Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 130 September 5, 2013
7th ‘CAV’ holds reunion at Mountain PostStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch
2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.
“They are part of a brotherhood, something greater than
themselves,” said Capt. Nicholas Barwikowski. “To have them here as
people who forged the way for modern tactics is amazing.”
Barwikowski, commander, HHT, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 2nd
ABCT, and his Soldiers hosted twenty-seven members of the Korean
War Veterans 7th Cavalry Regiment Association, during their annual
reunion, on Fort Carson, Colo., Aug. 21.
“It’s a huge honor and a privilege for me,” said Staff Sgt. Jason
Stacy, infantryman, HHT. “We wanted to show some appreciation for
what they have done, and how they led the way for us. They fought
hard in Korea with a lot less equipment.”
Stacey, the battalion’s master gunner, led the event by introducing
the veterans to current infantry equipment and weaponry, to include
the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, M4 carbine and basic body
“The Army might have changed a lot, but we are still the same
basic Army,” said Stacy. “We are still go getters; we are still young
guys ready to go out there and defend this country until the end.”
The veterans praised the unit for the presentation, and the Soldiers
for their individual service.
“I think they are very well trained and well educated,” said
Bernard Brown, retired Army 1st Sgt. “We appreciate the job that
they are doing”
After the presentation, the veterans had a chance to see
infantryman attempting to earn their expert infantryman badge.
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‘Warhorse’ hosts annual infantry competition
Story and photos
by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl
2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.
“They get to see the Army evolving,”
said Barwikowski. “These guys are
Korean War vets, one of the hardest wars
we have ever fought in. They get to come
here today and see the Army they were
in has evolved and gotten better through
the things they learned. We haven’t
forgotten their lesson.”
The “Talon” Soldiers appreciated
having the chance to interact with the
“It’s a huge honor and a privilege
for me,” said Stacy. “I would gladly do
it again if they asked. They paved the
way for Soldiers like us. They left us a
proud military tradition to continue
on, work towards and be a part of.
That’s something that is hard to put into
“It chokes me up,” said
Command Sgt. Maj. Isaac
Thirty-eight Soldiers crossed
the finish line of a twelve-mile
road march. The Soldiers walked,
ran and hobbled to the end line
for the right to wear the Expert
378 infantryman from across
the 4th Inf. Div. attempted to
earn the right to wear the expert
infantry badge during a week-
long certification hosted by the
2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div., Aug.
19-23 on Fort Carson, Colo.
Ragusa, president of the EIB
association and senior enlisted
leader to the 2nd Bn. 8th Inf.
Reg., 2ABCT, held open the
gates to the specialized club of
infantrymen founded in the
throes of WWII.
According to U.S. Army
Maneuver Center of Excellence,
the Army created the EIB to
provide a drawing card for a
tough and thankless job and
to add prestige to an otherwise
undesirable yet necessary task.
The U.S. Army, in 1944, tested
100 Non-commissioned Officers,
of the 100th Infantry Division,
Fort Bragg, N.C., for their worth
as expert infantrymen.
Ten passed, a percentage that’s
followed the EIB ever since.
“These Soldiers are within
the top ten percent of their peer
group across the Army,” said
Ragusa. “The Army will rely on
this Soldier to train and prepare
his Soldiers for war.”
The first day’s physical fitness
test and land navigation courses
thinned the group from 378 to a
handful more than a hundred.
Toward the end of the infantry
task lanes, less than 50 stood tall.
Spc. Adam Salazar, Company
B, 1st Bn., 66th Armor Reg, 1st
ABCT., one of the 50 Soldiers
remaining, knew he was on the
cusp of something great.
As he pushed through the
Traffic Control Point lane, he
manned an M2 .50 caliber
machine gun and reacted to
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Col. Omar Jones IV......................2nd ABCT Commander
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen 2nd ABCT CSM
Maj. Chris Maestas.................................................PAO OIC
Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch..................................PAO NCOIC
Sgt. Marcus Fichtl...............................Layout and Design
Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch............................................Editor
direct fire. He pressed through a concertina wire maze under indirect
fire, and rushed to treat a casualty. When he came upon his M240B
Machine Gun, he caught a snag, create and draw a range card, a
card designed to provide a graphical depiction of his firing position’s
sector of fire.
A face dripping with sweat, hands soaked into combat gloves and
a barely legible marker, he made the range card, a detailed sketch
used to map out a sector of fire, the impassable hurdle.
But Salazar pressed the clock, barely finishing the range card as
the grader called time. Still missing the last task, however, Salazar
was confident, if he had less than three negative marks and would be
considered a go.
“No Go,” the grader called out.
Tears joined the sweat on Salazar’s face.
“An expert infantry man’s badge is the only way for a Soldier to
be tested in his craft within the infantry,” said Ragusa. “It’s all about
being part of something that’s bigger than yourself, it’s about being
part of the United States Army, about being part of the United States
“Correction, you are a go,” called out the grader.
Salazar stood up slowly, relieved.
“I ended up wiping myself off and walking over with my head up
all high,” said Salazar. “I realized that whether I was a no go or not,
I should have kept my head up and understood the hard work and
training I put in was real regardless of the outcome.”
At 4:00 a.m. on Aug. 21, Salazar and thirty-seven others put
their hard work and training to the test. But instead of thirty-eight
silhouettes dotting across the dark, an additional dozen or more
Soldiers donned rucksacks and awaited at the starting line.
Fellow infantrymen marched in solidarity; some awarded the EIB
in years past and some having fallen out the first day, including the
man next to Salazar, his noncommissioned officer.
“The people who have the EIB is a small close knit group, the
people who didn’t make it understand it takes a lot to get an EIB, the
people out here in support have it; know what it takes,” said Ragusa.
The Soldiers marched out of the night and into the morning,
first down hills then up them after they hit the turnaround point.
Two miles to go, Salazar felt his whole body cramp up, but he
pressed onward with fellow infantrymen on his flanks. With 100
meters left, Salazar, motivated by the cheers of his fellow Soldiers,
caught a second wind as his fellow family members waited for him at
the finish line, including his five-year old son, Landon Salazar, who
reached out to his father.
Father and son walked the last 100 meters hand in hand.
“Words can’t express how I felt with my family, my wife, my baby
girls and my son to be out there for the last hundred feet, which were
the worst part of the whole dang twelve miles,” said Salazar.
Ragusa said, the Soldier doesn’t just earn the EIB, the entire family
earns the badge, from the family within the infantry to the one at
“The wife, the children are going to know, I was there when my
husband, I was there when my father achieved this feat,” said Ragusa.
But for Salazar this isn’t an end, it’s a beginning.
“It’s time to take the opportunities that come at me, and here it is,
the EIB, my starting point, my motivation to continue my career in
U.S. Army, the infantry.”
Salazar paused, “but I’m going to go sit down now.”
Twelve miles into the morning sunrise, Salazar sat down for a
moment. An infantryman’s career lay in front of him.
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SGT James Riggs...........................................................524-1476
MSG Nolan Johnson....................................................526-4172
SGT Tanisha Scott.....................................................503-2602
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