FORT STEWART, Ga. -The 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade cased their colors at Marne Garden, March 1 in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"I have almost 14 or 15 years here at Fort Stewart throughout my almost 30-year career in the military," said Col. Shawn Morrissey, 3rd Sustainment Brigade commander. "The history of the 87th [CSSB] is remarkable. Their leadership has been remarkable, and once again, under the leadership of [Lt. Col. Kimberly] Dauband and [Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia] Howard, I know without a doubt in my mind, that the 87th [CSSB] is ready to go to war."

Colonel Morrissey went on to say that on a personal level, he has watched the unit throughout his time in the Army and is just as impressed with their dedication to duty and service to the nation now as he was years ago.

Lieutenant Colonel Daub echoed the statements of pride in the Soldiers of the 87th CSSB.

"On the field before you are the outstanding Soldiers of the 87th CSSB," said Lt. Col. Daub. "I take great pride in our Soldiers' commitment, courage, pride and dedication. We have come a long way and I am truly proud of them. We are physically fit, mentally and emotionally tough, have the confidence to lead and the courage to stand up for what we believe in. The 87th CSSB is truly Army strong."

Since its inception in 1936 at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, the unit has been deployed to Algeria and Italy during World War II and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. It participated in Operation Hurricane Andrew Relief, traveled to Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope, has units in Haiti for the recovery efforts, and has most recently deployed on three separate occasions to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom I, OIF III and OIF '07-'09.