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  • Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 124 May 2, 2013 Staff Sgt. Geoffery Gatesand Spc. Phuong Diepwere chosen as the best2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division,has, after participating in the2nd ABCT NoncommissionedOfficer/Soldier of the Year “BestWarrior” Competition, April22-25. Soldiers competed in anumber of events, including:the Army Physical Fitness Test,an oral board, a written test,a combatives tournament, anurban and field environmentland navigation course, a six-mile ruck march, an M4 Carbinequalification, first-aid, reactingto direct and indirect fire andreacting to a chemical attack. “It’s important that once theyget up to division, they have agood understanding of what thetasks will be,” said Sgt. 1st ClassSpencer Polwort, brigade firesupport NCO, Headquarters andHeadquarters Troop, 2nd SpecialTroops Battalion, 2nd ABCT.“It allows them to practice theirskills before they get up to ahigher level of competition.” The Soldiers knew it wouldtake a lot of dedication to win. “There was a lot of studyinginvolved, and I feel prettyhonored to represent thebrigade,” said Diep, automatedlogistical specialist, Company A,204th Brigade Support Battalion,2nd ABCT. “I have to thank my‘Warhorse’ identifies top NCO, Soldierplatoon sergeant for trusting meand recommending me for theboard. It feels good to win.” Diep is already preparing forthe division level competition,but he knows winning will helphim in the long run. “I felt like I could take a stepforward and be distinguishedfrom all of my peers,” said Diep.“Winning this should make adifference. I’m thinking it willbe an important step in movingStory and photos by Staff Sgt.Andrew Porch2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Spc.PhuongDiep,automatedlogisticalspecialist,Co.A,204thBSB,plotshisassignedpointsonamapduringlandnavigationcourseApril25.Soldiersparticipatingeachhadfourpointsassignedtothem,withtwohourstofindthemallandreturntothestartpoint.Pfc.AlexanderYbarra(right),cannoncrewmember,BatteryA,3rdBn.,16thFAReg.,appliesfirst-aidtoasimulatedcasualtyduringthewarriortaskcombattestinglane.Soldiersevaluatedcasualtiesandreceivedgradesontheirabilitytoproperlyprovidefirst-aid.StaffSgt.GeoffreyGates,fieldartilleryautomatedtacticaldatasystemspecialist,BatteryA,3rdBn.,16thFAReg.,navigatesabarbedwireobstacleduringthe2ndABCTNoncommissionedOfficer/SoldieroftheYear“BestWarrior”CompetitionApril24.SoldiersfromthroughouttheBrigadecompetedtomoveontocompeteinthePostcompetitioninMay.forward to becoming an NCO.” For others, the competitionwas a way to show their prideand worth to the brigade. “I have been in the brigadefor a little over five years,” saidGates, a field artillery automatedtactical data system specialist. “Ideployed twice, so I’m proud thatI was able to compete and winNCO of year for the brigade.” The events tested Soldiersboth physically and mentally. The essay on the importanceof keeping standards in theArmy made people think, saidGates. As for the ruck, it waspretty heavy. It really pushedthem more than they had everbeen during a unit organizedruck march. The challenge doesn’t stophere for Deip and Gates, asthey prepare for the divisionlevel competition in May. TheSoldiers’ place of duty until thecompetition is at the BrigadeHeadquarters, where they willreceive guidance and mentorshipdaily from all the battalioncommand sergeants major in thebrigade.
  • Warhorse PridePage 2 Issue 124 May 2, 2013There was a warmth in the crispair as the sun rose adding tothe feeling of excitement andadventure as the Soldiers of Headquartersand Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special TroopsBattalion, 2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division, and theirFamilies gathered for physical training atRed Rock Canyon, April 25.“This is a Family oriented PT sessionwhere Soldiers and Family members areallowed to get together to build cohesionin an informal setting outside the Armyenvironment,” said Capt. John Rigsbee,commander of HHT. “The first sergeant andI wanted to get the families together to showthem this is the kind of things your Soldiergoes through every morning, but in a morefun environment.”The PT session consisted of a short safetybrief given by 1st Sgt. Michael Oliver, seniorenlisted advisor of HHT, then a 4-mile walkor jog depending the Soldier and Familymembers’ ability.“My daughter felt really good aboutherself, being able to jog with Soldiers,”said Sgt. Tonietta Morris, training roomnoncommissioned officer, HHT. “PTshouldn’t just be limited to Soldiers and thisis a way to get the Family involved and Ithink that is great.”All members of the “family” were invitedto participate from children to pets, but onlythe human members could voice how muchthey enjoyed the PT session.“I like being able to spend time with mymom,” said William Paulk, 11 years old, sonof Sgt. 1st Class Stani Paulk, informationoperations noncommissioned officer withRed Rock Canyon, a great placeto start a ‘Warhorse’ dayHHT. “It was exciting going on the trail andthrough the rocks.”The setting of Red Rock Canyon bolsteredthe camaraderie felt between the Soldiers andFamily members.“Being able to meet everyone’s Familybrings the troop closer together as a family,”Morris said. “And this is a cool place to comesee and do PT as a unit.” The troop has plans to do PTsessions like this monthly.Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Sgt.1stClassStaniPaulk,informationoperationsnoncommissionedofficerofHHT,2ndSTB,andherson,William,11yearsold,walkatrailintheRedRockCanyon,April25,2013.ThetroopheldaFamilyphysicaltrainingdayinthecanyoninordertostrengthenthebondsoftheoverallteam.SoldierswereencouragedtobringtheirFamilymemberstoparticipateinwalkingorjoggingthe4-miletrailthroughthecanyon.
  • The Spartan Military Sprint, a four-mile run consisting of obstaclessuch as object carries, spearthrowing and barbed wire crawl, is comingto Fort Carson May 4 and 5, and Soldiers of“Warhorse” Brigade are teaming up to takeon the experiment.Up to 10 Soldiers of Headquarters andHeadquarters Troop, 2nd Special TroopsBattalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4thInfantry Division, decided to register toparticipate in the race and are training tomake sure they are up to the task.“I have been waiting for a race to comearound to Colorado Springs, Colo., for sometime,” said Staff Sgt. Charles Giordano,intelligence analyst, HHT. “I did it inArizona before I came to Fort Carson and Ithought it was a good team building exercisefor the section.The race, scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. onboth days, is broken down into five groups:elite, confirmed, morning, afternoon and lateafternoon. It will test the Soldier’s full arrayof athletic ability and the HHT team palns tobe up to the challenge.“A lot of the obstacles are about usingyour strength, but also using you bodyas a whole unit to move over and arounddifferent obstacles,” said Sgt. Joseph Baffaro,intelligence analyst, HHT.Leaders from the brigade intelligence shopwanted a way to increase teamwork, but alsolet the Soldiers know it isn’t always about theArmy.“It’s really concentrates on building ateam,” said Giordano. “Soldiers tend tojust see you in the work environment andto do something outside of the Army anddo something as a group makes them seewho you are as a person instead of just adisciplinary figure.”The training will not only help theSoldiers prepare for the race, but will‘Warhorse’ trains upfor Spartan Raceincrease their overall knowledge on physicaltraining.“I hope they get an idea of differentthings they can do for physical training ontheir own,” said Baffaro. “Keeping in mindphysical strength training and enduranceis a constant thing for both your personaldevelopment and keeping your state ofphysical fitness high in the military.”Story and photos byStaff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Warhorse PridePage 3 Issue 124 May 2, 2013Sgt.ThomasPlummer,intelligenceanalyst,HHT,2ndSTB,usesbattleropestoimprovehisupperbodymuscularenduranceatIronHorseFitnessCenter,April18.TheSpartanRaceiscomprisedofmultipleobstacles,andtestsparticipant’smentalandphysicalability.Sgt.MelissaSchimmel,intelligenceanalyst,HHT,2ndSTB,performssquatsusingaSmithMachineatIronHorseFitnessCenter,April18.SchimmelispartofateamcomprisedofSoldiersfromtheintelligenceoperationssection,HHT,whoareplanningtocompleteintheupcomingSpartanRaceonFortCarson,May4and5.
  • Warhorse PridePage 4 Issue 124 May 2, 2013ChangesofCommandacross‘Warhorse’Capt. DavidPierce,outgoingcommander,HHC, 1stBn., 67thArmor Reg.,relinquishedcommandto Capt.John Lorme,incomingcommanderMay 2.Capt. LeighKennedy,outgoingcommander,Co. A,2nd STB,relinquishedcommand toCapt.AdamSperry,incomingcommanderMay 1.Capt. John Rigsbee, outgoing commander, HHT, 2ndSTB, relinquished command to Capt. Maria Rinaldi,incoming commander April 29.Capt. Eric Kottke, outgoing commander, HHC,2nd STB, relinquished command to Capt. ZackaryDisbrow, incoming commander April 30.Capt. TylerJohnson,outgoingcommander,Co. B,2nd STB,relinquishedcommandto Capt.Jacob Shaha,incomingcommanderApril 23.Capt. JessicaMaxim,outgoingcommander,Co. C.,204th BSB,relinquishedcommandto Capt.Kent Diaz,incomingcommanderApril 24.
  • Warhorse PridePage 5 Issue 124 May 2, 2013The Warhorse Pride is produced in the interestof the Soldiers of the 2nd Armored Brigade CombatTeam, 4th Infantry Division. The Warhorse Pide is anArmy-funded news-letter authorized under provisionof AR 360-1. Contents of the Warhorse Pride are notnecessarily the view of, nor endorsed by the U.S.government, Department of Defense, Department of theArmy or the 4th Infantry Division. All editorial contentof The Warhorse Pride is prepared, edited, provided andapproved by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat TeamPublic Affairs Office.The Warhorse Pride welcomes articles, commentaryand photos from readers. The Warhorse Pridereserves the right to edit submissions selected for thepublication.All issues of The Warhorse Pride can be viewedonline from your home computer at www.facebook.com/2bct4id or www.slideshare.net/warhorsepaoSubmissions should be e-mailed to the editor:ruth.a.pagan2.mil@mail.mil Col. Omar Jones IV........................2nd BCT CommanderCommand Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen....2nd BCT CSMMaj. Chris Maestas.................................................PAO OICStaff Sgt. Andrew Porch..................................PAO NCOICStaff Sgt. Ruth Pagan.........................Layout and DesignWarhorse Pride1-67 Armor Reg. gets distinguished visitor‘Bravo’, 2-8 Inf. Reg., goes to the rangePhotos by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Maj.Gen.TheoppongTippayachan,commandinggeneral,2ndInfantryDivision,RoyalThaiArmy,visited1stBn.,67thArmorReg.’smotorpool,April20.The“DeathDealers”setupstaticdisplaysconsistingofanM2A3BradleyFightingVehicle,anM106120mmself-propelledMortarTrackandanM1A2AbramsTank.Theoppongwasabletoaskquestionsaboutthevehiclesandtourthem.Thegeneralvisited2ndABCT,4thInf.Div.tolearnmoreabouthowtheU.S.Armyintergratesinfantryandmechanizedarmorforcesduringplanningoperations.
  • 3-16 FARDyanne Beckman.........................................................526-1635dyanne.m.beckman.civ@mail.mil1-67 ARValerie Mansapit...........................................................524-1476valerie.j.mansapit.civ@mail.mil204th BSBBarbara Young...............................................................526-4172barbara.a.young.civ@mail.mil2-8 INUrsulaPittman...........................................................526-0727ursula.t.pittman.civ@mail.mil 2 STBSpc. Morgan Madrick..............................................503-2602morgan.a.madrick.mil@mail.milFind us on Facebook at:http://www.facebook.com/2bct4id2nd BCTValarie Adams............................................................524-4797valarie.a.adams.civ@mail.mil1-10 CAVFrancy Avizu...............................................................526-1946francy.avizu.civ@mail.milFRSA InformationFamily Readiness GroupPage 6 Issue 124 May 2, 20130310 11 12 13 14 15 1604 05 06 07 08 09Whiskey Fingers @ Stargaz-ers Theatre and Event Center8:00 p.m.Mother Daughter Tea @Colorado Springs SeniorCenter1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Japanese Children’s Day Fes-tival @ Colorado College10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.20th Annual HummingbirdFestival @ Starsmore Dis-covery Center10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Cinco de Mayo Fiesta & CarShow @ Freedom FinancialServices Expo Center9:30 a.m.Celebrate Mother’s Day @Rocky Mountain DinosaurResource Center10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.World Organ Day Cel-ebration Concert @ ShoveMemorial Chapel, ColoradoCollege7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Free College PlanningWorkshop @ RockrimmonLibrary Branch7:00 p.m.Lunch & A Look at the Gar-den @ Garden of the Gods11:30 a.m.Al Kaly Shrine Circus 2013@ Norris-Penrose EventsCenter9:00 p.m.Curious Palate Tasting Class-Gin @ Soiree5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Ride of Silence @ WoodlandPark6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Cool Crafts @ FountainLibrary Branch3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.For more information go to www.coloradosprings.com
  • Better Opportunities for Single SoldiersPage 7 Issue 124 May 2z, 2013