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Posted: July 26, 2018 3:30 p.m.
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Marne air uncases colors

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Col. Mark Johnson and Command Sgt. Maj Terri Clavon, brigade commander and command sergeant major of 3rd CAB, uncase the brigade colors symbolizing the return of the brigade from Afghanistan, July 18, at Forsyth Park in Savannah.

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The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and subordinate battalion commanders gathered at Forsyth Park in Savannah, July 18, to uncase the brigade colors for their redeployment from Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.

The deployed Soldiers supported the ground forces with aviation operations including medical evacuation, aerial reconnaissance, and security, as well as troop and cargo transport throughout the country of Afghanistan.

“The Soldiers before you today have accomplished a tremendous amount in the past nine-months,” said Col. Mark Johnson, commander for 3rd CAB. “From providing aviation support to U.S., coalition, and NATO partners in Afghanistan. 

While the priority in Afghanistan was readiness, the CAB’s rear detachment also had the same priorities at Hunter Army Airfield. 

“These Soldiers worked day and night both here and abroad to sustain readiness within the Army and to support the strategic objectives of the United States,” said Johnson.

The uncasing of the colors is an Army tradition that symbolizes the movement and transition of a unit from theater operations to home station operations. The uncasing of the colors honors the Soldiers who made it home to love ones and the nation.

The mission that was bestowed to the 3rd CAB did not just comprise of operations but Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment from the South Carolina National Guard and other National Guard counterparts. 

“The National Guard Soldiers mobilized for active duty almost a year ago and fought as integrated members of Task Force Falcon,” said Johnson. “We recognize the tremendous contributions from these Soldiers as they return to service in their respective states and communities.”

During the ceremony, Soldiers within the formation were recognized with awards for their work and dedication to the mission in Afghanistan and at Hunter Army Airfield.

Johnson accredits the families of 3rd CAB for their support to service and volunteer work throughout Savannah, Fort Stewart, and Hunter Army Airfield communities.

“There is another group I wish to recognize that took care of sick children and made families run while spouses were away,” said Johnson. “They are the family and friends of 3rd CAB.” The Soldiers here at 3rd CAB served the country in many ways, such as giving back to the community in Savannah or deployed to an unknown location. Nothing says welcome home like being greeted by loved ones and extended family within the Fort Stewart community.

“We are fortunate to serve here in Savannah, Georgia, Johnson said. We fully embrace the hospitality and support we receive from the local community.” I would like to thank those from the community who served our Soldiers and families.”

As the history of the 3rd CAB continues, we are reminded of where we came from by honoring the past.

“This week marks the 100 year anniversary of the second battle of the Marne, said Johnson. “It is during this famed battle in World War I that 3rd ID earned the moniker ‘Rock of the Marne’,.. “These Soldiers before you today stand as the most recent combat veterans of 3rd ID and carry on the tradition of steadfastness set by their predecessors 100 years ago.”     

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