29 July 2008

173rd cases colors in Afghanistan

Col. Charles Preysler,Task Force Bayonet commander and Sgt. Maj. Womack case the 173rd ABCT colors for the last time until their return to Caserme Ederle Vincenza, Italy. Photo: Staff Sgt. Adora Medina.

“Thanks to the magnificent paratroopers of the 173rd and Task Force Bayonet for their blood, sweat and tears; fighting for a noble cause. Never before have I known such a brave group of Soldiers,” said Col. Charles Preysler, TF Bayonet commander. “Their tenacity and resolve, while fighting in some of the toughest terrain on earth, is humbling to me as leader. I am in awe of their accomplishments and am proud to have walked the same ground they have.”

Command for operations in northeastern Afghanistan has been assumed by the Big Red One's 3rd BCT out of Ft. Hood.

Incoming commander Col. John Spiszer and incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Orosz unveil the 3rd BCT, 1st ID colors symbolizing the assumption of command, July 22. Photo: Staff Sgt. Adora Medina.

Good luck, and God speed.

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