About Fort Carson, CO
Located near Colorado Springs in Central Colorado, Fort Carson acts as a United States Army installation. The 137,000 acre base is home to a dozen different military regiments, including the 4th Infantry Division as well as the 10th Special Forces group. Built in 1942, Fort Carson is named after legendary American frontiersman Christopher "Kit" Carson.
Fort Carson was a direct response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. During the war, more than 100,000 soldiers trained at the camp, while nearly 9,000 prisoners of war were interned throughout the duration of World War II. After the war, the Fort began training soldiers in survival over mountainous terrains.
Notable former Fort Carson soldiers include former Secretary of State Colin Powell as well as Olympic Gold Medal winning boxer Andrew Maynard. Fort Carson, as well as the 4th Infantry Division, are currently under the command of Major General Ryan F. Gonsalves.