FORT LEWIS, WA — The 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment will conduct a unit redeployment and colors uncasing ceremony on Wednesday, October 22 at 11:30 a.m.
The 4-6 Air Cavalry Soldiers recently redeployed from a 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Over the past two months, the unit’s more than 600 Soldiers returned from serving in Iraq’s northern Ninawah Province, as Task Force Redcatcher. The unit flew UH-58 Kiowa Warriors and UH-60 Blackhawks to provide air attack and logistical support operations in support of
Operation Phantom Strike and Operation Phantom Phoenix.
Operating out of four forward operating bases (FOB) and one contingency operating base (COB), the “Air” Cav troops were able to find, fix and destroy insurgent forces and protect Coalition Forces throughout Multi National Division – North’s area of operations.
The colors uncasing ceremony symbolizes the completion of the unit’s return to Fort Lewis. Prior to leaving theater, Soldiers case the colors for transport to home station in a formal ceremony.
Soldiers, particularly those in large units, frequently return home over a period of days or weeks, and an informal homecoming ceremony is conducted as each group returns. A formal uncasing ceremony typically follows, once all of the unit’s Soldiers have returned from deployment, to mark the reassembly of the complete unit.