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Posted: March 1, 2018 9:04 a.m.
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Raiders take charge

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The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of Col. Mike Adams and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Leimer, uncase the unit’s colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Feb. 23. The ceremony marks the first time since the Korean War that 3rd ID Soldiers have deployed to South Korea.

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Camp Humphreys, South Korea – The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division assumed responsibility as the rotational armored brigade combat team in the Republic of Korea during a transfer of authority ceremony, Feb. 23.  

Soldiers from the Raider Brigade started arriving in late January to begin a nine-month rotation. Raider Soldiers replaced the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team “Black Jack,” 1st Cavalry Division, the first U.S. armored brigade to complete a rotation in the Korean peninsula. 

The ceremony was presided over by Maj. Gen. Scott McKean, commander of the 2nd Infantry Division ROK-U.S. Combined Division. 

“The strength of our Army is the ability to produce well-trained and well-led units,” said McKean. “We are very fortunate to welcome the Raider Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, Rock of the Marne.”

The ceremony was the final step in the month-long transition between the brigades. 

"I would like to thank the 2nd Infantry ROK-U.S.  Combined Division, our Republic of Korea Army counterparts, the cities of Dongducheon and Pyeongteak, for all their support and coordination that has contributed to making this transition successful,” said Col. Mike Adams, commander, 1st ABCT. “To the Black Jack team, thank you for the seamless transition, your candor and for absolutely setting the Raider Brigade on the path to mission accomplishment." 

The deployment marks a historic return of 3rd ID Soldiers to South Korea. This is the first time Soldiers bearing the Marne Division patch have served on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War.  During the war, 3rd ID had 13 Medal of Honor recipients, received eight Battle Stars and was awarded The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.  The 7th Infantry Regiment of 3rd ID recorded more combat time than any other infantry unit in South Korea.  

The Raider Brigade has a storied history including four deployments to Iraq and, most recently, to Europe in 2015 as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. While this is a new mission for the Raider Brigade and 3rd ID, it is the Army’s fifth rotation to South Korea. The rotations began in 2015 after the 2nd ID’s last organic combat brigade was deactivated. 

In South Korea, the Raider Brigade will be supporting the 2nd ID in deterring aggression from The Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea and maintaining peace on the Peninsula. 

“The seriousness of this mission is paramount, because forces that don’t have the skill to win cannot deter,” said Adams. “Every Raider Soldier, NCO and Officer represented on the field today is ready to maintain themselves and their equipment at the highest state of readiness.”


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