Story and photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Col. Ryan Gonsalves officially took his position as the deputy commanding general for maneuver for the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson during a retreat ceremony at Fort Carson Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, welcomed Gonsalves to the Mountain Post and expressed confidence that Gonsalves would lead the Soldiers of the “Ironhorse” Division to success during his tenure.
“Ryan, you come here with the best credentials possible, and that is that you are a warrior,” Perkins said. “On behalf of all of those you are about to serve, thank you for your selfless service.”
Perkins said he expects Gonsalves to be a tremendous asset to the Soldiers of the 4th Inf. Div.
Gonsalves thanked Perkins for welcoming him and his Family back to the Mountain Post where he was born, and 4th Inf. Div., where he served 25 years ago.
“It is wonderful to come back to my birthplace,” said Gonsalves. “The welcome that we have received has been nothing short of spectacular. It is an honor and a privilege to serve here at Fort Carson again.”
Gonsalves comes to Fort Carson from U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., where he served as the executive officer to the USJFC commander.
Gonsalves said he is eager to work with the “Steadfast and Loyal” Soldiers of the 4th Inf. Div. on again.
“I know how disciplined and combat ready these Soldiers of this great division are,” he said. “I am confident that they will always be prepared to meet the needs of our nation. I am proud once again to serve in this outstanding division alongside our dedicated Soldiers and their loving Families.”