The U.S. Army has selected Fort Carson to receive an additional brigade combat team of 4,877 soldiers to supplement the four brigades already assigned to the Mountain Post.
The expansion is part of the Army “Grow the Force” initiative, under which it is creating six new brigades during the next five years.
Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar, who earlier this month wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Army touting Fort Carson, welcomed the Army’s announcement
“Fort Carson is absolutely the right home for an additional brigade,” Salazar said in a release. “This addition will also have substantial positive economic impact on the surrounding communities in the Pikes Peak Region.”
The new unit would increase the number of active-duty troops at the post to 30,000, double the 2003 total.
Republican Sen. Wayne Allard said the expansion would bring about $50 million a year in government funding, plus about $500 million in construction.
“Today’s announcement is nothing short of great news for southern Colorado,” Allard said.