13th COSCOM uncasing ceremony

Story and photo by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

The 13th Corps Support Command marked its official return from Iraq Friday with a flag uncasing ceremony.

More than 500 COSCOM Soldiers stood in formation on Sadowski Field to take part in the event that marks an end to the commands duties with Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

The majority of COSCOM Soldiers returned from Iraq in December.

A large portion of the forward detachment was made up of reserve component Soldiers.

Reviewing officer for Friday's event was Maj. Gen. E. James Simmons, deputy III Corps Commander and commanding general of Fort Hood.

Simmons delivered remarks after the ceremony followed by those of Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers, commanding general of the 13th COSCOM.

After the unfurling of the unit's banner, Chambers awarded medals and presented certificates to Soldiers and civilians who supported COSCOM's mission in Iraq, and in the reaer detachment here. Local businesses also received honors for giving their time to assist the rear detachment and families during the deployment.


Maj Gen James E Simmons and Brig Gen James E Chambers
Maj. Gen. James E. Simmons and Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers render honors to the National Colors during the pass-in-review at the 13 COSCOM uncasing ceremony Friday