LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Train, Advise, Assist Command East held a casing and uncasing ceremony for the outgoing “Brave Rifles” of 3rd Cavalry Regiment and incoming 3rd “Rakkasans” Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at Tactical Base Gamberi on Sunday.
Col. Cameron Cantlon and Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Heinze, Brave Rifles command team, carefully folded and cased the regimental colors, a symbolic representation of mission completion.
The regiment deployed to Afghanistan in June in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to perform security force assistance, village support, force protection, and the retrograde and closure of seven forward operating bases.
In October, the regiment received new orders to join the eastern training command at Tactical Base Gamberi and assist with the transition to NATO’s new Resolute Support Mission.
Under Resolute Support the Brave Rifles assumed responsibility for training, advising and assisting corps-level units of the Afghan National Security Forces in eastern Afghanistan as well as providing force protection for U.S. coalition troops in the region.
Col. J.B. Vowell and Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, Rakkasans command team, uncased their brigade colors, an indication the unit is ready to assume their new role.
Eastern training command commander Brig. Gen. Christopher Bentley thanked the Brave Rifles for their partnership and bid the troops farewell.
He also highlighted some of their achievements during the nine-month deployment of continuous transition in Afghanistan.
Vowell thanked Cantlon and his team for a smooth and professional transition.
At the conclusion of the ceremony 3rd Brigade formally assumed responsibility for training, advising and assisting corps-level Afghan army and police forces in eastern Afghanistan, as well as protecting U.S. coalition forces in the region, allowing the Brave Rifles to begin their return to Fort Hood.