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Apache helicopter battalion transfers authority in Kuwait

Email   Print   Share By Maj. Randall Stillinger, 36th CAB Public Affairs
August 22, 2013 | News
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Leaders of 4-227th ARB, Fort Hood, bow their heads during an uncasing ceremony Saturday at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Sgt. Mark Scovell, 36th CAB Public Affairs
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Lt. Col. Henry Perry Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Zach Hurst, 4-227th ARB, Fort Hood, uncase the unit colors as they take over operations at Camp Buehring, Kuwait in the support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Mark Scovell, 36th CAB Public Affairs
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Lt. Col. Christopher Barnwell and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Odom, 4-501st ARB, Fort Bliss, case the unit colors at the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The 4-501st ARB will be replaced by the 4-227th ARB, Fort Hood. Sgt. Mark Scovell, 36th CAB Public Affairs
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - A ceremony was held Saturday to mark the transfer of authority from the 4th Battalion, 501st Attack-Reconnaissance Battalion to the 4th Battalion, 227th ARB.

The traditional event, which was held at the remote base 15 miles from the Iraq border, is a visual symbol of the transfer from one command to another as one unit’s guidon is cased for the trip home and another is unfurled for the mission ahead.

The 4-501st, of the 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss and nicknamed the “Pistoleros,” is headed home after a successful nine-month deployment. The incoming battalion, from the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, will serve as the ARB for the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Texas Army National Guard. The 36th CAB is headquartered in Austin.

“Today is an auspicious day for the Pistoleros as we relinquish our partnership and regional security responsibilities to the 4-227th, bid a fond farewell to Kuwait, and execute the final phase of our mission: redeployment,” Lt. Col. Chris Barnwell, commander of the outgoing 4-501st, said.

Among its accomplishments, the 4-501st worked with seven countries in the region and partnered with the Kuwaiti air force on a regular basis. Joint operations with the U.S. Navy and Air Force were also a highlight of their tour, including working off of the USS Stennis, USS Ponce, USS Rushmore and the USS Green Bay.

“You’re going home with dignity and a job well done here in Kuwait, and up and down the Arabian Peninsula,” Col. Rick Adams, commander of the 36th CAB, said to the departing troops. “You blazed new trails. You built this mission. You really started this from scratch and got it to where it is now.”

The 4-227th deployed to the Middle East with their AH-64D Apache helicopters to conduct security cooperation, joint exercises and training. Partnership events scheduled with nearby countries also promote security, stability and mutual interests in the region.

“Sir, Guns Attack is ready to take the mission,” Lt. Col. Henry Perry Jr., commander of the incoming 4-227th ARB, said in his closing remarks to Adams. “We will tirelessly posture for contingencies, partner with the Kuwaiti air force Apache squadrons, and maximize every enabler we can to train and sustain our individual and collective skills.”

With the transfer of authority complete, there was one more thing left to do. In keeping with tradition, the 4-227th’s leaders cut a large cake with a cavalry saber, marking the official beginning of their deployment.
 
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