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Mountain Post bids farewell to deputy commander

By: ERIN PRATER
March 13, 2013
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photo - Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, right, accepts the last round fired during a retreat ceremony at Fort Carson on Wednesday. Every program Rogers touched at Fort Carson turned to gold, said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson. Photo by ERIN PRATER, THE GAZETTE
Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, right, accepts the last round fired during a retreat ceremony at Fort Carson on Wednesday. Every program Rogers touched at Fort Carson turned to gold, said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson. Photo by ERIN PRATER, THE GAZETTE 

Fort Carson bid farewell to a deputy commander during a Wednesday evening ceremony that featured the lowering of the U.S. flag and the firing of cannons.

Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers Jr. has served as the 4th Infantry Division’s deputy commanding general for support since February 2012.

His departure makes for a bittersweet week, said Fort Carson’s Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, who will relinquish command of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson at a ceremony Thursday.

“It’s farewell week here,” said Anderson, who later referred to Rogers as “very loved and respected outside and inside the garrison” and a man who “takes everything in stride.”

During his time as a deputy commander, Rogers oversaw training and maintenance, sent units to war in Afghanistan, and helped establish the post’s Transition University program for soldiers departing the Army, Anderson said.

“Everything he’s touched here, he turned to gold,” he said.

“And he makes great chili and barbecue and looks cute with an apron on,” Anderson joked.

Rogers is moving to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he’ll serve as the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

“It’s time to move on, but it’s been a pleasure,” Rogers said. “I leave here having grown personally and professionally.”

POST GETS NEW BOSS THURSDAY
A two-star general is scheduled to take the helm of Fort Carson and the 4th Infantry Division on Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera will replace Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, who has led the Mountain Post since November 2011, during a ceremony at the post.

LaCamera most recently served as deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. He spent most of his career with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, and commanded the unit from 2005 through 2007.

He was also awarded the Silver Star, the Army’s third-highest honor for valor in combat.

Anderson’s next assignment is Fort Bragg, where he’ll serve as the special assistant to the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, according to Fort Carson spokeswoman Dee McNutt.

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