2ND BRIGADE SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 2ND BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 10TH MTN DIV (LIGHT INFANTRY) BATTALION NEWS 30 JAN 2012Helpful Phone Headquarters, 2nd Brigade Special Troops BattalionNumbers: 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) HHC Company Commander CPT McCall 10120 North Riva Ridge Loop HHC Company 1SG Fort Drum NY 13602 1SG Ward 772-4509 A. Company Commander 30 January 2012 CPT Boyles Alpha Company 1SG 1SG Volz Letter to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion Family and Friends: 772-7410 B. Company Commander CPT Keay I hope everyone enjoyed our well earned Holiday block leave and the Holidays with your Families Bravo Company 1SG and friends. The North Country winter has finally here. Please ensure that your vehicles are win- 1SG Pasol 772-7412 terized and be prepared for future colder temperatures and lake effect snow storms. We have C. Company Commander Highlander Family, been fortunate thus far as this North Country winter has been mild. CPT Remillard Charlie Company 1SG SFC Gruby 772-7429 The Battalion is conducting final training and preparations for our March Rotation to the Joint HHC BDE Company Sincerely, Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. As we prepare for JRTC, it is just as Commander important for our Families to prepare. Many of the companies have had Family Readiness Group CPT Freeburg HHC BDE Company 1SG Ruddie Ibanez (FRG) meetings involving the Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC) and the financial MFLC. The 1SG Maciag Battalion JRTC pre-deployment brief is scheduled for the 16th of February at 3 PM in the Multi Pur- Captain, Field Artillery 772-2492 Battalion Staff Duty: Company Commander pose Auditorium (MPA). There will be a flyer circulated soon with this information. The pre- 772-5100 deployment brief will provide you with information such as the dates Soldiers depart and return, the Brigade Staff Duty: 774-2199 training area they are deploying to, and Fort Drum resources available. Please take the time to FRSA: join us for this briefing and ask questions that you may have. Decima Chiasson 772-9166 On the 18th of January we had the opportunity to thank one of our FRG volunteers at the Division Volunteer of the Month Ceremony, Mrs. Jennifer Limerick, Bravo Company FRG Leader. A special Who’s Who thank you to Jennifer for all that she has done for the Badgers and others. I am truly grateful for In the everyone who steps up to volunteer in the FRG as they provide invaluable help for our Soldiers FRG and Family members. Advisors Amy Cox The Battalion executed Range week from 23 to 27 January. Great work from all the companiesHHC FRG Leaders ensuring that our Soldiers qualified and re-qualified on their assigned weapons. Congratulations to Lori Bogutskie SSG Carrizales from our DFAC section for the highest qualification on the M4 Rifle. HHC MPs andAlpha FRG Leaders CBRN security section executed close quarters marksmanship and situational training exercises, Kim Boyles while the Sappers continued their preparations to execute route clearance patrols at JRTC. Char-Bravo FRG Leaders Stephanie Burke lie Company executed a series of communications exercises to prepare to install and operate the Jennifer Limerick Brigade’s communications network. Lastly, Bravo Company supported 2-14 IN with unmannedCharlie FRG Leader aerial vehicle support, the HUMINT platoon received outstanding training and provided our fellow Teri Remillard battalions with capabilities briefs, the SIGINT Platoon continued certification and preparation for HHC 2BCT FRG JRTC, and the ISR Platoon continued their study of our future operational environment. Leader Sarah Freeburg February will prove to be a busy month as we load out our equipment and prepare to “get after it” You can make a at JRTC. Gladiator Soldiers and Families continue to inspire me every day with your steadfast difference in your dedication to our Nation, Army, and fellow Soldiers. FRG!Call your FRG Leader Strength and Honor! to volunteer or for more information.Please let the FRGknow if you have RHETT R. COXmoved or changed LTC, MIphone numbers so we Commandingcan keep ourrecords up to date!Thank You!
HHC BRIGADE COMPANY Page 227 January 2012HHC/2BCT Soldiers and Families,Time has flown since the last time I wrote. The first month of 2012 is almost behind us. I hope everyoneenjoyed their holiday season. The train continues to move at a high rate of speed as we’re currently gearingup for a rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, LA. Our Brigade Staff is in theplanning phase and as we head into February, the company will focus on equipment pack up and load out.More predictable timelines will be published as we get closer to our JRTC departure date. All I can accu-rately state at this time is that we’ll be gone for the majority of March. We are also having a Company FRGmeeting and bowling event at the Pine Plains Bowling Center on 09 February 2012. Price is $1 per person.For more information you can contact my wife, Sarah, at 915-588-8052.V/R,MATTHEW W. FREEBURGCPT, ADCommanding ALPHA COMPANY27 January 2012Dear Sapper Families and Friends,I am very happy to have the entire company back together following a much needed Christmas vacation.January has been a very busy month, as our Sappers have participated in multiple qualification ranges aswell as several platoon training events, most notably 1st Platoon’s Land Navigation training a couple weeksago.The Family Readiness Group reconvened to talk about the upcoming JRTC deployment and several of theservices provided by our Military Family Life Consultant, Marsha Caraway, and the Fort Drum ACS. It wasgreat to see everyone again and we look forward to spending time together in the New Year. We hope tohave a family day sometime in March while the company is deployed to JRTC.The company also had the opportunity to promote several Soldiers from the rank of E1 to E2, as well as E3.It is always a good day when our Soldiers get recognized for their hard work and dedication.In family news, two Mountain Sapper spouses welcomed newborns to their families since our last update.Eric and Tara Fjalstad welcomed their daughter Isabelle to the world on December 18th and just yesterdayBrenton and Meghan Winterbower had their son William. Congratulations from all of us in Alpha Company.Until next time, Mountain Sappers!CHESTER D. BOYLESCPT, ENCommanding
Page 3 BRAVO COMPANY23 January 2012To the Badger’s and their Families,The month of January has been nothing short of demanding since we’ve come back from blockleave. Our first week upon return consisted mostly of gathering ourselves back into the daily battlerhythm of work and figuring out where we actually left off last year. We also conducted PRT twice aday in an attempt to regain our forward progress of physical fitness before two weeks of vacation. Ithelped, but physical fitness continues to be an uphill battle with our organization as a whole.Leaders in this Company strive every day to help and encourage our younger Soldiers, but it isn’talways easy and it surely isn’t a quick fix. But it is part of our number one priority here, readiness todeploy. Perhaps GEN Dempsey, the 37th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it best “Uponnotification to deploy I was able to requisition nearly everything my unit needed. What I couldn’trequisition was trust, discipline, and fitness. These qualities have to exist in every unit and in everySoldier of our Army all the time.” Readiness also entails quality time with family (the vacation waslong, but very needed) and training, which we eventually got to. After the first week we receivedword that the March JRTC training opportunity was solidified for 2-10 MTN and we continued rightwhere we left off. UAS has been supporting 2-14 IN (one of our maneuver battalions) during theirPlatoon level live fire exercises throughout this month and working long hard nights. When weatherdoesn’t allow flight, they continue their operators progression with a simulator from Huntsville, AL, inorder to ensure they have the proper crew endurance to support the BCT’s expectation for JRTC.SIGINT has been ensuring their equipment is ready to train on for March and following up on alltraining requirements. IEW has been supporting throughout this process. ISR continues to be theBrigae’s think tank and is already setting the conditions for our JRTC rotation by providing the seniorleadership information on the operational environment. HUMINT has reached a culminating twoweek course that the Army Operations Group is conducting. They are receiving training from allfacets of HUMINT, from understanding the legalities of interrogations, to cultural integration with theAfghan populace, to interpersonal skills for their collectors. Last to mention is our HQ’s Soldiers,they continue to help me keep this machine running, ensuring that your Soldiers receive theresources and support they need for successful and effective training to accomplish our mission.I look forward to finishing up January and moving into February as our FRG leaders have put somegreat events on our Calendar. Until next write up,V/RCPT Keay, BarclayCommander, B Co/2 BSTB
CHARLIE COMPANY Page 420 January 2012Dear Families and Friends,I would like to take this time to welcome everyone back from block leave. I hope that this time with your Sol-dier was a great and much needed break for the holidays.Currently the Company is participating in the training necessary to be proficient in our assigned duties priorto our deployment to JRTC in March. Many Cobras are conducting training to remain proficient in their re-spective skill sets, dealing with satellites to computers and phones, but most importantly how to get every-thing to work together. They are doing great and we as a Company are on track for a successful JRTC rota-tion. Due to the amount of people leaving our formation, the company is going to start relying on its more jun-iors Soldiers to get the network architecture up and running. I believe they are up for the task, and it will be agreat learning experience for all.Speaking of the departure of so many Soldiers, in recent weeks there have been new spouses appointed tokey FRG positions and I would like to take this time to thank them for volunteering. The names are as fol-lows:Tina McCLendon – HQ Key CallerHeather Rector – 1st Platoon Key CallerWendy Greene – 2nd Platoon Key CallerLisa Distenfield – TreasurerSamantha Gruby – Assistant TreasurerThe following Soldiers will be leaving the Cobras in the upcoming month and we wish them the best of luckin all their future endeavors:SGT Corey BoucherSGT Brandon CatheySPC Jeremy KaiserSPC Joshua NewillThank you for your hard work and dedication.Sincerely,Frank D. RemillardCPT, SCCommanding
HHC 2BSTB23 January 2012 Page 5Avenger Family and Friends,Thank you for another successful month of training. It’s been hectic since our last newsletter justafter Christmas. Since the last update, we’ve returned from block leave and conducted a variety oftraining events.From January 17th to January 19th, we conducted High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle(HMMWV, pronounced humvee) Egress Assistance Training (HEAT). This training takes place in afull size mock-up of armored vehicles that we often use while deployed. Soldiers receive training onwhat to do if their vehicle turns on its side or upside down, and how to safely exit the vehicle. Thisis a critical and lifesaving skill, as bad roads and IEDs can sometimes manage to flip our vehicleswhen on patrol. Over 100 Soldiers participated in the training, and we’ll hold it again prior todeployments.In addition, we utilized the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) to hold marksmanship training and“shoot/no-shoot” training for the military police. The system allows Soldiers to use mock weaponsto engage targets on a screen. The system is hooked up to an air compressor to simulate recoil,and the hits on screen are recorded. This allows Soldiers to practice marksmanship without usingreal bullets, and is a great way to train when the weather makes it difficult to train outside. Inaddition to marksmanship training, the MPs also used the EST to train on police marksmanship in avariety of settings. The EST even has scenarios involving actors on screen, to add realism.Finally, the company conducted several firing ranges. Prior to the range, Soldiers conductedpreliminary marksmanship instruction (PMI) to review marksmanship fundamentals before going tothe range the following week. This training acts as a refresher, especially for Soldiers who don’t goto ranges often. We utilized the classroom in our maintenance building, a former storage room thatwe are cleaning and improving to make it a quality classroom for Soldiers.This week, we’re conducting a qualification range on the M4 and M320, as well as training on theM9 pistol, M249, M240 and M2 at ranges run by A/2BSTB. It should be a good training week and achance for Soldiers to do what they joined the Army to do.I look forward to seeing all of you at the Battalion Pre-Deployment brief at the Multi-PurposeAuditorium, at 1500 on February 16th.Very Respectfully,CPT McCallCommandingHHC 2BSTB
A Word from the Chaplain20 January 2012 Page 6Hello all,Why Church? A while back one of my sons asked me, “Why do I need to go to Church when Ialready know everything?” I thought it was a valid question and I told him that I would get back tohim on it. As I thought about the purpose of Church I realized that so many Churches put such anemphasis on instructing and teaching that we lose sight of the greater purposes of Church. As Ipondered further, I asked myself the question that I hear from so many, “Why do I need to go toChurch when I can worship God just fine by myself.” If you feel that Church is simply educational orfor the purpose of talking to God then there really is no point in going to Church because thosethings do not require a community and can be done individually. Moreover, Church is not simply aservice organization. My neighbor is an atheist and he snowplowed my drive for me the other day.He was acting more like a Christian than most professed Christians or Church goers. So whatmakes Church a special place. There are different answers to this for different denominations. ForCatholics and other sacramental denominations, Church is the only place that you can find thesaving ordinances and authorized priesthood authority to perform those sacraments. And throughthe communion we can become one with God. I encourage you to go back to Church for thecommunion and ritual. For Pentecostals and Evangelicals, Church is a special community that caninvite the Spirit of the Lord with miraculous manifestation. These manifestations of the Spirit comewith more efficacies when the congregation is united in praise. I encourage you to go back toChurch to feel the power and love of the Lord in a unique way. As we go to Church to partake of theordinances and feel the love and power of the Lord through community, greater knowledge willcome to us, greater experiential worship will occur, and greater opportunities to serve and beserved will arise. The final result is a happier and more fulfilled individual and family. The final resultis peace and assurance.Obviously, this is a limited Christian perspective on faith and religion and has the flaws ofgeneralizations and lack of inclusiveness. I encourage you to look past any flaws in thought andlook to the intent of the message.Godspeed,Chaplain James Willis
WHAT IS HAPPENING: TRAINING INFORMATION MOBILIZATION AND DEPLOYMENT (YOU MUST CALL TO RSVP 772-0470) FRG Leader : MAR 08 0900-1300 ACS Key Caller: FEB 14 1400-1530 or 1700-1830 ACS MAR 15 1000-1130 or 1400-1530 ACS Informal Funds: MAR 08 1400-1500 or 1700-1800 ACS Care Team Training: FEB 21 0900-1230 ACS OpSec for Families: FEB 27 1300-1230 ACS AFTB (YOU MUST RSVP TO 772-6710/9229) Level 3 FEB 15-16 0900-1600 ACS Stress Management - For more information, call 772-0593. FEB 07 1330-1530 ACS Anger Management - For more information, call 772-0593. FEB 21 1330-1530 ACS Conflict Resolution - For more information, call 772-0593. MAY 29 1330-1530 ACS