• FORT CAMPBELL, Ky--U.S. Army Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr., commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, the command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., case the brigade colors during a casing ceremony rehearsal, April 9, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The brigade colors were officially furled during the ceremony held April 11, 2013, inside the Freedom Fighter Gym, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    Currahees case colors for deployment

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky--U.S. Army Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr., commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, the command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., case the brigade colors during...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky--Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101 ABN DIV, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a brigade photo prior to their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, April 10, 2013, at the Division Parade Field at U.S. Army Fort Campbell, Ky. In November, Currahees received the news that they would be deploying spring of 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    Currahees case colors for deployment

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky--Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101 ABN DIV, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a brigade photo prior to their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, April 10, 2013, at the Division Parade Field at U.S. Army Fort...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr., the commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, accepts a battle flag from retired U.S. Army Col. Bob Sietz, the honorary commander of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during the brigade's colors casing ceremony, April 11, 2013, inside the Freedom Fighter Gym at Fort Campbell, Ky. The flags are to be flown, here in garrison, as a show of support from the Veterans in the absence of the unit's colors. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    Currahees case colors for deployment

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr., the commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, accepts a battle flag from retired U.S. Army Col. Bob Sietz, the honorary commander of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during the...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr., the commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Major Michael A. Grinston, the brigade command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., case the brigade's colors during a casing ceremony, April 11, 2013, inside the Freedom Fighter Gym at Fort Campbell, Ky. Retired U.S. Army Col. Bob Sietz, the honorary commander of the 506th Infantry Regiment, and retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Charles W. Fitzpatrick, the chief of Plans and Operations for the Fort Campbell Kinnard Mission Training Complex and a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, furl the regimental colors. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    Currahees case colors for deployment

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr., the commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Major Michael A. Grinston, the brigade command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., case the brigade's...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Lt. Col. Larry F. Dillard, Jr., the commander of 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Debates, the battalion command sergeant major of 4th BSTB, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., case the battalion's colors during the brigade's colors casing ceremony, April 11, 2013, inside the Freedom Fighter Gym at Fort Campbell, Ky. The casing of the colors symbolizes the moving of the unit to a different theater of operation. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    Currahees case colors for deployment

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Lt. Col. Larry F. Dillard, Jr., the commander of 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Debates, the battalion command sergeant major of 4th BSTB...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gregory B. Beaudoin, the commander of 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, the battalion command sergeant major of 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Rgt., 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., case the battalion's colors during the brigade's colors casing ceremony, April 11, 2013, inside the Freedom Fighter Gym at Fort Campbell, Ky. The casing of the colors symbolizes the moving of the unit to a different theater of operation. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Thomas Christiansen, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    Currahees case colors for deployment

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gregory B. Beaudoin, the commander of 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, the battalion command sergeant major of 1st Bn...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Lt. Col. John K. Bowman, the commander of 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Johnson, the battalion command sergeant major of 4th Bn., 320th FAR, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., case the battalion's colors during the brigade's colors casing ceremony, April 11, 2013, inside the Freedom Fighter Gym at Fort Campbell, Ky. The casing of the colors symbolizes the moving of the unit to a different theater of operation. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    Currahees case colors for deployment

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Lt. Col. John K. Bowman, the commander of 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Johnson, the battalion command sergeant major of 4th...

Story by Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.--The 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division's colors soar in the wind as a beacon of the unit's infamous history and as a reminder of their powerful presence.

The brigade and regimental colors were cased during a ceremony April 11, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky. They will travel to Afghanistan and remain furled until the unit's command completes its transition to Afghanistan where the colors will then once again fly in combat.

"Flags have traditionally represented units going back in history," said retired U.S. Army Col. Bob Sietz, honorary colonel of the 506th Infantry Regiment. "The casing of the colors is a relatively new ceremony that represents the colors being moved from the headquarters to the place the Soldiers are going."

The colors, with attached battle streamers, accompany the unit and are displayed to signify that unit's historic lineage in past campaigns.

The colors are adorned with streamers representing four presidential unit citations, a valorous unit award, four meritorious unit commendations and 19 campaigns including the French Croix de Guerre with palm for Normandy, the orange lanyard of the Netherlands, the Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm for Bastogne, two Republic of Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry with palms, and the Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Streamer.

The casing of the colors may be a relatively new Army tradition but it symbolizes the moving of the unit to a different theater of operation and serves as a vivid reminder of what the Currahees represent.

"Our history, colors and streamers mean a great deal to the Currahee brigade combat team and the 506th Infantry Regiment," said Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "They remind us of the incredible sacrifices this brigade and this regiment have made and of the 1,429 fallen Currahees during WWII, Vietnam and since 9/11."

"We join together to collectively tell the world that the Currahees are ready, we are deploying to answer our nation's call. We bring with us the strength of the Currahee nation -- tens-of-thousands strong, with the support of our Families, Veterans and friends."

During the ceremony several Currahee Veterans from WWII, Vietnam and more recent campaigns presented battle flags to the brigade commander, and battalion, squadron, battery, company and troop commanders. These flags will be flown here as a show of support from the Veterans in the absence of the unit's colors.

"We're here because we have great respect for the Soldiers who are stepping up for this deployment," said Seitz. "We, Veterans, think the world of the Currahee Soldiers of today. By giving flags to the brigade, battalions, batteries, companies and troops, we are showing our support."

"We will fly these battle flags with pride and we will honor the legacy you have passed to us," Keaveny shared as he accepted and thanked the Veterans for their continued support.

"Our colors have already flown in France, Holland, Germany, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan," said Keaveny. "On April 11, 2013, we prepare our colors, once again, to fly into combat."

"In the days and weeks ahead, we will add more to the lineage as we unfurl our colors in combat and as we don our 101st Combat Patches. Like the Currahees who have come before us, we have been called upon to serve at a decisive point in our nation's history."

This tradition displays the pride and respect that the Currahees have for their prestigious history while representing the unit's start to a deployment.

"I feel proud to deploy with this great regiment," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "It will forge a bond for me with those that have deployed in the past with the Currahees and with those that will deploy in the future."

Currahees have endured rigorous training and exercises in an effort to be a trained, disciplined and fit fighting force in preparation for their next rendezvous with destiny and to continue to bolster the Currahee legacy.

"From the tracer filled skies of D-Day, the bone-chilling cold of Bastogne, the sweltering jungles of Vietnam, the tense moments on the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the blistering heat of Iraq, to the lung-wrenching mountains of Afghanistan, Currahees have proven their mettle, time and time again," highlighted Keaveny. "I know we will honor that legacy, we will accomplish our mission and we will return with honor."

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