By Sgt. James Geelen | 4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Families, friends and colleagues gathered July 12, 2019, to welcome the new 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, commander during a change of command ceremony at Founders Field.
Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Ryan, acting senior commander, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, presided over the ceremony as Col. Geoffrey (Geoff) Kent relinquished command to Col. Steven E. Putthoff.
“This brigade has deployed for more missions in the last two years than any other unit on Fort Carson,” Ryan said. “Whether it’s deploying to Europe, Asia, a humanitarian mission to help after a hurricane, or sending Soldiers to help secure the border; the 4th (SB) always stands ready no matter what the mission or where it may take them. That’s a testament to the leadership that Geoff has provided.”
Kent served as the 4th SB commander for the past two years, having successfully led the brigade through a multitude of training missions, rotations to the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and several hurricane relief missions.
“I love this brigade,” Kent said. “I love the men and women that I’ve served with here. I walk away today with great pride in this group, and I can’t thank them enough for who they are, what they do and what they still may yet be called to do.”
Putthoff was ready to take command of the brigade, having spent the past two years working with 4th Infantry Division staff as the deputy chief of staff for logistics (G4).
“As the division G4, I had the opportunity to work with the 4th (SB) in exercises and training,” Putthoff said. “This has provided me with insight into their capabilities and the expectations on how the sustainment brigade integrates into division operations.”
Ryan conveyed his confidence in both commanders’ ability to teach and lead.
“Geoff and Steven helped this career infantryman understand sustainment and logistics in the 4th ID,” Ryan said. “They helped me understand the lingo, helped me communicate our status to the higher headquarters, and they made it easy. It has been my privilege to work with you both.”
The Putthoff Family showed their excitement to continue serving at Fort Carson.
“I am honored to get the opportunity to continue to serve in the 4th Inf. Div. and have the chance to serve alongside the Soldiers of the 4th (SB),” Putthoff said. “Fort Carson is a fantastic post to live and train at with a supportive community, and I look forward to the next two years.”
Kent is headed to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to serve as the I Corps G4.