Here is a link to an article with a photo of the ceremony on Christmas Eve, I remember Apache going hot by the 18th of December and that 1st PLT took the first fire within two days of commencing operations. Nobody was hit but it brought home the fact that any nut with a rifle could take pot shots at you very easily and run. In short the harsh realization that you are mortal begins to set in quickly as does the fact that somebody is walking point and this time it is not some Vietnam movie you are watching it is you and it can be for keeps in an instant.
TOA/TROA (tranfer of authority photo is the one in the blog title)
link to 278th TOA to 101st Airborne Division