4th Engineer Battalion
Lieutenant Colonel Carl D. Dick
4th Engineer, Fort Carson
Lt. Col. Carl D. Dick was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and joined the Army in 1989. Dick served for three years as an enlisted 12B combat engineer in Korea; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Fort Hood, Texas, and then continued to serve in the Arizona National Guard for two years as a 13F forward observer. Carl received his commission in the Corps of Engineers from Arizona State University ROTC in 1998, graduated as the distinguished honor graduate at Engineer Officer Basic Course.
He was assigned to the 65th Engineer Battalion as an S3 plans officer; line platoon leader; TF engineer for 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment; assault and obstacle platoon leader; and the battalion maintenance officer.
Upon completion of the Engineer Officer’s Career Course, Dick served as the 9th Engineer Battalion plans officer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in Schweinfurt, Germany, and during Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF). He commanded Company C, 9th Engineer Battalion, during its deployment to Ramadi with Task Force 1-77 Armor. That included constructing six combat outposts for Marine and Army task forces throughout Ramadi. He then served as the 2nd BCT brigade engineer in Northwest Baghdad increasing the brigade footprint with 12-plus combat outposts until December 2007. Dick moved to Heidelberg, Germany, as the U.S. Army Europe engineer plans officer from 2008-2009 synchronizing exercise related construction projects within Germany, Bulgaria and Israel.
In 2009, Dick attended Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at the Command and General Staff College followed by the Advanced Military Studies Program at the Leavenworth School of Advanced Military Studies. He was then assigned to Headquarters, International Security Force (ISAF) in Kabul as a CJ35 future operations planner from 2011-2012 with duties that included Pakistan/Afghanistan Trilateral Engagements, GLOC mitigation, NGO engagements, and he implemented the first International Detention Survey Concept which included conducting multiple Afghan prison inspections.
Dick served at Fort Riley, Kansas, as the 2-1 Brigade Special Troops Battalion S3 operations officer (2/1 ABCT) as it assumed the first USAFRICOM Brigade Regionally Aligned Force (RAF) Mission. Duties included teaching allies in Uganda and Kenya while preparing and deploying over 20 small teams to the African continent. He was nominated to return to Kabul as the deputy executive officer (Plans) for commander, ISAF/Resolute Support under Gen. Joseph Dunford and then Gen. John F. Campbell from March 2014 to March 2015. He returned to Fort Riley to serve as the division engineer (Sanctuary) while the division staff was deployed and reconstituted from Iraq (OIR).
Dick has deployed four times for OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). He has an undergraduate degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, a Masters in Engineering Management and a Masters in Military Arts and Science.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star (three oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (eight oak leaf clusters), and the Oversea Service Medal (Numeral 8). He has also earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the NATO Service Medal, the Bronze DeFlurey Award as well as the Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge and Parachutist Badge.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Robert W. Ferguson II
4th Engineer, Fort Carson
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert W. Ferguson II hails from Sterling Heights, Michigan, and joined the Army in August 1996 as a combat engineer.
His previous duties include: Sapper in Company C, 14th Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington; vehicle driver in S3 Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Eng. Bn., Camp Castle, Korea; team leader, training NCO, and squad leader in Company C, 11th Eng. Bn.; squad leader in Company B, 2nd Eng. Bn., Camp Castle, Korea; squad leader, operations sergeant, and platoon sergeant in Company A, 326th Eng. Bn. (reflagged as 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky; observer/controller/trainer on the Tarantula and Sidewinder teams, Operations Group, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. His last operational assignment was at, Fort Polk, Louisiana where he served as a first sergeant of the 814th Multi-Role Bridge Company and the battalion operations sergeant in 46th Eng. Bn.
Ferguson’s military education consists of: Jungle Warfare School, Combat Lifesaver, Air Assault School, Rappel Master School, Master Driver Course, FRIES-SPIES Course, Pathfinder School, Unit Victim Advocate, Battle Staff NCO Course, Joint Firepower Course, and Master Fitness Trainer Course. He is a graduate of Basic Leadership Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Senior Leadership Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 66.
Ferguson earned an associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Professional Studies from Austin Peay State University.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (10 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Badge, Sapper Tab, Driver’s Badge (Wheeled), and the German Armed Forces Fitness Proficiency Badge. He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and a recipient of the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.