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    Changing of the Guard

    Changing of the Guard

    Photo By Sgt. James Geelen | U.S. Army Col. James G. Kent, (left), outgoing commander,4th Sustainment Brigade,...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. James Geelen 

    4th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade

    Story by Sgt. James Geelen
    4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
    FORT CARSON, Co. –Just as the seasons are beginning to change, so do the people that are in our lives. ‘Rough Riders’, friends, families and colleagues all gathered together to welcome in a new commander, Col. Steven E. Putthoff, to 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, during a change of command ceremony July 12 at Founder’s Field, on Fort Carson.
    Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Ryan, acting senior commander, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, presided over the ceremony as Col. James G. Kent passed over command to Col. Putthoff.
    “This brigade has deployed for more missions in the last two years than any other unit on Fort Carson,” Ryan said. “Whether it’s deploying to Europe, Asia, a humanitarian mission to help after a hurricane or sending Soldiers to the help secure the border. 4th Sustainment Brigade always stands ready no matter what the mission or where it may take them. That’s a testament to the leadership that Geoff, (Kent), has provided.”
    Putthoff replaced Kent, who has served as the 4SB commander for the past two years. During that period, Kent successfully led the Soldiers through a multitude of training missions, rotations to the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and several hurricane relief missions.
    “I love this brigade,” Kent said. “I love the men and women that I’ve served with here. I walk away today, with great pride in this group and I can’t thank them enough for who they are, what they do and what they still may yet be called to do.”
    Putthoff has spent the past two years working on the 4th ID division staff as the deputy chief of staff for logistics, (G4). The same job that Kent will be doing for I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
    “As the division G4, I had the opportunity to work with the 4th Sustainment Brigade in exercise and training,” Putthoff said. “This has provided me with insight into their capabilities and the expectations on how the sustainment brigade integrates into division operations.”
    Ryan conveyed his confidence in both gentlemen’s ability to teach and lead.
    “Geoff and Steven helped this career Infantryman understand sustainment and logistics in the 4ID,” Ryan said. “They helped me understand the lingo, helped me communicate our status to the higher headquarters and they made it easy. It’s has been my privilege to work with you both.”
    The Putthoff family is ready and excited to continue serving at Fort Carson.
    “I am honored to get the opportunity to continue to serve in the 4th Infantry Division and the chance to serve alongside the Soldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade,” Putthoff said. “Fort Carson is a fantastic post to live and train at, with a supportive community and I look forward to the next two years.”




    Date Taken: 07.16.2019
    Date Posted: 07.16.2019 15:47
    Story ID: 331641
    Location: FORT CARSON, CO, US 
    Hometown: MANSFIELD, PA, US

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