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.
Leaders of Readiness Support to our Army.
Col. Nate Springer, Garrison Commander
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 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 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.