FORT CARSON, CO, October 8, 2005 - A ceremony held last week officially added more than 4,000 soldiers to Fort Carson's rosters.
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team uncased its colors in a ceremony at Pershing Field, September 29. The reviewing officer for the ceremony was MG Robert W. Mixon, Jr., commanding general, 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson.
Uncasing the colors of the brigade were Mixon and COL Gary S. Patton, commander, 2nd BCT, with the assistance of CSM Marvell R. Dean, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT.
Following the uncasing of the brigade colors, the battalion commanders and command sergeants major were ordered to uncase their unit's colors, officially bringing the entire brigade to the Mountain Post.
Mixon addressed the attendees of the ceremony after all the colors had been uncased.
"I think as you look out across Pershing Field, you see the finest officers, noncommissioned officers and soldiers in the Army," said Mixon.
"Each of them upholds the highest values and standards of the American soldier - loyalty, duty, discipline, honor - values that define our profession and our character."
After Mixon, Patton gave his remarks to those present. He spoke of the journey the unit has made from Korea to Iraq and now to Fort Carson.
"Our journey was not without setbacks and obstacles along the way, but at every obstacle there stood a brave soldier led by a determined sergeant, inspired by an innovative lieutenant, commanded by a courageous captain," said Patton. "It is these very soldiers and junior leaders who are making a difference every day in a war against terrorism."
One 2nd BCT unit, the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, cased its colors and was redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, signifying the unit's return to Fort Carson.
The casing and redesignation was performed by COL David L. Clark, commander, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, with assistance from CSM Hideshi Sasaki, command sergeant major, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT. The 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment colors have been ordered to be reassigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, KY.
The 2nd BCT was stationed in Korea before deploying to Iraq August 2, 2004.
The unit has had many milestones in the last two years. This was the first time a unit has deployed from Korea since the Korean War, and their area of responsibility in Iraq was one of the toughest areas of the country.
The brigade's area of responsibility in Iraq was in the heart of the Sunni Triangle.
The brigade took a supporting role in Operation Phantom Fury,
later known as Operation al-Fajr, which was the fight to retake
Fallujah and keep it secure.
The unit also was on hand to oversee the historic first free elections in Iraq, said Patton.
"More than 8 million Iraqi voters defied the terrorists by lining up at the polls, dipping their fingers in ink and casting their votes - the first free votes of their lives," said Mixon.
"The Iraqi people are today taking control of their destiny and that would not have been possible without you (soldiers of the 2nd BCT), your heroism and your sacrifice," said Mixon.
Fort Carson Mountaineer Staff