Company C Departure – September 2009

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Today we jump back 10 years to the deployment of Charlie Company to Iraq. In September 2009, members of Company C left CONUS marking the first deployment of a 1st Battalion element into a combat zone since World War II.

From the historical review:
“Charlie Company entered the Central Command Area of Responsibility and hit the ground running. Assigned to Contingency Operating Base (COB) Taji and attached to the 211th Military Police Battalion from the Massachusetts National Guard, Charlie Company immediately assumed responsibilities within the Taji Theatre Internment Facility Reconciliation Center (TIFRC). The TIFRC was a considerable responsibility as it was one of the last three remaining Iraqi prisons left under United States Forces (USF) control.”

See all 158 photos of the Charlie Company departure by clicking the image above.

Fort Myer becomes a joint base – October 1, 2009

On this day, ten years ago, the Fort Myer Military Community became Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. JBM-HH was one of twelve joint bases to be created as a result of the 2005 BRAC recommendations. Fort Myer had been the name of the post since 1881. Parts of Fort Myer were previously known as Fort Cass and Fort Whipple, two defensive positions constructed during the Civil War as part of the Washington defenses.

Fort William H. Seward – September 30, 1904

On September 30, 1904, the Headquarters, Field and Staff elements of the 3d Infantry Regiment left Camp Skagway, Alaska and arrived at nearby Fort William H. Seward, AK. Soldiers of the Old Guard became the first garrison troops at newly-completed Fort William H. Seward, current day site of Haines, AK.

The discovery of gold along the Alaska/Canada border brought thousands looking to find their fortunes. To help the Alaska territory cope with the sudden population boom, the U.S. Army built forts, roads and telegraph lines. The Army maintained 1,500 miles of telegraph lines connecting Juneau, Valdez and Sitka, with the Old Guard running lines all the way to Nome. One additional mission was to restrict commercial over-harvesting of the caribou population native to the region.

The Regiment left San Francisco aboard the US Army Transport “Buford” on July 1, 1904 and sailed to Skagway, arriving on July 7. Camp Skagway served as home base until September 1904, when Fort William H. Seward was completed and ready for garrison troops. The Regiment often worked broken up by companies and detachments. In addition to Fort William H. Seward and Camp Skagway, the men of the Old Guard were posted to Forts Liscum, Davis, Egbert, Gibbon, and St. Michael.

#FlashbackFriday – Spirit of America 2001

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Today is the last Spirit of America themed #FlashbackFriday. Pictured below are the flyers and postcards sent out for the 2001 season of performances. These occurred just weeks after the 9/11 attacks and was only performed in Washington, DC at the MCI Center (also known as Verizon Center (2006-17) and Capital One Arena (2017-present)).

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