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  1. 1. Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 120 Feb. 7, 2013Qualifying as artillerymen once moreStory and photos by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán An M109A6 Paladin fires a white phosphorous A2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. smoke round during battery artillery qualifications fter two years as a mechanized for Battery B, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., Jan. 31. The unit, a battery of artillerymen on battalion had not done field artillery in two years; Fort Carson have returned to their this qualification not only proved the battalionroots and once again are sending rounds over was mission capable, but also helped Soldiersthe horizon. reacquaint themselves with their jobs, said 1st Lt. The Soldiers of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, Travis Cyphers, 2nd platoon leader, Battery B.16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd BrigadeCombat Team, 4th Infantry Division, havebeen reassigned M109A6 Paladins, andtook the last week in January to finish theirqualification process, in preparation for anupcoming mission at the Pinon CanyonManeuver Site, scheduled for mid February. “For the battery, this is the culminatingexercise, where (Col. Omar Jones IV,commander, 2 BCT) signs off and says; ‘Yes for two years, so getting back into the process ready.you are a capable firing battery, fully certified overall has been a very good exercise, and “Fire support is a very important factorand capable to do all our firing missions,’” we’ve seen a lot of progress out there,” to the brigade, because maneuveringsaid 1st Lt. Travis Cyphers, 2nd platoon Cyphers said. commanders know that the fire supportleader, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg. The qualifying process gave crewmembers they are receiving from 3-16 Field Artillery The qualifying process is important time to become familiar and proficient with is accurate and timely, and that it’s going tobecause it insures that the Paladins are the equipment and each other. be done safely,” Cyphers said.calibrated right and that crewmembers can “(All the training and qualifying missions The battery may be qualified but thatwork cohesively together, said Sgt. 1st Class we’ve performed together) shows we know doesn’t stop their continued training andGlendon Sorrell, platoon sergeant, Battery B. what we are doing, that we are fast and development. The qualifying process started at efficient, and can get the mission done “Just because we are finishingthe lowest level: sections had 10 days in safely,” said Spc. Josh Maddox, gunner, (qualifications at battery level) doesn’t meanDecember to qualify, then the platoon had a Battery B. we stop training; we still have room forweek in early January to qualify together, and It is important for the battery to be improvement,” said Sorrell. “These guys arefinally the battery as a whole had a week to qualified because it shows they are mission highly motivated and love what they do.”qualify. “This battalion hasn’t done field artillerySgt. Michael Leon, (left) cannon crewmember, BatteryB, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., lifts a 155mm round of whitephosphorous smoke during battery artillery qualifications,Jan. 31. The battery was qualifying their M109A6 Paladinsduring a week-long training exercise.
  2. 2. Page 2 Warhorse Pride Issue 120 Feb. 7, 2013‘Bison’ gets back to basics Staff Sgt. Justin Bottomley, and elements above us have the system, so I have my team cavalry scout, Troop A, 1st started to say is that we need to leaders and section sergeant to Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., looks get back into the doctrinal fight help me out and guide me in the out for enemies during of high intensity conflict.” right direction.” platoon scout training near During the training, the “As a driver, I am learning the Camp Red Devil, Jan. 26. sections worked in small knit ins and outs of what the vehicle Bottomley and his crew, groups and focused on working can do,” said Baker. “Knowing consisting of three other as a team. the vehicle and the maintenance Soldiers, set up their M3A3 “We get to do our first, required is a big part of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle second and third level tasks and training.” in a defensive posture in learn our jobs,” said Bottomley. Fresh Soldiers are not the only preparation to deny enemy “Normally we don’t get a chance one learning new things during movement. to work purely at the section level, the training. and the last couple of days it has “Everyone is learning troop just been me and my wingman, leading procedures,” said 1st Lt. and that builds up teamwork.” Samuel Thode, executive officer, The Soldiers practiced some Troop B. “Platoon leaders are of those tasks by camouflaging going through and working with and positioning their vehicle in a their noncommissioned officers defensive posture, to prevent the to figure out how to put together enemy from moving north. a mission, execute a mission and “The problem with using finish it. Afterwards we review: a Bradley as a recon vehicle is here’s what we did, what we that it is very tall, very loud and thought was going to work, why gives off a lot of signatures,” said it didn’t work, and here is how weStory and photos by Brigade Combat Team, 4th Bottomley. “One thing we do is can fix it.”Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Infantry Division, wait to engage use the terrain to our advantage. Soldiers are conducting2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. simulated enemy forces. We get our weapon system above the training in preparation of C “Bison” Soldiers are getting the high ground to be able to future events that lead up to amouflaged by the back to the basics of decisive engage the target and hopefully deployment. natural woodland, action training after conducting see the enemy before they see us.” “The end state of the training the turret of an M3A3 counterinsurgency operations in New Soldiers assigned to the is the Soldiers are competentBradley fighting vehicle rotates to Iraq and Afghanistan. squadron learned their vehicles at putting together a mission,scan its sector near Fort Carson’s “These guys have spent the last and their capabilities. executing it, and ready to do theCamp Red Devil, Jan. 25. 10 years or so fighting the war “It’s a big learning experience,” same down the line in Pinon Inside the vehicle, cavalry on terror,” said Staff Sgt. Justin said Pfc. Robert Baker, cavalry Canyon Maneuver Site, and laterscouts of Troop A, 1st Squadron, Bottomley, cavalry scout, Troop scout, Troop A. “For the most at the National Training Center10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd A. “What our squadron, brigade part, I don’t know much about in Fort Irwin, Calif.,” said Thode. Soldiers of Troop A, 1st Sqdn, 10th Cav., Reg., drive their M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to reach a phase line where they will move into a defensive posture during platoon scout training near Fort Carson’s Camp Red Devil, Jan. 26. Soldiers of Apache Troop set up observation points throughout key areas of terrain so to have the advantage during a simulated battle.
  3. 3. Page 3 Warhorse Pride Issue 120 Feb. 7, 2013‘Engineers’ train in the fieldPhotos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers of Company C, 2nd STB, conduct a route reconnaissance during squad level training near Camp Red Devil, Jan. 30. “Comanche” Soldiers conducted day and night operations, with most Soldiers only sleeping 12 hours over a 72-hour period.Spc. Richard Sgt. Todd White, (right)Rooney, combat horizontal constructionengineer, engineer, Company C, 2ndCompany C, 2nd STB, takes notes during anSTB, prepares operations order brief neara simulated Camp Red Devil, Jan. 30. Whitecharge of C-4 and his squad conductedexplosives in obstacle reconnaissanceorder to clear a training, which requiresmine field near Soldiers to survey possibleCamp Red Devil, obstacles that could impedeJan. 30. the unit’s movement.Pfc. Samson Allotey,combat engineer,Company C, 2nd STB,uses a grapple to conductmanual breachingtechniques near CampRed Devil, Jan. 30.The grapple is used toremove obstacles suchas concertina wire anddebris. Manual breachingis one of many waysengineers are trainedto remove obstaclesso units can movefreely throughout thebattlefield.
  4. 4. Page 4 Warhorse Pride Issue 120 Feb. 7, 2013 ‘Black Knight’ Change of Command Photos by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán 2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers with Company B, 204th Brigade Support Battalion held a change of command ceremony in Waller Gym Feb. 6. Capt. Sheila Moffett relinquished command to Capt. Richard Paradiso.Brig. Gen. Gonsalves Visits ‘Warhorse’ TOC 1-67 Armor Reg. cleans up Soldiers of 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg., conduct recovery operations at Fort Carson’s Wash Facility, Feb. 8. “Death Dealer” Soldiers recently returned from a two-week field training exercise where the unit Photo by Staff Sgt.Andrew Porch 2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. focused onBrig. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves, deputy commanding general for maneuver of 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson platoon levelshakes hands with Sgt. Maj. Kevin Muhlenbeck, operations sergeant major, 2nd BCT, during a vist to the training.“Warhorse” Brigade tactical operations center at Fort Carson’s Wilderness Training Area, Feb. 1. Photo by Staff Sgt.Andrew Porch 2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Warhorse Pride The Warhorse Pride is produced in the interest of the Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The Warhorse Pide is an Army-funded news- Affairs Office. The Warhorse Pride welcomes articles, commentary and photos from readers. The Warhorse Pride letter authorized under provision of AR 360-1. reserves the right to edit submissions selected for the Col. Omar Jones IV........................2nd BCT Commander Contents of the Warhorse Pride are not necessarily publication. Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen....2nd BCT CSM the view of, nor endorsed by the U.S. government, All issues of The Warhorse Pride can be viewed Maj. Chris Maestas.................................................PAO OIC Department of Defense, Department of the Army online from your home computer at www.facebook. Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch..................................PAO NCOIC or the 4th Infantry Division. All editorial content of com/2bct4id Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagan.........................Layout and Design The Warhorse Pride is prepared, edited, provided and Submissions should be e-mailed to the editor: Sgt. Seth Barham........................................................Editor approved by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public ruth.a.pagan2.mil@mail.mil
  5. 5. Page 5 Family Readiness Group Issue 120 Feb. 7, 2013 CARE Team level I training is offered by ACS on: 22 January at 1800 12 February at 0900 9 March at 1000 (call 526-4590 to RSVP) Warhorse CAREs is scenario based and will take you a little deeper into what to expect while serving on a CARE Team. Work as a group as you talk through how to handle different situations. CARE Team II will present 6 facilitators that will give insight to lessons learned, examples of CARE Team kits and taking care of the caregiver. CARE Team Level I is recommended but not required to attend training. Levels I & II are both required to be a member of the CARE Team. 6 FEB WHC 0900-1100 Contact your BN FRSA/FRL CT II 1300-1500 12 FEB WHC 1830-2030 for more information and to 27 FEB CT II 1800-2000 RSVP. Childcare provided at 12 MAR CT II 0900-1100 WHC 1300-1500 your own cost. 10 APR WHC 0900-1100 CT II 1300-1500 ~All training will be held at the FRC~ Although all training is similar in nature, each is beneficial in its own way for preparing you to care for others. Each training only needs to be attended once. 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 Family Film Fun: Brave@ 12th Annual Chinese New The Hans Christian Andersen The True Story of the Three Air Force Academy Chamber Paint the Town, Paint and A Valentie’s Day Tea @ Fountain Library Branch Year Festival @ Colorado Storybook @ The Simpich Little Pigs @ Pikes Peak Recital Series @ Colorado Party Studio in Colorado Garden of the God’s 6:30 p.m.h Springs City Auditorium Sowcase Marionette Theater Center College, Packard Hall Springs 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. $12 - $14 $9, $14 and $17 $20 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Valentine’s Dance Party Family Adventure Day- Pink Floyed Lazer Spectacu- Baby Time @ East Library featuring Tiny Barge @ Star- -American Folk Art @ Bemis lar @ Pikes Peak Center 11:00 a.m. gazers Theater and Event School of Art 7:30 p.m. Center 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. $30 8:00 p.m. $10 FRSA Information 3-16 FAR 2-8 IN Dyanne Beckman.........................................................526-1635 Ursula Pittman...........................................................526-0727 dyanne.m.beckman.civ@mail.mil ursula.t.pittman.civ@mail.mil 2nd BCT 1-67 AR 2 STB Valarie Adams............................................................524-4797 Valerie Mansapit...........................................................524-1476 Spc. Morgan Madrick..............................................503-2602 valarie.a.adams.civ@mail.mil valerie.j.mansapit.civ@mail.mil morgan.a.madrick.mil@mail.mil 1-10 CAV 204th BSB Find us on Facebook at: Francy Avizu...............................................................526-1946 Barbara Young...............................................................526-4172 http://www.facebook.com/2bct4id francy.avizu.civ@mail.mil barbara.a.young.civ@mail.mil
  6. 6. Page 6 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Issue 120 Feb. 7, 2013