FORT CARSON, Colo. — The 4th Infantry Division and community held a welcome ceremony July 2 for Col. James K. Dooghan, deputy commanding officer for maneuver (DCO-M), 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, at Founders Field. Prior to the welcome ceremony, the 4th Inf. Div. hosted an awards ceremony for the Ivy week winners.
“I want to thank the tireless team who put all this together to include Ivy week, and to also celebrate the division’s heritage,” said Dooghan.
Dooghan has had a long military career full of cumulating experiences that add to his expertise.
“James is an expert in all things maneuver and all things Army with an impeccable reputation,” said Maj. Gen. Matthew W. McFarlane, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson. “He has seen and done a lot. He is loyal to Soldiers and all of their Families.”
Dooghan was a distinguished military graduate and commissioned as a second lieutenant in armor from Portland State University, Oregon.
Some of his assignments included serving in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Texas, Kentucky, Washington in various leadership roles. Dooghan also gained experience from his roles in overseas operations, such as Operation Enduring Freedom multiple times.
Although the ceremony was to welcome Dooghan and his Family, they are familiar with the division.
“He is no stranger to the Mountain Post or the Ivy Division,” McFarlane said. “He was the inaugural commander for the (4th) Security Force Assistance Brigade here on post.”
Through his experience and assignments, his accomplishments have led him to the position of DCO-M at Fort Carson.
“We could not think of a better assignment than to stay at Fort Carson,” Dooghan said.
Dooghan packed up his office at the 4th SFAB headquarters and moved to the 4th Inf. Div. building where his new role awaits.
“I look forward to serving the Soldiers and Families of the Ivy Division,” said Dooghan. “We want to apply ourselves to an age-old phrase ‘To whom much is given much is required.’ God bless the men and women in the Ivy Division. Steadfast and Loyal!”