Staff Sgt. Quanesha Barnett

1ABCT Public Affairs

Col. Mike Adams, commander, 1st ABCT, 3rd ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Leimer, 1ABCT senior enlisted advisor, uncase the brigade colors during an ceremony on Fort Stewart, Nov.29. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Quanesha Barnett)

Raiders uncase colors after Korea rotation

Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division returned home throughout October and marked their official return to Fort Stewart with an uncasing ceremony, Nov. 30 at Marne Gardens at Fort Stewart. 

The 1ABCT Commander, Col. Mike Adams and 1ABCT Senior Enlisted Leader,  Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Leimer, uncased the Raider Brigade colors signifying the completion of the nine-month rotation supporting the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.

This rotation marked the return of the 3rd Infantry Division patch to the Korean Peninsula for the first time since the Korean War in 1953.

Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas, commander, 3rd ID opened his remarks by saying he was honored and excited to welcome home the “Raider” brigade after a rotation that began during the peak political tensions with North Korea.

"Given the situation and as the Army's most forward deployed armored brigade combat team, the first brigade had to arrive fully manned, trained and equipped for this most challenging mission," Quintas said. "Through an intense, action packed train-up both here and at the National Training Center, the Raider Brigade built an unmatched war fighting capability and formed into an amazing team of combat leaders."

After Quintas’ remarks, the battalions remained in formation as the Raider brigade commander gives his closing remarks to Soldiers and families.

"We arrived to the ROK in a period of high tensions,” Adams said. “The Department of Defense and the Army were singularly focused on ensuring the Korean theater of operations was more ready than it has been since 1953 for all contingencies.”

Adams specifically thanked the Families and the rear detachment Soldiers for a first class reintegration and preparing the facilities while returning home.

The Raider Brigade was replaced in Korea by the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and the last redeployment flight arrived on Halloween.

"I was glad to be a part of the deployment with the Rock of the Marne," said Sgt. Clarence Cutliff, 3rd Brigade Support Battalion. "We accomplished the mission and now I am glad to be back home with Family."

Raider Soldiers arrived in Korea in February as the fifth rotational tank brigade to serve the mission since the Army began rotating brigades in 2015.

"We are proud to have been part of the latest chapter in the unshakable alliance between The Republic of Korea and the United States,” Adams said. “Raider Brigade Soldiers upheld the reputation of excellence expected of our Dog Faced Soldiers, and we are proud to have written a new chapter in the history of the Marne Division on the Korean Peninsula.”