FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Soldiers, leaders and Family members from across 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson gathered at Founders Field May 24, 2017, for a traditional retreat ceremony to honor and bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Kenneth L. Kamper, deputy commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson.

Kamper became the deputy commander of the division and the installation in July. Prior to coming to the 4th Inf. Div., he was the commanding general, U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas.

The ceremony was hosted by Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson.

Gonsalves lauded Kamper's many accomplishments during his time as the deputy commander to include laying the groundwork for a major deployment of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, his work as the director of the Mission Command Element, and his involvement with improving logistical and personnel readiness across the division.

"He and his wife have made an incredible impact on the 4th Infantry Division and our surrounding community of Colorado Springs," said Gonsalves. "Ken has been absolutely the right officer at the right time with the right breadth of knowledge to solve the challenges that lay ahead for this division."

Kamper served as director of the 4th Inf. Div. Mission Command Element (MCE) in Germany. The MCE is the regionally aligned division headquarters for Europe providing command, control and oversight to all U.S. Army forces operating in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

Kamper reflected on the many accomplishments of the division, the history of the division and the importance of community during his final speech as the deputy commander.

"First and foremost, we simply love this division and this post. We have loved serving here," Kamper said. "Most of all, we love the people here. Soldiers, Family members, (Department of the Army) Civilians, our Good Neighbors. One thing is for sure: life is good when you are surrounded by great teammates."

Kamper's next assignment will take him and his Family back to Fort Hood, where he will serve as the chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force-Inherent Resolve.