• (From left) Gen. James Thurman, U.S. Army Forces Command commanding general, Davis Tindoll Jr., Installation Management Command Southeast Region director, Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Roberts, U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) command sergeant major, and Col. Deborah Grays, USAG commander, case the Garrison colors June 17 in front of the Garrison Headquarters (Bldg. 65) on Fort McPherson. The casing of the colors represents the end of the Garrison’s 126 years of military service to the nation.

    McPherson garrison cases colors, ends 126 year history

    (From left) Gen. James Thurman, U.S. Army Forces Command commanding general, Davis Tindoll Jr., Installation Management Command Southeast Region director, Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Roberts, U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) command sergeant major, and Col...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Roberts (center carrying pole), U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) command sergeant major, carries away the cased Garrison colors during the Garrison color casing ceremony June 17 in front of the Garrison Headquarters (Bldg. 65) on Fort McPherson. The colors, which symbolize a unit’s soul and past, will be sent to the Center for Military Heraldry, Washington, D.C., never to be flown again. The ceremony, which signaled the end of the Garrison’s 126 years of military service, was attended by hundreds of people, including Civilian employees, contractors, previous commanders and command sergeants major (left and right edges of photo), who stood with the current command team when the colors were cased.

    McPherson Garrison cases colors, ends 126 year history

    Command Sgt. Maj. Karl Roberts (center carrying pole), U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) command sergeant major, carries away the cased Garrison colors during the Garrison color casing ceremony June 17 in front of the Garrison Headquarters (Bldg. 65) on Fort...

  • The Third Infantry Division Band plays music for the casing of the Garrison colors June 17. The band, stationed at Fort Stewart, played patriotic music, the National Anthem and the Army Song to liven up the ceremony, which was a sad day for many people for whom the installation was like a second home.

    McPherson garrison cases colors, ends 126 year history

    The Third Infantry Division Band plays music for the casing of the Garrison colors June 17. The band, stationed at Fort Stewart, played patriotic music, the National Anthem and the Army Song to liven up the ceremony, which was a sad day for many people...

  • Hundreds gathered in the shade of tents to watch history unfold as the Garrison colors were rolled up and cased June 17. The colors, which symbolize a unit’s soul and its past, will be sent to the Center for Military Heraldry, Washington, D.C., never to be flown again.

    McPherson garrison cases colors, ends 126 year history

    Hundreds gathered in the shade of tents to watch history unfold as the Garrison colors were rolled up and cased June 17. The colors, which symbolize a unit’s soul and its past, will be sent to the Center for Military Heraldry, Washington, D.C., never...

  • Col. Grays and Richard Gillem, retired colonel and son of Lt. Gen. Alvan Gillem, for whom Fort Gillem is named, cut a cake honoring the contributions of the Garrison to the Army for the past 126 years.

    McPherson Garrison cases colors, ends 126 year history

    Col. Grays and Richard Gillem, retired colonel and son of Lt. Gen. Alvan Gillem, for whom Fort Gillem is named, cut a cake honoring the contributions of the Garrison to the Army for the past 126 years.

  • Col. Grays presents a flag flown over Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem to the Gillem Family, which included Alvan’s grandson, retired lieutenant colonel Doug Gillem (left), great grandson and retired U.S. Air Force colonel James Ogden (second from left) and Richard (right).

    McPherson Garrison cases colors, ends 126 year history

    Col. Grays presents a flag flown over Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem to the Gillem Family, which included Alvan’s grandson, retired lieutenant colonel Doug Gillem (left), great grandson and retired U.S. Air Force colonel James Ogden (second from...

  • Col. Grays presents a flag to the Family of Col. Lochlin Caffey, who commanded the Garrison from Aug. 31 - Sept. 18, 1929.

    McPherson Garrison cases colors, ends 126 year history

    Col. Grays presents a flag to the Family of Col. Lochlin Caffey, who commanded the Garrison from Aug. 31 - Sept. 18, 1929.

U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, cased its colors during the ceremony June 17 in front of the Garrison Headquarters on Fort McPherson. The colors, which symbolize a unit’s soul and past, will be sent to the Center for Military Heraldry, Washington, D.C., never to be flown again. The ceremony, which signaled the end of the Garrison’s 126 years of military service, was attended by hundreds of people, including Civilian employees, contractors, previous commanders and command sergeants major who stood with the current command team when the colors were cased.

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