CAMP STRYKER, Iraq – As the colors of the New York Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion unfurled for commander Lt. Col. Al Ricci and Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Imbarrato, aircrews and Soldiers from the “Jesters” assumed their combat mission here in Iraq on September 25, 2008. The transfer of authority ceremony marked the culmination of more than a year of battalion training at locations such as Fort Drum, N.Y., Fort Rucker, Ala. and a predeployment training period at Fort Sill, Okla.