May 2012 Devil's Corner 1HBCT Newsletter


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May 2012 Devil's Corner 1HBCT Newsletter

  1. 1. P9 / Spot on P10 / Taking a Fighting P13 / 72nd MAC Launches P16 / Dining In Dreadnaught Soldiers of in Prep of NTC Senior leaders of the Devil Stance HHC 2/34 CAB familiarize 72nd Mobility Augmentation Brigade conduct a dining in Chaos Soldiers qualify on the themselves with their M110 Company, 1st Eng. Bn., conduct to foster unit cohesion and newest Bradley fighting vehicles, Semi-Automatic Sniper System Mine Clearing Line Charge reinforce esprit de corps. the M2A2 ODS-E, Bradleys Rifles. with improvements for engineers (MICLIC) training. IS005 May 2012 EDITION Balancing New Technology Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nexerc tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequatduis autem vel eum iriure dolor in hendrerit in vulputate velit esse molestie consequat.Colonel Michael Pappal, com- Kidd, who recently led the battalion the parade field, with you presence,mander, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat during its deployment to Afghanistan your service, and the sacrifices thatTeam, 1st Infantry Division, and Lt. in support of Operation Enduring you and your Families make everyCol. Anthony New, commander, 2nd Freedom. “In my humble opinion, day in defense of freedom around theBattalion, 34th Combined Arms Bat- Dreadnaughts, it is each of you that world,” said Lt. Col. New.talion, 1st HBCT, salute the National honor us, the people on this side ofcolors and the battalion’s colorsduring a pass and review at a changeof command ceremony at the Cav-alry Parade Field, May 4, 2012. Lt. “ Thanking thedriven, fought andtoair assaulted with themlucky to have walked, troops is harder do... I consider myself theseCol. New took over command of thebattalion from Lt. Col. Christopher past two years. ” - Lt. Col. Chris Kidd
  2. 2. 1/1 HBCT Commander 1/1 HBCT Command Sergeant Major Col. Michael Pappal CSM Thomas Kenny Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs NCOIC1st Lt. Michael Hogans Staff Sgt. Donald Martin Public Affairs Journalist Public Affairs Journalist/Editor Sgt. Kerry Lawson Sgt. Kandi Huggins 1/1 HBCT FRSA Noel Waterman 7 2 3 2 NORMANDY DRIVE The ‘Devil’ Brigade FORT RILEY KS 6 6 4 4 1 Read the Post paper online! KEEP INFORMED AND UPDATED WITH 1ST BRIGADE BY FOLLOWING US ON THESE WEBSITES: 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley: Click on Units, 1ID Brigades, 1HBCT or just click on this link: Page.aspx?unit=1bct Facebook: vFRG website: Family Members and Approved Personal can also go onto the vFRG and log into their Soldier’s BN’s vFRG site, where more information can be found. ‘Devil’ PAO Email:
  3. 3. 6EVIL D Devils, I just got done watching theDevil’s Stakes APFT Competi-tion and there were some amaz-ing Soldiers representing theirunits in good spirits and morale;I look forward to seeing someimpressive scores later today.Later this month, we will awarda streamer for each event’s firstplace winner to be attached totheir company’s guidon and astreamer for the company thattook first place overall. As time ing off our first large scale crew periods. The list goes on but inprogresses, Devil Soldiers will gunnery and setting the standard short, be smart, stay safe, andhave the opportunity to compete for the rest of the Devil crews to have more Devil’s Stakes events beat. Next week I encourage you I am proud of what each ofto obtain a streamer as bragging all to harness all of the collective the battalions are accomplish-rights of their training, tenac- energy that is flowing throughout ing. You all are doing greatity and pride in themselves and the brigade to win the Victory and getting better. If you needtheir units. Cup during Victory week. There something or something is Seeing everyone competing is no doubt in my mind that our not working for you, tell yourto their fullest exemplifies the battalions can all finish in the top leader. If they cannot help youtraining I have seen in each and six places. then go to the next level up inevery unit over the past month. The weather is nicer now the chain of command. My doorEveryone is doing an exception- which brings a plethora of the is always open if you cannotal job in being proficient in their summer activities for everyone get an answer elsewhere. Ifbasic Soldier skills whether it is to enjoy and relax in when we you need help, go get it. If youon the range with a rifle, a pis- are not on duty. The decisions see someone in need, then gettol, a machine gun, or a grenade you make off duty are a direct them to help. Every Devil is alauncher; in the NBC chamber; reflection of your judgment valuable member of the teamin the shoot house; keeping and reliability as a leader when and cannot be allowed to slipphysically fit at PT; turning on duty. Be responsible. Don’t through the cracks. Take carewrenches; or all the myriad of drink alcohol while partaking in of your Soldiers, take care ofother training and things you do water sports. Don’t try to swim your equipment, and train hardfor the Brigade to run on a daily beyond your ability. Use life to high standards as we continuebasis and be prepared to move jackets when boating or doing to build the Army’s premierout and conduct the missions we other activities on the water. Armored Brigade.will be assigned. Charlie BSTB Wear your seatbelt and make sure No Mission Too Difficult,finished an awesome two weeks everybody in your vehicle wears No Sacrifice Too Great, Dutyon the MPRC qualifying their theirs. Wear sunscreen and drink First!!17 crews on the Bradley, kick- water when outside for extended Devil6
  4. 4. DEVIL 7 Devils, it’s official: summer-time is upon us. As we enterthe season of sunny weather,vacations, barbecues and watersports, the 101 Days of SummerSafety Campaign is to remindall Soldiers, Family members,civilians and the entire Armycommunity to think summersafety through the Labor Dayweekend. What pains me is-- not everybody who reads thiswill make it safely through thesummer. While summer is a time for “ While summer isof a increased danger is also a time time for fun, itfun, it is also a time of increaseddanger for Soldiers and Familymembers with notable increases for Soldiers and Family members... ”in off-duty accidental fatalities, in alcohol related incidents. The Traffic Safety Administrationespecially in automobile acci- 101 Days of Summer Campaign reports. Wearing a seat belt candents. The three leading causes encourages everyone to use com- reduce the risk of crash inju-of accidental deaths involving mon sense, be decisive and not ries by 50 percent, and 75,000automobiles in the Army are let friends drink and drive. If people involved in vehicle ac-speeding, driving unbuckled and you have been drinking, use a cidents between 2004-2008 aredriving drunk. ‘Seat belts aren’t designated driver or call a taxi. alive today because they werecool,’ ‘These cars/motorcycles Impaired driving is one of the buckled up, the organizationwere meant to be driven fast,’ most often committed crimes. says.and ‘I’m young, and I’m going According to the National Coun- As you go about the sum-to live my life while I can.’ -- cil on Alcoholism and Drug mer’s activities, remember toI’ve heard all this before and ul- Dependence, about three in every slow down, buckle up, take fre-timately these words can come 10 Americans will be involved in quent breaks on long trips andback to haunt you. There are an alcohol-related crash at some do not text or drink and drive. I101 days of summer, so slow time in their lives. The reality is, want everyone to look back thisdown and enjoy them all. the roads are dangerous, and as Labor Day weekend 2012 and Increased alcohol use soon as you have your first drink, reflect on a great and safe 101throughout the summer, and you have no business being on days of summer.particularly around major holi- the road. No mission too difficult. Noday weekends makes the sum- Not wearing a seat belt is sacrifice too great. Duty First.mer season a very grim time for also a big factor in automobile Devil 7local law enforcement, emer- fatalities. Seat belts are the mostgency medical staff, highway effective traffic safety devicesafety officials and the friends for preventing death and injury,and Families of those involved according to National Highway
  5. 5. Contact Info: CH Peter Dissmore 785-239-2513 Office: 7232 Normandy Drive 24/7 Line: 785-239-HELP (4357) “Those who do not do battle for their country do not know with what ease they accept their citizenship in America.” – Dean BrelisThe Killer Lieutenant (1969-1970) He had defied the statistics that measured a second lieutenant’s life expectancy in minutes, not hours. He hadentered Vietnam from the farm in Wisconsin and immediately began learning from his old sergeant. He wastold if you want to survive this war you have to teach your men not to fear but to take the offensive in battle. He had learned well and became a very successful platoon leader. They had gone on many search and de-stroy missions and the number of enemy they could count as casualties were in the triple digits. Intel said theenemy had nicknamed him the “Killer Lieutenant”. The difference between right and wrong was not always clear. During one inspection, instead of praise, thelieutenant received a chewing. He was very upset. He was tempted to lash out in anger. Then he rememberedthe little country church back home. He remembered his God, no matter how distant God seemed now. He heldhis peace, and did the right thing. He was glad he had a moral base to fall back on to help him make the rightchoice. The young lieutenant left Vietnam and moved back home to the Wisconsin farm. He was a couple of yearsolder than when he joined but he had aged a couple of decades. Mama didn’t seem to understand him any lon-ger. He couldn’t talk with her about his experiences in the jungles of Vietnam. His older brothers understooda little since they had been in the military themselves. Yet this war was different. There were things they couldnever understand. He drifted through life bound by the things that tore him apart inside. He held it all in, talking very littleabout it. It drove him to substance abuse. One day he decided to move from the familiar terrain of Wisconsin.He loaded his belongings into his VW bug and headed for New York City. He still kept everything inside of him. He was too proud to admit he needed help as he remained bound bythe substances that destroyed him. Tormenting thoughts captured his mind. If only someone with insight couldhave drawn these thoughts out of him. If only he had beenwilling to seek the help that he needed. If others would at leastlearn from his mistakes and talk to somebody - a friend, a Unit Chaplains Contact Informationchaplain, a leader, a mental health professional. Talking on aregular basis to others who care can help bring healing to the BDE CH(MAJ) Dissmorethoughts in our mind. Talk with your buddies and bring resto- 785-239-2513ration to your soul. BSTB CH (CPT) Ball 785-279-6836Proverbs 20:5 says: A person’s thoughts are like water in adeep well, but someone with insight can draw them out. BSB CH(CPT) Adriatico 785-239-9530LTG Harold G. Moore and Joseph Galloway state in We WereSoldiers Once…And Young, 1-16 CH(CPT) Ball“Those who were, miraculously, unscratched, were by no 785-240-3111means untouched. Not one of us left Vietnam the same youngman he was when he arrived.” 2-34 CH (CPT) Isfan 785-240-2444 Build resiliency by attending a Strong Bonds event. Here is a tentative schedule of events: 1-5 CH (CPT) Jung - no number 4-4 CH (CPT) Lesh - no number 1-5 1-3 JUN COUPLES 1-16 8-10 JUN COUPLES 1 EN CH (1LT) Sanders BSB 22-24 JUN SINGLES 785-240-5972 BSTB 29 JUN-1 JUL COUPLES
  6. 6. Need to contact yourFamily Readiness Support Assistant? (FRSA) 1HBCT Noel Waterman 785-239-2242 BSTB and HHC, 1HBCT 1-5 FA Helen Day Barb Stanley 785-240-4337 785-239-9288 101st BSB 2-34 AR Hope Stanley Jennider Farinosi 785-239-1772 785-240-6728 1-16 IN 4-4 CAV Liz Tripp Larindo Tritt 785-239-6687 785-240-4644 1-1st ENG Rita Burnett 785-239-4783
  7. 7. May 2012 page 7 WHAT MAKESYOUSpc. Robert Spencer Spc. Brandon CopenhaverCombat Engineer, C Co, 1/1 BSTB Radio Transmitter, B Co, 1/1 BSTBMy wife and two sons make me My wife and how she supports me.strong.They’be been my support She understand that there is a jobsince I joined Aug. 2008. and it needs to get done. She’s been my help to get through hard times. Spc. Nathan Hooks Cannon Crew Member, A Btry, 1/5 FA I joined the Army because of a proud family tradition and I am proud to uphold that tradition... that makes me strong. STRONG Pvt. Derek Lett Scout, C Trp, 4/4 CAV The support and encouragement Sgt. Richard Thompson from my family and friends. Medic squad leader, HHT 4/4 CAV My family and my Soldiers. My family because of their love and commitment to me and my job; and my Soldiers because of their loyalty and dedication to the mission.
  8. 8. May 2012 page 8Soldier Devil’s Stakes Highlights 5 mile run Jeter, KENYA Top 3 Males Top 3 Females Merced, RAFAEL 31:45:00 38:46:00 FCO 2-34 ACO 101Chaos Top 5 Bradley Crews Taylor, WESLEY OudmanBumper # C13 32:32:00 42:17:00Vehicle Cmdr: Sgt Holdern ACO 101 HHC BDEGunner: Spc DavisDriver: Spc Spencer Sampson Herbert, MONICA 33:34:00 42:26:00Bumper # C413 HHC 101 CCO 101Vehicle Cmdr: Sgt StephensGunner: Spc Trybus APFT CompetitionDriver: Spc Radford 1st SGT Parks, E Co, 101st BSB 388 2nd SPC Flores, HHB, 1/5 FA 380Bumper # C12 3rd SSG Bridges, A Btry, 1/5 FA 361Vehicle Cmdr: Sgt Holdern 4th SPC Aguilarmoran C Co, 101st BSB 345Gunner: Spc Brown 5th SGT Lira, F Co, 2/34 CAB/ 101st BSB 341Driver: Pv2 Miao 6th (T) SPC Matias, HHT, 4/4 CAV & SPC Yaure, G Co, 1/5FA/ 101st BSB 340 8th SGT Brown B Co, 1/16 IN 330Bumper # C26 9th PFC Noha, C Co, 101st BSB 326Vehicle Cmdr: 2nd Lt Foster 10th Pv2 Sampson, HHC, 101st BSB 325Gunner: Spc AndariDriver: Pvt MorrisBumper # C23Vehicle Cmdr: Sgt AlverezGunner: Spc RothDriver:Pv2 Samuel Obstacle Course 1st LTC Crombie & MAJ Kiser, HHC, 1/16 IN 11:09 >>>See full story on page 10 2nd CPT Werner & SGT Farr, C Co, 1/16IN 11:35 3rd 1LT Bell & 1LT Bellet, B Co, 1/16IN 11:38 4th SPC Barmun & SPC Matias, HHT 4/4 CAV 13:08 5th SPC Pointer & SPC Redden, A Co 1/16IN 13:10 6th PFC Cerrate & SGT Moore, D Co, 1/16IN 13:58 7th PFC Rich & SGT Postelethweit, B TRP, 4/4 CAV 14:17 8th Pv2 Dowie & SSG Niebels, HHC, 101st BSB 14:38 9th SPC Miner & SPC Peace, B Co, 2/34CAB 14:40 10th PFC Colmery & PFC Davis, C Co, 2/34CAB 14:51
  9. 9. May 2012 page 9 Spot On tent in everything they did becauseDreadnaught snipers rediscover importance of fundamentals doing one thing different could af- fect their shooting. Any change in the way they breathe while shoot- ing could adjust the elevation level between two shots and the sniper’s target may change. “You have to know what you’re doing because working on the fly doesn’t work out here,” Spc. Alex Herron, team leader, said. “That’s where having a spotter and our data books become essential.” During his recent deployment to Afghanistan, Herron had to rely on his training and those essential fun- damentals to disrupt enemy attacks while his spotter was evacuated af- ter getting shot. “Spotters make it easier for the shooters to know what they are do- ing,” Herron said. “While we’re in the moment of shooting, they quick- ly provide corrections, watch where Sgt. Donald Martin, 1st HBCT we’re shooting as well as watch Spc. Alex Herron, team leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, other targets.” 2nd Battalion, 34th Combined Arms Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Now that they are back home, Team, 1st Infantry Division, engages one of 10 targets to qualify on the Herron said he enjoyed going to the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System Rifles on May 23 at Fort Riley’s Range range and shooting with his fellow Six. Soldiers had to hit eight out of 10 targets. “You have to know what snipers again. you’re doing because working on the fly doesn’t work out here,” Herron “It helps us continue to build said. more cohesion, with us working with the same guys over and over again,” Herron said. “Here, and inBy Sgt. Kandi Huggins combat, they help us gather more accurate data in order to observe, re- Soldiers from Headquarters and they could to maintain their funda- port and if necessary, neutralize theHeadquarters Company, 2nd Battal- mentals of firing the system. enemy. With them with us, it is likeion, 34th Combined Arms Battalion, “Unlike shooting on a M4 or having two guns at one time.”1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, M16, if the Soldiers don’t use the1st Infantry Division, familiarized skills they’ve learned as snipers,themselves with their M110 Semi- those skills will perish,” HitchcockAutomatic Sniper System Rifles on said. “The basic fundamentals everyMay 22 at Fort Riley’s Range Six. Soldier learned in basic rifle marks- The Soldiers grouped and zeroed manship are even more importanttheir rifles by shooting at blocks on here.”a paper target 100 meters away and As snipers, the Soldiers haveconducted spotter drills to reestab- two jobs: collect data and reportlish their knowledge of the weapon what they observe happening on thesystem in preparation for their qual- battlefield and provide long-rangeifications on May 23. discriminatory fire as a method of Spotter drills consist of a Soldier providing a better solution to a situ- Sgt. Donald Martin, 1st HBCTshooting at a block, then shooting at ation. Sgt. Wade Hitchcock, sniper sectionanother based on the corrections of Snipers train in various combat leader, Headquarters and Headquar-the spotter sitting next to them. The weather and situations to learn how ters Company, 2nd Battalion, 34thshooter adjusts his windage and el- to quickly adapt to any situation, Combined Arms Battalion, 1st Heavyevation on the system to get his Hitchcock said. Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantryround where it needs to be. With their jobs and a mission’s Division, prepares to fire his M110 Sgt. Wade Hitchcock, sniper success depending on that quick- Semi-Automatic Sniper System Riflessection leader, said it was important ness and adaptability, he said it was on May 23 at Fort Riley’s Range Six.for the Soldiers to shoot as often as important for snipers to be consis-
  10. 10. Issue Title / May 2012 page 10 Parent EnrichmentTaking a Fighting Stance Opportunities Chaos Soldiers expand expertise during Bradley gunnery Infant Massage Instruction; 6/5/12 10:00am - noon Designed to guide parents on hwo to mas- sage their own babies (birth to 6 months only please). Emerging Skills in Early Readers; 6/12/12 6:30-8:30 A parent is the child’s first and most important teacher. Come learn how to encourage your child to develop reading skills and what normal development looks like in early literacy. Staying Connected during Deployment; 6/26/12 6:30-8:30 Come learn some simple ideas to help you and your family stay connected during deployment. Sgt. Kandi Huggins | 1st HBCT“Chaos” Soldiers with Co. C, STB, 1st HBCT shoot at a pop-up target as part of their qualification onthe M2A2 ODS-E, a Bradley fighting vehicle with Operation Desert Storm-engineer improvements,May 16 at Fort Riley’s Digital Multipurpose Range Complex. The night-fire portion required three-man crews to engage and destroy their targets using thermal optical devices and night sights.Sgt. Kandi Huggins to fight in combat.” With the Bradley-engineered ve- “Target IDed.” hicles, Cole said his company will “Driver up.” be able to clear minefields faster, in- “Fire!” crease maneuverability and give the The tower radios were busy battalion and brigade more assetswhile “Chaos” Soldiers qualified on and options on the battlefield.the newest Bradley fighting vehi- The end task of the qualification 24/7 Dad Workship; 8/6 - 8/7/12 9:30am-cles May 16 at Fort Riley’s Digital was to have 17 qualified Bradley 4:30pmMulti-Purpose Range Complex. crews for the “Devil” Brigade to Location: Bldg 7264/ACS Company C, Special Troops utilize in future deployments and This unique, innovative, and comprehen- sive course is designed to engage fathersBattalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Com- operations. and encourage them to become morebat Team, 1st Infantry Division used The Soldiers qualified based on involved with thier children and familiesthe M2A2 ODS-E, a Bradley with the Table Six qualification chart,improvements for engineers during which consisted of six daytime en- IMPORTANT INFORMAITON:the training exercise. gagements and four nighttime en- All classes will be held in Bldg 6620 “Engineers have a very versa- gagements. They are all designed to Normandy Drive, unless otherwisetile job,” said 1st Sgt. Harold Cole, train a Bradley crew to engage sta- specified.senior noncommissioned officer, tionary and moving targets. *Free childcare with pre-registrationCo. C, STB, 1st HBCT. “Our job “Conducting night fire as part of at least one week in advance. Currentis focused on three areas – mobil- the qualification allows each crew to registration wiht CYSS required!ity, counter mobility and survivabil- use all the capabilities of the Brad- Please call 239-9885 or 239-9435 ority, but with the Soldiers becoming leys,” said Staff Sgt. Harold Butler, email toqualified on the Bradleys as engi- vehicle crew evaluator, Co. C, STB, pre-register or for more information.neers, they now have the capability >> cont. page 15
  11. 11. May 2012 page 11Punishers Wreak so that when the competition comes there should be little to a piece of paper which will tell them their starting point,” no mistakes made. Gonzalez said. “The catch is Havoc “The competition is roughly after you complete one station 14 days long and the Soldiers your next one may be on the will stay out in the field the opposite end of the maneuver- whole time will be held here ing area.” on Fort Riley,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez said that the Sol-Sgt. Kerry Lawson Gonzalez said this will pit diers will ruck to each station the various military occupa- which roughly about two miles Soldiers of the military po- tional specialty squad teams in apart. Some stations will havelice platoon for Headquarters these tasks and drills. battle drill lanes between thatand Headquarters Company, Gonzalez said this competi- station and the next.1st Brigade Special Troops tion is an in-house competition Each team will have 36Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade within the battalion in which hours for them to be evaluatedCombat Team, 1st Infantry Di- roughly 40 squads will com- in finishing all 10, conduct rigorous train- pete having 8-12 Soldiers per “Yes we would like to wining at Urban Cluster Range 1 squad. The competition will the competition, but overallat Fort Riley May 3, 2012. also allow us to see how profi- we want to see our Soldiers Soldiers of the ‘Punishers’ cient these Soldiers are in their run battle drills with minimalplatoon conducted battalion tasks and drills. problems occurring,” Gonza-warrior tasks and drills during “Each Soldier will be given lez said.Operation Robocop in prepa-ration for the Warrior Skillscompetition May 28, 2012through June 8, 2012. Gonzalez said in prepara-tion for this competition theseSoldiers are being trained sev-eral areas. Some of the ex-ercises are: land navigation,requesting medical evacua-tion, reacting to contact, andsearching an individual. “We are responsible forconducting training to the full-est spectrum of our missionessential task list,” said 1st Lt.Yarick Gonzalez, military po-lice platoon leader for HHC,1st BSTB. “The military po-lice not only half to supportcombat operations but law andorder operations as well. “Mostly we are training forthings we need to know and ac-complish within the METL,”said Staff Sgt. Jonathon Ben-nett, third squad leader for theplatoon. “These exercises are de-signed to show them how toreact to these situations wheth-er it’s on or off a military in-stallation,” Bennett said. “Thisis important for the Soldiers toknow and understand duringboth peacetime settings andcombat operations.” Bennett said the training forthe competition allows themto learn from any mistakes,
  12. 12. May 2012 page 12 Guardians with students from Sheridan Elementary School
  13. 13. May 2012 page 13“Soldiers of 72nd MAC launch intopreparation for NTC”Sgt. Kery Lawson Soldiers of the 72nd MobilityAugmentation Company, 1st En-gineer Battalion, 1st Heavy Bri-gade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision, conducted Mine ClearingLine Charge (MICLIC) training atmortar firing point 14, Fort Rileyon May 2, 2012. The MICLIC is a rocket-launched string of C4 explosivesused to clear minefields often en-countered during combat opera-tions. “This training will get our ju-nior service members some handson training and experience han-dling this piece of equipment,” 1stLt. Tim Watts, 2nd Platoon Leader, Sgt. Kerry Lawson l 1st HBCT72nd MAC. Soldiers of Charlie Company, 72nd Mobility Augmentation Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st During the training, the compa- Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, launch the MK22 Mod. 4 rocket off the M58ny’s MICLIC carriers moved to a Mine Clearing Line Charge launching arm during MICLIC training at mortar firing point 14 Fortposition designated by the maneu- Riley on May 2, 2012. The training is in preparation for the unit’s rotation to the National Train-ver commander and the rocket was ing Center next month.prepared for firing by a designatedEngineer squad. Watts said the training will This type of hands-on experi- Ross, who has only been withalso let the battalion commander ence is very rare for Soldiers be- the unit for a month and a half sinceknow how each company is com- cause the MICLIC is a costly sys- graduating AIT, said he feels theing along with their respective tem to fire. It has been more than a junior service members are learn-training. The commander ensured year since 1st Engineer conducted ing a lot.that the unit conducted their proper the training. “This is my first time havingpreventive maintenance checks and However, Pvt. Rico Ross, a hands-on training with this particu-services on the trailer, the electron- combat engineer with 2nd platoon, lar equipment,” said Ross. “I neverics, and the rocket during this train- said his training experience was a worked with the MICLIC whening event. good one. I was in AIT and I welcomed this new experience and training.” Although junior Soldiers such as Ross received a rare opportunity to train with the MICLIC, Watts said the experience also helps the senior leaders remain knowledge- able and competent in their area of expertise. “This training was for our ju- nior Soldiers who I feel will get a lot out of this training, but also working with this particular equip- ment will reiterate the training these team and squad leaders have undergone throughout their ca- reer,” said Watts. “It gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and experience on the equipment to their Soldiers.”
  14. 14. May 2012 page 14 CIVILIAN Where America’s Military Connects With Civilian Careers CAREER EXPO Thursday, June 28, 2012 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Riley’s Conference Center 446 Seitz Drive Fort Riley, KS 66442-4488 Job Fair Information: (678) 819-4153 All military and prior military* may pre-register online at and be matched with companies based on your career and geographical preferences. 9-10 a.m. Early Candidate Registration Begins 10 a.m. Exhibit Floor Opens & Candi- date Registration ContinuesNational and Regional Opportunities:Administrative ManagementAviation Medical Are you financially set to leave the Army?Customer Service DrivingLaw Enforcement EngineeringLogistical SalesMaintenance Plus much more Sign up today for the Financial Management seminar to assist with planning for your future. Listen to CSM (Ret) Romans as he provides tips and information onNeed more information? how you should prepare to financially transition fromVisit or the Army.Call 1-678-819-4153 June 6th 1400-1530 Ft. Riley ACAP Main Center 210 Custer Ave. Room 006 785-239-2278
  15. 15. May 2012 page 15>> cont. from page 101st HBCT. “For night fire, the tar-gets are at different distances anddifferent in nature than those fromthe daytime iteration, so they haveto learn how to engage the targetsdifferently than how they did in thedaytime.” By using thermal optical devicesand night sights to help them see,the crews maneuvered, engaged andconducted operations to neutralizetargets during a time when they hadlow visibility. Each three-man Bradley crewused either a Bushmaster 25mmAutomatic Gun, which is the Brad-ley’s main gun with armor-piercingand high-explosive capabilities, ora 240C coaxial machine gun to hitits targets. To achieve qualification,each crew had to pass a minimumof seven out of the 10 engagements,with at least 700 out of 1,000 over-all points. “Becoming a qualified Bradleycrew is normally a six-month pro-cess, but we started our training andpreparation two months ago, andthis is the culminating point of thattraining,” Butler said. The Soldiers completed fire-trainer Bradley simulators, class-room training and Bradley gunneryskills training, where they learnedabout the vehicle and the weaponrythey would operate.
  16. 16. May 2012 page 16 ‘Devil’ Brigade Leaders Conduct Formal PowwowBy Sgt. Kerry Lawson Senior leaders of the 1st HeavyBrigade Combat Team, 1st Infan-try Division, conducted a dining inMay 23 at the Courtyard JunctionCity hotel to foster unit cohesionand reinforce esprit de corps in afriendly and relaxing atmosphere. It also gave the newest “Devils”the opportunity to learn a little ofthe history, traditions, and impor-tance of the dining in. The dining in, a tradition adopt-ed from the British military, beganduring the 18th century. It was de-signed to provide the servicemem-bers an opportunity to honor andcelebrate the battles the unit had Sgt. Kerry Lawson| 1st HBCTfought in. The tradition of the dining in attendees must adhere. If a group of “This is a window to every-is recognized as an ideal forum to officers didn’t wear the correct col- body’s individuality,” Petersen said.strengthen and perpetuate the spirit, or of socks, they were required to “It’s nice to sometimes bring theprofessionalism and the soul of the dance to “I’m a Little Teapot.” Oth- focus back to the individual andArmy. er officers, such as Capt. Priscella people we work with everyday in- The tradition has grown and Nohle, commander of Company A, stead of being outwardly focusedmorphed, Capt. Jerome Petersen, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battal- on our Families, subordinates, jobthe brigade’s information opera- ion, had to pay for the penalties of … This is the time we simply focustions officer, said, as a way to bring others by donning a Wolverine Hal- on building and strengthening ourtogether the Army leaders of today. loween mask as she stood guard by Army Family.” “With all the changes we’ve had a leadership, from company level “Tonight was a great time toand up, this dining in is significant build a good rapport with your fel-because it allows the old and new- low leaders,” 1st Lt. Johnny Yates,est members of the brigade to come an intelligence officer with 4thtogether and establish a type of fel- Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment,lowship,” Petersen said. “The bri- said. “This is my first one and I’mgade as been spread out for a year pretty excited to be a part of this.and a half (with split deployments I’m expecting an upbeat andto Iraq and Afghanistan) and I think wonderful experience from to-this is a good way to celebrate the night.”brigade’s reestablishment at Fort Because of the operational tem-Riley.” po, Petersen said the brigade has While the dining in’s atmo- gotten away from doing dining inssphere was relaxed, there was still and giving its leaders a chance toa special set of rules to which the socialize and relax. Sgt. Kerry Lawson| 1st HBCT
  17. 17. May 2012 page 17 Devils’ Crimes & Punishments For the month of May: A Co 1-1 BSTB Offense: Private absent himself from his unit and remained absent in desertion until apprehended. Sentence: Reduction to grade of E1; forfeiture of $994.00 per month for one month; confinement for 27 days HHC, 2-34 AR Offense: Wrongful use of marijuana Sentence:Reduction to grade E1; forfeiture of 2/3 pay per month for one month; confinement for 30 days HHT, 4-4 CAV Offense: Unlawful break- ing and entering a house with intent to commit mur- der; holding a minor against their will; steal- ing pills of Tylox Sentence: Reduced to E1; confined for 2 years with credit of 253 days; discharged with a Bad Conduct Discharge