‘Broncos’ prepare for deployment

| March 10, 2011 | 1 Comment
Col. Richard Kim (left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Major Andrew Spano, senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT, case the brigade’s colors during a deployment ceremony, Friday. (Spc. Hillary Rustine | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Col. Richard Kim (left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Major Andrew Spano, senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT, case the brigade’s colors during a deployment ceremony, Friday. (Spc. Hillary Rustine | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers, families and friends of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gathered on Sills Field, here, Friday, to witness the brigade fly its unit colors one last time on American soil, before casing them in preparation for the brigade’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Each battalion in the brigade was represented on the field, flying its colors once more before casing flags for deployment.

Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, was the guest speaker for the event, and he expressed his pride in all the troops standing on the field, and his faith in their capacity to succeed during their quickly-approaching yearlong deployment.

Lt. Col. Scott Naumann (front), 3rd BCT, 25th ID, leads the color guard forward for the casing of the colors, during the brigade’s deployment ceremony, Friday. (Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Lt. Col. Scott Naumann (front), 3rd BCT, 25th ID, leads the color guard forward for the casing of the colors, during the brigade’s deployment ceremony, Friday. (Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd BCT, will lead the 3,500-Soldier strong “Bronco Brigade” into its combat tour, and he said that his battalions are ready for the challenges that await them in Afghanistan.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude, to not only the Soldiers of the Bronco Brigade, but also the family members and friends,” Kim said, in a personal address to Soldiers before their departure for pre-deployment leave. “For our Soldiers, I am immensely proud of all you have accomplished. You have worked extremely hard over the past few months to prepare for our time in Afghanistan.

 

“Whether on the Big Island, at the National Training Center or here on Schofield Barracks, you have accomplished all we have asked of you and more,” he said. “You should take pride in what you have

accomplished and feel confident that you are well-prepared and ready for what lies ahead.”

Family members of Bronco Brigade Soldiers were present at the ceremony to publicly show support for their loved ones. At the conclusion of the ceremony, families were encouraged to merge onto Sills Field to join their Soldiers. Ranks were broken, as children jumped into their parent’s arms and Army spouses moved in on their Soldiers for a warm embrace.

“To all the family members of Soldiers — spouses, children, parents, grandparents — your service has been just as vital,” Kim said. “You have had to take on responsibilities of your spouse during deployments, raise children in trying times and endure stresses that accompany every military career. For that, I thank you.”

Mixon also expressed his respect for 3rd BCT families during his speech to the brigade.

“I want to pay a special tribute to the families,” Mixon said, “who serve as well as the Soldiers who leave to deploy.”

Once they return from pre-deployment block leave, Soldiers of the 3rd BCT will begin to depart for Afghanistan in late March and throughout the month of April.

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  1. j says:

    Im glad to hear that 3rd brigade makes it known that family is very important to the soliders, Family is a big part of solders getting ready to deploy and when they are deployed. I can not say it for some units here on schofield barracks which really dissappoints me. I was told yesterday by some one that they were told that missions come before family and they would have to manage and fined some one to watch there childeren, how can some one have the right to say something like that. I have been doing this long but i didnt think that the army was like this. I was told when i got here that family came first before work did, that just makes me feel like it was just a show and dont wanna think of the army like that any way but so far its proven that way.

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