1. Dragon Herald1st Battalion 63rd Armor RegimentDragon 6 Command 1CSM Notes 2NTC Rotation 13-04 3BOUNTY HUNT- 4SRP AND SNIPERS 5CHAPLAIN’S COR- 6FRG Events andPOCs7Hearts Apart 8Inside this issue:Dear Soldiers, Families andfriends of the Dragon Battalion:1 ID is leading the way once again withthe beginning of the Army’s new Re-gional Aligned Force (RAF) mission.2ABCT will be falling under U.S. Af-rica Command. 1-63 Armor has earnedthe honor of being the first unit fromthe brigade to execute missions out ofCamp Lemonnier, Djibouti. With adeployment to Africa instead of themore recent Middle Eastern deploy-ments, questions have risen over dailyoperations on the camp. While it willnot be as pleasant as life at Fort Riley,Soldiers will find the camp isn’t lackingcomfort.Camp Lemonnier is a U.S. Na-val camp in which different branches ofservice work together to meet the mis-sion of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. This will make famili-arization with other services’ rankstructure and customs essential. Beingdeployed to Djibouti, we will qualify forCombat Zone Pay, Hazardous DutyPay and tax-free income.Soldiers will be living in Con-tainerized Housing Units (CHU) fur-nished with wall lockers, beds, desksand chairs. Each CHU has air condi-tioning which will be needed as tem-peratures reach well over 100 degrees.Camp Lemonnier has a 24 hourfitness center with a track, turf field,and swimming pool.There are also a lot of enter-tainment venues to enjoy while offduty. The Camp is equipped with anair conditioned movie theater, facilitieswith Xbox, PlayStation and big screenTV’s. Each Soldier will be entitled to a 96-hour pass in which they can travel any-where; the MWR offers subsidized trippackages to places such as France or Egyptduring their pass. These packages usuallyrange from $1,800 to $2,500.While there is a lot to do during off-duty hours Soldiers should remember thatwe are in country to complete a missionand not to vacation.I encourage all Dragon Soldiersand Family members to attend the finalTown Hall meeting on May 21st or contactyour chain of command. You can alsosearch the internet to get informationabout Camp Lemonnier and frequent theDragon Facebook page while we are de-ployed.Above all 1-63 Soldiers are profes-sionals representing not only the U.S.Army but also the United States as a wholeand I have no doubt we succeed.Dragons!LTC Jason WolterCommand Notes by Dragon 6MAY 2013
2. DRAGON SERGEANT MAJORBy SGT MAJ. Luis FreyreDRAGON HERALDGreetings Soldiers, family members, loveones and friends of 1-63 Armor Battalion“Dragons”. As we all know, the DragonBattalion is preparing to deploy to Africa.As your Senior Enlisted Advisor, I want tomake sure I address some important issuesdealing with taking care of our family mem-bers, significant others, and supporters ofthis great Battalion.Each Company level has a Family ReadinessGroups, commonly referred to as FRGs,which will be able to provide you with asignificant amount of information on who,what, when, where and how to go aboutmaintaining positive updates with your lovedones in this Battalion. In the event that yourCompany FRG leader is unable to addressyour specific concerns, the Battalion FRSAMs Mimi can be contacted for assistance at(785)240-4529 or via E-mail email@example.com,il.Here are some things I expect the DragonFamily to have updated prior to the depar-ture: Wills, Power of Attorneys (POAs),Health Care provider (by location), Finance,Bills, maintenance on vehicles and resi-dences, etc.There will be means of communication be-tween you and your love ones via emails,phones and of course writing letters whichwill allow you to keep in touch with eachother. Our Soldiers will have MWR facilitiesand other means to keep up their morale andI urge Family members and Supporters ofthis Battalion to follow us on Facebook at1ID 2HBCT 1-63CAB to keep up with whatthis great Battalion is accomplishing thru outour deployment.Sincerely,CSM FreyreDragon 7Above is a picture of the shopping cen-ter located on Camp Lemonnier. HereSoldiers will be able to purchase manyitems they will need throughout the de-ployment. Other items can be orderedthrough the exchange or on the internet.“Welcome to Camp Lemonnier”1-63 AR Battalion Soldiers will likelyhere this phrase many times aswe arrive in Djibouti. We should allremember that although the Campmight look or sound like a vacationspot we are here to complete amission and that is what we will do.The pictures above and below areexamples of the ContainerizedHousing Units our Soldiers may beassigned to during the deployment.
3. NationalTraining Center Rotation 13-04DRAGON HERALDSoldiers from the 1-63rdArmor Battalion returned from the National Training Center (NTC) in Fort Irwin, California after asuccessful rotation. The Battalion’s performance during our NTC rotation wouldn’t have been possible without the sacrifices theDragon Soldiers and Families made as we were going through our train-up for NTC. During our rotation every Soldier in our forma-tion stepped up to the demands and challenges we faced and took full advantage of the opportunity to learn about operationsfrom the Company to the Brigade level. As with all training events, I have made it a point to recognize individuals and teams whostood out and were truly a key to our success. Over one hundred Soldiers from “Dragon” Battalion earned awards for their exem-plary performance at NTC; these Soldiers embody the “Dragon” spirit and bring credit upon the prestigious history of the 1stInfan-try Division, 2NDBrigade, and 1-63 Armor Battalion. The following individuals were recognized by their leaders and the Cadre atNTC as superior performers during our training rotation at the National Training Center:CPT LITCHFIELD, KYLE HHC1LT HARPPER, BRIAN A1LT SKLDOWSKI, THOMAS HHC2LT BOSS, CHRISTOPHER A2LT PATRICK, JOSHUA HHC2LT STERIOTI, ANTHONY HHC1SG DILLION, CALLEB ASFC OSORIO, HUGO HHCSFC STEINLICHT, JOSHUA ASFC TERRY,MORRIS HHCSSG ESPURVOA, ISAAC HHCSSG HARTLEY, JASON ASSG JOY, MICHAEL HHCSSG PALMIERI, THOMAS ESSG TORRES, ROGER ASGT BENNETT, PAUL ASGT BRADDY, MIKHEAL ASGT BUTCHER, MATTHEW BSGT BUTLER, BENJAMIN ASGT CONRAD, SHAWN HHCSGT CORNELIUS, WILLIAM ASGT COTTER, GREGORY HHCSGT DILLENDER, SAMUEL CSGT DISNEY, CARL ASGT DONAHUE, ROBERT BSGT EDWARDS, ADAM ASGT GREEN, CORNELIUS HHCSGT GRIESER, PHILIP HHCSGT HARRELL, EPHRAIM HHCSGT HEWITT, MICHAEL ESGT HINTON, TRAVIS HHCSGT JAMES, PIETER HHCSGT KERR,DANIEL HHCSGT MEHDI, QASIM ASGT MORELAND, MATTHEW DSGT PHILLIPS, CHRISTOPHER HHCSGT SCHAUFLER, CASEY HHCSGT SMITH, JEFFERY BSGT TAVERA, EDER ASGT ULRIGG, RONALD HHCSGT WILLIAMS,ERIC CCPL CURRENT, JAY BCPL IKERD, JASON HHCCPL LAWRENCE, JACOB HHCCPL THOMAS, DARYL HHCCPL TIMS, CHRISTOPHER HHCSPC BENELOGA, ZOCARLO HHCSPC BRICKER, BENJAMIN HHCSPC CAMPBELL, CHRISTOPHER ASPC COLBURN, PATRICK BSPC DAIGRE, CHRISTOPHER HHCSPC DUCKETT, CLAUDE ASPC HERGENREDER, JEFFERY HHCSPC HERNANDEZ, FRANK ASPC HORCH, JORDAN ESPC KEEN, THOMAS ESPC KING, STEFAN BSPC LEE, AHTHONY HHCSPC LOPEZ, RONNIE BSPC LOPEZ, RONNIE HHCSPC MALLISON, JUSTIN ASPC MARCELLO, THOMAS HHCSPC MEIER, MARK BSPC MOSCOSO, NICHOLAS HHCSPC MUCKELBANEY, GARY HHCSPC MUNOZ, JOHNATHAN HHCSPC NABHANI, ADEL HHCSPC NEVINS, ARTHUR HHCSPC PICKARD, ASA ASPC SANCHEZ, TOMAS DSPC SCHLOMAN, JARED ASPC SENEDLBACH, NATHAN ASPC STONE, CHARLES HHCSPC TUCKER, CAMERON HHCSPC ULLOA, ALEXANDER HHCSPC VINCENT, DANIEL HHCPFC BUCKMASTER, W HHCPFC CATALA, VICTOR HHCPFC COWSERT EPFC CRUZ, CHRISTIAN BPFC CUSTER, DARREL BPFC FOCHT, MATTHEW EPFC FRAZEE, JOHN APFC GEARHISER, MICHAEL HHCPFC GILLEY, TANNER HHCPFC HOUSTON, ETHAN HHCPFC LOGAN, OCTAVIA EPFC MARTIN, CHRISTOPHER HHCPFC MCCANN, JACOB HHCPFC MORA, OMAR BPFC NGUYEN, HAI HHCPFC OLEXSON, ALEXANDER HHCPFC PADGETT, SPENCER HHCPFC PANCZYK, MATTHEW EPFC PHRHAM, ISAAC EPFC QADER,HAMED APFC RAYN, MICHAEL HHCPFC RESENDEZ, RICHARD HHCPFC SALAS, ARRON HHCPFC SIMMONS, DANIEL HHCPFC SMITH, KANDANCE EPFC STEWART, JACOB HHCPFC TRIGUEROS, ROBERTO HHCPFC VALADEZ, IAN BPFC WALLS, ROBERT APFC WALSH, ANTHONY DPV2 DALMAN, TYE HHCPV2 GOLDSTEIN, SHAWN HHCPV2 HERRERA, ADRIAN BPV2 JOHNSON, ROBERT HHCPV2 KYLE, RANDAL APV2 PHILLIPS, ROBERT A
4. Dragon Herald1st Battalion 63rd Armor RegimentThe time has come to say ourfarewells and wish the Soldiers inBravo Company a successful Deploy-ment as they spearhead a new mis-sion for 1-63 Armor “Dragons” Bat-talion, 2nd BDE of the 1st ID.Greeted by the Battalion Com-mander LTC Wolter and CSMFreyre, Bravo Company Soldiers arethe first from 1-63 Armor Battalionto deploy in support of OperationEnduring Freedom – Horn of Africa.Leaving behind friends, family, andloved ones the deployment will betough, but thanks to training andcommitment they are more than pre-pared for the task.Bravo Company will be theforerunners for the Battalion settingthe conditions and standards prior tothe arrival of the rest of the Battal-ion at a later date. We know that as“Dragons” Battalion Soldiers BravoCompany’s professionalism and tac-tical proficiency will garner prestigethat will establish thecredibility of theDragon Battalion.Thanks totheir commitment tothe profession ofArms, Bravo Com-pany was able to com-plete a multitude ofpre-deployment taskswith little notice priorto their departuredate. Some of thetask included onlinetraining courses,weapons qualifica-tion, physical fitnesstest, medical health assessments andMOS specific skill certifications.These tasks were necessary for Sol-diers to achieve a deployable status.“This is one of the fastest deploymentthat I’ve had to get ready for” statedSGT Ryan M. Nielsen-McCants, whohas already served as a Forward Ob-server in both Afghani-stan and Iraq, “But Iam ready and my fam-ily supports me a lot, Iam just wonderingwhat Africa is going tobe like”.It was a cold morningfilled with the emotionsof family members astheir loved ones pre-pared to board the busthat would begin theirlong journey to Africa.However, Bravo Com-pany still took the timeto celebrate as it con-ducted a promotion ceremony forthree of its’ Soldiers.For some Soldiers this will betheir first deployment and first timetraveling outside of the UnitedStates, while others have had multi-ple deployments to both Afghanistanand Iraq. The Bounty Hunter Sol-diers were motivated and ready asthey spent their last hours playingwith their children, reading, cleaningweapons, laughing and trading sto-ries between families. The supportand appreciation of family andfriends will strengthen the unit inAfrica, as they once again go forwardthe Big Red One!For more photos on this story, please visit theBattalion Facebook page at:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Riley-KS/1-ID-2HBCT-1-63CAB/221149081082?ref=nfPhotos and story by SFC Neil Weathers.Bravo leads the way to AFRICAMAY 2013BRAVO COMPANY POSES FOR A PICTURE WITH SGT HILL’SCHILDREN PRIOR TO DEPARTING FORT RILEY.BRAVO COMPANY COMMANDER CAPTAIN JOHN ENDERLE PROMOTESTHREE OF HIS SOLDIERS BEFORE THEY DEPART FORT RILEY FOR AFRICA.
5. Dragon Herald1st Battalion 63rd Armor RegimentMAY 2013SNIPER TRAININGRecently snipers from1-63 Armor “Dragon” Battaliontook part in a series of exercisesdesigned to enhance their tech-nical proficiency. The Soldierstrained on the XM2010, M107and the M110 weapons sys-tems. They shot at ranges of500-1200m with the M110 andXM2010 and an incredible 700-2200m with the M107. Withwinds blowing at 35mph theseshots were no easy feats, butthe conditions were set to pushthe snipers abilities to newplateaus.This training wasimportant in that it allowed thesnipers to familiarize them-selves with their weapons capa-bilities as they prepare for fu-ture AFRICOM missions.When they arrive in Africa theywill continue to conduct weap-ons proficiencies and buildingDOPE (Data On Previous En-gagement) so they maintaintheir lethality throughout thedeployment. This is anotherexample of how “Dragon” Bat-talion Soldiers are leading theway for the Army and the BigRed One!VOLUNTEERS MAKING A DIFFERENCEThe Dragon Battalion was one of the first units to do a Pre-Deployment Service Readiness Program(SRP) rotation through Fort Riley’s new SRP Site. The new SPR site allows Soldiers to complete their entiremedical, personnel and financial out-processing in one building. The facility, which has televisions in most ofthe common waiting areas, was a nice break for the Soldiers who have been working long hours to ensurethey are ready to deploy. An added benefit to the SPR process was the presence of the Battalion’s FamilyReadiness Groups (FRGs). Throughout the buildingyou could smell hot dogs and cookies which were pro-vided to the Soldiers at no cost by the FRGs. The FRGVolunteers who were at the SRP site were more thanwilling to help watch a child for a few minutes or talkto a young Soldiers as he waited to conduct his medicalscreening. The FRGs will be providing other servicesto both the Service Members and their Familiesthroughout the deployment.If you would like to volunteer or would like more infor-mation on becoming more involved in the Battalion orone of the Company FRGs contact Ms Eileen “Mimi”Woodworth at Eileen.firstname.lastname@example.org.DRAGON SOLDIERS TRY OUT NEWSRP SITEAs 1st “Dragon” Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd ArmoredBrigade Combat Team prepares to deploy to The Horn of Africa,medical readiness is just one of the tasks the Dragon Soldiers mustcomplete prior to executing its mission. The battalion Executive Offi-cer, Maj. Nicholas Schenck said “the Battalion as a whole is doingeverything possible to mitigate the hazards and dangers of the regionto include ensuring the medical, financial, and legal readiness of theDragon Family.”In the past, this daunting task would have required Soldiers to be transported all over post. However, over the pastseveral years the Army has implemented Soldier Readiness Processing centers to speed the process and ease the burden on theSoldiers. Fort Riley is no exception. In the past Fort Riley’s SRP site had all of the required services located in the same gen-eral area—however, Soldiers still had to travel between several buildings in order to complete their individual requirements.On April 2, Fort Riley celebrated the opening of a new SRP site which provides for all of the Soldiers’ needs under one roof.The SRP chief, Bob Smith, stated that the facility is what the Soldiers have been asking for and he intends to continue makingthe SRP site better as more feedback is received and processes are streamlined over time.Many Soldiers are accustomed to battlefield hazards; however, many of them may be surprised to hear that one ofthe biggest hazards they might face in Africa can come from something as small as a mosquito. In fact, mosquitoes in the Hornof Africa are one of the leading causes of death for the indigenous population because of the diseases they carry. In order tocombat this and other medical hazards in the region, Soldiers have and will continue to receive a series of inoculations—including, smallpox, anthrax, yellow fever, tuberculosis. In addition to this battery of vaccinations, Soldiers will also receivemalaria medicine while they are deployed.Smith said “1st Bn., 63rd Armor Regt. has been relatively smooth at completing the SRP process”. Smith attributesthe Battalion’s success to its leaders’ and Soldiers’ attention to detail. Most of the Soldiers just have to be checked to verifythat their medical status is ‘green,’ meaning they are current on all vaccinations and medications that they might require, andthat they have updated their life insurance information and emergency contact information if necessary, Smith said.In addition to the medical screening, the SRP site allows Soldiers to ensure their dental treatments are all up-to-dateand each Soldier meets with a medical provider to ensure their overall physical and mental health is ready for the upcomingdeployment.One of the outstanding features of the new site is the availability ofvolunteers, who do everything from run a USO station where Soldiers can makea video recording for their family to local Family Readiness Group volunteerswho make food for the Soldiers and talk to them as they wait to complete theSRP process. In the end, the goal of this entire operation is to ensure the Soldiersand Families of the Dragon Battalion are fit to fight and focused on their mis-sion throughout their deployment and eventual return to Fort Riley.
6. Please, Lord, be kind to us!We depend on you.Make us strong each morning,and come to save uswhen we are trouble.Isaiah 33:2, Contemporary English VersionI am preparing my notes for an upcoming StrongBonds Marriage retreat for our unit that will takeplace on 10-12 May. One section of the trainingmaterial seems especially pertinent to what manyof our Soldiers and Family members are goingthrough as we near deployment: stress.It’s been proven that as Soldiers and loved onesnear deployment, that disagreements and argu-ments are more frequent due to the added stressof such a significant life-changing event.The training material suggests various ways to“Stress Proof Your Marriage.” These suggestionscan easily apply to any relationship, for example,how to stress proof your relationship with a boy-friend or girlfriend, with parents, or with friends.Here are a few suggestions you might consider: 1)Think about some of the ways you’ve handled stressin the past, and how you might handle it differentlynext time, 2) Talk through the upcoming deploy-ment together and the changes that will occur, and3) Brainstorm together about some things you coulddo together as couple to deal with that stressor.As a person of faith in God, I also find that depend-ing on God to helps me to deal with my stress in apositive way. I like to think of God’s grace like this:whenever I am weak and my strength gives out,God’s grace kicks in and carries me through therest of the way. As I think about all the unknownsand changes that will occur in my life and for myFamily as I prepare for deployment, what helps meto stress proof my life is my faith in God.God Bless,Chaplain FimpleChaplain’s CornerDRAGON HERALD
7. DRAGON HERALDAlpha Company FRG Meeting 22 may 6pm Ft. Riley USO