By Sgt. Sidnie Smith-Swift | 4th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Soldiers of the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, were awarded one of Army aviation’s top awards at a ceremony June 1, 2021.
The Ellis D. Parker Award honors the Army’s top aviation battalion. The award is a multi-component Department of the Army-level award recognizing excellence at the battalion level, the primary warfighting Army aviation force.
“This (award) is a formal recognition by the Department of the Army of what we already knew; we have the best battalion in Army aviation,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Joshua Bryan, senior enlisted leader, 4th Avn. Reg., 4th CAB. “This just formalizes and recognizes the achievements and accolades of all our Soldiers.”
Out of 23 general aviation support battalions, the 4th Avn. Reg. competed and won top honors while on its most recent deployment.
Due to the global pandemic Maj. Gen. Matthew W. McFarlane, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, presented the award. The Ellis D. Parker award is normally awarded at the Army Aviation Center for Excellence in Fort Rucker, Alabama.
“Whether it’s flying above the Rockies or above the Hindu Kush Mountains, this battalion has established itself as the best,” McFarlane said.
The annual award aims to recognize excellence; provides incentive to excel in areas of leadership, training, maintenance and safety and encourages innovation.
The award was presented before a change of command ceremony that saw Lt. Col. Tyler Partridge, outgoing commander, relinquish command to Lt. Col. Matthew Hodges.