The Arkansas National Guard on Sunday hosted a Casing of the Colors Ceremony in Warren to mark the end of the 1-151 Cavalry Squadron and the beginning of the Guard’s new force structure in South Arkansas.
The ceremony, which was held at the Warren High School Indoor Athletic Facility, featured members of the 1-151 Cavalry Squadron performing the ceremonial ‘Casing of the Colors.’ The ceremony signified the end of the Squadron.
Speakers for the event included Col. Michael Spraggins, Commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat team, and Lt. Col. Joel Lynch, Commander of the Cavalry Squadron.
After the ceremony, the cavalry units in Camden, El Dorado and Warren began roles as infantry, anti-armor, and support units falling under the command of the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment headquartered in Malvern, Arkansas.
Soldiers from the Magnolia unit will be assigned to El Dorado. The Magnolia armory is scheduled to be returned to Southern Arkansas University later in February. Guard soldiers from the Monticello unit will be assigned to Warren and the armory will be returned to the City of Monticello later in the spring.
The 1-151st Cavalry Squadron was officially organized in Warren in September, 2005. The Squadron served in support of disaster response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Squadron was also deployed to Iraq in 2008 where it performed convoy security missions. Before being designated as Cavalry, the units belonged to the 3rd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]