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Assuming mantle: War Horse brigade changes leadership

By Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield | 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team “War Horse,” 4th Infantry Division, stood in formation in the shadows of Cheyenne Mountain as they said their last goodbyes to the brigade command team June 13, 2019, during a change of leadership ceremony.

The change of leadership ceremony is a tradition in which the outgoing command team formally transfers authority and responsibility to the incoming command team.

The reviewing officer for the ceremony was Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Ryan, acting senior commander, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson.

Col. Dave J. Zinn, outgoing commander, relinquished authority of the brigade to Col. Scott P. Knight Jr., incoming commander, during the ceremony.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to stand before you today after 24 months of command,” said Zinn. “Fort Carson and the 4th Inf. Div. is a spectacular place to lead Soldiers and raise a Family. It has been a journey.”

During Zinn’s time in command, half of the brigade deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Southern Afghanistan to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense Security Forces. The other half of the brigade deployed to Kosovo to work as liaison monitoring teams to work with the local populace.

“I am only able to stand here today because of the collective efforts of a large group of Soldiers, NCOs and officers who have helped me along the way,” said Zinn. “It is on their shoulders that I continue to stand. They deserve full credit for any of the successes I have had.”

Knight, who came from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency as the director of expeditionary support, is no stranger to Fort Carson.

“My wife, my daughter and I cannot express how glad we are to serve in … beautiful Fort Carson, Colorado, and in the 4th Inf. Div.,” he said. “Coincidently, this is the same post and division which my father served 48-years-ago when, then lieutenant, Knight deployed to Vietnam.”

Simultaneously, Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Simonetti relinquished responsibility of the War Horse Brigade to Command Sgt. Maj. Steve R. Chandler Jr.

“Vince Simonetti is an exceptional senior NCO who coaches, teaches, trains and develops NCOs as well as anyone I have seen,” said Zinn. “Thank you for your friendship, counsel, outstanding teamwork and support — I could not have asked for a better senior NCO.”

As the Zinn and Simonetti Families prepare to depart Fort Carson, Chandler, who comes from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Knight prepare to join the War Horse and Fort Carson Family.

“Col. Scott Knight and Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Chandler, two Army leaders with phenomenal reputations … take the reins at a critical time for the brigade,” said Ryan. “Scott and Steve, welcome to the team and the best of luck as you assume the mantle of leadership.”

Assuming mantle: War Horse brigade changes leadership
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