US Army NATO Brigade uncases colors in Sembach

by Sgt. 1st Class John S. Wollaston
U.S. Army NATO Brigade Public Affairs

The U.S. Army NATO Brigade completed its transition from Tompkins Barracks in Schwetzingen to its new home at Sembach with a colors uncasing ceremony outside of the new brigade headquarters.

Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer, commanding general of U.S. Army NATO, 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s Maj. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee and a host of commanders and senior NCOs from the growing list of units moving to Sembach watched as the colors for the NATO Brigade were uncased for the first time since July, when the unit officially began its move to the KMC.

“Almost two months ago we cased the brigade colors and said farewell to the city of Schwetzingen and Tompkins Barracks,” said U.S. Army NATO Brigade Commander Col. Robert S. Larsen. “Although that casing ceremony closed one chapter in this brigade’s history, today we open a new chapter and begin what I know will be a long and fulfilling relationship with the Sembach community.”

Larsen thanked the Soldiers and civilians of the brigade for their hard work in completing the move while maintaining unit operations for a brigade that stretches across two continents and 37 locations in 14 countries.

“Today’s ceremony marks the culmination of countless hours of hard work and effort by our Soldiers and civilians,” Larsen said. “This would be no small task for any unit and I’m extremely proud of what they have accomplished.”
Larsen also thanked the family members for their patience while the transition was going on.

“Any time you move from one home to another it’s a family event. Thank you for your help in making this move to Sembach go as smoothly as it did.”

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