Fort Carson got a new landlord May 21.
Col. David Grosso turned the keys to the post over to Col. Joel Hamilton, who is the new garrison commander who will run the installation's maintenance, public works and civilian employment.
Dave Tindoll, Atlantic Region director for the Installation Management Command, which oversees base support for Army installations, presided over the ceremony, receiving the garrison colors from Grosso and presenting them to Hamilton symbolizing the change in responsibility of Fort Carson and the post's 73,000 military and civilian personnel.
"Col. Grosso's leadership provided the direction and guidance needed during a period of significant change and turbulence at the Mountain Post as it continued to have significant growth requirements directed by Army restationing actions," Tindoll said.
As he spoke to a crowd of more than 300 guests and more than 100 soldiers in formation, Grosso thanked the troops he served with during the past 33 years.
"Any success that I have ever incurred or experienced in this Army since Jan. 28, 1981, is a direct result of their mentorship, their unwavering patience and their tremendous example of patriotism, confidence valor and their humanity," Grosso said.
He told incoming commander Hamilton that "the Army got it completely right.
"You are the right commander, at the right time," said Grosso, who is headed to The Pentagon. "And I wish you the very best, and perhaps maybe some rain today or the next couple days as the Front Range has already begun it's fire season."
Hamilton, an avid fly fisherman who was once assigned to Fort Carson's 3rd Brigade, said he is thankful to be back in Colorado.
Coming from a post at the Pentagon, Hamilton said he's he is most looking forward to taking care of soldiers and their families.
"History has shown that this is a very challenging and difficult time," Hamilton said. "It's also no mystery that there will be fiscal constraints that we have to contend with. I think that, in context, is probably the greatest challenge.
"But all along, our charter has not changed, and that is to continue to keep soldiers, families and civilians welfare at the forefront. If we do that, we are going to be OK."