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2nd Brigade ceremony starts season of leadership changes at Fort Carson

July 9, 2017 Updated: July 9, 2017 at 9:47 am
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Col. Dave Zinn took control of Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Col. Matthew Cody during a ceremony at the post. The change kicked off a season of leadership swaps at the post. (ARMY PHOTO)

Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team celebrated the accomplishments of an old boss while welcoming a new boss this month.

The 3,500-soldier infantry unit said farewell to Col. Matthew Cody, who has led the unit since 2015, overseeing a deployment to Afghanistan and a recent rapid-fire deployment to Germany. Cody's replacement is Col. Dave Zinn, who has served at Fort Carson several times in a 22-year career.

Zinn is taking over a unit that Fort Carson's Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves called "one of our Army's great brigades." It's also the Army's most decorated units of recent years, with accolades including three recipients of the Medal of Honor since 2009.

It's a big legacy for Zinn to uphold, and something he addressed in brief remarks.

"I am humbled," he said.

Gonsalves praised Cody for leading the brigade through a challenging period, which at one point saw its soldiers spread from Afghanistan to Bosnia.

As the post's only light infantry brigade, it was also called on to show how quickly lightly equipped troops can head to war, with one of the brigade's battalions heading to Germany for training. The unit raced overseas, with two weeks in between the initial order and the first troops landing in Europe.

"This brigade performed flawlessly," Gonsalves said.

Cody, who was awarded the Legion of Merit for his time in command, is heading to Fort Hood, Texas, for a staff job with the 1st Cavalry Division.

Cody said the credit for the brigade's success belongs to its soldiers.

"I'm honored to have stood in the ranks of these incredible men and women," he said.

The 2nd Brigade change at the top kicks of a series of leadership changes across Fort Carson.

On Monday, the post's artillery brigade will get a new boss.

On Saturday the 3rd Brigade Combat Team will get a new leader. The 3rd Brigade change is the first of its kind. The unit is now deployed in Europe, so Gonsalves will welcome the new commander and thank the old one over a video conference.

Next up is the post's 1st brigade Combat Team, which will welcome a new leader in the coming weeks.

After the brigade changes, it will be time for Gonsalves to move on. He's handing leadership of the division over to Maj. Gen. Randy George. The date for that switch hasn't been announced.

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Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

Twitter: @xroederx

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