Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — The I Corps Deployment and Colors Casing ceremony will be held Thursday, May 26, 10 a.m., at Watkins Parade Field in preparation for the headquarters upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti, I Corps Commanding General, and Command Sergeant Major John Troxell, the command’s senior non-commissioned officer, will furl and case the I Corps colors, an Army tradition that symbolizes the movement of the command to a new theater of operation. Upon its arrival in Afghanistan, I Corps will conduct a colors uncasing and unfurling ceremony to demonstrate the unit’s arrival and its readiness to assume the new mission.
Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti, along with Command Sgt. Major Troxell, and more than 700 Soldiers from the I Corps Headquarters will deploy to Afghanistan to form the core of NATO International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Headquarters with operational responsibility throughout all of Afghanistan.
Most recently, I Corps headquarters returned from deployment as Multi-National Corps Iraq in March 2010. Since its formation in 1918, I Corps has participated in more campaigns than any other corps in the U.S. Army’s history and is the only corps ever to be awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.