By Sgt. Liane Hatch | 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Exactly two years to the date of U.S. Army Capt. Daniel C. Lehman’s death, his family, along with leaders and former peers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gathered for a small ceremony at the brigade’s headquarters.
Centered in the room was a plaque featuring Lehman’s photo and an inscription: “Welcome to the CPT Daniel C. Lehman Memorial (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility).”
Lehman served as an intelligence officer with the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from 2016 until his death Sept. 15, 2018, when he was murdered in downtown Colorado Springs. Two years later, the brigade officially memorialized his life and service, naming the brigade SCIF in Lehman’s honor.
“Dan’s reputation is one of confidence, unmatched intelligence, competence, a truly strong work ethic, and a kindness to those who he interacted with,” said Fawcett. “We here in the Iron Brigade will always be grateful and will always be honored to have served with him, and he will always have a special place as a member of the Iron Brigade family.”
Both of Lehman’s parents, Laurie and Danny Lehman, along with aunts and uncles, traveled to Fort Carson to participate in the ceremony, where they shared memories of their Soldier and spoke of his love for the Army.
He was an expert strategist, teaching himself chess at a young age, she said, and he became fluent in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Both Lehman’s parents spoke of his sharp, reasoned mind, and his dedication to military service.“Many of you knew Daniel as an Army captain, some of you knew him as a West Point grad, but did you know him as a person?” his mother asked. “He was so intelligent, with a quick wit and a zest for life.”
“When Daniel was taken two years ago in a senseless act of violence, it was a great loss to me, to the Army, and to the world,” she said.
Lehman’s father also spoke, sharing memories from his last conversation with his son and welcoming the brigade’s decision to honor his son through the SCIF dedication.
“The Army meant so much to Daniel; this honor is both appropriate and gratifying,” his father said.
Following the ceremony, Lehman’s mother hung the plaque bearing her son’s photo and name outside the brigade SCIF.
In October 2019, following a six-day trial over Lehman’s death, a jury found Gilberto Chavez Jr., 28, of Colorado Springs, guilty of second degree murder. Chavez was sentenced in January to 74 years in prison.