3rd BCT unfurls colors over American soil

| May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments
Col. Richard Kim (left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Sgt. Maj. Chris Prosser (right), 3rd BCT, unfurl the brigade’s colors for the first time since they were cased before the unit deployed to Afghanistan during the brigade's redeployment ceremony, May 1.

Col. Richard Kim (left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Sgt. Maj. Chris Prosser (right), 3rd BCT, unfurl the brigade’s colors for the first time since they were cased before the unit deployed to Afghanistan during the brigade's redeployment ceremony, May 1.

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “Bronco Brigade” Soldiers and family members gathered on Weyand Field, here, to unfurl the unit’s colors for the first time since they were cased before their deployment to Afghanistan during the redeployment ceremony, May 11.

The 3rd Bde. Combat Team, Broncos, 25th Infantry Division, deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The brigade experienced many successes while overseas, partnering with more than 15,500 members of the Afghan Security Forces, as well as governance and development personnel. The unit was deployed to Afghanistan’s Regional Command-East and was responsible for the provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan.

“Congratulations to all of you on an extremely successful deployment with strategically significant accomplishments,” said Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd BCT. “The progress you achieved, in terms of security, development, and governance, is all the more remarkable given the terrain and conditions in which you lived, fought and mentored. Afghanistan is one of the world’s toughest battlefields, and few areas of the country are tougher than Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan.”

Also, special thanks were given to family readiness group leaders and rear detachment Soldiers who helped to support the brigade stateside during the deployment.

Lastly, the brigade’s wounded warriors were honored for their sacrifice.

After the ceremony, all Soldiers were released to sign out for block leave.

“It will be amazing to finally get the time off after such a long year,” said Staff Sgt. Alicia Bradbury, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT. “I’ll be so glad to finally get to travel and see my family.”

“I wish you all a very happy and relaxing block leave,” Kim said. “Please thank your families for all of the love support and determination they have show and given you over the last year.

“You have all accomplished something very special, of which you should be justifiably proud,” Kim concluded. “This brigade’s great history traces from World War II to Vietnam to today’s (Overseas Contingency Operations) and you have just written another glorious chapter.”

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