By Sgt Matthew Marsilia | 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Raiders,” 4th Infantry Division, signified an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve by casing the brigade colors Aug. 30, 2021, during a ceremony at Founders Field on Fort Carson, Colorado.
The casing of the colors, a traditional ceremony held by the U.S. Army, symbolizes a unit’s history and lineage through battle streamers on the guidon earned in previous campaigns.
The ceremony also represented movement to an area of operations away from the unit’s home station.
The 1st SBCT will replace the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Louisiana Army National Guard, as part of a regular rotation of forces to support the U.S. commitment to Operation Inherent Resolve.
“We may take on many missions over the next year, but we still share the same colors and guidon,” said Col. Andrew Steadman, commander,1st SBCT. “Distance does not change that, nor does it change our collective purpose. It does not change our identity or calling.”
In conjunction with partner forces, the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) mission is to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability.
“In the ‘Raider’ Brigade, we care for our people, and we remain ready to fight and win,” said Steadman. “Now it’s time to do that in service of others.”