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The Warhorse Pride is a bi-monthly newsletter produced by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division, for the Soldiers, Families and friends of the "Warhorse" ...

The Warhorse Pride is a bi-monthly newsletter produced by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division, for the Soldiers, Families and friends of the "Warhorse" Brigade.

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  • Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 132 October 3, 2013 ‘Warhorse’ cases colors, deployment a ‘GO’ Story and photos by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. A break in the clouds let the sun shine onto Founder’s Field, Fort Carson, Colo., as the formation of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div., Soldiers cased its colors, Sept. 27., in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Kuwait. The Brigade, consisting of 4,000 Soldiers, will deploy a fraction of their make-up for nine months to conduct security cooperation, joint exercises and training with our regional partners. “We’ll be working with our Kuwaiti and regional partners doing joint exercises and training, while also training on our own to maintain our war fighting proficiency,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Koloski, brigade deputy commander, 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Just outside a year since the brigade returned from Afghanistan, the unit will now replace its sister brigade, the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, “Raiders,” also from Fort Carson, Colo., in Kuwait. “Now it’s our turn, the nation calls again, but this time it’s a different fight, but it’s a fight that’s vitally important to our national security,” said Col. Omar Jones IV, commander, 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. “While leaders and people across the world and across our nation focus on the Middle East and focus on the Arabian peninsula that’s where the Warhorse Brigade will be. While deployed, it will be our job to be ready, to respond to any crisis within the region, to ensure the security of American personnel and equipment in three different countries, and to partner as peers with many different nations as we share techniques, work side by side, and get better every day as we improve the capabilities and effectiveness of both our team and theirs.” The training facilities in Kuwait will provide some of the best facilities that the Army has available, said Jones. It will allow for the final phase of the brigade’s unified land operation training, a more traditional style of fighting where for the brigade fights as one cohesive unit against an enemy that is of equal Soldiersof2ndABCT,4thInf.Div.,standinformationduringthebrigade’sdeploymentceremonyonFoundersField,Fort Carson,Colo.,Sep.27.Thebrigadecasedsevenguidons,theBrigadesandoneforeachofthebattalions,inpreparationfor theirdeploymenttotheMiddleEast. strength and capability. A transformation that began in the snows of Pinon Canyon and matured in the scorching heat of the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. “We are blazing a path that the rest of the Army will follow as we transition out of Afghanistan during the next 18 months,” said Jones. “Our deployment exemplifies what future operations will look like for the Army, deploy from home station, deter aggression, work closely with partners, and be ready to respond to any crisis.” The brigade cased seven guidons, one brigade and six battalion guidons, colors that have flown high above the beaches of Normandy, the streets of Iraq, the mountains of Afghanistan and soon the sands of Kuwait. “The Brigade has trained hard, we’re ready to deploy, we’re ready to give Raider Brigade a break, and we look forward to the mission,” said Koloski. Spc.Brian Widener,motor transport operator, forward support company,3rd Bn.,16trhFA Reg,hugshis wifeKimand threeboys, Tyler,10,Bailey, 8,andDucati,1, attheendofthe Brigade’scasing ceremonyon FoundersField, FortCarson, Colo.,Sep.27.
  • Warhorse PridePage 2 Issue 132 October 3, 2013 The Warhorse Pride is produced in the interest of the Soldiers of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The Warhorse Pide is an Army- funded news-letter authorized under provision of AR 360-1. Contents of the Warhorse Pride are not necessarily the view of, nor endorsed by the U.S. government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. All editorial content of The Warhorse Pride is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office. The Warhorse Pride welcomes articles, commentary and photos from readers. The Warhorse Pride reserves the right to edit submissions selected for the publication. All issues of The Warhorse Pride can be viewed online from your home computer at www.facebook. com/2bct4id Submissions should be e-mailed to the editor: andrew.a.porch.mil@mail.mil 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 Warhorse Pride Pfc.IsaiahLee,chaplainsassistant,HHC,204thBSB,2ndABCT,playsagamewithhisson,Achilles,2,duringthebattalion’s FamilyOrganizationDayatalocalFamilyfuncenteronColoradoSprings,Sept.20.“It’sgreat,”saidLee.“Ithinkit’sagreat timetobuildsomemoralewiththeSoldiersandletSoldiersoutforadaytohavesomefun. ‘Rough Rider’ Soldiers spend day with Family Winner, winner, winner sounded as hundreds of tickets spouted out an interactive game, causing an ear-to-ear grin on the face of Achilles, 2, son of Pfc. Isaiah Lee, chaplain assistant, HHC, 204th BSB, 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers, Family members and friends of the “Rough Rider” Battalion participated in a Family Organization Day at a Family fun center in Colorado Springs, Sept., 20. “We are here to let these guys relax, have fun and enjoy themselves with their Families and friends in the area,” said 1st Lt. Amanda Weber, executive officer, HHC, 204th. With a pending deployment in the next couple weeks, leadership wanted to set aside a day for the Soldiers and their Family members to have fun and get to know each other. “Other than the fact they are going to be gone for around nine months and not able to spend time with their families, it gives them a break from the hard work that they have been doing for the last few weeks,” said Young. Soldiers enjoyed the time away from work. “It’s great,” said Lee. I think it’s a great time to build some morale with the Soldiers and let Soldiers out for a day to have some fun. Leadership encouraged Soldiers to bring their Families for multiple reasons. “It’s a very good time for spouses and the kids to meet.” said Young. They can plan play dates or meet each other so they have some moral support for when their Soldier is gone, their spouse is gone, their friend is gone and they are here and wondering who can I talk to.” Lee, who brought his 2-year old son to the dun center before, knew the day was important for leadership too. “It makes leadership happy to see that Soldiers are doing good, and the happier we are the better Soldiers we are.” As time moves closer to deployment for many of these Soldiers, leadership is ensuring they are ready to go both physically and mentally. “I’m really proud of these guys,” said Young. “They have grown so much over this past year of training and I can’t wait to go down range with these guys.” Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.
  • 3-16 FAR Dyanne Beckman.........................................................526-1635 dyanne.m.beckman.civ@mail.mil 1-67 AR SGT James Riggs...........................................................524-1476 James.g.riggs.mil@mail.mil 204th BSB MSG Nolan Johnson....................................................526-4172 nolan.j.johnson.mil@mail.mil 2-8 IN UrsulaPittman...........................................................526-0727 ursula.t.pittman.civ@mail.mil 2 STB SGT Tanisha Scott.....................................................503-2602 tanisha.m.scott2.mil@mail.mil Find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/2bct4id 2nd ABCT Valarie Adams............................................................524-4797 valarie.a.adams.civ@mail.mil 1-10 CAV FrancyArvizu..............................................................526-1946 francy.arvizu.civ@mail.mil FRSA Information Family Readiness GroupPage 3 Issue 132 October 3, 2013 04 11 12 13 14 15 16 05 06 07 08 09 10Colorado Springs Science Festival @ Downtown Colorado Springs 10:00 a.m. Trinkets and Treasures Sale @Salvation Army Community Center 8:00 a.m. Western BBQ and Concert @ Balack Box Theater 6:30 p.m. Body Mind Spirit Celebration Expo @ Colorado Springs City Auditorium 10:00 a.m. Colorado You Got Talent @Stargazers Theater 1:00 p.m. 8th Annual Colorado Springs CROP Hunger Walk @ Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church 1:00 p.m. Hellscream Haunted House @Haunted Attraction 6:30 p.m. Hansel and Gretel @The Simpich Showcase Marionette Theater 2:30 p.m. Healing Core Issues @The Center for Powerful Living 6:00 p.m. America’s Got Tslent Live @Pikes Peak Center 7:30 p.m. Real Ghost of Pikes Peak - A Walking Tour @The Mining Exchange 7:00 p.m. Food tour in Manitou Springs @Downtown Historic Manitou Springs 5:30 p.m. Ladies Night Out - Wear Pink!!! @The Melting Pot 6:00 p.m. Night of Comedy @ Norris-Penrose Event Center 6:00 p.m. Visit www.coloradosprings.com for more info
  • Better Opportunities for Single SoldiersPage 4 Issue 132 October 3, 2013