2SBCT conducts assumption of command

By Staff Sgt. Taylor Scott-Ellison, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs OfficeJune 23, 2023

2SBCT conducts assumption of command
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Col. Keith W. Benedict, incoming commander of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, passes the brigade colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Eiermann, command sergeant major of 2nd SBCT, 4th Inf. Div., during the 2nd SBCT, 4th Inf. Div., assumption of command ceremony on Richert Field, Fort Carson, Colorado, June 21, 2023. Benedict assumed command of 2nd SBCT and cased the colors. The passing of colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming commander ensures that the unit and its Soldiers are never without official leadership, represents a continuation of trust and signifies an allegiance of Soldiers to their unit's commander. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Scyrrus Corregidor) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The “Mountain Warriors” welcomed new commander, Col. Keith W. Benedict, to the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during an assumption of command ceremony June 21, 2023, at Richert Field.

Brig. Gen. James K. Dooghan, deputy commanding general of Maneuver, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, presided over the event as Benedict assumed command.

“You’re going to enhance the Mountain Post’s readiness and will have the opportunity to dive into straight command activities and join the brigade that’s forward in Korea,” Dooghan said. “Cherish every moment, I look forward to the great things you and this awesome group of Soldiers are going to do.”

He brings to the brigade a diverse range of achievements and experience. He commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 2003. His most recent assignment was as a joint operational planner at U.S. Central Command.

“I truly appreciate my Family and friends who are here in person and so many others who have supported me on this journey,” Benedict said.

Benedict said he and his Family are appreciative of the opportunity to be welcomed by the community and he is excited to be a part of a unit with such a rich history.

“I am excited to join your ranks, and I will earn your trust with the decisions I make, the words that I speak and the actions that I take,” Benedict said. “I’m ready to make our service together meaningful, memorable and impactful both in Korea and here on Fort Carson.”