163rd Military Intelligence Battalion cases its colors for Afghan deployment
Fort Hood, TX — A battalion at Fort Hood cased its colors today in preparation for their Afghanistan deployment in September.
The ceremony was held early Wednesday.
Roughly 200 of the 300 members of Army’s 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion will be heading to Kandahar to assist ground troops.
The deployment should be one of the last for Operation Enduring Freedom.
American troops are scheduled to leave the country by the end of 2014.
At the ceremony, the battalion wrapped up their team flags which will then be unwrapped and sent to Afghanistan where they will fly with other Army companies.
“These soldiers are phenomenal," said 163rd Commander Lt. Col. Mark Johnson, "They signed up for this. They volunteered for this. It takes a special person to be able to do what we do and conduct the training we’ve been through. And to actually perform that mission downrange, it takes a unique person.”
The 163rd MIB was originally organized in 1945 under General MacArthur to liberate the Philippines from Japanese rule.