Mission

The Mountain Post Garrison team provides mission readiness, support and services for Fort Carson Soldiers, Families, and the Community to fight and win our nation's wars.

Vision

Leaders of Readiness Support to our Army.

Leadership

  • Garrison Commander

    Biography

    Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in Dallas, Pennsylvania, Col. Ronald P. Fitch Jr. was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an engineer officer following graduation from Pennsylvania State University in January 1995. His engineer assignments include platoon leader in the 536th Engineer Battalion, Fort Kobbe, Panama; company executive officer and battalion maintenance officer, 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Castle, Republic of Korea; and G3 plans officer, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

    Fitch graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in August 2001 and served as the ODA 745 Detachment commander, AS3, Bravo Company commander and battalion S3 in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); group personnel and group operations officer, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); JOC chief, J35, and J3 in the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan; assistant chief of staff G3, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne); and commander, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Fitch has deployed throughout the NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM theaters and to Afghanistan with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

    Fitch’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, Korean Defense Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal, Paraguayan, Colombian and Venezuelan Airborne Wings.

    He is a graduate of Airborne School; Air Assault School; Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Special Forces Qualification Course; Survival, Escape, Evasion and Resistance (SERE) School; Ranger School; Jumpmaster School; Special Forces Underwater Operations Course; Combined Arms Services Staff School; Command and General Staff College and Army War College. Fitch holds a Professional Engineer Registration in the State of Missouri, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

  • Garrison Command Sergeant Major

    Biography

    Command Sgt. Maj. David Burton entered the United States Army in July 1993 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama, where he was trained as a military policeman.

    Burton’s subsequent positions and duty assignments include: gunner, team leader, squad leader and platoon sergeant, 65th Military Police Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1993-1999); drill sergeant, A Company 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia (1999-2001); squad leader and platoon sergeant, Airborne Military Police Platoon, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, Fort Wainwright, Alaska (2001-2003); platoon sergeant and operations sergeant, 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina (2003-2008); first sergeant, 977th Military Police Company, Fort Riley, Kansas (2008-2010); operations sergeant major, 91st Military Police Battalion, Fort Drum, New York (2011); command sergeant major, 91st Military Police Battalion, Fort Drum, New York (2011-2014); operations sergeant major, Indianapolis Recruiting Battalion (2014-2015); and provost sergeant major, 4th Infantry Division (2015-2016). Burton has an operational deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Burton has attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System, culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 61. Burton is also a graduate of the following military courses: the First Sergeants Course, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Drill Sergeant, Master Fitness, Protective Services, and the Special Reaction Team Course. Burton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies.

    Burton’s more notable awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with V device, Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (four oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (four oak leaf clusters). He has also been awarded the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Egyptian Parachutist Badge and the Chilean Parachutist Badge. Burton is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and has been awarded the Military Police Corps Regiment's Order of the Marechaussee (Bronze).

  • Garrison Deputy Commander

    Biography

    Roderick (Rod) Chisholm has been the deputy to the garrison commander, Fort Carson, since Jan. 2, 2012. Chisholm previously served as the deputy to the garrison commander and director of Public Works, Fort Hood, Texas. Chisholm attended Colorado State University and received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1977 while on scholarship through the Army ROTC program. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the Army and spent seven years on active duty in a combat heavy unit oriented towards construction. He served on active duty as a Company Commander and Battalion S3. In 1984, he joined the civil service ranks with the Directorate of Engineering and Housing at Fort Bragg, N.C. While there he moved up to serve as the Chief of Environmental Division and then became the deputy in 1993. He was also serving in the 416th Engineering Command, U.S. Facility Engineer Group, U.S. Army Reserves. In 1990, Chisholm was selected to attend the Engineering and Housing Advanced Studies Program, where he received his M.S. in Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle. Deployments sent him overseas twice. In 1997, he served in Joint Operation Guard in Hungary and Bosnia where he served as the DPW in Hungary for nine months. From May 2003-March 2004, he was deployed to Uzbekistan and Northern Afghanistan, where he once again served as the DPW while commanding a Facility Engineering Detachment. Chisholm has received numerous awards, to include the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for 20 years of service at Fort Bragg, the William C. Gribble Jr. DPW Executive of the Year Award for 2007, and the Bronze Star Medal.

Fort Carson History

Fort Carson was established in 1942, following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The city of Colorado Springs purchased land south of the city and donated it to the War Department. Construction began immediately and the first building, the camp headquarters, was completed January 31, 1942. Camp Carson was named in honor of the legendary Army scout, Gen. Christopher "Kit" Carson, who explored much of the West in the 1800's.

At the construction's peak, nearly 11,500 workers were employed on various construction projects at the new camp. Facilities were provided for 35,173 enlisted men, 1,818 officers and 592 nurses. Nearly all of the buildings were of the mobilization type construction with wood sided exteriors. The hospital was of the semi-permanent type concrete block and had space for 1,726 beds with an expansion capability of 2,000 beds. The 89th Infantry Division was the first major unit to be activated at Camp Carson. During World War II, over 100,000 soldiers trained at Camp Carson. Along with three other infantry divisions - the 71st, 104th and 10th Mountain - more than 125 units were activated at Camp Carson and more than 100 others were transferred to the Mountain post from other installations.

Nurses, cooks, mule packers, tank battalions, a Greek infantry battalion, and an Italian ordnance company - literally soldiers of every variety - trained at Camp Carson during the war years. Camp Carson was also home to nearly 9,000 Axis prisoners of war - mostly Italians and Germans. The internment camp at Camp Carson opened on the first day of 1943. These POWs alleviated the manpower shortage in Colorado by doing general farm work, canning tomatoes, cutting corn, and aiding in logging operations on Colorado's Western Slope.

Between 1942 and 1956, pack mules were a common sight at Camp Carson. The first shipment arrived by train from Nebraska in July 1942. The mules were used by Field artillery (Pack) battalions to carry equipment, weapons and supplies over mountainous terrain. The most famous of these animals was Hambone, the pride of the 4th Field Artillery for 13 years, he carried first sergeants up Ute Pass to Camp Hale. Camp Hale, located near Leadville, Colorado was where the Army conducted cold weather and mountain warfare training. Hambone died in March 1971, and was buried with full military honors.

Activity at Camp Carson was greatly reduced following the end of World War II. By April 1946, the military strength at the Mountain Post had dropped to around 600. It appeared that Camp Carson would be closed. With the onset of the Korean War however, activity once again increased. Many Reserve and National Guard units were called to active duty and stationed at Camp Carson during this time. Camp Carson became "Fort Carson" in 1954. In the 1960s, mechanized units were assigned to the Mountain Post. At this time additional training land was purchased, bringing the post to its current size of 140,000 acres. Throughout its history Fort Carson has been home to nine divisions. An additional training area, comprising 237,000 acres, was purchased in September 1983. Named the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, this training area is located approximately 150 miles to the southeast, and is used for large force-on-force maneuver training. Comprehensive maneuver and live fire training also occurs down range at Fort Carson.

Exercises and deployments continually hone the skills of the Fort Carson Soldiers. When not deployed, Soldiers train annually at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site and the National Training Center in California. Additionally, units participate in joint exercises around the world, including Central and South Africa, Europe, and Southwest Asia. In 2003, most Fort Carson units were deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Troops were also sent in support of the guard mission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President George W. Bush addressed the troops and Family members on November 24, 2003, in praise of the soldier's determination and the sacrifices their Families have made.

Throughout its history, Fort Carson Soldiers and units have been very active supporting various community events throughout Colorado. Soldiers from the Mountain Post have conducted firefighting missions in local national forests, search and rescue missions throughout the state, and various other emergency operations. Twenty-four cities in Colorado have formal relationships with units at Fort Carson and the Mountain Post supports over 350 community events such as parades, concerts, and fairs every year. Fort Carson has a proud history of supporting the nation's call to arms. For more than five decades, Fort Carson has provided trained and ready Soldiers to meet operational requirements. That heritage continues today at Fort Carson, the Mountain Post.