By Sgt. Beth Raney
4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Col. James J. Mingus relinquished command of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to Col. Brian L. Pearl at a ceremony, Feb. 14, at the Special Events Center.
Mingus, who commanded the brigade for 32 months and led more than 3,500 Soldiers through various training exercises and a successful nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, will be moving on to U.S. Central Command headquarters in Florida.
Mingus said he was proud to have been part of such a long-standing regimen and welcomed Pearl and his Family into the command position.
“Col. Brian Pearl and Karen (Pearl) are absolutely the right command team to ready this brigade for what lies next — fresh legs, new ideas, new energy and a commander that imbues the significance of those colors,” Mingus said.
During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, welcomed Pearl back to the 4th Inf. Div.
Pearl is no stranger to the brigade and Fort Carson, having served as the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div., prior to and during the brigade’s first deployment to Afghanistan from 2009-2010. From there, he was assigned as a task force senior at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., attended the National War College, and served as the deputy plans officer at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Task Force.
Pearl recognized the Soldiers of the brigade for their hard work and dedication.
“Your contributions to our division, our Army, and this nation continue to be nothing short of historic,” said Pearl. “Karen, Jacob, Josh, Jason and I … look forward to serving and soldiering with this great team of ‘Iron Horse’ and ‘Mountain Warrior’ Soldiers.”
Throughout the days prior to the brigade changing command, five of the six battalions under the 4th BCT also received new commanders.
Lt. Col. Scott Green, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., relinquished command to Lt. Col. William Voorhies. Command of the 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., was transferred from Lt. Col. Brandon Newton to Lt. Col. Richard Garey. The 2nd Bn., 77th Field Artillery Reg., welcomed Lt. Col. Eric Johnson, as Lt. Col. Gary Graves said farewell. The 704th Brigade Support Battalion honored Lt. Col. Clint Taylor as Lt. Col. Michael Egan took command. The 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion said farewell to both their commander and command sergeant major. Lt. Col. James Craft passed command to Lt. Col. Neil Doherty, as Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka O’Neal transferred responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Willie Pearson.
Mingus said although leaders change, the colors they pass remain steadfast, serving as a symbol that 4th BCT continues to stand ready to answer the call wherever the nation needs it, as it always has.