Maj. Gen. Randy A. George: 4ID ready to ‘respond quickly, decisively’

4ID, Fort Carson change of leadership set for Aug. 24, 2017

By Maj. Gen. Randy A. George
Commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson

4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, and the Colorado Springs community,

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. While we are blessed and lucky to be returning to Fort Carson, our teammates Command Sgt. Maj. Tim Metheny and his wife, Betty, are here for the first time. We are confident it won’t take them long to discover why Fort Carson is called the “Best Hometown in the Army” and “The Home of America’s Best.”

The Ivy Division has always prioritized “Mission, Soldier, Family and Team.” As the only balanced division in the Army and with 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), we are uniquely positioned to respond quickly and decisively when our nation calls during these tumultuous and unpredictable times. When that call comes, we will be READY, just as Ivy Division Soldiers were in the past. During World War I, 4ID was the only division to serve in the British, French and German sectors. During World War II the division was called upon to unleash our unique flexibility as the spearhead element on Utah Beach. In Vietnam, this storied division remained steadfast and loyal, earning 10 battle streamers. Most recently, 4ID has been deployed non-stop since 9/11, and a strong commitment to joint effort and cooperation continues to frame our operations around the globe. Today the Ivy Division Mission Command Element serves as the intermediate headquarters for U.S. Army Europe, and our brigades are deployed across two theaters of war.

Going forward, our mission to be always READY will continue to serve as our rally point. While we cannot choose where or when we fight, we will be READY to answer our nation’s call. This means, as Soldiers, Family and community members, and teammates we will be:

Respectful — of one another, for great things happen through cooperation and a diversity of thought that comes with being open to different ideas, perspectives and experiences.

Experts — at our crafts, knowing that giving our best effort can only happen if we are committed to pursuing excellence in all we undertake.

Athletes — keeping ourselves “fit to fight” by living an active and healthy lifestyle and through tough physical training that will ensure we are stronger than any enemy we may face.

Disciplined — disciplined Soldiers create disciplined units. The courage to choose the right path, even, and quite often when, it’s harder, more uncomfortable, less popular and at times dangerous is the bedrock of the best units.

You — YOU make the difference! Being ready is a call to all of us: as Soldiers, Family members, community leaders and community members. It is demonstrated in the choices we make, the efforts we support and the responsibilities we embrace.

Patty and I look forward to renewing old friendships and, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Metheny and Betty, building new connections here on Fort Carson and the surrounding dynamic Colorado Springs community.

Steadfast and Loyal!