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

  • Col. Nate Springer, Garrison Commander Col. Nate Springer, Garrison Commander

    Biography

    Col. Nate Springer assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Carson July 8, 2020. He earned his commission from Oklahoma State University and entered service as an Armor officer in 1999. His first assignment was to Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as a tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader and company executive officer.

    As a captain, he reported to 1st Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany. He served on the General Staff and as a staff officer assigned to 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, and deployed to both Samarra and Tikrit, Iraq, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He then served as commander of both B Troop and Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and deployed to Northeast Kunar and Eastern Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom VII-VIII.

    As a major, he studied at the Naval Postgraduate School, served as the squadron executive officer of 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, and deployed to Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom XI-XII. He then served as the executive officer of 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

    As a lieutenant colonel, Springer served as the Army’s Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. He then commanded the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Following command, he served as the executive officer to the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and attended the War College through the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program (ASLSP). Most recently, he served as a military professor at the School of Advanced Military Studies.

    Springer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Oklahoma State University; a Master of Science in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School; a Master of Military Art and Science, Art of War History, from the Command and General Staff College; and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies through ASLSP.

    His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal (with three campaign stars), the Iraq Campaign Medal (with two campaign stars), the Combat Action Badge, the Airborne Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus W. Brister II Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus W. Brister II

    Biography

    Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus W. Brister II is a native of West Lincoln, Mississippi, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 2000. He attended One Station Unit Training as an infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia.

    During the course of his career, Brister held numerous duty positions, including radio telephone operator, rifleman, scout observer and team leader, 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division; squad leader, section sergeant and platoon sergeant, 4th Battalion, 64th Combined Arms Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia; scout platoon sergeant and first sergeant, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia; first sergeant, 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; first sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia; operations sergeant major, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington; command sergeant major, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. He assumed duties as the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Carson Jan. 5, 2021.

    Brister deployed with 4th Battalion, 64th Combined Arms Battalion, as a squad leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006; as a platoon sergeant from 2007-2008; and as a scout platoon sergeant and first sergeant, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, from 2010-2011.

    His military and civilian education includes the U.S. Army Pre-Command Course; U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy; Seniors Leaders Course; Advanced Leaders Course; Basic Leaders Course; Equal Opportunity Leaders Course; Master Resilience Trainer Course; Pathfinder Course; Air Assault Course and the Infantry Basic Course.

    Brister holds a Bachelor of Science from Southwest University, and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University.

    His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (4th award); Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award); Army Commendation Medal with Valor; Army Commendation Medal (3rd award); Army Achievement Medal (8th award); Good Conduct Medal (6th award); National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal (five bronze service stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5th award); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award); Multinational Force and Observers Medal; Expert Infantryman's Badge; Combat Infantryman's Badge; Air Assault Badge; Pathfinder Badge; and the Order of St. Maurice (Centurion).

    Brister is married and has three children.

  • Donald “Andy” Bird, Deputy Garrison Commander Donald “Andy” Bird, Deputy Garrison Commander

    Biography

    Donald “Andy” Bird became the deputy to the garrison commander at Fort Carson Sept. 27, 2019. He served as the chief of operations and plans U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Readiness, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from January 2017 until March 2018 when he was reassigned as the deputy chief of staff, IMCOM-Readiness.

    Bird retired from the U.S. Army in 2005 as an Infantry officer with more than 27 years of service. He served as the III Corps G3 from 2002-2003 and culminated his career as the III Corps chief of staff from 2004-2005.

    He returned to federal service in 2007 as the deputy to the garrison commander, Fort Hood, Texas. From 2009-2012, Bird was assigned as chief of staff for IMCOM-Europe, Heidelberg, Germany. He returned to Fort Hood in 2012 as the deputy garrison commander, prior to his assignment in 2014 at the U.S. Army Garrison Miami supporting U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Florida.

    Bird was commissioned as an Infantry second lieutenant after graduating from The Citadel in 1979. He has served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the United States as well as Germany, Korea, Kuwait and Iraq. He has commanded combat infantry units from platoon to battalion level and has served on staffs from battalion to corps level, along with a national level joint staff assignment with the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1994. He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom I from 2003-2004, in support of the Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad. He served as III Corps G3 in 2003 and was chief of plans and exercises in 2002. He capped off his active-duty career at Fort Hood as the chief of staff for III Corps until his retirement in 2005.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Citadel as well as master’s degrees in business management and strategic studies and policy. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Marine Corps War College.

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 1800s.

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, located near Leadville, Colorado, 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 Piñon 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 Piñon 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 Soldier's 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.