Story and photo by Andrea Sutherland
Col. David Grosso knows leading the Fort Carson garrison is an important and esteemed position.
“I get the privilege of commanding this Army garrison,” he said. “It is a privilege to work in a position that directly influences Soldiers, Families and civilians.”
Assuming command May 10, Grosso said that he remains committed to supporting the entire Fort Carson community.
“I’m looking forward to working with the garrison team as well as Soldiers, Family members and civilians,” he said.
Grosso said that his 30 years of military experience have prepared him for the position.
In 1981, Grosso enlisted in the Army and served seven years as a Soldier and noncommissioned officer. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Grosso was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in leader development and counseling from Long Island University. He also completed an Army fellowship in the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Grosso’s military resume is also extensive. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, the Army Airborne School, the Army Ranger School, the Army Special Forces Qualification Course and Special Forces Officer Qualification Course. He completed the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance and Target Analysis and Exploitation Training Course, the Army Pathfinder Course, the Army Jungle Warfare School and the Army Jumpmaster Course.
Throughout his career, Grosso served with several units, including numerous special operations forces units. He’s deployed overseas multiple times in support of operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He also served in Bosnia as part of operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard; the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of Operation Guardian Retrieval; and the former Republic of Georgia as part of the Georgia Train and Equip Program.
Prior to taking over as garrison commander, Grosso served as the deputy commander of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson.
Despite his accomplishments, Grosso said he knows the garrison commander position will come with its own set of tests.
“Col. (Robert F.) McLaughlin and his team and the leaders of the 4th Infantry Division have prepared me for the ongoing projects and challenges,” he said.
Grosso wants the community to know that he is dedicated to their needs.
“I’ve been a Soldier for 30 years. I’m a father,” he said. “I know the challenges and I’m looking forward to working with the community to support Soldiers and Families.”