Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves assumed command of 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson May 14, 2015.
A native of Fort Carson, Colorado, Gonsalves attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 1984 with a bachelor of science in business and an Armor Branch commission. During more than 30 years of service, he has commanded tactical units at every echelon from platoon to brigade and served in key positions on both the Army and Joint Staffs. His assignments have included duty in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and the United States.
MG Gonsalves first served as a tank and mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, and battalion maintenance officer in the 4th Battalion, 40th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson. He was then assigned to the 1st Armored Division, Bamberg, Germany, from 1989 to 1991. There he served as the S3 Air and Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander in 3rd Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, during which time he deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm.
MG Gonsalves was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division from 1996 to 1999. He served as the 2nd Brigade S1, then later as the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment S3 and executive officer. He deployed in support of Operation Desert Fox serving as the task force executive officer. In 2002, MG Gonsalves was selected to command Task Force 1-66 Armor, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Hood, Texas, which later deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following attendance at the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, he returned to Fort Hood, Texas, in 2006. He served as commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, from 2008 to 2010 during which time he deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Other significant assignments include: instructor/writer in the Weapons Department and the chief of the Gunnery Training and Doctrine Branch for the Armor School; special assistant to the chief of staff of the Army; chief of Operations in Multi National Corps Iraq; executive officer to the commanding general, United States Forces-Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn; executive officer to the commander United States Joint Forces Command; deputy commanding general (Maneuver), 4th Infantry Division.
Most recently, Gonsalves served as the 29th director of the Army Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization, HQDA G-3/5/7 from May 2013-April 2015.
His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device (two oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist’s Badge and the Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.