by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson hosted a Senior Commander’s Veterans Day Installation Run in honor of America’s veterans, and to celebrate “Ironhorse” Soldiers’ recent return from Iraq.
Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, then commanding general of 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, and the division’s senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, led the formation during the four-mile run around the Mountain Post Tuesday.
“There aren’t many places that we can go in the world and start off a morning like this, doing (physical training) with great Americans, with a backdrop like (the Front Range), and the great community that is here in the Pikes Peak region,” Perkins told the approximately 10,000 Soldiers, airmen and Fort Carson patrons who participated in the event.
Following the run, both Perkins and Dailey thanked the Soldiers, Fort Carson and the greater Colorado Springs communities for their continuous outpouring of support to the division and its members.
“There’s no better place in the Army to serve our nation and to train our Soldiers than Fort Carson,” Dailey said to the troops gathered at Ironhorse Park. “It has been an absolute honor and a pleasure to serve as command sergeant major of this division and this installation.
“This is the best hometown in the Army, and is absolutely the ‘Home of America’s Best.’ Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for all the sacrifices you make and thanks for all the sacrifices your Family has endured during the time you have served under this great installation.”
The command team also took the opportunity to congratulate the 4th Inf. Div. headquarters, recently returned from a 12-month deployment to Iraq, where it successfully served as the command element of Task Force Ironhorse, charged with advising and training Iraqi Security Forces.
Perkins also recognized the Fort Carson Soldiers currently answering the nation’s call.
“As the sergeant major and I stand here and look out amongst the ranks, there is no better
formation in the Army — there’s no better place to serve at — than with you all out there,” said Perkins, “and while our 2nd Brigade Combat Team is in Afghanistan, 4th Brigade at the Joint Readiness Training Center (at Fort Polk, La.), and a lot of our other tenant units are deployed around the world — this is why Fort Carson is such an integral part of this community, and the 4th Inf. Div. is such an integral part of our nation, because of all the tough missions that come our way.
“On all the tough missions that come our way, our nation continually turns to the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson time and time again,” Perkins said.
For Staff Sgt. Brandon Nichols, an infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., the run was also an opportunity to reinforce the value of camaraderie and esprit de corps.
Nichols, whose unit is currently deployed to Afghanistan, said he appreciates events like the installation run, and seeing Soldiers place value and loyalty into something bigger than any one person motivates him to lead.
“It shows unity,” Nichols said. “It shows a complete brotherhood and sisterhood on one post. It shows that people can get together for a few minutes out of a morning, run, sing Army songs and do more than an average guy would.”
The run marked the last time the command team of Perkins and Dailey assembled the men and women of 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson to show solidarity in their commitment to service.
Perkins, who assumed command of the “Ivy” Division July 16, 2009, leaves the Mountain Post to serve as the new commanding general of U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
In August, Dailey was selected to serve as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va.