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Posted: February 1, 2018 12:36 p.m.
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Raiders case colors

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Raider Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Leimer and 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Commander, Col. Mike Adams case the 1st ABCT colors, during a ceremony, Jan. 30 at Fort Stewart, as the unit prepares to deploy to the Republic of Korea.

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The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, held a color casing ceremony, Jan. 30 at Fort Stewart. 

The brigade will be deploying to the Republic of South Korea for nine months.

The casing of the colors is an Army tradition symbolizing the movement of the brigade to a theater of operation. 

The "Raider" brigade will be the fifth brigade to deploy to the ROK as the rotational armored brigade combat team supporting the 2nd Infantry Division and will be replacing 2nd ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division based out of Fort Hood, Tx. 

The deployment marks the return to Korea for the 3rd ID, who last had units in Korea during the Korean War. During the conflict, 3rd ID Soldiers earned 13 Medals of Honor and fought in eight campaigns beginning with the landing at Wonsan, November 1950 and ending with the armistice in 1953. 

“Raiders, it seem like it was just yesterday we were sitting looking over all of the things we must do to get ready for the mission. How we were going to make it fit or how we were going to get it all done,” said Task Force Marne Commander, Brig. Gen. Sean Bernabe. “Raiders, you did it and well done.”

Bernabe also discussed the historical achievements of the Marne Division during the Korean War and the opportunity the brigade Soldiers will have while deployed to Korea as they train with their military and experience their culture.  

After his remarks, Bernabe introduced the 1ABCT commander, Col. Michael Adams.

 “Today begins a new chapter in the historic “Raider” brigade as we begin our journey to replace the “Black Jack” brigade,” Adams said. “This a new deployment for the Raider brigade, and we understand how important our role will be on the Korean Peninsula.” 

During the ceremony, Adams explained how the brigade has prepared for the deployment.

The 1ABCT started training last spring for the deployment with squad and platoon level training. In August, the brigade certified crews during a combined alive fire exercise, and in October they completed a rigorous training cycle with a successful decisive action rotation to the National Training Center, Fort Irvin, Ca. 

“The training didn’t stop after our successful NTC rotation,” said Adams. “We continued to certify our crews , their weapons and systems.  We conducted Korea specific cultural training, and honed our individual and collective tasks at all levels.”

Once the brigade completes the relief in place with 2ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, they will uncase the colors in a transfer of authority ceremony on the Peninsula, symbolizing the arrival as the rotational ABCT in Korea. 

 “I’m confident that our training has been tough and realistic preparing us for any challenges we will face during our nine-months on the peninsula,”  Adams said. “We are trained, disciplined and ready to perform our mission.”

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