By Spc. Creighton Holub, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Public AffairsMarch 3, 2008
FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood will soon say farewell to one set of colors while welcoming another.
The 4th Brigade Combat Team "Cobras," 4th Infantry Division is scheduled to become the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th BCT in a ceremony at Cooper Field in front of 1st Cav. Div. Headquarters March 7 at 10 a.m.
The reflagging process involves three units that will shuffle their flags, guidons and unit historical items while their Soldiers will stay at their respective posts.
"We have proudly served in the 4th Infantry Division as steadfast and loyal Soldiers," said Col. Philip Battaglia, the Cobra Brigade commander. "The unit is re-flagging after having contributed to the proud lineage and history of the Ivy Division. This brigade just went to war with the 4th Inf. Div., and when you think about the long and proud history of the division - including D-Day, World War II, Vietnam and Iraq - our Soldiers are very proud they contributed to the division's legacy. Fortunately for this brigade, we are joining another division with an amazing history and proud traditions: The 1st Cavalry Division."
The first of the three units to reflag will be Fort Bliss' 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div., as it takes the colors of the currently inactive 4th BCT, 1st Armor Div. The Cobra Brigade will reflag as the 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and the 2nd BCT, 2nd Inf. Div., will reflag as the new 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div., at Fort Carson, Colo.
While the Cobra Brigade's unit designation and icons will move to new bases, the Soldiers and their equipment will remain at Fort Hood.
The reflagging process will largely be transparent to service members. However, Soldiers and Families will use different facilities such as the 1st Cavalry Readiness Center instead of the 4th Inf. Div. Readiness Center after the ceremony is complete.
The brigade's subordinate battalions are also changing their unit designation when the switch from the Ivy Division to America's First Team occurs. The unit currently known as the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment will become the 2nd Bn., 7th Cav. Regt. The 3rd Bn., 67th Armor Regt., will reflag as the 2nd Bn., 12th Cav. Regt. The 704th Brigade Support Bn., will reflag into the 27th Brigade Support Bn. The 8th Squadron, 10th Cav. Regt., will become the 1st Squadron, 9th Cav. Regt.
The "Strong and True" Soldiers in the 4th Special Troops Battalion will maintain their current naming structure as the 4th Special Troops Battalion, but they will also receive new distinctive unit insignias along with all the other Soldiers in the battalions and the brigade headquarters.
The current Cobra Brigade will become known as the Long Knife Brigade after the switch.
"The traditions will also be different," said Lonni Maddux, the Family Readiness Group support assistant for 1-12 Inf. Regt. "But you won't have to get a new identification card or move. Your children will go to the same schools.
"The only thing that will change is your Soldier's uniform," Maddux added.