4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
FORT CARSON, Colo. — On December 10, 1917, the same year America entered World War I, the Army formed the 4th Division at Camp Greene, North Carolina, to begin its long tradition of service to the nation. Filled with conscripts, the 4th Division’s first commanding general, Major General George H. Cameron, named the unit the “Ivy” Division based on the Roman numeral IV. The “Ivy” division insignia consisted of four green ivy leaves on a khaki background. The ivy leaves symbolize tenacity and loyalty and are the basis of the division’s motto, “Steadfast and Loyal”.
Today, we honor the Ivy Soldiers who came before us by upholding the traditions of physical and mental toughness, devotion to duty, and commitment to the Nation. The Ivy Soldier has demonstrated, and will continue to demonstrate, that they are combat capable and the finest soldiers in the country. In total, soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division earned 21 Medals of Honor while conducting combat operations in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam conflict, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
The Ivy Division was the only American force to conduct operations with British and French forces during World War I, earning five combat streamers.
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division led the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, off the Normandy coast of France, known as Utah Beach.
The Ivy Soldiers were part of the first Allied ground force to enter Germany on September 11, 1944. From mid-November to December 1944, the Ivy Soldiers fought in Europe’s most grueling battle, the Battle of Forest of Hurtgen.
Assigned to Vietnam’s largest area of operations, the Ivy Division earned 11 combat streamers while conducting combat operations in Ia Drang Valley, Plei Trap Valley, Fire Base Gold, Dak To, l ‘Oasis, Kontum, Pleiku, Ben Het, An Khe, and Cambodia.
In March 2003, the division began deploying to Iraq. Ivy Soldiers played a role in Operation Red Dawn on December 13, 2003, resulting in the capture of Saddam Hussein. A year later, the division returned from Iraq. After a successful 12-month deployment, the 4th Inf. Div. received deployment orders in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 05-07 to serve as Multi-National Division Headquarters Baghdad (MND-B), departing Fort Hood, Texas in November 2005 and back in November 2006.
In January 2007, the 4th Inf. Div. was called up again to serve as MND-B headquarters for OIF 07-09. Over the next few months, soldiers from the Ivy Division trained and prepared for 15 months of combat. In December 2007, the division assumed the MND-B battlespace for the second time. The Ivy Division achieved the Army’s strategic objectives as MND-B by setting the stage for strategic decisions to be made by the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Iraq. The division’s steadfast and loyal soldiers have achieved the lowest levels of attacks in OIF history and the highest level of reconstruction and capacity building ever in Baghdad province.
In May 2009, soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and became the first Ivy Soldiers to participate in the operation. In July 2009, upon returning from deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 4th Inf. Div. was transferred from Fort Hood, Texas to Fort Carson. In July 2013, the Ivy Division deployed to Afghanistan as the headquarters of Regional Command – South based at Kandahar Airfield, with a mission to begin the redeployment and drawdown of U.S. forces in southern Afghanistan.
The division redeployed in July 2014 after successfully preparing the way for the handover of the mission to Afghan forces. The 4th Inf. Div. was assigned the task of forces assigned to Army Regions in Europe, and the division deployed to Europe on February 13, 2015. The 4th Inf. Div. The Mission Command Element served as the interim headquarters for U.S. Army Europe, operating in support of Atlantic Resolve.
From 2014 to 2019, the division’s brigades were permanently deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo and Europe. The 4th Inf. Div. continues to serve with distinction and add to its rich history. The Ivy Division stands ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to answer the nation’s call once again.
The 4th Infantry Division remains “Steadfast and Loyal” and fit for any test. It’s the mighty 4th Division… the best in America!
Respect — Ivy Soldiers respect themselves, their equipment, their surroundings, and the enemy.
Experts – Ivy Soldiers train to become experts in their craft.
Athlete — The Ivy Soldiers “train at altitude” as athletes. The Ivy Soldiers are in good shape, knowing that the last combat yards are the most dangerous place on the planet.
Ddiscipline – Ivy Soldiers show discipline by doing the right thing when no one is watching.
Yesor — The Ivy Soldiers look in the mirror knowing that it’s up to you to complete all the missions.