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Providers case colors, deploy to Kandahar

POSTED: November 24, 2012 8:00 a.m.
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Col. Ron Novack holds the 3rd Sustainment Brigade’s cased colors while Command Sgt. Major Forbes Daniels secures the case to the guidon Monday during the unit’s color-casing ceremony on Fort Stewart’s Cottrell Field.

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The 3rd Sustainment Brigade cased its unit colors Monday afternoon during a formal ceremony on Cottrell Field. About 250 Providers are deploying to Kandahar Province in Afghanistan.
After Col. Ron Novack led the color guard forward to the reviewing stand, he reported to Col. John Hort, 3rd Infantry Division deputy commanding general-rear. Hort then ordered the Providers’ commander to case his unit’s colors.
Novack was assisted by Provider Command Sgt. Maj. Forbes Daniels in rolling up and then casing the colors. Afterward, Novack ordered the rest of the formation to parade rest, though he, Daniels and the color Guard remained at attention.
“This is our third colors-casing ceremony on Cottrell Field in three weeks,” Hort said after first welcoming soldiers, friends and family members who braved the cool temperature and gusty winds. “And this is the fifth time this brigade has cased its colors in the last decade.”
The 3rd ID’s 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team deployed in late October, and the 1st ABCT deployed earlier this month. With 3rd ID headquarters battalion and other units already deployed to theater, Hort noted that 3rd ID unit patches are visible all over an area the size of Georgia and South Carolina.
In his remarks, Novack told guests his unit would sustain and support Army, National Guard and reserve units in Regional Command South, Southwest and West. He said more than one-fourth of the soldiers deploying had deployed at least once already.
“We’ll be providing food, fuel, water, maintenance support, spare parts and transportation for three regional commands,” Novack said. “If we fail, then our war fighters are going to fail (for lack of logistical support).”

Read more in the Nov. 24 edition of the News.

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