FORT STEWART (WTOC) - The casing of division colors at Fort Stewart symbolizes the division commanders and 250 of their staff leaving for Afghanistan on a nine-month deployment.
The group may be small in number, but those soldiers and commanders will represent Third Infantry as they help lead U.S. Forces in the coalition still in Afghanistan.
Before the casing ceremony, commanders explained they'll be replacing First Cavalry. They'll be the first group sent there for nine months instead of a year.
"It is an 'advise and assist' mission. But, it is also a very dangerous place for all military service members serving in Afghanistan. So, there is potential for contact with our enemies," said Division Commander MG Lee Quintas.
A command staff will be in place back home to command the rest of the division, including an upcoming transition for one brigade from infantry to armor.
Also, in a matter of months, a brigade from here will head to the National Training Center in California for their mission.