In a matter of days Kelly Hill -- the home of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team -- will fall silent.
To mark the beginning of the brigade's movement overseas to Iraq, the unit's flags, streamers and guidons will will be packed up and prepared to ship to Iraq during what is called a "casing ceremony." Maj. Gen. Tom Cucolo, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, and Col. Peter Jones, commander of the 3rd HBCT, will address the troops during the ceremony, which will take place at 2 p.m. on Kelly Hill.
The unit's colors will be closely followed by the brigade itself, which is due to begin its exodus from Fort Benning in the next day or two. By next week, approximately 4,000 3rd Brigade soldiers will be en route to Iraq, thus beginning a 12-month tour of duty, said 3rd HBCT spokesman Capt. Charles Barrett.