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  1. 1. 2ND BRIGADE SPECIAL TROOPS BATTALION, 2ND BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 10TH MTN DIV (LIGHT INFANTRY) BATTALION NEWS 29 JUNE 2012Helpful Phone Headquarters, 2nd Brigade Special Troops BattalionNumbers: 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) HHC Company Commander CPT Amigo 10120 North Riva Ridge Loop HHC Company 1SG Fort Drum NY 13602 1SG Ward 772-4509 A. Company Commander 27 June 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 Kubik I am LTC Jason Bridges, the new Battalion Commander for 2BSTB. Many thanks for those of you Bravo Company 1SG that attended the Battalion Change of Command. It was a big day for both LTC Cox and his family, 1SG Pasol 772-7412 as well as mine, and I’m truly honored if you were able to attend. This is an exciting time for the C. Company Commander Highlander Family, Battalion as I take command, and I’m honored and blessed to be leading such an outstanding CPT Tapia Charlie Company 1SG group of Soldiers. My wife, Christine, looks forward to taking on the role of Battalion Advisor and SFC Gruby 772-7429 working with the FRG, and our two daughters, Casey and Hallie, are excited to become a part of HHC BDE Company Sincerely, the Gladiator Family. Commander CPT Byler HHC BDE Company 1SG Ruddie Ibanez The next few months will be extremely busy. First we have block leave from 30 June to 15 July. 1SG Maciag Captain, Field Artillery Enjoy it! Soon after we return from block leave we’ll deploy to the training areas on Fort Drum for 772-2492 Battalion Staff Duty: Company Commander Mountain Peak, which is designed to build upon the skills we learned at JRTC and prepare for de- 772-5100 ployment to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Almost immediately after coming Brigade Staff Duty: 774-2199 out of Mountain Peak we’ll start our deployment to NTC where we’ll continue to hone our skills at FRSA: all levels in order to provide the absolute best combat multipliers to the Brigade Combat Team. Decima Chiasson 772-9166 Upon our return from the NTC we’ll continue to sharpen our skills ensuring we get Soldiers to unique schooling before we begin deployment operations for OEF. We’re going to be busy to say the least. I think it may have been General Patton that said “Better to spill a gallon of sweat in Who’s Who peace, than a pint of blood in war”. All the training we’ll do is designed to ensure our Soldiers are In the absolutely confident in executing the skills to ensure destruction of our enemies. FRG Advisors There’s a lot you can do to help us get ready for the upcoming challenges. Having been raised in Chris Bridges an Army family and then continuing with my own military career, I’ve learned that a happy, self-HHC FRG Leaders sufficient family directly results in a happy, dedicated, and focused Soldier. We will have an NTC Lori Bogutskie Pre-Deployment Brief for the Family members on August 7th and I’ve directed that either the SoldierAlpha FRG Leaders or his direct family (Spouse) attend. You will receive more details on it soon, but know that having Kim Boyles resilient families capable of enduring extended deployments is absolutely paramount in ensuringBravo FRG Leaders Jennifer Limerick the readiness of this Battalion. Active participation in Family Readiness Groups (which have comeCharlie FRG Leader a long way in the past 10 years), and knowing what Army Community Services (Fort Drum has one Lisa Distenfield of the best ACS centers that I’ve seen in my 18 years in the Army) can do for you is critical in en- HHC 2BCT FRG suring families are prepared for the upcoming months. Leader Tera Gegston Chris and I are extremely excited about becoming a part of this Team which has a phenomenal You can make a reputation of technical and tactical excellence! difference in your FRG! We are Gladiators, and the world is our arena! Strength and Honor!Call your FRG Leader to volunteer or for more information. JASON T. BRIDGESPlease let the FRG LTC, ARknow if you have Commandingmoved or changedphone numbers so wecan keep ourrecords up to date!Thank You!
  2. 2. A Word from the Chaplain Page 225 June 2012Hello All,This last month I took the single Soldiers on a Strong Bonds event. We had a really good time and welearned how not to fall for the wrong person. Before I became a chaplain, I did not believe in pre-marriagecounseling because I knew that love was blind and young love will never listen to a voice of reasonedexperience. It wasn’t until I started doing marriage counseling that I discovered the importance ofpre-marriage counseling. The purpose of pre-marriage counseling is not to discourage young love fromgetting married, rather, to teach skills and help them foresee trouble spots that can be more easily tackledbefore marriage. If you find yourself in a position of wishing that you had had pre-marriage counseling butnever had the opportunity, it is not too late. Come see me for marriage counseling and we can start to workthrough some of these things together.Godspeed,Chaplain Willis ALPHA COMPANY28 June 2012Dear Sapper Families and Friends,June has been a great month for the Mountain Sappers. We started it off great with the Company BBQ andGolf Tournament at Thompson Park and followed that up with two weeks of intense and rewarding trainingas part of a multi-brigade Sapper Stakes Squad Competition. Finally, the company prepared for a muchdeserved block leave period while also enjoying the festivities at both River Fest and Mountain Fest.During Sapper Stakes, eight Sapper Squads from 1BSTB and 2BSTB (4 per BN) competed in twelvedifferent engineer and infantry tasks in a round robin format, while moving over 12 miles, in 18hrs. SSGTimmerman and his 7-man squad from 2nd Platoon, 2BSTB, was the winning squad, achieving an overallscore of 1108.67 out of a possible 1300 points. All of the winners were awarded the Army AchievementMedal for their outstanding accomplishment.Congratulations to SSG Timmerman and the Sappers from 1st Squad. I would also like to thank all of thefamilies and friends for your tremendous support of our company and I wish all of you a very relaxing andenjoyable break. Finally, I would like to publicly thank LTC Cox for his steadfast leadership over the last 20months and wish him and his family the best.Again, please enjoy your time with your families and we will see you in a few weeks.Until next time, Mountain SappersCHESTER D. BOYLESCPT, ENCommanding
  3. 3. Page 3 BRAVO COMPANY28 June 2012BADGER COMPANYMy name is CPT Paul Kubik and I have the privilege of being the new Company Commander for Badger Company. Iwant to thank all Soldiers and families within Bravo Company for the warm welcome offered to my family and myself. Iam truly excited to be a part of this great team.My wife Bethany and I have been married for almost six years and we have two children, Cole and Addison. We lookforward to seeing you at upcoming FRG meetings and getting to know each of you. Family time is critical, I encourageall Soldiers to take advantage of block leave and long weekends to help build family resiliency as we move toward ourdeployment to AfghanistanV/RPaul KubikCPT, MICommander, B/2BSTB HHC 2BCT COMPANY28 June 2012Ladies and Gentlemen,It’s a privilege to be selected to serve in this company; I look forward to getting to know all of you over the coming year.A quick introduction: I grew up on Long Island, attended Purdue University. I’ve been previously stationed at Ft.Benning, GA and Schofield Barracks, HI. I do not come from a military family but do have a younger brother in theMarine Corps. I do believe family is one of the most important parts of our lives both on duty and off.As important as family is in our daily life at home it is likewise important to our military profession. Strong families makestronger and more stable soldiers who are better able to cope with the unique challenges of our profession. Informedand strong families become a sturdy and sound foundation which a Soldier can lean on rather than a distraction. Forthese reasons the FRG is one of the most critical programs within any company…ours is no exception. It must be a wellrun, all inclusive organization capable of effectively providing families with the information they need in the absence oftheir loved one. This in short is my vision and intent for HHC, 2BCT’s FRG program.As CPT Freeburg addressed in his last note, the company has been very busy this transition. They are clearly hardworkers and proficient at their duties. Enjoy this block leave period, it is well deserved and, I know, needed. Things willbe fast paced when we return as we move into the Ft. Drum training area to conduct Mountain Peak. Shortly thereafterwe will find ourselves deployed to the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, CA. I have no doubt that we will excel butyou, the families of Havoc Company, are an absolutely critical part of that success.Again, I look forward to getting to know all of you over the coming months and year.JOHN P. BYLERCPT, INHHC, 2BCT
  4. 4. HHC 2BSTB COMPANY Page 428 June 2012Hello to Avenger Family and Friends!June has been a very busy month in preparation for Block Leave with a Division Field Exercise anddeployment to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California shortly thereafter. Our sections havebeen looking towards the future, learning new skills and honing their proficiency at the tasks they do daily.Many of our Soldiers trained and qualified with their M4 Rifles from 100 and out to 500 meters. We alsoconducted training on the M9 pistol. Our maintenance section learned about the new vehicles being used inAfghanistan, conducting maintenance and drivers training.Soldiers participated in events all over the local area attending Riverfest, Commandofest, and Mountainfestwhile enjoying life in the North Country. Our sports teams were very competitive through the many events ofMountainfest representing the company and the battalion very well.We closed up the month bidding farewell to LTC Cox and welcoming LTC Bridges, as well as drawing ournew Multi-Cam gear for deployment and conducting our final preparation to go our separate ways forsummer leave. As you all depart, I wish you safe travels wherever you spend your next several weeks and Ilook forward to meeting you at our next Family Readiness Group meeting on 8 August 2012.AVENGERS!CPT Braden AmigoIN, CommandingHHC 2BSTB CHARLIE COMPANY28 June 2012Hello Families and Friends,I would like to thank the Cobra family for the utmost support and large participation in my first FRG meeting.The warm welcome continues. Additionally, I want to thank the Cobra company for outstanding effortsthrough hard Signal training and preparing for Mountain Peak (23 JULY 12 – 1 AUG 12).On July, 17th 2012 we look forward to seeing everyone for an FRG meeting at the Playmore Lanes bowlingalley, Watertown NY. For August we are planning a Company White Water Rafting adventure on the BlackRiver here in Watertown NY. We hope to see everyone there, and again, thank you for all that you doAndres TapiaCPT, SCCommanding