FORT STEWART, Ga. – Soldiers assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, cased their colors at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 1, in preparation for their upcoming nine-month deployment to Korea.
The 1st ABCT will replace the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, as part of a regular rotation of forces to support the United States’ commitment to Southeast Asia partners and allies.
“Today’s casing symbolizes the transition of the “Raiders” from our home here at Fort Stewart to an important mission in South Korea that is very familiar to this brigade,” said Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division. “It is a symbol that once again, Dogface Soldiers stand in the breach, prepared to defend our nation.”
Col. Trent Upton, commander of 1st ABCT, said the event also serves as a reminder of the legacy of this great division and brigade combat team.
The Raider brigade has a storied history including four deployments to Iraq and most recently, a rotation to Korea in 2018 as the Regionally Aligned Force to the U.S. Pacific Command. This will be their sixth rotation to Korea.
Aguto said the Raiders had to overcome many obstacles to get ready for the mission over the past year, to include a very successful rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.
“When the Army stopped and our nation had to pause, it was Raider Brigade that led our Army back to training,” said Aguto. “You [1ABCT] proved even throughout a pandemic just how diligent, resourceful, caring and driven you were by taking care of our Soldiers and our Families while finding a way to get it done.”
Towards the end of the ceremony, Upton charged the Soldiers of the Raider Brigade to remember the importance of winning, what the Raiders represent, and the discipline they must have in everything they do as they set out on their latest journey together.
Upton also highlighted that the uniform represents fear to our adversaries and hope to our friends during his address to the Raider Soldiers.
“We are Raiders first for a reason, “said Upton in his parting remarks. “We are the battle axe of 3rd ID, and we are ready.”