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The Devil's Corner Monthly Newsletter for October and December can also be found at http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bct due to the size, please click on the link to read ...

The Devil's Corner Monthly Newsletter for October and December can also be found at http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bct due to the size, please click on the link to read

In this issue you will find:

Devil 6 and Devil 7 Comments
Chaplain’s Corner
What Makes you Strong?
Pale Riders Complete Fire Missions
Soldiers of 1stABCT receive warm thanks from appreciative Volunteers
Hamilton’s Own Soldiers train, qualify on grenade launcher
9 Pale Riders earn Purple hearts
Soldiers complete breach training exercise in October
“Devil” brigade Commander speaks at MAC
Company hosts hiring event on post, aims to hire veteran’s
Soldiers represent BRO at sniper competition
Fort Riley to host Combatives tourney
1ABCT conducts mass re-enlistment
Training focuses on crew familiarization qualification
Upcoming ACS classes
Armor Battalion conducts team trench-clearing training exercise
BRO Soldiers place 3rd in Army 10 miler
29th Annual Historic Tour of Homes flyer
Post honors fallen Soldier
K-State ROTC, Fort Riley foster partnership
Daytona 500 military discounted tickets flyer
Hertz free car rental flyer
Bring a Happy Holiday to our Stray Facility Flyer
The Holiday parade of Lights
Additional Flyers for Bowling and Herington’s Festival
Court-martials in 1st ABCT
Red Cross Holiday Support message
Christkindl Market Flyer
Battle of the Bulge Flyer
Scuba Santa Flyer
MWR Outdoor Rec Flyer
Native American Flyer

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    October and November Devil's Corner 2012 Newsletter ver 3 October and November Devil's Corner 2012 Newsletter ver 3 Document Transcript

    • the DEVIL’S CORNER IS008 September 2012 EDITION SGT. KERRY LAWSON, 1ST ABCTPvt. Antoine Liles, 3rd Plt, Co. C, STB, 1st ABCT, uses his grapple to help clear a mock-mine field during in the Obstacle and Breach training exercise Oct. 17 at Training Area13, Fort Riley.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 2 1/1 ABCT Commander 1/1 ABCT Command Col. Michael Pappal Sergeant Major CSM Mark A. Kiefer The ‘Devil’ Brigade 7232 NO R MANDY DR I VE FO R T R I LE Y KS 66442Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs NCOIC/JournalistCapt. Michael Hogans Sgt. Kerry Lawson 1/1 ABCT FRSA Noel Waterman Read the Post paper online! http://www.1divpost.com/ KEEP INFORMED AND UPDATED WITH 1ST BRIGADE BY FOLLOWING US ON THESE WEBSITES: 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley: www.riley.army.mil. Click on Units, 1ID Brigades, 1ABCT or just click on this link: http://www.riley.army.mil/Unit- Page.aspx?unit=1bct Facebook: www.facebook.com/1HBCTDEVILBRIGADE?v=wall&ref-sgm 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. www.armyfrg.org ‘Devil’ PAO Email: 1stid.devil.pao@gmail.com
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 3 D6 To all of the Devil Soldiers,Family Members, and Friends, It is an awesome feeling to seethe incredible things that the DevilSoldiers are getting done in train-ing this Fall as we continue tofocus on the basics of warfighting.We are busy, but in a good way.We just finished two weeks ofexercising our TOCs and MissionCommand systems. We finishedthis training at a much higher levelof capability than I was expectingdue particularly to the preparatorytraining that took place and theeffectiveness of all the precombatchecks and the precombat inspec-tions that took place in the twomonths prior to the exercise. Kudos recent field training both as observ- Take the time to go out and meetto everyone who was in involved in er controllers and OPFOR. some of our veterans from othermaking the complexity of our Tac- As we continue to train hard in conflicts. You would be surprisedtical Operation Centers function; the field or garrison, ensure that how much the war stories are alike.outstanding work. Devil Soldiers you do so safely. There is nothing Thanksgiving isn’t the only timeare excelling across the board. Pale so important during training that we should give thanks, but it is aRiders, battalion scouts, and the we should impart unacceptable risk day that we can focus our thoughtsMPs were on the range qualifying for injury or getting killed. If it on those positive things that mattercrews in unstablized gunnery, Iron takes 5 extra minutes to do it right to most of us and make AmericansRangers are leading the way on then take the 5 minutes. Do not who and what we are. Christmasthe fielding of our primary combat take short cuts. Short cuts lead to and the other religious observancesvehicles out at the range qualify- accidents. Do what is right, enforce in and around December are a gooding their Bradley’s. We have begun standards, and we will be fine. time to reflect on your inner spiri-the draw of our tanks and training We are about to enter the holi- tual health and strength and bondfor tank gunnery. The Destroyers dary season which to me begins with your Family. And finally, Neware out firing their big guns and with Veteran’s Day and ends with Years is about starting a fresh newcertifying their platoons to provide New Year’s Day. Holidays are year as we continue to move for-indirect fire support. The Engineers not just about time off. Each of ward. Please be safe and responsi-completed lane training on build- them has a purpose and a meaning. ble during your celebrations. Haveing and removing obstacles from a Veteran’s Day is about remem- a plan on how to get home frombattlefield. There is so much going bering those that have served our events and follow through with it. Ion that I can’t list it here, let alone Nation’s causes and the price that want to see everyone in 2013.see it all. Rest assured I know how war brings. Remember that each of Duty First!hard everyone is working and how us currently serving are veterans. Devil 6well you are doing it. Keep it up, it no mission too difficult. no sacrifice too great.will pay off later. This was shownto all by the great support our duty first.Soldiers provided to 2nd ABCT’s devil 6
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 4 D7 I would like to start by say-ing October turned out to be agreat month for the Brigade as weproduced the only Sergeant AudieMurphy Club nominee in the 1stInfantry Division for the first quar-ter FY 13. 1SG (SFC) Gillespiefrom HHC 1-1 BSTB had a greatperformance before the board andwas unanimously recommended.Also, SGT Sanford from the IronRanger Battalion and PFC Leheneyfrom the Pale Rider Squadronearned the NCO and Soldier of theQuarter honors for the Division andwill now compete at the DivisionNCO and Soldier of the Year com- orderd, purchased, or taxed for any ahead, be safe and we well see eachpetition later in the year. We are financial gain. I would encourage of you next year.extremely proud of them and know anyone who wants to give back, tothey will represent their battalions do it through volunteering. Someand the Brigade in a true profes- easy volunteer opportunities cansional manner. be done through the USO. Schools This month’s article I want to across post, chapels, churches,focus on volunteering with regard MWR, and even the BOSS pro-to the Army. First, for anyone in gram are always seeking volun-uniform, we are already volunteers teers. It’s not how much you give,to the nation. We all volunteered what you give, just that you didto serve a specified length of time, give, and without the expectationwhile applying a skill to meet the of a return.needs of the Army as it fulfills Finally, as we prepare for thethe national defense needs of the holiday season in the comingcountry. Volunteering comes in so weeks, I would like to say thanksmany forms, from giving personal to everyone in the Brigade for alltime, effort, or even charitable do- the work and effort in the BCT.nations to those less fortunate. As There are so many events happen-members of a military organization, ing at once it is difficult to keepit’s important to remember that we track. To every Soldier and familyare consumers of resources. We all member, I would like to extend myrequire basic needs to be met; we best wishes for a wonderful holidayneed food, clothing and shelter as season. If you are traveling, planexamples. Each of those resourcesmust be produced by someone. no mission too difficult. no sacrifice too great.Military members provide a ser- duty first.vice to the country which can’t be devil 7
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 5 Finish Well! The distance of the Olympic marathon was standardized in 1908 when the games were held in London.The Royal Family wanted to watch the start of the race from their home. The distance from this vantage pointis Windsor Castle to the finish line in the Olympic stadium was 26 miles, 385 yards. From this point on, themarathon distance was fixed. The first winner of this newly defined marathon should have been Italian candymaker named Dorando Pietri. He was the first runner to enter the stadium at the end of the race and to cross thefinish line. But rather than turning right to run the last lap as he entered the stadium, he turned left. He turnedthe wrong way. When he realized his mistake he staggered and fell from exhaustion. He slowly got up andstarted running in the right direction. When he was just a few yards from the finish line he fell again. Sympa-thetic bystanders and even some race official assisted him to his feet and the runner wobbled to the finish towin the race. Meanwhile, Johnny Hayes, running for the United States was racing down the homestretch andfinished second. After a lengthy discussion by officials, Hayes was awarded the gold medal for first place, notDorando Pietri. Olympic officials concluded that Pietri had been unfairly aided by those who helped him getback up near the finish line. A race was ruined by a wrong turn at the end. The lesson is this: finishing well is asimportant as running well! As we conclude 2012 let us keep this poor candy maker in mind. Finish 2012 well! As we lean forward to2013 - let’s start strong. We have some upcoming Strong Bonds Marraige retreats for the Brigade in November and December to helpyou to finish strong. We also have a Single Soldiers Strong Bond even in December. If you are interested inthese events please contact me or your Battalion Chaplain, and we’ll give you the specific information.Peace,Chaplain Don CarrothersOffice: (785) 239-2513Cell: (785) 307-0514 Unit Chaplains Contact Information BDE CH (MAJ) Carrothers: 785-239-2513 BSTB CH (CPT) Ball: 785-279-6836 BSB CH (CPT) Adriatico: 785-239-9530 1-16 CH (CPT) Ball: 785-240-3111 2-34 CH (CPT) Parks: 785-240-2444 1-5 CH (CPT) Jung ---- No Number 4-4 CH (CPT) Remy ---- No Number 1 EN CH (1LT) Sanders: 785-240-5972
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 6 Need to contact your Family Readiness Support Assistant? (FRSA) 1ABCT Noel Waterman 785-239-2242 noel.waterman1@us.army.mil 1-1 BSTB and HHC, 1ABCT 1-5 FA Helen Day Barb Stanley 785-240-4337 785-239-9288 helen.day@us.army.mil babs.stanley@us.army.mil 101st BSB 2-34 AR Hope Stanley 785-239-1772 785-240-6728 hope.stanley@us.army.mil 1-16 IN 4-4 CAV Liz Tripp 785-239-6687 785-240-4644 Elizabeth.tripp1@us.army.mil 1-1st ENG Barb Stanley 785-239-9288 babs.stanley@us.army.mil
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 7 what makes you STRONG? Capt.Tawiana Jenkins S-1 OIC & Adjutant, 1-1 BSTB My faith and family.Sgt. Marty LittleHHC, 1-16 INF Spc. G’ana Harris HHC, 1st ABCTMy family, because anytime that Ihave a problem or in trouble I refer My number one strength is my son.back to them for guidance. He is my constant reminder of why I should and need to do and be better. 1st Lt. Mark Keel XO, Echo Forward Support Com- pany Definitely my faith, as well as my family.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 8 ‘Pale Riders’ complete fire mis- sions to register, cer- tify mortar systems “High-angled hell,” as SPC Rus-sell Link called it, rained downon Mortar Firing Point 14 recentlyduring the 4th Squadron, 4th Cav-alry Regt., 1st Armored Brigade 2LT JEFFREY NELSON, 4TH SQDN. 4TH CAV. REGT.Combat Team, 1st Infantry Divi-sion’s annual mortar certification SPC James Haynes, HHT, 4th Sqdn, 4th Cav. Regt., watches the smoke rounds land perfectly on target through a lightweight laser designator rangefinder.at Fort Riley. It had been about two years sincethe squadron conducted a mortarcertification. With 1st ABCT’s mostrecent deployment and the wave ofnew personnel, the squadron was in front of the Troop and find im- preparation for the exercise.need of registering and certifying portant targets that are open for This is the first time the mortarits mortar systems. fire. They are the eyes and ears sections have shot their 120mm “This is the first time since the that observe enemy targets before mortars from their M1064 trackdeployment that our scouts have the Troop approaches. When they vehicles.called (for fire), and our mortars locate a target and calculating “We’re going through fire for ef-have shot,” said 1LT Johnathon trajectories, they call in the mortar fect missions, adjust fire missions,Drew, Fire Support Officer, 4th sections to fire rounds on the target. and we’re doing mortar registra-Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., while his “Troop support,” is what assis- tion... We train to fight. We need toteam was calculating mortar trajec- tant gunner Link referred them to, be able to talk to our guns (mor-tories. while his team prepared another tars) and make sure we’re all on “We’re making sure that all shell. the same page,” said SPC Joshuathe rounds that we shoot land and “That’s the biggest thing: If our Reynolds, as 120mm mortars firedimpact safely ... And make sure our guys are taking fire or getting am- in the background.mortars have the desired effects on bushed, we need to be on target in “Seeing the rounds impact ...target,” he said. a timely manner. We need to give When you look at a target that’s The Squadron Mortar certifica- them fire support right off the bat,” 4,000 meters away and get an ac-tion is where two entities of the he said. curate grid to it, and you see roundssquardron’s mortars section and the The squadron’s FISTERS have impact on it, that’s just a good feel-squadrons Fire Support teams work been training on their plotting, ing,” Sgt. Joseph Beach said as thetogether to coordinate fire missions. calling for fire, and fires calculat- 120mm smoke rounds landed with The FISTERS maneuver out in ing systems during September in a thud.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 9Soldiers of 1st ABCT receive warm thanks, food from appreciative volunteers SGT KERRY LAWSON, 1ST ABCTSoldiers and Family members of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry DIvision, eat steaks and hot dogs prepared byvolunteers of the All-American Beef Battalion during a cookout Oct. 20 at the Custer Hill Bowling Center on Fort Riley. Soldiers of 1st Armored Brigade their Families were also treated Bill Broadie, you may be both, butCombat Team, 1st Infantry Divi- to bowling and other games and at the end of the day, you all havesion, gathered Oct. 20 at Custer wagon rides with the Commanding my greatest respect and gratitude,”Hill Bowling Center on Fort Riley General’s Mounted Color Guard Broadie said.where they received a unique thank and their mules, Jenny and Julie. Jessica Leddick, the spouse ofyou in the form of a meal prepared The All-American Beef Battalion a Headquarters and Headquartersby volunteers of the All-American is a non-profit organization estab- Company Soldier, said she appreci-Beef Battalion. lished in 2007 by fourth-generation ated the battalion visiting the post “There are a lot of people in this Kansas cattleman Bill Broadie, and providing good food and acountry who want to say ‘thank who wanted to extend his gratitude good atmosphere.you’ and don’t know how,” Tim to today’s Soldiers through hearty “I think it was awesome thatJoyce, All-American Beef Battalion steak feeds across the country. these folks are willing to give upvolunteer, said. “This simply boils “We love to show our support their time to come and cook a mealdown to two words: thank you.” for the troops and we enjoy what for us,” she said. Soldiers of the 1st ABCT we do,” Broadie said. “We have Others appreciated the volun-brought their Families, where they traveled to roughly 20 different teers who were willing to come towere served steaks, hot dogs, corn, states across the United States and Fort Riley and host the event.cheesy hash browns, cookies and have fed around 140,000 Soldiers “It’s great that some people ofbeverages. Almost 1,000 adults and their Families. It’s just our way this country are wanting to donateand 350 children attended. About of saying ‘thank you.’” some of their time without regard1,000 steaks and 400 hot dogs were Broadie served in the 3rd Ma- of getting anything in return,” CSMserved. rine Division in 1967, according to Mark Kiefer, the brigade’s senior Music was provided by the 1st information from the organization. noncommissioned officer, said.Infantry Division band’s Gun- “You may be a cowboy, youpowder and Lead. Soldiers and may be a service member or, like
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 10Soldiers train,qualify on grenadelauncher Soldiers with the 1st Batalion,5th Field Artillery, 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision conducted training on theMk 19 grenade launcher Oct. 3 atRange 29. “Today’s training was intendedto indentify and qualify as manyfirers as possible for the battalion,”said 2LT Paul Severni, Fire Direc- SGT KERRY LAWSON, 1ST ABCTtion Officer, Battery A, 1st Bn., 5th From left to right, SPC Kyle Brown, SSG Howard Cable and SPC Rene Perdomo, all withFA Regt. 1st Bn. 5th FA Regt., perpare to fire the Mk 19 crew-served weapon at mock-enemy All of the 42 firers successfully targets Oct. 3 at Range 29.qualified on the Mk 19, Severnisaid. The Mk 19 is a belt-fed, blow-back-operated, air-cooled, crew-served, fully automatic weapon thatfires 40-mm grenades at its targets. allow two shots. Other tasks the because now they know what to “We fired the weapon system on shooter has include multiple targets expect when firing this weapon at atop of the field artillery ammuni- to shoot at. All of the targets were target or multiple targets,” Severnition supply vehicle,” Severni said. at various ranges. said. The Soldiers fired about 3,000 For the shooter to qualify as The training allows for newM918 training rounds at mock- marksman, he has to complete Soldiers to get familiarizationenemy targets at ranges of 400, seven to eight tasks - nine tasks with the weapon, and the seasoned600 and 800 meters. Each firer had completed will rate the Soldier as a Soldiers to refresh their skills, sincetwo 32-round belts to shoot at the sharpshooter, while completing 10 the weapon isn’t a commonly usedtargets. “I had a blast shooting qualifies the Soldier as an expert. one.the Mk 19 today,” said SPC James Soldiers who try to qualify withNorman, gunner, Btry. D, 1st Bn., Mk 19 must re-qualify annually.5th FA Regt. “It was very cool “I’ve been to a lot of ranges andwhen the training rounds hit, and this one ran the smoothest,” Nor-you would see the paint from inside man said. “With them having fourgo everywhere.” lanes open, there was no conges- Norman said he hit 10 out of 10 tion at all, and that really helpedtargets, which qualified him for things move along. This allowedexpert. the firers, i.e., having 20 firers on A shooter has to complete sever- one weapon.al tasks, ranging from some targets “I think all the Soldiers re-only allowing one shot to some that ally benefitted from the training
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 119 ‘Pale Riders’ earnPurple Hearts SFC Michael Labadie tookshrapnel to the wrist and leg. Hehad a concussion. He couldn’t hearout of his right ear. Still, some ofhis Soldiers were in worse shape,and he wouldn’t quit. Labadie and his platoon were ona patrol Nov. 17, 2011, in Afghani-stan, when a homemade bomb ex-ploded in a nearby house. Six guyswere medically evacuated. Two ofthem are still in the hospital. Labadie continued after the blast. AMANDA KIM STAIRRETT, 1ST INF. DIV. “ We couldn’t afford to lose anymore,” he said recently at Fort BG Donald MacWillie, senior commander, Fort Riley, pins a Purple Heart medal on SPCRiley. Alec Moran, Troop A, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., during an Oct. 11 ceremony at Fort RIley, Moran was hit with shrapnel when his combhat outpost was attacked with an The cavalry scout and eight 82mm recoilless rifle during the squadron’s most recent deployment to Af-others with the 4th Squadron, 4th ghanistan.Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored ories of the day he was wounded, tional scars for life.”Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infan- and, often times, the memories of For the Families and othertry Division, were presented with his fellow Soldiers who were killed Soldiers in the unit, the ceremonyPurple Heart medals during an Oct. or wounded in the same engage- was a moment of great pride and11 ceremony. ment,” he said. respect, Woodward said. Labadie, SGT Mike Morrow, Labadie, who has served three Several recipients’ FamiliesSGT Eli Holsinger, SPC Thomas combat deployments in his 18 attended the ceremony, includ-Pfeil, SPC Matthew Austin, SPC years of service, said he continued ing Labadie’s wife, Krystal, andRyan Hartsock, SPC Mark Spring- to keep in touch with the Soldiers 4-year-old duaghter, Lilley. Krystaler, SPC William Phillips and SPC injured that day, including the two is set to give birth to their secondAlec Moran received their Purple still in the hospital. daughter, Etta Rose.Hearts after injuries they received “It’s pretty cool,” Labadie said Krystal didn’t learn of her hus-during the squadron’s deployment of receiving the Purple Heart dur- band’s injuries until months afterto the Zhary District of Kandhar ing the ceremony, “But it would’ve he returned home.Province, Afghanistan. The troop- been nice if the rest of the platoon “He was standing in front ofers returned February to Fort Riley. was here.” me,” she said. “It was OK.” BG Donald MacWillie, senior People should know these Michael didn’t tell his wifecommander, Fort Riley, pinned a Soldiers volunteered to serve their what happened while he was gonePurple Heart on each of the nine country, and, when called upon, because she “had enough things totroopers and told them the award they deployed and did their jobs, worry about.”showed they could have bad days Woodward said. Watching Michael receive hisand to never forget who they were “In accomplishing their assigned Purple Heart was a good momentand who came before them. mission, these troopers courageous- for Krystal and Lilley. Seeing a Soldier awarded a Pur- ly faced the enemy and took care “Very proud of him,” Krsytalple Heart is a humbling experience, of each other,” Woodward said. said. “Always.”said LTC Scott Woodward, squad- “In return, each one of them gave a For more photos from theron commander, because there was piece or pieces fo their body. Some ceremony, go to www.facebook.a lot of emotion involved. will never be 100 percent physical- com/1stInfantryDivision. “For the Soldier receiving the ly again, others will have physicalaward, it brings back vibrant mem- scars, all of them will have emo-
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 12Soldiers complete breach training exercise in October Soldiers with Company C, Spe-cial Troops Battalion, 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st InfantryDivision, conducted breach trainingOct. 17 to 18 at Training Area 13,Fort Riley. “Our unit has been conductingobstacle emplacement and breachtraining throughout the month ofOctober,” said 1LT ChristopherDichiara, Executive Officer, Co. C,STB. The company’s training focusedon enhancing its standard operat-ing procedures and night opeations.The unit also refined the emplace-ment of engineer obstacles, breach- SGT. KERRY LAWSON, 1ST ABCTing, tactics, techniques, and proce-dures. PVT Antoine Liles, 3rd Plt, Co. C, STB, 1st ABCT, uses his fence cutter pliers to cut an The engineer’s job is to allow opening in the concertina wire during the Obstacle and Breach training exercise Oct. 17 at Training Area13, Fort Riley.freedom of maneuver for his or herfellow Soldiers, like clearing minefields, breach walls or other ob- A, STB. “I love working with my Ratliff,3rd Squadron, 3rd Platoon,stacles. This follows the brigade’s squad. The training really kept us Co. A, STB.guidance to work on offensive aware to be ready for when we take “All this hands-on training helpsoperations. this beyond a training environ- my troops to prepare for what “The training was planned after ment.” mistakes that may happen,” Ratliffthe need arose for additional breach Among the tasks of breaching, said. “It also allows me as a leadertraining, following a successful the Soldiers dug fighting posi- to see what deficiencies may occuriteration of engineer qualification tions for themselves, crew-served and to correct them.tables in August. We realized that weapons and used the unit’s M9 The unit has been training sincewe were not totally in sync,” Dichi- Armored Combat Earthmover and March, when it received its Brad-ara said. Interim High-Mobility Engineer leys, Dichiara said. The training enabled the unit to Excavator, or IHMEE, to dig 2-tier “In May, we conducted a stabi-build guidelines for the platoons. fighting positions for their M2 lized gunnery range, and, in June, The exercise was squad-level Bradley fighting vehicles. the battalion conducted a fieldbased. It entailed each squad to “These Soldiers are also con- training exercise,” he said. “Augustsuccessfully breach a complex ducting the same exercises for was really busy because the unitobstacle. The obstacle consisted of breaching at night using their night held M4 qualifications, as well as,breaching one row of concertina vision goggles,” Dichiara said. crew-served weapons qualification.wire, making it through a mock The training ensured everyone We also held engineer qualificationmine field and breaching another was on the same page when carry- table and demolition certification.”row of concertina wire. Soldiers ing out their TTPs. The unit redeployed from Iraqhad to complete the task in 10 min- “This enables us to hone our last year and has conducted variousutes to pass the mission. skills and keep them fresh in our training exercises designed to keep “This was my first actual mine minds,” Peachey said. its Soldiers’ skills sharp.field breach,” said PVT Mathew The training helps troops know “These exercises are in prepara-Peachey, marking team member, their jobs and what to do when tion for our training next spring,”3rd Squadron, 3rd Platoon, Co. the time comes, said SGT David Dichiara said.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 13‘Devil’ Brigadecommander speaksat MAC There’s no doubt changes arecoming to the U.S. Army. A reduc-tion in forces of 90,000 troops isexpected over the next few years,but Fort Riley’s 1st Amrored Bri-gade Combat Team commander,COL Michael Pappal, said thatdoesn’t stop the Army from mod-ernizing. During the Oct. 25 JunctionCity-Geary County Military AffairsCouncil breakfast, Pappal talkedabout the steps being taken to mod-ernize the organizational functionand structure in the military and thenew equipment already in place or AMANDA KIM STAIRRETT, 1ST INF. DIV.on its way to Fort Riley. COL Michael Pappal, 1st ABCT commander, speaks Oct. 25 at the Junction City-Geary Pappal said some reorganization County Military Affairs Council Breakfast at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and Gearyoccured in 2005, and changes are County Convention Center, Junction City.coming again in the next coupleyears as the troop transition occurs. vehicles, calling them extremely ef- to note Fort Riley continues toHe also said he believes the fective in all warfighting situations. receive some of the best equipmentchanges will increase the brigade He called the 70-ton Abrams, in the Army.by 1,100 and bring in construction a “very impressive vehicle” that “Fort Riley will have the premierengineers. can hit three targets in 15 seconds, armored brigade in the Army,” he “Things that were once done at travel 35 mph, has an effective said, adding the force reductionthe division level are now at the firing range of 4,000 meters and planned would bring the expectedbrigade level,” Pappal said. operates for about eight hours on 2017 troop levels to the same as He said the addition of the 504 gallons of fuel. they were in 2001. Some of theconstruction engineers who build The Bradley is the most modern reductions are expected to occurroads, among other activities - adds fighting vehicle. He said the Brad- through attrition, while some willto the capabilities of the brigade. ley and Abrams are the two best occur because of less recruiting and “That is just another thing you vehicles. more stringent retention require-can do,” Pappal said. “Before, you Pappal also said a new Paladin, ments.only got them when necessary.” which is a self-propelled howitzer, “There’s a lot of stuff going on The increases to the brigade is expected in 2017. The current in the Army. We are looking at thebring with them more Bradley model is too slow to keep up with drawdown, but we are continuingfighting vehicles and other equip- the other vehicles, he said, and to modernize,” Pappal said.ment. added the new one will be capable Pappal’s first assignment in the Pappal also discussed the new of keeping up with the other war- Army was in the 1st Cavalry Divi-and improved equipment, includ- fighting equipment. son at Fort Hood, where he serveding the most advanced and newest “Sometimes we lose track of as tank platoon leader and eventu-models of the Abrams tank and how good our stuff is because we ally served as the Executive OfficerBradley Fighting Vehicles at Fort don’t compare it to other coun- for Headquarters and HeadquartersRiley. tries,” he said. He talked specifics about both Additionally, Pappal was quick See MAC, page 14
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 14MAC Continued from page 13 Company hosts hiring event on post, aims to hire veteransCompany, 1st Battalion, 72ndArmor. In 1992, he went to Germany,where he served as the CompanyD commander, Adjutant and HHCcommander. He then deployedto Camp Kime, Bosnia. He alsoserved at the National TrainingCenter at Fort Irwin, Calif.; FortCarson, Colo.; the MultinationalReadiness Center in Hohenfels,Germany; and in northeast Bagh-dad and Sadre City, Iraq, duringcombat operations. Pappal graduated from IndianaUniversity of Pennsylvania in 1988 AMANDA KIM STAIRRETT, 1ST INF. DIV.with a bachelor of science degreein computer science. His military Soldiers, other service members and representatives from FreightCar America and Orion International gathered Oct. 26 at Riley’s Conference Center for a hiring event ineducation includes the Armor Of- which 12 current or former service members were hired by FreightCar America.ficer Basic course, Armor OfficerAdvanced course, Combined Arms After five years in uniform, SPC all sectors of society to give ourServices Staff School, Command Cedric Morton is set to leave the service members and their Familiesand General Staff College and the Army in late January. He’s spent the opportunities and support theySchool of Advanced Military Stud- the last two years as a cavalry scout have earned,” read informationies. with Troop C, 4th Squadron, 4th from the site. He also has a master of arts Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Morton, a native of High Point,degree in general administration Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry N.C., said it was awesome to knowfrom Central Michigan University Division. he had a job waiting for him afterand a master of Military Arts and The task of finding a job after the Army. He worked as a welderscience degree from the school of the Army was a daunting one, he before enlisting and will be relyingAdvanced Military Studies. said, and he was beginning to feel on those skills in his new job. the stress. That search came to an FreightCar America, a railcar end Oct. 26, when he attended a manufacturer based out of Chi- hiring event hosted by FreightCar cago, with locations in Nebraska, America and Orion International. Pennsylvania, Illiois, Indiana and Ten current or former Fort Riley Virginia, teamed with Orion In- Soldiers, a former Airman and ternational - which specializes in a former Seaman were hired by recruiting former service members FreightCar America. for the civilian workforce - for the The hiring event was part of hiring event at Fort Riley. the White House’s Joining Forces FreightCar America wanted to initiative, which connects service- hire Soldiers because they have men and women, veterans and their values like integrity, strong work spouses with resources to find jobs, ethic and commitment and are according to the progam’s Website, procedural-driven, said James Al- www.whitehouse.gov/joining- len, FreightCar America general forces. manager. Joining Forces is a comprehen- “It’s our duty as well,” Allen sive national initiative to mobilize said of hiring veterans.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 15Soldiers represent ‘BRO’ at sniper comp 2LT KENT HOLLAND, SSG John Jasper, sniper section leader, foreground, adjusts the scope on his sniper rifle as SPC Philip Ryan, center, both with HHC, 1st Bn., 16th Infantry Regt., spots and ranges for him during a training event Oct. 23 at Fort Riley,. The team was training for the U.S. Army International Sniper competition, which was Nov. 2 to 7 at Foort Benning Ga. Fort Benning Ga., hosted the gotten better,” Jasper said, prior to “There are many great teams thatU.S. Army International Sniper the competition. will be there, and it will give uscompetition Nov. 2 to 7, where Representing the Big Red One a chance to see how we match upsnipers from all over the world is a “tremendous opportunity for and be able to do some networkingtried to ready, aim and fire their myself and the sniper section,” said and get some training from otherway to victory and for the title of Ryan, who served as the team’s treams that we can use in our future“Best Snipers” this year. spotter. training,” Jasper said. SSG John Jasper, SPC Phillip The team competed in various LTC Roger Crombie, battalionRyan and SPC Lance Simonton, events throughout the competi- commander, said it was an honorall with Headquarters and Head- tion. Many tasks had to be per- for the team to compete. The Sol-quarters Company, 1st Battalion, formed to high physical standards diers do great training at Fort Riley,Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored with accuracy. The Soldiers had but competing among other sniperBrigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry to successfully engage targets of elements was a phenomenal train-Division, represented the “Big Red unknown distance for both day and ing environment, he added.One” at the competition. night firing, with both their primary “Just by competing, they will do The Fort Riley team consisted of weapon - a rifle and their second- well and will learn a lot,” he said.a trigger man, spotter and security ary weapon - a pistol, according toman. information from the event’s host, Jasper, who is the company’s the U.S. Army Sniper School.sniper squad section leader, com- Teams also had to engage mov-peted for the second time in the ing targets at varying speeds, movecompetition and said he was ready into a firing position, deliver a shotfor the team to see what it could and move out. This was all gradeddo. The team had been training as was how each team communi-since earlier this year after return- cated effectively and quickly toing from Afghanistan. engage targets, as well as get to the “This will be a good competition next objective, engage it and thento see how I have developed and move out.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 16 Fort Riley to host combatives tourneys By AMANDA KIM STAIRRETT, 1ST INF. DIV. In an effort to reinvigorate Fort ment next year, said MAJ Ivy Wil- “This is us. This is our Army,”Riley’s combatives program, the liams with the division’s training BG Donald MacWillie, senior com-1st Infantry Division is hosting office. mander, Fort Riley, said of the teama series of tournaments through “Soldiers should take the op- during a recognition ceremony inMarch. The first is set for Nov. 29 portunity to participate because August.and 30. it gives them the opportunity to He said then Fort Riley and the Weigh-ins for the graduated- display their skills,” he said. 1st Inf. Div. were going to reinvestrules, double-elimination tourna- Soldiers do not have to be in what the Soldier athletes startedment are set for 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. professional fighters to compete, and make combatives a year-roundNov. 28. Qualification rounds start Williams added. program.Nov. 29 and progress through each “They only need to be physically “We will continue this program,”weight class until the final rounds fit and medically cleared,” he said. said Fort Riley CSM Miguel Ri-Nov. 30. Standard rules apply. “Although the more experience you vera during the ceremony.Intermediate rules start on day two, have, the better your chances are of Combatives provides Soldierswhich includes striking. winning.” realistic scenarios and facilitates First through third places will be Fort Riley Soldiers competed in realistic training, Williams said.awarded in eight weight classes. the all-Army competition in July Modern Army Combatives givesWomen will be given a 15 percent at Fort Hood, Texas. SSG Jonnie Soldiers confidence in their abili-weight allowance. Kincaid, then of the 1st Engineer ties to defend themselves. Fighting starts at 8 a.m. each day Battalion, won third place in the “In many cases, hand-to-handat Long Fitness Center. heavy-weight weight class. He de- combat is considered an after- The public is invited to watch feated SFC William Smith of Fort thought or something that may nev-the tournament. Carson, Colo., after referee stop- er occur on the battlefield,” Wil- Soldiers interested in participat- page in the first round of fighting. liams said. “However, in today’sing can call 785-240-1956 or visit The Army has hosted combatives modern operational environmentthe onpost fight house at 77670 Fox tournaments since 2005, according and a constant changing (rules ofLane at the Mission Training Cen- to information from the division. engagement), hand-to-hand combatter campus. The fight house hosts Because of deployment and train- occurs more often than people real-open-mat training from 11:30 a.m. ing demands, this year’s Fort Riley ize. It is not enough to tell a Soldierto 1 p.m. during the week. Soldiers team had less than five weeks to to be vigilant and aggressive.”also can visit for morning physical prepare for the all-Army competi-training. tion. Winners may qualify to represent Fort Riley’s 14-Soldier teamFort Riley at the all-Army tourna- finished 10th out of 36 teams.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 171st ABCT conducts mass re-enlistment SGT KERRY LAWSON, 1ST ABCTCOL Michael Pappal, 1st ABCT commander, re-enlists more than 40 Soldiers at an Oct. 9 mass re-enlistment ceremony at CavalryParade Field. More than 40 Soldiers with force we currently have. Reten- nity closes,” he said.the 1st Armored Brigade Combat tion is actively working to counsel The Army is ever changing, heTeam, 1st Infantry Division, came Soldiers in over-strength speciali- said. Rules put in place changetogether for a mass re-enlistment ties and guide them into available fast, and the career counselorsceremony in front of family, training seats.” are tasked with keeping Soldiersfriends, and peers Oct. 9 at Cavalry Byington said the Army has a informed.Parade Field. surplus of Soldiers, but they may “This is no longer about short- “Today is a great day because not necassarily be in the correct term money. It is about long-termyou don’t always get to re-enlist positions. The retention teams are stability,” Byington said.such a large numer of troops,” said working to move Soldiers to in- Soldiers who aggresively seekCOL Michael Pappal, 1st ABCT stallations that are short on certain self improvement - gaining a clear-commander. military occupational specialties ance or raising their ASVAB scores “The Army enlists Soldiers, but and into jobs that need to be filled. will be better prepared, Byingtonwe retain Families,” said MSG Since certain MOS’s were over said.Brian Byington, retention non- strength, the Army retains a Soldier This is no longer about thecommissioned officer, 1st ABCT. and balances the force by placing individual; this is about what the“Spouses have just as much to do them in a valid requirment. individual is willing to do for thewith the decision to re-enlist as the Byington also said the Army team,” he said.Soldier does.” used to have a standard re-enlist- “ I re-enlisted for three years, Byington said it is his job to ment window. Soldiers used to and (to have a) choice of duty sta-make sure every Soldier is educat- have 90 days from the end of his tion and to make a better life fored on his re-enlistment options. current enlistment to re-enlist. myself and my Family,” said SPC “Career counselors will answer There are some limited oppor- Blake Leddick, communicationsquestions honestly and in accor- tunities for Soldiers in the 90-day specialist, Headquarters and Head-dance with the regulation,” he window to continue on active duty. quarters Company, 1st ABCT.said, “so each counseling session “The problem is that re-enlis- Some options to consider whenis tailored to qualifications of the ment experiences surges at times, re-enlisting are staying stateside orSoldier and the needs of their par- and with the economy experiencing going overseas, stablization and theticular Family. problems, there is no solid answer Bonus Extension And Retraining The Army is trying to shape the for when their window of opportu- program, Byington said.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 18 SGT KERRY LAWSON, 1ST ABCTCOL Michael Pappal, 1st ABCT commander, re-enlists more than 40 Soldiers at an Oct. 9 mass re-enlistment ceremony at CavalryParade Field. “Today is a great day because you don’t always get to re-enlist such a large numer of troops,” said COL Michael Pap-pal, 1st ABCT commander. Division career counselors are now being tasked with the commanding general’s Hip-Pocket scholarship forthe Green-to-Gold program. Every fiscal year there are five scholarships that can be awarded. Soldiers interested in re-enlisting must have a current Army physical fitness test, meet height and weightrequirements, have no pending UCMJ action and be qualified to re-enlist for a period that allows for one year ormore past their current expiration term of service. Retention’s job is to help the Army achieve force alignment, Byington said. “We also help the Amry save money by not having to continually spend money on intial entry training,” hesaid. “The Army issues every command a mission. The numbers are based on what the Army is projected toneed to make its end strength requirement. “The mission is like any other. The division has brought us back to the basics of professional, retention andtransition counseling. By taking care of each Soldier ... And providing steady and reliable guidance, the missionwill make itself.” For more information on retention, contact a unit career counselor.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 19Brigade-Level Run Training focuses on crew familirization, qualification CPT TAWIANA JENKINS, 1ST BSTB A military policeman with HHC, STB 1st ABCT takes aim with a night-vision device Oct. 19 at Fort Riley’s Digital Multipurpose Range Complex. Military police with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Bri- gade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division conducted unstabilized gunnery traininig with 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div.,Oct. 15 to 20 at the Digital Multipurpose Range Complex. The “Punishers” participated in Operation Pale Rider with the scouts. The emphasis during gunnery training was crew familiarization and crew qualifica- tion. Unstabilized gunnery involves shooting a M2A1 .50 caliber machine gun weapon system from an unsta- bilized platform on top of a HUMVEE. Unstabilized platforms are vehicles that have mounted crew serve weapons, without a control system that provides stabi- lization. SGT KERRY LAWSON, 1ST ABCT The MPs provided a total of five crews to train on the vehicles and weapon systems. In preparation forTOP PHOTO: COL Michael Pappal, commander 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, shares his ap- qualification, Soldiers executed both day and night firepreciation of all the Soldiers in the brigade for their hard work exercises.following a brigade-level run around Custer Hill and an awards According to 2LT Jason Jordan, MP platoon leader,ceremony Sept. 28. Battalion commanders awarded 11 Soldiers STB, each iteration ranged from 30 minutes to ancommander’s coins, two Soldiers with Army Commendationmedals and three Soldiers with Combat Action Badges. Pappal hour-and-a-half per engagement the crews werealso told the Soldiers it’s important to not only be safe over the involved in, including critical crew skills, day- andweekend, but also to take extra care in keeping in touch with fel- night-dry fire, basic machine gun, extended range ma-low Soldiers during Suicide Stand-Down Week. Pappal addressedthe troops about watching out for their fellow battle buddy. The chine gun, basic crew practice and qualifications.run, which was part of Suicide Stand-Down Week, culminated “The significance of unstabilized gunnery for thewith peer-review training classes and watching interactive videos MP platoon is to certify our crews and provide ourabout suicide awareness involving warning signs and symptoms; Soldiers the opportunity to become proficient andwhat to do and not, as well as resources and channels to helpprevent suicide. familiar with mission-essential tasks and equipment,”BOTTOM PHOTO: Soldiers with companies A and B, 1st Bat- said LTC Bran Calvetti, STB commander. “Overall,talion 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., competed this training is top priority in preparation for anyin a tie-breaker for second and third place for top company within combat-intense situations.”the brigade Sept. 28 after the brigade-level run the unit completedaround Custer Hill minutes prior to the award ceremony and “The highlight of this training for us is workingtie-breaking event. Also in the competition for second or third together and building team cohesion,” added SGTplace was Company C, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Wesley Ulmer, team leader, Headquarters and Head-ABCT. quarters Comapany, STB.
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    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 21Armor battalion conducts team trench-clearing trainingexercise 2LT DANIEL KELLY, 2ND BN., 34TH ARMOR REGT.Soldiers of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., advance down a narrow trench together during a trench-clearing training event Oct.10 at Fort Riley. Sixty Soldiers from the company were at the Trench and Mine Facility to develop as a team and gain confidence ina simulated tactical environment. Soldiers with Company A, addition, we went over Battle Drill seemed to really like,” Minter said.2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., 1st 7 - enter and clear a trench. In the close quarters of theArmored Brigade Combat Team, Most of the Soldiers had no ex- trench complex, squad members1st Infantry Division participated perience with this battle drill, said had to rely on teamwork, com-in trench-clearing training at the 2LT William Osilaja, 3rd Platoon munication and proper movementTrench and Mine Facility Oct. 10 leader, Co. A. to accomplish their objective andand 11 at Fort Riley. The purpose “At the beginning of the train- clear the trench.of the training was to develop as ing, I had asked who had done it “People were definitely out ofa team and gain confidence in a before, and only a few had raised their comfort zone,” Osilaja said.simulated tactical environment. their hands,” Osilaja said. “This is “In the beginning, it wasn’t pretty About 60 Soldiers armed with the first time our company has done at all, but toward the end, there waspaintball guns and masks expe- training like this. Those of us who a vast improvement. At the end ofrienced first-hand the difficul- have done this battle drill haven’t the day, the Soldiers definitely hadties in combating an enemy in an done this in years.” a sense of accomplishment.”entrenched position and learned Each squad was given a dry run Osilaja said he believed theto work as a team in order to clear to practice its techniques before training was successful in accom-their objective. they attempted to clear the trench plishing its goal. “The intent of this exercise was at full speed and with paintballs. “It gave the squad leaders ato have the squads work together Paintballs provided realism and chance to get out there with theirand develop squad-level (standard demonstrated the dangers of close- men and actually lead them,” heoperating procedures), as well as quarters combat. said. “The leadership and control ofgive squad leaders and team lead- “The purpose of the paintballs your squad being stressed out thereers the confidence to maneuver was to stress the importance of in- can be applied not only to trenchtheir teams,” said CPT Christopher dividual movement techniques and warfare, but to all battle drills.”Minter, commander, Co. A. “In add a level of fun to it that the guys
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 22‘Bro’ Soldiersplace 3rd as teamin Army 10-Miler Washington - Seven 1st InfantryDivision and Fort Riley Soldiersran their way to a top-three teamfinish at the Army Ten-Miler Oct.21 in Washington. PFC Jason Sampson, PVTVilas Cherubin and SGT LaQuann AMANDA KIM STAIRRETT, 1ST INF. DIV.Brown, all with 1st Armored Bri-gade Combat Team; SPC Cosmas Members of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley Army Ten-Miler team run by King FieldSigei and SPC Mathew Chesang, House in the early hours Oct. 17 as they train for the 28th annual competition. The an- nual run, the third-largest 10-mile race in the world, took place Oct. 21 in Washington.both with the Combat Aviation The race is hosted every year, with proceeds going to the Army’s Morale, Welfare andBrigade; SPC Ben Foreman, 2nd Recreation program.Armored Brigade Combat Team;and LTC Ted Leblow, DivisionHeadquarters and Headquarters mile race in the world, and its goal Diaz’s Army Ten-Miler timeBattalion, placed third out of 33 is to “promote the Army, build was 57:37, placing 46th in theteams in the Active-Duty Men divi- esprit de corps, support Army fit- Men, 25 to 29 division.sion. ness goals and enhance community Matias, a combat medic in the The team of SPC Miguel Matias, relations,” according to the event’s 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regi-Capt. Marietta Squire, 1LT Aric website. ment, 1st ABCT, also was a highJensen, 1LT Amanda Stafford, SPC This year’s team was led by LTC school athlete who missed runningJenna McKinney and SPC Jose Ted Leblow, fire and effect chief, and rediscoverd his talents afterDiaz placed fourth out of 67 teams DHHB, who finished with a time of joining the Army.in the Active-Duty Mixed division. 58:34 and placed ninth in the Men, He enterd races, which led to a Chesang, a former Kansas State 40 to 44 division. Team mem- meeting with Sampson, another 1stUniversity track standout and All- bers prepared for the ten-miler by ABCT Soldier, during a physicalAmerican cross country athlete, participating in group runs every training competition. They beganplaced sixth out of 1,857 runners morning, including weekends. training together and signed up forin the Men, 30 to 34 division. He The team was formed this sum- the Victory Week race with the in-clocked a time of 52:14. mer after the Victory Week 10-Mil- tention of getting on the Ten-miler More than 30,000 runners reg- er and 10-5-2 Prairie Run. The top team, Matias said.istered for the 28th annual race in finishers in those races were invited Matias clocked in with a 59:53Washington, according to informa- to join the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort and Sampson with a 1:03:40 at thetion from www.armytenmiler.com. Riley Army Ten-Miler Team. big race.More than 21,000 crossed the finish Diaz, a fueler in Company A, Team members ran 60 to 90line, and 648 teams competed. 299th Brigade Support Battalion, miles a week during their training. The top male finisher for the 2nd ABCT, qualified for the team That is standard for those who wantsecond year in a row, Tesfaye during the Victory Week race. He to compete at a high level, LeblowSenedeku-Alemyehu clocked in at was an athlete who stopped run- said.47:48. The top female finisher, Ker- ning after high school and college, This was the fourth or fifithri Gallagher, clocked in at 56:09. but picked it up again after joining 10-Miler for Leblow, who ran forThe male record time is 46:59 and the Army. the All-Army Marathon and Crossthe female record time is 55:25. “I love running,” he said. “WhenBoth were set in 2009. I got the opportunity to run, it just See TEN-MILER, page 20The event is the third-largest 10- brought a smile to my face.” Country teams in the early 2000s.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 23TEN-MILER continued from page19 TOP SOLDIERS He said before departing FortRiley for the race last week thisyear’s team had trained the hardestandwas the best team with which he’dever competed. Team members rank from pri-vate first class to lieutenant coloneland include military occupationalspecialties across the spectrum.They are a cross-section of the di-vision and include new parents andimmigrants, new Soldiers right out AMANDA KIM STAIRRETT, 1ST INF. DIV.of advanced individual training andexperienced staff officers. BG Donald MacWIllie, senior commander, Fort Riley, second from right, congratulates “I think it’s a good representa- SGT Michael Sanford, 1st Bn. 1 6th Inf. Reg., 1st ABCT, second from left, after an Oct. 26 ceremony at Fort Riley naming him the 1st Inf. Div., NCO of the Quarter. PFC Christo-tion of the division and the Army pher Leheney, 4th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., 1st ABCT, left was named the Soldier of theas a whole,” Leblow said. Quarter. Diaz said it was an honor and Two Soldiers with the 1st Ar- Sanford said the toughest part ofmeant a lot to run on the team and mored Brigade Combat Team the competition , which featured arepresent the division and the post. swept the 1st Infantry Division’s physical training test, M9 qualifica-He never though the could be on a Soldier and Noncommissioned of tion range, board and Army warriorteam like this, he added. the Quarter competition. tasks - like treating a casualty and While Diaz runs because he Sgt. Michael Sanford, 1st Bat- weapons disassembly , and nightloves it, he has another motivation talion, 16th Infantry Regiment, land navigation. He encouragedthat keeps him going; his 2-year- 1st ABCT, and Pfc. Christopher Soldiers who want to win futureold son Jomarion and the memory Leheney, 4th Squadron, 4th Cav- competitions to “study hard.”of his brother, who passed away in alry Regiment, 1st ABCT, out- “It feels great,” Sanford said of1996. performed six other NCOs and his win. “I couldn’t be happier.” Despite their differences, Leb- Soldiers for the top titles during Leheney’s mother, brother,low said each person had the same an Oct. 9 to 12 competition at Fort girlfriend and friend were in thegoal: to do the best they could. Riley. audience and watched him accept The two were recognized during the Soldier of the Quarter title. He an Oct. 26 ceremony at division is a native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., headquarters. which is about 150 miles east of CSM Miguel Rivera, senior non- Fort Riley and 20 miles southeast commissioned officer, Fort Riley, of Kansas City. praised the Soldiers and NCOs who It felt good to know all the hard competed in the quarterly competi- work paid off, Leheney said. The tion. He said there was no doubt 24-year-old wanted to win to set in his mind the Soldier and those himself apart from his peers, he in the formations they represented said. His next goals are to win the would ensure the Army and divi- III Corps competition and go to sion are set for the future. Ranger school. Sanford is a 23-year-old na- The first advice Leheney said he tive of Union, N.J. He said it was would offer to any Soldier is this: important to him as an NCO to “The Army is what you put into it.” lead from the front and ensure his Soldiers were taken care of.
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    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 25Post honorsfallen Soldier The 1st Infantry Division andFort Riley honored one of its fallenSoldiers, SSG Duriel Jay Powell,Headquarters and HeadquartersBattery, 1st Battalion, 5th FieldArtillery, 1st Armored Brigade SSG PowellCombat Team, 1st Inf. Div., in anOct. 11 memorial ceremony atMorris Hill Chapel. Powell died Sept. 28, 2012. SPC Brice Simpson said Pow- ily,” Manneck said. “Ayana and recently, with 1st Bn. 5th FA Regt.,ell was a big-hearted and very D’ante always had smiles on their rear detachment as a security/intel-approachable person during the faces when they were around their ligence noncommissioned officerSoldier’s tribute portion of the father,” Simpson said. in charge. Powell deployed to Iraqmemorial ceremony. Friends said Powell also knew twice in support of Operation Iraqi “He made it clear that if anyone how to make work fun, but would Freedom.ever needed help with anything, he be serious when a mission needed Powell’s awards and decora-would be there to help,” Simpson to be done. tions include: The Army Com-said. “He stuck to his word. I had Powell attended basic training mendation Medal - third award;some issues go on, and SSG Pow- and Advanced Individual Training Army Achievement Medal; Goodell welcomed me into his home at Fort Sill, Okla. Conduct Medal - third award;with open arms. He always told me His military assignments in- National Defense Service Medal;that I was his adopted kid.” clude: Q-36 Radar Section, Fort Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War CPT Reimund Manneck, compa- Drum, N.Y., as a radar operator, on Terrorism Service Medal; Armyny commander, HHB, 1st Bn., 5th command driver and senior radar Service Ribbon; Combat ActionFA Regt., said Powell’s children operator; Fort Sill, Okla., as an AIT Badge and the Driver’s Badge.were most important to him. instructor; Camp Casey, Korea, as a He is survived by his two chil- “He loved all of his kids with radar operator and senior targeting dren, Ayana and D’ante’ and hisall his heart and loved his Fam- noncommissioned officer; and most parents, Alfred and Melissa Powell.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 26 K-State ROTC, Fort Riley foster partnership AMANDA KIM STAIRRETT, 1ST INF. DIV. COLMichael Pappal, commander, 1st ABCT, right, speaks to cadets and brigade of- ficers during an ROTC sponsorship social Nov. 2 at division headquarters. Pappal’s brigade is taking the lead this year on the sponsorship program, which links senior ROTC cadets at K-State with officers already serving in their branches. Twenty-five ROTC cadets from “It might not look like much,” he “If you do this right, I’m hopingKansas State University joined said, “but when you’re brand-new, you’ll have a mentor you can takethe 1st Armored Brigade Combat that much is a big thing. Take ad- with you and refer back to in theTeam, 1st Infantry Division Family vantage of what you’ve got becasue future,” Pappal said.Nov. 2 at Fort Riley. every little thing that you learn now If the cadets want mentors as This is the sixth year for the will make you better when you they go through their Army ca-sponsorship program that matches have Soldiers that count on you for reers, there are mentors available,senior cadets with Fort Riley of- doing the right thing.” he added. It is important to bounceficers from branches in which the The program provides cadets ideas off them because they havecadets will serve upon their com- with mentorship from officers who more experience.missioning, said retired LTC Kevin can help better prepare them for BGDonald MacWillie, seniorWest, Fort Riley secretary of the service as lieutenants, West said. commander, Fort Riley, congratu-general staff. Cadets are often invited to social lated the cadets on where they were This year, the 1st ABCT pro- events with their sponsor’s unit, in their lives, saying it was a greatvided sponsors from a variety of attend leader development sessions, start.branches, including medical, avia- oberve training and get a better feel “ Mentorship is something thattion, armor, engineer and infantry. for what active-duty service is like. many of us didn’t have when we It’s an important partnership, “The program also provides an were younger, but we’re here tosaid COL Michael Pappal, brigade opportunity for spouses of the ca- officer it you,” he said. “So takecommander, to the cadets and dets to become more familiar with advantage of it, link up with yoursponsors. He encouraged the cadets Army life and helps them know mentor, make it into something andto use their proximity to an Army what to expect when they arrive at see if you can carry it through yourpost to get experience that would their first duty station,” West said. entire career. You never know, youput them above their peers in their The program is what the cadets may just have a friend for life.”future units. make of it, Pappal said.
    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 27 “Big Red One” Soldiers andtheir Families filed into Bill SnyderFamily Stadium Oct. 1 to partici-pate in Kansas State University’sannual Fort Riley Day footballgame. More than 700 Soldiers andtheir Families from the 1st InfantryDivision and Fort Riley attendedthe game, which ended with thecurrently undefeated No.2 K-StateWildcats 44-30 triumph over theOklahoma State University Cow-boys. The college designates one foot- Wildcat Countryball game each year to highlight its AMANDA KIM STAIRRETT, 1ST INF. DIV.partnership with the post. The day Sgt. Willie, center, leads his team onto the field Nov. 3 at the start of the K-State vs.began with a complimentary tail- OSU football game. Sgt. Willie, or Willie the Wildkcat, K-State mascot, wears his ACUsgate in honor of the Soldiers that when participating in military-related events. K-State hosts a Fort Riley Appreciationincluded food, beverages and door Day each year to highlight its partnership with the post and its Soldiers. Fort Riley andprizes, all provided for the Soldiers 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers joined him in doing pushups after each K-State touchdown during the game.through donations from local resi-dents and businesses. touchdown or field goal achieved are not just here at K-State but also “This is the first event of its kind by the Wildcats. over at Fort Riley, Kan.”that I have witnessed in my 19 “We’re real pleased to be (at Throughout the game, spectatorsand a half years in the Army,” said Kansas State University). The we abel to watch prerecorded mes-CW4 Patrick Grove, 1st Inf. Div.’s relationship (between the post and sages from 1st Inf. Div. Soldiersofficer in charge for the event. “It’s college) has grown very, very tight deployed overseas. The videosa great event that brings the two over the last several years,” said included a greeting and well wishescommunities together and allows BG Donald MacWillie, senior com- fro the Wildcats to be victoriousour Soldiers and Families a chance mander, Fort Riley, during a pre- from MG William Mayville andto attend a top-caliber game at no game interview at the stadium. CSN Charles Sasser, the division’sexpense to them.” MacWille praised the partnership commanding general and command The Soldier’s participation with that has been established between sergeant major who are currentlythe day’s festivities was prominent several K-State sports teams and serving with the division’s head-from the start as SGT Steven Salas, various units from the post. Each quarters in Afghanistan.and SGT Eder Tavera the 1st Inf. of the partnerships were recognized MacWillie said even though theDiv.’s noncommissioned officer during the game as the athletes City of Manhattan may be knownand Soldier of the year, respective- stood on the field next to their Sol- as the “Little Apple,” it’s relation-ly, participated in the coin toss. dier comrades. ship with the historic post is far Prior to kick-off, all of the Big “Adversity can be any number of from little.Red One’s battalion and brigade different things. You have adver- “This partnership provides socolors were presented on the field sity on the battlefield; you have much; everything from educationas well as performances by the 1st adversity here on the football field, to taking care of our wounded Sol-Inf. Div. Band. Throughout the baseball fields, basketball and vol- diers, to doing things like (the ap-game, Soldiers of 1st Battalion, leyball fields, etc. You can really preciation football game),” he said.5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st find a common link between the “When you got something that isArmored Brigade Combat Team, student-athletes and the Soldiers,” that special, and supported by the1st Inf. Div., more commonly he said. “Our Soldiers get to talk leaders of both organiztions, it doesknown as “Hamilton’s Own,” fired about adversity, leadership and nothing but help one another.”their ceremonial cannons after each share techniques with world-class athletes -- world-class athletes that
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    • OCT / NOV 2012 the Devil’s Corner 34 courts-martial in 1st abct Unit: HHT, 4-4 CAV Charges: Article 112A, Drug Use Punishment: Forfeiture of $250.00 pay for 6 months; Re- Unit: HHB, 1-5 FA duction to E-2; hard labor w/o Charges: Article 86 FTR x3; confinement x 3 months 86, AWOL; 92, disobeying a general order x2 Punishment: To be confined Unit: Co. G 101st, 1-5 FA for 175 days Charges: Article 86, AWOL (x3); 128, Assault x4; 95 re- sisting arrest; 91 assault on an NCO Punishment: Reduction to the grade of E-1, confined 12 months, BCD Unit: HHT, 4-4 CAV Charges: Article 86, AWOL; 112, drug use Unit: Co. D, 1 EN Punishment: Reduction Charges: Article 86, AWOL to E-1, confinement for 4 Punishment: Reduction to months; BCD E-1, forfeiture of 2/3 pay x 1 month suspended 90 days, re- striction to post 60 days
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