You know what they say: Timing is everything. And in the case of Col. Robert McLaughlin, former garrison commander at Fort Carson, he got out of the kitchen just in time.
As we recently reported, a lot of people in southeastern Colorado aren't happy about the Army's ambitions in bringing in a 113-helicopter Combat Aviation Brigade to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs and the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.
Today, on the eve of making decision on the environmental impact of the CAB, McLaughlin shook the post's dirt off his boots and split town.
Here's the release:
Col. Robert F. McLaughlin will transfer command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson to Col. David L. Grosso during a change of command ceremony Thursday at 11 a.m. at Founders Field.
McLaughlin assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson on June 30, 2009. He is leaving to deploy to Afghanistan, where he will serve as the chief of staff for U.S. Forces.
Grosso currently serves at Fort Carson as the deputy commander of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His past assignments have included stints as Deputy Commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Director, Village Stability National Coordination Center, Combined Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.
During his tenure at Fort Carson, McLaughlin was instrumental in improving resiliency resources for Soldiers and Families and leading the garrison through a record growth in population and services.
No mention that McLaughlin was always represented as the decision guy on whether to accept the Environmental Assessment finding of no significant impact (FONSI) or order a more in-depth Environmental Impact Statement, as demanded by numerous residents and elected officials in the areas of the PCMS.
Like they also say: Oh well, now it's somebody else's problem.