Jul 15, 2010 2:53 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Fort Carson salutes 3,800 Afghanistan-bound troops

Fort Carson is giving a formal farewell to 3,800 soldiers who are heading to Afghanistan for a 12-month deployment.

In a brisk 30-minute ceremony paced by traditional bugle signals, the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division furled its red and black flag around its standard and slipped it into a camouflage sleeve for the trip overseas.

In Afghanistan, the brigade will formally remove the sleeve and unfurl the flag, signifying it's ready to begin its mission of training Afghan police and soldiers in hopes that the U.S. can bring its own troops home for good.

Col. Jeffrey Martindale, the brigade commander, told the soldiers they are going to Afghanistan at a decisive time and pledged, "We will not fail."


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