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Ivy Week Begins


Last updated 5/24/2022 at 3:03pm

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Clara Harty

Soldiers and leaders assigned to 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson climb in and out of an anti-tank ditch during Fort Carson's Ivy Week Utah Beach event May 23. The first two obstacles in the event symbolize the division landing and storming the beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with terrain covered in dunes and German defenses.

The 4th Infantry Division kicked off its annual Ivy Week competition Monday morning with a secret obstacle course to commemorate the division's heroic D-Day efforts at Utah Beach.

More than 23 battalion teams, approximately 6,000 Soldiers, tackled the course; however, all of the obstacles remained a complete mystery to participants until the rules were read and the event began.

The intent of this year's Ivy Week is to recognize and honor the 4th Inf. Div.'s legacy, test Soldier and unit readiness and build Ivy Spirit.

On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the 4th Inf. Div. was the spearhead seab...

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