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Change of Command Ceremony held Aug. 24, 2017 Change of Command Ceremony held Aug. 24, 2017
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New leadership taking command at Fort Carson in a ceremony on post Thursday morning. Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves transferred command of the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson to Maj. Gen. Randy A. George on August 24th.

Gonsalves assumed command May 14, 2015. During his time at the Mountain Post, the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson provided forces across the globe to six combatant commanders and deployed the division headquarters as the 4th Inf. Div. mission command element (MCE), the regionally aligned division headquarters for Europe. The MCE provides command and oversight to all U.S. Army forces operating overseas as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Nations included in that operation are; Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

Meanwhile the incoming George, an infantry officer, has commanded tactical units at every echelon and served in key positions on both the Army and Joint Staffs.  He has served as the 4th Inf. Div. deputy commanding general, as well as serving as the deputy director for regional operations and force management, J-35, Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

In his opening remarks today, George thanked the community for their support, "I am honored to be back here in beautiful Colorado Springs rejoining the famed Ivy Division. Patty and I are excited to serve this community during such an important time in history as the division celebrates its 100th anniversary and Fort Carson celebrates 75 years of service to our nation."

Also on Thursday, Command Sgt. Maj. Richard L. Ayala Jr. relinquished senior enlisted responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy L. Metheny. Metheny's has served in every enlisted leadership position from team leader, squad leader, section sergeant, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, and operations sergeant major. He comes to Fort Carson from Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was the command sergeant major for U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence.

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