It’s a privilege to attend a Deployment Ceremony and honor soldiers on their way to serve abroad. On March 27, 2012, Mayor Steve Bach and his wife, Suzi, attended the 3rd BCT, 4th ID Deployment Ceremony on Fort Carson.
Mayor and Suzi Bach attended with families, Miss Colorado, City Council member Bernie Herpin representing City Council and others to say farewell to more than 300 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers. The 4th Infantry Division will deploy Security Force Assistance Teams for an Afghan mission.
Held at the Special Event Center on Post, the facility was full of well-wishers.
Colonel Michael C. Kasales recognized Officer Lieutenant Howard Black, acting commander of Sand Creek. The Colorado Springs Police Officer accepted an award on behalf of the Sand Creek Division in honor of their partnership with Spouses of Deployed Soldiers Program. Following the ceremony, Mayor Bach congratulated Lt. Black on his service.
During the next few weeks, 3rd BCT Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan as Security Forces Assistance Teams in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The SFAT Soldiers will focus on training, mentoring and advising the Afghan National Security Forces in the southern region for the next nine months.
Above you see the Color Guard with Colonel Michael C. Kasales and Command Sergeant Major, Doug Maddi “Casing the Colors”. This is a tradition that signals the unit’s readiness for deployment.
For the last three months, the Security Force Assistance Teams prepared for the mission with tactical and cultural training. Their training finished with a rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Mayor Bach said, “It is important to our military families and troops to know we support them during their service at home and on deployment. They deserve our sincere thanks and appreciation for the hard work they do.”