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Posted: October 19, 2017 3:37 p.m.
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CAB cases colors, preps for CENTCOM mission

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Col. Mark Johnson and Command Sgt. Maj. Terri Clavon, 3rd CAB team, wraps the brigade colors in a ceremony on Hunter Army Airfield Sept. 29. The ceremony symbolizes the movement of the brigade to a task force element supporting operations in Central Command area of operations

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The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division cased its colors on Sept.  29, during a ceremony on Hunter Army Airfield.

The ceremony marked the brigade’s transition into a task force organization that will be supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Central Command’s area of responsibility in the coming months.

“Our mission is to provide aviation support to the Afghan partners, and to our US forces in Afghanistan,” said the Col. Mark Johnson, 3rd CAB commander “Soldiers are very excited to go and do their mission and support US national objective.”

While deployed, the brigade will be recognized as Task Force Falcon, consisting of units from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade and National Guard units from Iowa, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

“We’ve had a unique opportunity to train with many of our Guard partners over the last few months,” he said. “They’ve had the opportunity to come down to Fort Stewart and use facilities here for training. And we’ve sent soldiers to go train with them at their home stations as well as collective training at Fort Hood.”

Integrating the National Guard units into training before a deployment provides an opportunity for each unit to understand how to operate and assist each other, said Command Sgt. Maj. Terri Clavon, 3rd CAB senior enlisted advisor.

“Soldiers are very excited to do their mission and support the U.S. forces,” said Johnson. “They are ready to do the mission.”

As the mission draws closer, Families are encouraged to support one another through unit family readiness groups and continue to use the services that are provided to them, oftentimes free of charge, said Johnson.


“I thank the Families of our deploying Soldiers for all of their contributions and support of their loved ones. They do not receive awards, badges or combat stripes for going through a deployment but they are the ones who hold the household together while their Soldier is away,” he said.

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