Fort Carson’s new garrison commander knows he will need to rely on the post’s strong relationship with Colorado Springs to support the 4th Infantry Division, especially as many of the unit’s soldiers return from a deployment to Afghanistan. “Roughly 70 percent of our soldiers and their families live outside the gates,” Col. Brian Wortinger told the Gazette. “So we really need these partnerships to serve these families the best we can,” he said. More broadly, Fort Carson will be depending on its neighbors for a host of services to support its 25,000 soldiers, 40,000-plus family members and 6,000 civilians. “I have been at a level where I can see that type of collaboration,” Wortinger said. “And the Fort Carson community is the best I have ever seen, hands down.”
Already, the post is benefitting from its mutual aid agreements with surrounding jurisdictions. Civilian fire departments currently are helping control a fire at the installation’s Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, said Wortinger, who assumed his new role July 6.
Army photo by Amber Martin