FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum's combat team officially marks their return home. Two weeks after the last of the team arrived back from a nine month deployment in Afghanistan, the unit uncased its colors Friday.
The unit cases its colors before it leaves Afghanistan and does not take them back out until the unit has fully returned. And now that everyone is back, there are leadership changes.
Command Sergeant Major David Martel handed over the reins to Command Sergeant Major Mark Bela Friday. But before he did, he offered Bela some advice on what helped him get the job done.
"The biggest thing is getting down, knowing your soldiers and asking those hard questions. Don't be afraid to say, 'Hey, you're doing okay today,'" said Mertel.
But Martel isn't going far. He'll remain with the brigade as its rear detachment commander.