Col. Gary J. Volesky, commander of 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Task Force "Greywolf", gathered with fellow soldiers to memorialize Derby and his team's dedication to the preservation of freedom both at home and abroad.
"We will never forget our fallen Soldiers," Volesky said. "They were great Americans who fought for the freedom of others."
Command Sgt. Maj. James Pippin, who cut the ribbon to reveal a new sign designating the landing zone as "Derby LZ," bypassed the proverbial scissors and sliced through the ribbon with a combat knife, a gesture he felt that Derby would deem appropriate. The sign itself was erected as a reminder that fallen Soldiers should never be forgotten.