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Mobilization 
Photo: Members of the 81st HBCT assemble for the formation and departure ceremony for the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, of the Wash. National Guard, Oct. 1, 2008.   (Photo by Val Hyde) (The Real McCoy Extra) 81st HBCT deployment ceremony

Members of the 81st HBCT assemble for the formation and departure ceremony for the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, of the Wash. National Guard, Oct. 1, 2008.   
 
(Photo by Val Hyde) (The Real McCoy Extra)

 

 Photo: Casing the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Teamís brigade flag was a significant part of the 81stís deployment ceremony at Fort McCoy Oct. 1. Brigade Commander Col. Robert Kapral (left) and Brigade Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Sweeney (right) roll up the flag moments before slipping the case over it for protection while traveling out of country. The 81st is a Washington Army National Guard unit mobilizing at Fort McCoy to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo by Tom Michele)

Flag casing

Casing the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Teamís brigade flag was a significant part of the 81stís deployment ceremony at Fort McCoy Oct. 1. Brigade Commander Col. Robert Kapral (left) and Brigade Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Sweeney (right) roll up the flag moments before slipping the case over it for protection while traveling out of country. The 81st is a Washington Army National Guard unit mobilizing at Fort McCoy to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(Photo by Tom Michele)

 

Photo: Soldiers from the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the Washington Army National Guard salute at present arms during the unitís deployment ceremony at Fort McCoy Oct. 1. In addition to the U.S. flag, the other flag in the unitís color guard is the brigade flag, which has the distinctive logo of a raven and represents three Northwest Pacific Native American tribes who use the raven as their symbol. (Photo by Tom Michele) Present arms

Soldiers from the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the Washington Army National Guard salute at present arms during the unitís deployment ceremony at Fort McCoy Oct. 1. In addition to the U.S. flag, the other flag in the unitís color guard is the brigade flag, which has the distinctive logo of a raven and represents three Northwest Pacific Native American tribes who use the raven as their symbol.
(Photo by Tom Michele)

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Photo: Lt. Col. Kenneth Garrison, commander of the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Special Troops Battalion, leads his Soldiers onto Fort McCoy Parade Field No. 1 as they start to position themselves for the 81stís deployment ceremony. (Photo by Tom Michele)

Forward, march...

Lt. Col. Kenneth Garrison, commander of the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Special Troops Battalion, leads his Soldiers onto Fort McCoy Parade Field No. 1 as they start to position themselves for the 81stís deployment ceremony. (Photo by Tom Michele)

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Photo: The U. S. Army National Guard brass quartet from the 132nd of Madison, Wis., plays during the departure ceremony for the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team.  (Photo by Val Hyde)† 132nd Army National Guard 
Brass Quartet

The U. S. Army National Guard brass quartet from the 132nd of Madison, Wis., plays during the departure ceremony for the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team. 
(Photo by Val Hyde) 
(The Real McCoy Extra)

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