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3-108th Cavalry conducts deactivation ceremony

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ATLANTA, March 5, 2016 - In a somber ceremony held March 5, 2016 at the Atlanta Readiness Center, Lt. Col. Mike Lipper and Command Sgt. Major Tom Grisham, command team of the 3rd Squadron 108th Cavalry Regiment retired the squadron colors to mark the deactivation of the unit. Colonel Jeffrey Dickerson, commander of the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and former commander of the 3-108th Cavalry spoke to the assembled Cavalrymen during the deactivation ceremony.

"This squadron has served as a leadership factory for the Georgia National Guard," said Dickerson. "It is fitting that as we enter the second phase of the brigade's deactivation that the 3-108th Cavalry should do what cavalry organizations do: lead the way."

Before an assembled audience of Veterans and family members of the 3-108th, Lt. Col. Mike Lipper recognized members of the unit who had been in the ranks since the squadron's inception and decorated Soldiers who had rendered superior service in the months leading up to the unit's deactivation. Then, with the air thick with history, the guidons of the squadron's troops were cased. Lietenant Colonel Lipper and Command Sgt. Major Thomas Grisham reverently gathered the squadron's battle honors as they furled the colors of the 3-108th. Then the orders were read were read to officially deactivate the squadron.

In addition to Lt. Col. Lipper and Col. Dickerson, Lt. Col. Joe Lynch (retired) was present at the deactivation ceremony. Collectively, the three men commanded the 3-108th from 2010 to the present. Previously, the squadron had been commanded by Lt. Col. Paul Smith (2008-2010) and Maj. Matt Saxton (2007-2008).

The 3-108th was constituted 1 November 2007 in the Georgia Army National Guard. Headquartered in Atlanta, many of the squadron's first Soldiers were veterans of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's 2005 Iraq rotation. With a core of experienced combat leaders, during its first year, the 3-108th served as the Georgia National Guard's quick reaction force and supported training missions at Fort Lewis. In the coming years, the 3-108th conducted overseas development training missions in Germany, the Country of Georgia and Scotland.

In 2010 Troop C, 3-108th Cavalry conducted joint airborne operations with the Australian Army to commemorate the newly designated Blair Drop Zone at Catoosa, Ga. 

The year 2011 saw the pathfinders of the 3-108th participate in Atlas Drop, an airborne training operation in Uganda. In August, the 3-108th deployed to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo as part of the KFOR14 mission. Participating in the Camp Bondsteel best warrior competition, the 3-108th captured first place in the Soldier and NCO of the year divisions.

The 3-108th returned to the United States in 2012 and by 2014 had relocated to the Atlanta Readiness Center.

In 2015, the U.S. Army announced the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade would be deactivated as part of sweeping force structure changes. Units of the 560th were either earmarked for transfer or deactivation.  While the 3-108th was selected for deactivation, the bulk of its cavalry scouts and infantrymen will form the core of the 3rd Battalion 121st Infantry, thus passing along a core of experience that had served the 3-108th from its inception.

Story and photo by Capt. William Carraway
Public Affairs Office
Georgia Army National Guard

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ATLANTA, March 5, 2016 - In a somber ceremony held March 5, 2016 at the Atlanta Readiness Center, Lt. Col. Mike Lipper and Command Sgt. Major Tom Grisham, command team of the 3rd Squadron 108th Cavalry Regiment retired the squadron colors to mark the deactivation of the unit. Colonel Jeffrey Dickerson, commander of the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and former commander of the 3-108th Cavalry spoke to the assembled Cavalrymen during the deactivation ceremony.

"This squadron has served as a leadership factory for the Georgia National Guard," said Dickerson. "It is fitting that as we enter the second phase of the brigade's deactivation that the 3-108th Cavalry should do what cavalry organizations do: lead the way."

Before an assembled audience of Veterans and family members of the 3-108th, Lt. Col. Mike Lipper recognized members of the unit who had been in the ranks since the squadron's inception and decorated Soldiers who had rendered superior service in the months leading up to the unit's deactivation. Then, with the air thick with history, the guidons of the squadron's troops were cased. Lietenant Colonel Lipper and Command Sgt. Major Thomas Grisham reverently gathered the squadron's battle honors as they furled the colors of the 3-108th. Then the orders were read were read to officially deactivate the squadron.

In addition to Lt. Col. Lipper and Col. Dickerson, Lt. Col. Joe Lynch (retired) was present at the deactivation ceremony. Collectively, the three men commanded the 3-108th from 2010 to the present. Previously, the squadron had been commanded by Lt. Col. Paul Smith (2008-2010) and Maj. Matt Saxton (2007-2008).

The 3-108th was constituted 1 November 2007 in the Georgia Army National Guard. Headquartered in Atlanta, many of the squadron's first Soldiers were veterans of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's 2005 Iraq rotation. With a core of experienced combat leaders, during its first year, the 3-108th served as the Georgia National Guard's quick reaction force and supported training missions at Fort Lewis. In the coming years, the 3-108th conducted overseas development training missions in Germany, the Country of Georgia and Scotland.

In 2010 Troop C, 3-108th Cavalry conducted joint airborne operations with the Australian Army to commemorate the newly designated Blair Drop Zone at Catoosa, Ga. 

The year 2011 saw the pathfinders of the 3-108th participate in Atlas Drop, an airborne training operation in Uganda. In August, the 3-108th deployed to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo as part of the KFOR14 mission. Participating in the Camp Bondsteel best warrior competition, the 3-108th captured first place in the Soldier and NCO of the year divisions.

The 3-108th returned to the United States in 2012 and by 2014 had relocated to the Atlanta Readiness Center.

In 2015, the U.S. Army announced the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade would be deactivated as part of sweeping force structure changes. Units of the 560th were either earmarked for transfer or deactivation.  While the 3-108th was selected for deactivation, the bulk of its cavalry scouts and infantrymen will form the core of the 3rd Battalion 121st Infantry, thus passing along a core of experience that had served the 3-108th from its inception.

Story and photo by Capt. William Carraway
Public Affairs Office
Georgia Army National Guard

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