Warhorse pride vol 2 issue 6 20140314

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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" Brigade.

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Warhorse pride vol 2 issue 6 20140314

  1. 1. Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Vol. 2, Issue 6 March 14, 2014 Combat engineers, Co. C, 2nd STB launch an M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) to breach and obsticle during a MICLIC live fire at the Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring Kuwait, March 12. A Desert Partnership Pg. 2 MIne Clearing LIne Charge Combat engineers, Co. C, 2nd STB explode approximately 1700 lbs. of C4 explosives of an M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) to breach an obsticacle during a MICLIC live fire at the Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring Kuwait, March 12. Photos by: Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO
  2. 2. Warhorse PridePage 2 Vol. 2, Issue 6 March 14, 2014 A s temperatures start to rise in the Middle East, Soldiers are beginning to train with water, but no one is cooling down as Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear training is the focus for the 204th BSB. Soldiers of 2nd STB certified “Roughrider” Soldiers in the areas of operational decontamination and chemical gear exchange on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 12. “The main focus is to bring some type of positive informational awareness about CBRN to the units,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Thorton, an instructor and the battalion CBRN noncommissioned officer-in- charge, 204th BSB. “Being the CBRN representative for company and battalion level, you have to make training relevant and you have to make people aware of the type of threats that are out there.” With the oversight of 2nd STB, the support battalion’s Soldiers received two days of training to ensure they were capable of conducting organized decon in case the primary team is unavailable. “I wanted to give the 204th CBRN representatives as well as their decon team members an overview and an outlook on operational decon because we would be the secondary asset to perform decon for the brigade,” said Thornton, a native of Crestview, Fla. Most of the Soldiers that participated in the training haven’t touched CBRN equipment since basic training. “It is something that is different,” said Pfc. Rebecca Curlee, a native of Eagle River, Alaska and a health care specialist assigned to Co. C, 204th BSB. “It is something that we are not used to and it is out of out comfort zone.” Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Decontamination Training Two CBRN Strykers, HHC, 2nd STB prepare to be decontaminated by Soldiers, HHC, Company C, 204th BSB. A Soldier from Co. C, 204th BSB decons a CBRN Stryker. A Soldier from Co. C, 204th BSB decons a vehicle during CBRN decon tra Soldiers from Co. C, 204th BSB.
  3. 3. Warhorse PridePage 3 Vol. 2, Issue 6 March 14, 2014 g Senior CRBN leadership identified a few things that the Soldiers must take away from the training. “They emphasized don’t contaminate each other,” said Curlee. “They are making sure we use the correct procedures and methods. They are really making sure everyone does it the right way.” And what did Thornton think the Soldiers focused on during the training? “I think they took away what their priorities are in the event we come under some type of chemical contamination,” said Thornton. “They took away what their duties and responsibilities are, as far as setting up and running an operational decon lane. As the two-day instruction neared an end, leaders knew the training conducted was important. “I feel grateful for the fact that the brigade is emphasizing CBRN skills,” said Sfc. Patrick Fanning, senior brigade CBRN NCO. “Sometimes it gets lost in all of our other priorities, but I feel pretty happy that we got this opportunity.” As the training came to an end, the instructors felt positive in the abilities of the newly certified decon team. “I would say they have grown tremendously over the last two days,” said Thornton. “I feel like their level of confidence in the CBRN program at the unit level has grown.” aining at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 12. The event administered by CBRN Soldiers, HHC, 2nd STB trained the non-CBRN Soldiers, Co. C, 204th BSB, decon a vehicle. A Soldier from Co. C, 204th BSB, prepares to exit his CBRN suit.
  4. 4. L essthanonepercentoftheAmericanpopulationcurrentlyserves in the Armed Forces, and the 2nd ABCT inducted 42 from that one percent into the brigade’s Top Ten Percent Program at the Oasis Stage, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 8. The program recognized Soldiers who scored at the top of the Army Physical Fitness Test and marksmanship qualification, enrolled in college courses, certified on a five-mile run and 20km ruck and exemplified the Army’s values. Col. Omar Jones IV, commander, 2nd ABCT, said the Soldiers dedication to physical, military and educational excellence exemplified what it meant to be a Warhorse Soldier and a leader. Jones identified Spc. Brice Kunkel, fire control repairer, Co. B, 204th BSB, and Sgt. Joshua Troyer, gunner, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., as leading examples as what it means to part of the top ten percent. “Sgt. Troyer’s company had eight APFT failures and four overweight Soldiers, and so far seven of the eight Soldiers have passed their APFT and all four overweight Soldiers are back to Army fitness standards,” said Jones. Troyer a Loveland, Colo., native is currently working toward a degree in Kinesiology for his love of fitness and its importance in a Soldiers career. “I’ve always strived to max out everything and be the best at everything,” said Troyer. “But my goal this deployment has been bettering my Soldiers and helping them improve in their career. Ten years from now, he hopes to be leading Soldiers as a senior noncommissioned officer. WarhorseTop 10% program Story and photo by Sgt. Marcus FIchtl 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Col.OmarJonesIV,commander,2ndArmoredBrigadeCombatTeam,4thInfantryDivision,speaksaboutthe42SoldierswhowereinductedintotheWarhorseTopTenPercentProgram attheOasisStage,CampBuehringKuwait,March8,2014. Warhorse PridePage 4 Vol. 2, Issue 6 March 14, 2014 As Kunkel walked across the stage, Jones spoke about his accomplishments financially for himself and for the brigade. “Spc. Kunkel has not only paid off debts he acquired before this deployment, he’s saved the Army more than $500,000 repairing Bradley Fighting Vehicles,” said Jones. If his friends were asked to describe him, Kunkel said they would mention he “works out a lot,” but when they were asked to describe the Kingsville, Texas native, the word dedication came to mind. “Everytime I wake up, I try to work the hardest for my family,” said Kunkel. One of seven kids, Kunkel, grew up in a town that didn’t have a future for him. “When I was growing up, I didn’t have anything,” said Kunkel. “Now I try to give everything I can for my family. I’m trying to work for a better life. I joined the Army to achieve a better lifestyle and so far, so well.” Married with one child, an associate’s degree in hand and almost $30, 000 in the bank, Kunkel is well on his way toward a better life, and he shows no signs of stopping. “I hate sitting still for a long time, I’m impatient,” said Kunkel. “I always need to be doing something.” There is no time for sitting still for Troyer, Kunkel and the other 40 Soldiers inducted into the top ten percent program. To remain part of the programs, they will have to maintain their current level of achievement.
  5. 5. HIMARSRockets in flight Two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems assigned to the 41st Fires Brigade, Ft. Hood, Texas, fire rockets during a live fire at the Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring Kuwait, March 13, 2014. The Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division provided radar coverage as Company C, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd ABCT provided forward observers to the live fire. Co. A 1-67 AR explosives training A Soldier from Co. A, 1st Bn., 67th Ar. Reg., sets a training claymore prior to a claymore, grenade and bangalore torpedo range, Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March.12. Soldiers from Co. A, 1st Bn., 67th Ar. Reg., measure out detenation cord for a bangalore torpedo during a claymore, grenade and bangalore torpedo range, Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 12. Warhorse PridePage 5 Vol. 2, Issue 6 March 14, 2014 Photo by: Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO Photos by: Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO
  6. 6. Warhorse PridePage 6 Vol. 2, Issue 6 March 14, 2014 Shots across the AO 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 Members of the 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., pose for a photo with Boy Scouts at Camp Al Sayliyah, Qatar during a post-wide visit by the scouts. Col. Omar Jones IV, commander 2nd ABCT, discusses the US-Kuwait partnership with Kuwaiti Col. Khalid Saleh al-Sabah, Kuwaiti military police commander. MPs from HHC, 2nd STB have been living, eating and parterning with Kuwaiti MPs. Military Police, HHC, 2nd STB observe a sniper live fire with Kuwaiti MPs at Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring, Kuwait. March 8. The U.S. MPs and Kuwaiti MPs finished their ten week partnership, March 12. Sgt.EuniceYi,2ndABCTparalegalNCOICposesforaphotowith“Article6”Lt.Gen.FloraD. Darpino, atCampBuehring,Kuwait.Yiwasrecognizedforhermanycontributionstothe WarhorseBrigade. Photo by: Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO Courtesy Photo Courtesy PhotoCourtesy Photo
  7. 7. Family Readiness GroupPage 7 Vol. 2, Issue 6 March 14, 2014
  8. 8. Better Opportunities for Single SoldiersPage 7 Vol. 2, Issue 6 March 14, 2014 SUNDAY   MONDAY   TUESDAY   WEDNESDAY   THURSDAY   FRIDAY   SATURDAY       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 MWR TOURS PHONE # 438-3056 I 0800-1700 HRS SAT - THURS OASIS - MWR PALMS - UDAIRI CENTER PHONE # 438 - 3202 OPEN 24 HRS FITNESS CENTER PHONE # 438 - 3130 OPEN 24 HRS   Company Level Basketball League (05 January – 20 March ) - Buehring Basketball Courts Company Level Basketball League (05 January – 20 March ) - Buehring Basketball Courts Company Level Basketball League (05 January – 20 March ) - Buehring Basketball Courts Company Level Basketball League (05 January – 20 March ) - Buehring Basketball Courts Buehring Weekly 5K - Eisenhower @ 0500 Karaoke Night - Oasis @ 2000 Call of Duty Tournament – Palms @ 1900 Mardi Gras Masquerade Costume, Dance and Float Parade Contest – Oasis @ 1700 Salsa Night - Oasis @ 1900 Saturday Night Bingo - Oasis @ 1900 Country Night - Oasis @ 2030 Buehring Weekly 5K - Eisenhower @ 0500 Texas Hold em Poker Tournament - Palms @ 1900 Karaoke Night - Oasis @ 2000 Saturday Night Bingo - Oasis @ 1900 Top 40 Music Night – Oasis @ 2030 RC Car Race - RC Race Track near Softball Field @ 1700 8 Ball Tournament - Udairi Rec Center @ 1900 Spades Tournament - Oasis @ 1900 R&B Dance Night - Oasis @ 1900 Buehring Weekly 5K - Eisenhower @ 0500 Saturday Night Bingo - Oasis @ 1900 International Night – Oasis @ 2030 Glow in the Dark Dodgeball - Aerobic Tent @ 1800 Karaoke Night - Oasis @ 2000 St. Patrick's Day Color Run – Eisenhower @ 1800 St. Patrick's Day Minute To Win It – Oasis @ 1900 Country Night - Oasis @ 1900 Ping Pong Tournament - Udairi Rec Center @ 1900 Buehring Weekly 5K - Eisenhower @ 0500 Texas Hold em Poker Tournament - Palms @ 1900 Karaoke Night - Oasis @ 2000 Bataan Memorial Ruck March - Eisenhower @ 0500 RC Car Race - RC Race Track near Softball Field @ 1700 Dominoes Tournament – Oasis @ 1900 9 Ball Tournament - Udairi Rec Center @ 1900 Latin Dance Night - Oasis @ 1900 4on4 Blind Volleyball – Volleyball Court @ 1800 Women s History Month Observance – Movie Theater @ 1200 Saturday Night Bingo – Oasis @ 1900 Top 40 Music Night – Oasis @ 2030 Saturday Night Bingo - Oasis @ 1900 Mix Music Night - Oasis @ 2030 Camp Buehring Marathon - Eisenhower @ 0600

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