Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 122 March 8, 2013 Staff Sgt. Joseph Marshall, armor crewman, Company C, 2nd Bn, 8th Inf. Reg., 2nd BCT, communicates with his crewmember during a training scenario using the Advanced Gunnery Training System. Soldiers are able to simulate engaging enemy forces with the trainer without using fuel, ammo and other resources needed to train in an actual training environment.‘Talon’ utilizes simulated trainer to up the anteStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. P INON CANYON MANEUVER SITE, Colo. – Gunners Soldiers are scored on scale from 0-1000 and can continue to communicating with their tank commanders as rounds repeat the training if they don’t meet the standard. are fired downrange to engage enemy targets is happening “You do things over and over and over again,” said Osman. “It issafely from a computer simulated trainer for Soldiers of Company going to be ingrained in you and be second nature.”C, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT at Pinon Canyon The system allows crews to work together and become reliant onManeuver Site, March 5. each other. Between conducting live training at PCMS, Soldiers are honing “It’s a real team building exercise,” said Nearing. “ It gets thetheir skills for future gunnery certifications by using the Advanced gunners and tank commanders on the same wave length. They getGunnery Training System. to know each other without having to use a real tank which is real “This system is essential to Soldiers because it prepares them for expensive.”live fires, said Sgt. Justin Nearing, armor crewman, Company C. “If The AGTS allows units to save funds that would normally bewe actually sent Soldiers down range prior to doing the training, used during training.there would probably be accidents and people could get hurt. This “It is a lot cheaper to use this facility then take a tank down rangemitigates those safety issues and prepares them for live rounds.” and use fuel, ammo and other resources,” said Nearing. The intent of the training is that Soldiers improve their fire The AGTS played a role in ensuring Soldiers are ready forcommand skills. gunnery and future missions. “The most important thing Soldiers should take away from this Removing the AGTS from training would leave Soldiers withoutare the basics, said 1st Lt. Haidar Osman, platoon leader, Company a critical training resource, said Osman. Because of the training,C. “What is the target, what is the direction, when should the driver everything they have learned will be second nature when they get tomove up and out of the defelade position; basic fundamentals like gunnery.that are key to every single engagement.”
Page 2 Warhorse Pride Issue 122 March 8, 2013Religious services drive onStory and photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch they can provide, and they know what the chaplain can provide. It sends a message P2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. INON CANYON MANEUVER that we are concerned about more than just SITE, Colo. – The sounds of accomplishing the mission; we want to take laughter, song and prayer filled a care of them and their Soldiers.”tent from Troop D, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., Soldiers, even though out of their normal2nd BCT during a religious service at a Pinon surroundings, used the service to comeCanyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 26. together. Major Douglas Ball, brigade chaplain, 2nd The feeling of being away from home isBCT, and Capt. Rodney Gilliam, chaplain, put aside and the feeling of coming together2nd STB, 2nd BCT, took the opportunity as one and knowing the chaplain is here forto visit multiple training sites and hold everyone helps, said Thomas.a religious service at the “Darkhorse” Ball, along with the chaplains frommaintenance area. the battalions, plan to visit the training The chaplains wanted Soldiers to show sites often and engage Soldiers as much asSoldiers they care about them and are there if possible.they need to talk. “We are working to push all chaplains “For many of them, I provide a different out to other battalions to make sure Soldiersavenue,” said Ball. “One of the advantages Capt. Rodney Gilliam (left), chaplain, 2nd STB, 2nd BCT,, and battalions without chaplains get anof the chaplains is our confidentiality. The and Maj. Douglas Ball, brigade chaplain, 2nd BCT, held a opportunity to see someone.” religious service at, Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 26.Soldier can talk to me about an issue and itnecessarily wont go back to the command. Soldiers as more than just a job. “it remindsIt doesn’t get reported up, so it gives them a me why I joined the Army and what I’msafe person to talk to who is outside of their really in for,” said Ball. “I am always amazednormal realm.” at getting to know new Soldiers and finding Soldiers appreciated the chaplain coming out their life stories, why they joined theout to visit them. Army and what their goals and dreams are. “It is a really good feeling to have the It reminds me that there are a lot of faceschaplain conduct a service for us,” said Staff behind what we do.”Sgt. Devon Thomas, track vehicle repair, Ball also engaged the leadership. Sgt. Jefferson Burden (left), wheeled vehicle mechanic,Troop D. “It’s a morale booster to have him “I think they are pleased,’ said Ball. “I and Staff Sgt. Devon Thomas, track vehicle repair, bothcome out here; a real pleasure.” think they want avenues for their Soldiers of Troop D, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 2nd BCT attend a Ball thinks of visiting and counseling to talk to somebody. They know what religious service at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 27Around the battlefield with ‘Death Dealer’Photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch Soldiers of2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Headquarters and Headquarters compnay, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg., 2nd BCT pose for a photo during a month-long training exercise at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colo. March 3.
Page 3 Warhorse Pride Issue 122 March 8, 2013‘Warhorse’ enjoys a night outStory and photo by Sgt. Matt Waymire Kim Schultz,2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. consultant for T Mt. Carmel RINIDAD, Colo. – The aroma of Health, fresh pasta, meatballs and baked Wellness and rolls tingled the senses of Soldiers Communityof 2nd BCT, as they entered the Mt. Carmel Center, servesHealth, Wellness and Community Center, dinner toTrinidad, Colo., Feb. 28. Specialist Andy The “Warhorse” Brigade transported 50 Carmona,Soldiers from Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site fire directionto Mt. Carmel for an evening away from their specialist,normal routine and a home-cooked meal. Battery B, “We welcomed the soldiers to come in 3rd Bn, 16thand get a relief, a break from their usual FA Reg. 2ndenvironment out there on the prairies,” BCT, during asaid Leo Bonfadini, Wellness Program meal that theCoordinator, Mt. Carmel. Mt. Carmel Mt. Carmel’s idea of wellness is similar to in Trinidad,the Army’s idea of resiliency, said Bonfadini. Colo., hosted, Feb. 28.The center helps people, and in this case,soldiers, to strengthen their minds, bodies,and spirits. thing for them. A lot of times there’s a stigma is very big on trying to support a healthy The staff, some prior service, main intent against it and I think in this environment it community.”for the night was the importance of taking shows them it’s actually good for them.” To the people who work at Mt.care of Soldiers. Soldiers appreciated the meal and Carmel, taking care of wellness starts “I hope my soldiers realize that when you knew it would have their body ready to go and ends with taking care of the nation’sleave the military there’s something you can when training started back up. defenders.do to continue serving and helping people,” “I like the fact that it’s a family “The Army here is so important forsaid 1st. Sgt. Tonio Childress, senior enlisted wellness center so we know the food is us,” said Bonfadini. “This is a wonderfulleader, Headquarters and Headquarters healthy and they’re supporting healthy community that has a history of war service.Battery, 3rd Bn, 16th FA Reg., 2nd BCT. soldiers,” said Pvt. Candee Wheat, To me, as a retired Lieutenant Colonel, it’s“And also, we have behavioral health on post Headquarters and Headquarters Company, like seeing family again. I just forgot howand the soldiers can’t think that it’s a bad 2nd STB, 2nd BCT. “It shows that Trinidad young you all were.”‘Bison’ mechanics keep the troop runningPhotos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers of “Havoc” Troop, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 2nd BCT, work on equipment as they are just about a week through a month-long field training exercise at Pinon Canyon Manuever Site, Colo., Feb. 26.
Page 4 Warhorse Pride Issue 122 March 8, 2013‘Talon’ comes knockingPhotos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch ‘Hunter’ chows down Photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. 2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd STB, 2nd BCT, are served dinner by 1st Sgt. Michael Oliver (above), senior enlisted leader, and Capt. John Rigsbee, commander, both of HHT, at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colo., Feb. 25. The “Head Hunters” along with the rest of the brigade are participating in a month-long field training exercise. The training is preparing “Warhorse” Soldiers for a rotation to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., later this summer.Solidiers of 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 2nd BCT, conduct Military Operation in Urbar Terriantraining in a mock village at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colo., March 1. ‘Talon’Leadership is keeping thier Soldiers highly trained during the month-long field trainingexercise by conducting manuever training, MOUT training and basic common task. Theexstensive training all leads up to a rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin,Calfi., later this summer.
Page 5 Warhorse Pride Issue 122 March 8, 2013‘Roughrider’ continues to supply the forcePhotos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers of 204th BSB, 2nd BCT, continue to supply the brigade with fuel, food and other required resources to complete the mission from the brigade support area at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colo., March 3.Tactical movement keeps ‘Thunder’ readyPhotos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Soldiers of 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., 2nd BCT, conduct movement drills during a month- A Soldier of 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., 2nd BCT, conduct s a simulated call-for-fire during along field training exercise at Pinon Canyon Manuever Site, Colo., Mar 3. month-long field training exercise at Pinon Canyon Manuever Site, Colo., Mar 3. 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: Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch............................................Editor approved by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public firstname.lastname@example.org
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