gathered in formation, holding a moment of silence in observance of the fallen heroes.
“Thank you for what your Army has done, what your division has done,” he said. “For what you Soldiers have done, and for what you will do in the future.”