Fort Carson’s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, will convert to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team beginning in the spring of 2020 and will stay at Fort Carson, the Department of the Army announced this afternoon.    

Fort Carson expects to see an increase of approximately 200 soldiers due to this change, according to a news release issued by Fort Carson. The new brigade will be organized the same as its sister Stryker Brigade, the 1st SBCT, 4th Infantry Division, which is already stationed here.

“We are very pleased with this decision,” 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Commander Maj. Gen. Randy A. George said in the release. “Fort Carson provides world class training opportunities for Strykers and having another Stryker Brigade Combat team will improve 4th Infantry Division’s lethality,” 

The Army’s decision to convert the brigade at Fort Carson was based on strategic and operational considerations including its long-term readiness posture, presence of SBCT enablers, existing infrastructure and sustainment facilities, according to the release.

Currently the 2IBCT, 4th Infantry Division is deployed in support of Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan and Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, but unit leadership is already looking to the future.

“We will embrace this change with the same professionalism, discipline, and commitment to excellence that the War Horse Brigade has exhibited throughout its distinguished history of outstanding service to our great Nation,” Col. David Zinn, commander of the 2nd IBCT, 4th Infantry Division, said in the release. “Conversion to a Stryker Brigade brings increased mobility and lethality to the 4th Infantry Division and the U.S. Army.”