A color casing ceremony for elements from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was held Thursday at Fort Polk's Honor Field as about 1,000 soldiers prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

A color casing ceremony for elements from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was held Thursday at Fort Polk's Honor Field as about 1,000 soldiers prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

According to Fort Polk Public Affairs, the unit will deploy this fall in support of NATO's Resolute Support Mission as part of the Train, Advise and Assist Command-East.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming gave remarks at the ceremony, lauding the 3rd Brigade for its contributions.

"They have shown us they are proud to be members of our community," he said. "We want to make sure you know how proud we are of our nation's heroes."

2nd Lt. Aleecia Young said this is the first time she is being deployed, and the ceremony marking the deployment is important.

"It means a lot," she said. "It feels good to be a part of a unit that recognizes that they are sending certain troops off to go fight for our country, casing their colors in respect."

Having family members and local officials come and show support during the ceremony is also meaningful to the soldiers, Young said.

"To look out into the stands and see they have that support from the community, all the mayors, the representatives here… it's really important," she said.

The deployed soldiers will serve as advisors to the Afghan National Defense Security Forces, including the Afghan Army and Police, according to Fort Polk.