1st BCT uncases colors in Afghanistan
Sgt 1st Class John Queen Col. Bill Burleson, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis E. Defreese, 1st Brigade Combat Team command team, unfurl the brigade's colors during a small ceremony May 5 on Camp Mike Spann in northern Afghanistan.

CAMP MIKE SPANN, Afghanistan - The 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team uncased its colors May 5 during a brief ceremony held on Camp Mike Spann in northern Afghanistan.

The ceremony marks the brigade's official assumption of duties and responsibilities in the region.
During this deployment, Soldiers of the "Warrior Brigade" will serve under a German command.

They are tasked with the NATO mission of training and supporting the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and Afghan Border Police.

Soldiers from the brigade began deploying to Afghanistan in early January, with the departure of nearly 130 infantrymen from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. The remainder of the more than 3,000 Soldiers of the brigade followed in late March, with the final troops arriving in late April after a two-week delay because of political tensions in Kyrgyzstan and the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland.

This deployment will be the brigade's fifth in support of the global war on terrorism. The 1st BCT has deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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