By Sgt. Nelson Robles
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
With the casing of 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, colors Wednesday, the brigade’s mission moves into the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lt. Col. Daniel K. Kirk, deputy commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Danny L. Day, senior enlisted adviser, 4th IBCT, conducted the ceremony symbolizing the third official movement of the unit into the region.
“Today, we executed a traditional casing of the colors ceremony. It indicates that a unit is leaving (its) garrison and deploying on an operational mission,” Kirk said.
“When next we uncase our unit colors, (it) will again be in a hard place calling us to hard work, steadfastly defending a nation and a way of life that’s truly worth defending.”
Headquartered in the Kandahar Province, the 4th IBCT’s Security Force Assistance Advisory Teams will support the Afghanistan National Security Forces and provincial governments in securing a free and democratic Afghanistan.
“We have an extremely experienced brigade, most of our Soldiers have deployed multiple times to multiple theaters, and, if there is something that you learn deploying a lot, it’s that you need to be flexible and be prepared for anything,” said Kirk. “I think the leaders and Soldiers of this brigade are well-trained and will be able to adapt to whatever environment we find ourselves in.”
With about 2,600 Soldiers being deployed throughout NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Regional Command – South area of operation, 4th IBCT has established a support network for their Families.
“The Families of the ‘Mountain Warrior’ Brigade are no stranger to deployments, we have deployed multiple times in the recent years and the most important thing remains the same — communicate with each other, rely on each other in terms of the Family Readiness Groups,” Kirk said. “We have very solid folks there that can help when things come up. Being a team player, helping out and communicating are the things that all our Families know to do and do very well.”
As retrograde operations continue, the brigade is projected to deploy for nine months.