Story and photo by Spc. Andrew Ingram
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait — The 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, officially took over operations at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as the battalion uncased its colors in a ceremony July 29.
Lt. Col. Larry Burris and Command Sgt. Maj. Troy Henderson, commander and senior enlisted leader, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg., removed the case and unfurled the colors during the ceremony.
Col. Joel Tyler, commander, 1st ABCT, welcomed the Iron Knights to Kuwait and charged them to remain vigilant.
“Our mission here is very important,” Tyler said. “We don’t know what could happen in the next few months and I need all of my Soldiers to be ready for anything.”
After uncasing the colors, Burris outlined the battalion’s plans for the coming months.
“This deployment isn’t about (1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg.), and it isn’t about the ‘Raider’ Brigade; it’s about our Kuwaiti partners,” he said. “We will undergo challenging training together. At the end of the day, the most important thing we do here is work with these Kuwaiti brigades.”
The Iron Knights arrived in country during one of the hottest months of the year, setting up and verifying their vehicles’ and equipment’s functionality in temperatures reaching 130 degrees.
Henderson commended his Soldiers’ ability to adapt to the extreme climate and challenged them to set the standard for Camp Buehring units during their partnership missions and daily tasks.
“We’re already doing good things,” Henderson said. “You are displaying the discipline that I expect from this battalion. This is a team effort; we are going to partner with the Kuwaiti forces. We can learn a lot from each other, and we should look forward to continuing the tradition of respect between our forces.”
The Iron Knights join the Raider Brigade’s 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment; 4th Brigade Support Battalion; and 1st Special Troops Battalion, which arrived in Kuwait in February.
“I am exceptionally proud to have the Iron Knights here,” said Tyler. “I am glad to see your flag high in the wind. Take care of each other while you’re out here, take care of your Families back home, and be safe.”