12th Combat Aviation Brigade cases its colors in preparation for deployment

April 20, 2012

By Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active
Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of U.S. Army Europe and Col. Van Voorhees, commander of USAREUR's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (left) prepare the brigade colors for casing during a ceremony at Katterbach Army Airfield in Ansbach, Germany, April 20. The casing ceremony officially recognizes the unit preparing to depart for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Joshua E. Leonard)

ANSBACH, Germany -- Soldiers and family members of U.S. Army Europe’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade joined their colleagues, friends and other well-wishers for a colors casing ceremony at Katterbach Army Airfield here April 20 to recognize and formally farewell CAB Soldiers as they prepare to deploy to combat.

Col. Van Voorhees, the brigade commander, said the 12th will deploy as a whole, with the exception of two of its units. The 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment is already deployed, and the 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment will remain in Europe to continue to provide support to USAREUR for daily and contingency operations.

Voorhees said the brigade’s mission while deployed will be to work as a combined team with Afghan forces and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command to support of Afghanistan’s governance and development.

“The unit’s ultimate mission is to protect the Afghan people and provide a secure environment for sustainable peace,” the colonel said. “This deployment will give 12th CAB the opportunity to work closely with [our] ISAF partners, forging relationships with other allied Soldiers.”

Voorhees said the brigade prepared for the deployment during numerous training exercises at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany; by supporting several German Combat Training Center operations; and by participating in multinational missions across Europe. The Soldiers and aviators also continue to hone their skills while at their duty stations to meet the challenges they will face while in Afghanistan, he added.

“I am extremely proud of the entire 12th CAB, both Soldiers and families, as well as all in our local and surrounding communities,” said Voorhees. “It has taken a lot of work from everyone to ensure we are prepared to execute our upcoming mission. Just want to thank all for getting us to where we are today.”

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