By Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Guidons swayed in the wind as Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stood at attention, prepared to participate in the brigade and several battalion changes of command and responsibility at Fort Carson’s Founders Field, Tuesday.
Col. John S. Kolasheski, outgoing commander, relinquished command of the “Warhorse” Brigade to Col. Omar Jones, who recently served as commander, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment out of Vilseck, Germany.
Commanders of 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Reg.; 3rd Bn., 16th Field Artillery Reg.; and 1st Sqdn., 10th Cavalry Reg.; along with command sergeants major from 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg.; and 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., joined the brigade commander in passing the reigns to new leadership.
During his closing remarks, Kolasheski showed appreciation to his commanders and command sergeants major who served with him.
“Thanks for your leadership and dedication to making this organization better,” he said.
Kolasheski, who commanded nearly 6,000 Soldiers during his 32-month tenure in 2nd BCT, gave words of encouragement to the brigade and reminded Soldiers of the mission they accomplished.
“To the Soldiers on the field, I simply say ‘thank you,’” said Kolasheski. “You look great; your dedication to the security of our nation, and bringing freedoms to countries far, far away is inspirational.”
During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph F. Delosa, outgoing 2nd BCT senior enlisted adviser, handed off the brigade colors through the outgoing and incoming brigade commanders to Command Sgt. Maj. Robert G. Lehtonen, who assumes the mission of training Warhorse Soldiers.
Kolasheski later welcomed the incoming commander with a few words.
“I am confident you will lead the Warhorse to greatness,” he said.
Jones said he is pleased to join the “Ivy” Division, and proud to take over the brigade.
“I would like to thank (Maj. Gen. Joseph) Anderson for the opportunity to command in this division and the privilege to join this storied team,” said Jones. “Congratulations on your successful deployment and the lasting impact you made across Southern Afghanistan.
The change of command ceremony also featured the 4th Inf. Div. Ivy Band, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard, a volley from the salute battery of 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., and a formal pass in review, which is a demonstration of the force for the new commander.
Kolasheski’s next assignment will be as the Army’s Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.
“It truly has been my honor to serve as a commander of the Warhorse Brigade here at the Mountain Post,” said Kolasheski.