FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska Fort Wainwright soldiers have returned home from a nine month deployment to South Korea and earlier this week, they held an 'Uncasing of the Colors' ceremony to honor their return.
The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion 25th Aviation Regiment has returned home from a nine month deployment to South Korea and earlier this week, they held an 'Uncasing of the Colors' ceremony to honor their return.
"It's symbolic of a unit and an organization leaving its home station and then going overseas for a tour and then when it comes back and returns to its home station's family and community, it'll uncase those colors, back at its home station," said LTC Matthew Landrum, Battalion Commander of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion 25th Aviation Regiment.
Landrum says they are happy the battalion is now back together as those who were in South Korea on a mission, now join those who stayed behind. "It is absolutely wonderful, we had a very strong unit, very strong culture, and it was a little bit heartbreaking to have to kind of tear up the battalion and we formed a task force over in Korea, so we were formed with some people from Hawaii, great soldiers, absolutely great soldiers but we were sad to leave some of our soldiers back in Alaska," said Landrum.
When asked what the battalion is on to next, Landrum said they have to pick up their gear at the port in Anchorage and then fly those 15 aircraft back up to Fort Wainwright, before they go into an aerial gunnery at the Yukon Training area.