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 Fitch Col. Brian K. Wortinger, Garrison Commander

    Biography

    Col. Brian K. Wortinger assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Carson July 6, 2018. He was commissioned as an armor officer from the U.S. Military Academy West Point in 1995 and served as a lieutenant in the 24th and 3rd Infantry Divisions, including deployment to Kuwait.

    As a captain, he commanded a tank company in the 4th Infantry Division, followed by graduate school at the University of Virginia. While attaining his Master of Business Administration, Wortinger interned with Irwin Financial Corporation and 1st Nation’s Mortgage Company and founded Bridlewood Properties.

    Upon completion of his studies, Wortinger served as an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point. There, he taught Military Leadership, Negotiation for Leaders, Human Resource Management, Introduction to Management, and Accounting. Wortinger also deployed to train U.S. Soldiers on cross-cultural negotiations in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and to Afghanistan to author the Leadership and Management curriculum for the National Military Academy of Afghanistan.

    As a major, Wortinger studied at the Command and General Staff College and deployed with the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, and 1st Infantry Divisions to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    As a lieutenant colonel, Wortinger completed the U.S. Army Ranger School, commanded the 8th Squadron, 1st United States Cavalry Regiment in the 7th Infantry Division, and served as the Army’s chief of Officer Retention and Transition at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command. He also completed the Joint and Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College.

    Wortinger most recently served as the U.S. Army War College Fellow at the University of Louisville McConnell Center.

    Wortinger received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Ranger Tab, the Combat Action Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He has also been recognized as a Kentucky Colonel. He is an avid skier and mountain biker, a frustrated golfer and tennis player, and plans to improve his snowboarding and rock climbing.

  • Garrison Command Sergeant Major Burton Command Sgt. Maj. Kenyatta L. Mack

    Biography

    Command Sgt. Maj. Kenyatta L. Mack was born in Saginaw, Michigan. After graduating high school he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Bradley fighting vehicle mechanic and attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He later changed his military occupational specialty (MOS) to military police, attending Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

    Mack’s previous assignments include 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.; Aberdeen MP Company, Aberdeen, Maryland.; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 26th Area Support Group, Heidelberg, Germany; 529th MP Company, Heidelberg, Germany; HHC, 95th MP Battalion, Mannheim, Germany; 82nd Airborne Division, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan (Forward Deployed); 18th MP Brigade, Mannheim, Germany; 18th MP Brigade, Baghdad, Iraq (Forward Deployed); Installation Management Command Directorate of Emergency Services, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; 17th MP Detachment, Fort Jackson; U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; 385th MP Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia; and Headquarters Command Battalion, Arlington, Virginia. His leadership positions include team leader, military working dog handler, squad leader, platoon sergeant, kennel master, program manager, battalion plans and operations sergeant, provost sergeant, first sergeant, battalion and brigade operations sergeant major, and battalion command sergeant major.

    Mack has a well-rounded military and civilian education background to include the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Mechanic Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Military Police Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer courses, Law Enforcement Senior Leaders course, Master Resilience Trainer courses, Anti-Terrorism (AT) Program Manager and AT Officer courses, First Sergeant Course, Conventional Physical Security Crime Prevent Course, Supervisor Development Program Course, Child Abuse Prevention and Investigation Course, Hazardous Material Transportation Course, Patrol/Explosive/Narcotic Dog Handler courses, Small Arms Maintenance Course, Basic Airborne School, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Residential Course (Class 63), the Sergeant Major Force Management Course, the Command and General Staff College BDE/BN Pre-Command courses, and Garrison Leader’s Course. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Excelsior College and is currently pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity Management.

    Mack’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (seven oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal (eighth award), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with bronze service star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with bronze service star), National Defense Service Medal (with bronze service star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 5), Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 5), NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Gold), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, Driver’s Badge, and Mechanic Badge. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Military Police Regimental Bronze Marechaussee Medallion.

  • Garrison Deputy Commander Chisholm Roderick (Rod) Chisholm, Deputy Garrison 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 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.