FAIRBANKS, AK - The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division continue to celebrate their return after a year–long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Today, a redeployment of the Strykers and a changing of command as the Brigade said good–bye to Colonel Todd Wood and welcomed Colonel Brian Reed.
The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division officially returned home to Fort Wainwright with the uncasing of the Colors.
Over 4,000 troops strong redeployed at Fort Wainwright.
Dignitaries remembered and honored those who were noticeably absent.
"We remember those and honor those who gave their lives on this mission. Each fallen soldier is held precious in memory. Never to be forgotten. Always to be honored,” said Governor Sean Parnell.
With the redeployment, a changing of the command occurs and and a heartfelt good–bye.
"I am truly blessed to have the best soldiers, NCOs and officers in the Army. It has been my honor and privilege to have stood in your ranks and grateful to the spouses, their parents, their family members sitting here today," said outgoing Commander, Colonel Todd R. Wood.
With the departure, a new commander enters, ready to take charge and command the reset of the Strykers.
"Right now, the biggest priority is getting these guys some well–earned time off after a year–long deployment and then getting the Brigade reset with people and equipment and get ready to go and do whatever we're asked to do," Incoming Commander, Colonel Brian J. Reed noted.
As the event came to an end, the Stryker Brigade is officially home and ready to take on their new mission, to reset, to refuel to defend and live up to their creed, "Strike First – Strike Hard."