FORT CARSON, CO. – The “Ivy” Division bade farewell to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Guillaume “Will” Beaurpere, sustainment deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, during a promotion and farewell retreat ceremony May 8, 2020, at Manhart Field.
Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, commanding general of the 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, officiated the promotion and then presented the Legion of Merit to Beaurpere, recognizing his exceptionally meritorious service as deputy commander.
“Character is a foundation of leadership,” said McFarlane. “Will, certainly exemplifies that.”
McFarlane praised the outgoing leader and said he appreciated his professionalism and dedication to the 4th Inf. Div. and its Soldiers.
Beaurpere served as the exercise director for two Fort Carson brigade culminating training events – a deployment to the Joint Combat Readiness Center and the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade preparing for a combat deployment to the Middle East.
“Will’s calm leadership has been critical in our installation wide COVID response,” McFarlane said, addressing Beaurpere achievements in the Ivy Division. “Under his leadership, the Division achieved the best non-deployable rate in FORSCOM for 10 of the past 12 months.”
McFarlane spoke about the five Support Supply Activity warehouses consistently ranked within the top five of more than 20 warehouses across the entire III Corps.
During his farewell address, Beaurpere recalled how fate brought him back to the Ivy Division and how he had the chance of learning from two tremendous division commanders – Lt. Gen. Randy George, I Corps Commander and Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane.
“Sir you taught me the meaning of leading an organization with passion and commitment,” said Beaurpere about McFarlane. “Watching you command with such tireless energy through the current pandemic and current national crisis is probably one of the greatest leadership plans I’ve ever had the privilege of participating in.”
Beaurpere, too, thanked the leaders of the division, past leaders, and his Family during the ceremony.
“I can’t express how grateful I am for your love and dedication to the family and what you do every day to keep us grounded and morally straight,” Beaurpere said to his wife, Amy. “I love you very much.”
He went on to convey his love and thanks to his four children.
“I know it has not been easy growing up a military child, but I can tell you that you will forge your own journey forward in life,” said Beaurpere. “I believe you were born adaptable and more resilient than most kids out there as a result of your military life – I love you all so much.”
Beaurpere said it’s an absolute honor for him to join the ranks of such distinguished American Soldiers.