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Bossier City Army Reserve Unit turns active duty with traditional ceremony

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2250th Color Casing Ceremony 2250th Color Casing Ceremony
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A Bossier City Army Reserve Unit turned active duty on Sunday during a traditional military color casing ceremony. 

"We case our colors, meaning we fold the flag up, we put it in a case and then we come back next year, we take those colors back out and assume our battalion under our current colors." said Battalion Commander Lt. Col. April Myrick.

The group of 16 will head to Fort Hood, Texas. Their mission is to help the surge of soldiers coming back from Afghanistan transition from the war. "We support those soldiers from an administrative perspective, getting them through all of their medical evaluations and back home to their loved ones," said Lt. Col. Myrick.

The group is leaving their civilian jobs and lives behind for a year. But Lt. Col. Myrick says the sacrifice is worth it. "When the nation calls, we have to mobilize full time, we do leave our civilian jobs, we do leave our families, we put on our uniform for 24 by 7. We go and serve our nation and perform our mission," said Lt. Col. Myrick.

At the ceremony, the battalion also celebrated the 105th birthday of the Army Reserves with a cake.

The group will head out to Fort Hood on April 15th.

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