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Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) case the unit colors, signifying the movement of operations, in this case, from its home station to Europe in support of our NATO allies. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zoe Y. Tourne)

10th Mountain Division holds casing ceremony
in preparation for upcoming deployment

Pfc. Jeremy Hill 

27th Public Affairs Detachment

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (March 14, 2023) – The 10th Mountain Division Headquarters kicked off the start of a deployment in support of allies and partners in Europe with a colors casing ceremony March 14 in Magrath Gym.

The casing of the colors is a traditional ceremony held by the United States Army. The colors are used as a symbol to represent the identification of the unit. This symbol not only represents the current Soldiers, but the unit's history, including the lives lost, battles fought, and hardships endured.

"To the casual observer, it may look like we just packed away our colors and that's it, " said Maj. Gen. Gregory K. Anderson, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander. "But this is actually a very important moment for the Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division."

This ceremony symbolizes the 10th Mountain Division's movement of operations from its home station to Europe in support of our NATO allies.

The 10th Mountain Division is one of the most deployed divisions in the U.S. Army and continues to uphold its reputation of readiness with this mass movement in such a short time span.

"Since the 10th Mountain Division was reactivated in 1985, we have been called upon to fight many times across the globe," Anderson said.

The U.S. Army is displaying its continued support to Ukraine and the deterrence of Russian forces. As a member of the alliance, the United States commits to providing forces to the NATO Response Force, and the 10th Mountain Division has been called upon with this task.

"When the colors are uncased, our mission begins," Anderson said.