With the presidential election and the economy sucking up all the headlines, it can be easy to forget that America is at war.
But the reality of the never-ending wars overseas hasn't escaped the memories of local soldiers and their families. And even as war news has died down, more troops from Fort Carson are deploying. More than 300 will leave over the next few weeks.
Mayor Steve Bach plans to attend the deployment ceremony Tuesday to wish the troops well.
MAYOR AND SUZI BACH TO ATTEND FORT CARSON
3rd BCT, 4th ID DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his wife Suzi, will attend a deployment ceremony to say farewell to more than 300 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10am. The ceremony will be held at the Special Event Center on Post. The 4th Infantry Division will deploy Security Force Assistance Teams for an Afghan mission.
During the next few weeks, 3rd BCT Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as Security Forces Assistance Teams. The SFAT Soldiers will focus on training, mentoring and advising the Afghan National Security Forces in the southern region for the next nine months.
To prepare for this mission, the SFATs conducted tactical and cultural training for the last three months, culminating with a unique rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.