An Uncasing Ceremony was held Friday morning at Patton Hall at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. The Third Army Colors, which were literally furled and placed inside a case at the old location in Fort McPherson, Georgia, were then “uncased” at the new location to signify that the command is operational at its new location in South Carolina.
For months, welcome signs and banners have been seen all across the Sumter community. Third Army Commanding General Lt. General Vincent K. Brooks, thanked the Sumter Community and Shaw Air Force Base for making them feel welcome.
These outward symbols of hospitality reflect a spirit of warmth and friendships that has been evidence since well before our arrival. A spirit embodied in your presence here today. A spirit that we want to return in kind now that we have our boots on the ground.
The Third Army is in the process of completing its transition from Fort McPherson to the new headquarters at Shaw AFB.
The uncasing of the Colors is a time-honored tradition signifying the relocation of the organizational Colors from a previous geographical area of assignment. Friday’s uncasing was a culmination of the headquarter’s relocation under a 2006 Congressional Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) directive that required the closure of the long-time United State’s Army Central home at Fort McPhearson and the subsequent moving of its command to the new Patton Hall.