2013-11-15 / Front Page

67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion uncases colors

By Capt. Devon Thomas
35th Signal Brigade Public Affairs


Lt. Col. Calondra Fortson, commander, 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Andy Frye, 67th ESB, untie and uncase the battalion colors Nov. 7 at Barton Field. 
Photo by Spc. Maran Hancock / 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Lt. Col. Calondra Fortson, commander, 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Andy Frye, 67th ESB, untie and uncase the battalion colors Nov. 7 at Barton Field. Photo by Spc. Maran Hancock / 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion The 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade signified the completion of its recent nine month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and return to normal operations on Fort Gordon at the unit’s colors uncasing ceremony at the Barton Field Stage, November 7.

The ceremony symbolizes the completion of the battalion’s overseas mission and their return to peacetime operations as part of an Army preparing for the next conflict.

The colors have been cased since December 2012, shortly before more than 290 Soldiers of 67th ESB and a contingent of the 63rd ESB, 35th Signal Brigade began its deployment to eight countries throughout the Middle East.

“It’s hard to believe we cased the colors nearly 11 months ago, but here we all are back safely and able to share another wonderful moment with each of you,” said Lt. Col. Calondra Fortson, 67th ESB commander.

Command Sgt. Maj. Andy Frye uncased the colors.

Fortson thanked Lightning Force Battalion Soldiers of the 67th ESB, and Soldiers from Charlie Company, 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion who were a part of their formation in the deployment.

“I applaud the Soldiers for their fierce commitment to always stay the course, their willingness to always strive for greatness and always support their team mates, said Fortson. “I am most definitely filled with pride along with their families and a grateful nation.” in the deployment.

“I applaud the Soldiers for their fierce commitment to always stay the course, their willingness to always strive for greatness and always support their team mates, said Fortson. “I am most definitely filled with pride along with their families and a grateful nation.”

Fortson acknowledged the 67th ESB Rear Detachment for taking care of Soldiers and assisting family members while the unit deployed. A total of 10 babies were born during the deployment.

The Rear Detachment also facilitated the June deployment of Alpha Company, 67th ESB, to Afghanistan. According to Fortson, volunteers from the unit’s Family Readiness Group dedicated countless hours of their personal time to ensure the readiness of the unit.

Colonel Robert L. Edmonson II, 35th Signal Brigade commander, gave encouraging words to the unit as they reset themselves for the next mission.

“Help to keep our Army strong by sharing the wisdom that you’ve gained from the deployment,” he said. “Reset yourselves and your families in deliberate fashion and whatever you do lead by example.

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