"Hail and Farewell" to Marine Corps Tank Detachment Fort Knox - 35 Year Era of Excellence Ends with Impressive and Emotional Casing of Colors Ceremony

"Hail and Farewell" Tank Detachment Fort Knox 2011

Fort Knox, Kentucky; May 5, 2011: As visitors from around the nation descended on nearby Louisville, Kentucky, for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby and all the local festivities surrounding this world renowned thoroughbred horse race, local Marines and Army colleagues solemnly gathered with heavy hearts to bid farewell to the Marine Corps Tank Detachment, which for 35 years has trained Marine Corps officers and enlisted personnel in armor associated skills. Co-located with the U.S. Army Armor Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky, every Marine Corps tank crewman, mechanic, NCO, SNCO and officer, with an armor related military occupational specialty, has received training for the past 35 years through the Marine Corps Tank Detachment. As troops massed in a final formation, the detachment guidon was retired, as its bearer smartly marched from view. Shortly thereafter, LtCol Michael L Muller, USMC, Commanding Officer (CO) and MGySgt Carlos Graham, USMC, Senior Enlisted Advisor, together ceremoniously cased the Marine Corps colors, followed immediately thereafter with the casing of our national ensign. With both flags cased, the color guard was secured and marched quietly and alone from the formation.  In an emotional and symbolic finale, the Fort Knox Army Band saluted the departing Marine Corps unit, with the Marines' Hymn for the final time at Fort Knox, thus bringing to a close, an historic chapter in Marine Corps armor history. As equipment and personnel wend their way to their new home at Fort Benning, Georgia, to be reunited once again with the recently transplanted U.S. Army Armor Center, Marines from throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky wish the Marine Corps Tank Detachment "fair winds and following seas," as it continues to excel in its vital "steel on target" gunnery mission  in the Peach State.  (Photo by Kellie Etheridge, Turret newspaper, Fort Knox, Kentucky)