Color-casing ceremony set at Fort Campbell

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – Fort Campbell soldiers preparing to deploy to Kosovo are having a ceremony in preparation for their departure.

Members of the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, known as the “Rakkasans,” will host a color-casing ceremony Thursday morning at the post. Fort Campbell is located along the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

The soldiers will be participating in peace support operations in Kosovo.

The Rakkasans’ nickname came after World War II from a Japanese translator referring to the paratroopers. The word translates to “falling down umbrella men.”

Deploying troops traditionally “case colors” before leaving. The “colors,” or flag, represents the unit on the battlefield, and casing it symbolizes the unit is prepared for movement.