“It’s always good for the public to see another side of what the military does. We build relationships and contacts with the local community, which helps for future events.
— Staff Sergeant. Robert Couturier-Gregor
By Sergeant. Kelsey Simmons
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
FORT CARSON, Colo. — One thing that sets the Mountain Post apart from other facilities is its dedication to the surrounding communities.
The 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson connect to the community through the historic tradition of military pageantry and the 4th Inf. Div. Band and mounted color guard.
Activated in 1943, the 4th Inf. Div. The band instilled esprit de corps in soldiers and community members everywhere.
“I think the best job in the military is being in an army band,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mike Becker, bandleader of the 4th Inf. Div. Bandaged. “Our goal has been to restore the ties in our community that we have had to suspend because of the pandemic. Now that it’s much safer to gather in groups and go out in public, we’re excited to share the gift of music with our local community.
The 4th Inf. Div. Mounted Color Guard is one of the few cavalry units across the country.
Originating in 1963, the unit formed as a 32-man horse platoon. It was disbanded 15 years later, but reestablished as the eight-person Mounted Color Guard known today.
“We are the face of Fort Carson and the Army,” Master Sgt. Robert Couturier-Gregor, a cavalry scout from Lewiston, Maine, on special duty with the 4th Inf. Div. Color guard mounted. “It’s always good for the public to see another side of what the military does. We build relationships and contacts with the local community, which helps for future events.
The MCG and Army Band maintain the traditions of many armed forces events by participating in parades, rodeos, ceremonies, and other public events.
The impact the band and the MCG have on the public is mutually beneficial to Fort Carson and the surrounding communities. The Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Organization express their gratitude to the Mountain Post throughout the year, including during Armed Forces Week.
This year for Armed Forces Week, Monday through Thursday, CSCEDO hosted events such as an upcoming joint concert performed by 4th Inf. Div. Band and the U.S. Air Force Academy Band Monday at the Pikes Peak Performing Arts Center.
CSCEDO hosted the Armed Forces Enlisted Week Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Thursday. The event allowed the community to express their gratitude to the military for their dedication and service to the nation. Over lunch, the community honored three outstanding service members selected by the committee.
According to Maj. Gen. David M. Hodne, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, both the installation and its surrounding community, make the Mountain Post home to and one of the Army’s most vital power projection platforms.
“Working in concert with each other, our employees, our units, our families, our facilities and our community demonstrate the proven resolve of the legendary Ivy Division and the resolve of our nation,” Hodne said. “Our collective determination to be ‘Mountain Post Ready’, combined with your unwavering support, the commitment of our friends and good neighbors in the frontline community can only guarantee victory.”