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U.S. Army inactivates Ft. Knox's only fighting brigade

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The colors of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division being cased. The colors of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division being cased.
1st Lt. Marco Kilongkilong 1st Lt. Marco Kilongkilong
Col. William B. Ostlund Col. William B. Ostlund

FT. KNOX, KY (WAVE) - The 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is no more, at least for now.

A flag casing ceremony was held on the post May 21. It's part of what happens any time a unit is on the move. This time, though, the 3,000 soldier 3/1, also known as Duke Brigade, is not moving, it's deactivating.

Some of the 1,200 soldiers who participated in the casing will be reassigned to other units. Others will remain at Fort Knox in other capacities. Their unit, which has been at Ft. Knox since 2009 when it moved from Ft. Hood in Texas, will be deactivated as part of the Army's troop draw down announced in 2013. It's one of 10 brigade combat teams to face a similar fate. The 3/1's members are hopeful it will be back.

"You're sad that the colors are casing, but at the same time you know that you were part of something great and I don't doubt the colors will stand up again," said 1st Lt. Marco Kilongkilong.

"This is the most awesome community that I've been involved with or been part of," said Col. William B. Ostlund, unit commander of the 3/1. "I've only served in good units in good locations, but the Ft. Knox large community has just been overwhelming in their support for our soldiers."

Ostlund said the colors will go to the Heraldry Department of the Center for Military History, where they'll stay unless and until the Army calls up the 3/1 again.

The 3/1 came together in 1917 during World War I and has been a part of every war in this nation's history since then. It has been inactivated two other times in the past.

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