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  1. 1. AMERICA’S FIRST BRIGADE EST 1917 DEVILS 1st ABCT, 1st infantry division October 2013 edition Poc: Chaplain Don Carrothers 785-239-9313
  2. 2. October 2013 2 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 1st ABCT, 1st infantry division AMERICA’S FIRST CoMMAnD TEAM COL John Reynolds CSM Mark Kiefer We are proud to serve as your command team—and proud be a part of America’s First Brigade. We have a distinguished and proud history. But we also have an exciting future ahead of us. It is fun to think that we are shaping today what historians will write about tomorrow. So in a way we are writing history with our lives. You will find enclosed in this newsletter articles and pictures from around our brigade. Stories about Soldiers and family members involved in refurbishing hiking trails on Fort Riley, participating in demanding military training, taking part in Tough Mudders and spur rides. You will see through the pictures and articles that we are an active and engaged brigade. We encourage you to get involved with your units’ Family Readiness Group and take part in writing the history of this brigade. We stand committed to supporting the Soldiers and Family members of the 1st Brigade. “America’s First—Devils” No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. duty first.
  3. 3. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER ChAplAIn’S CoRnER “Preparation” I recently read in Speakers Sourcebook II the following short article. Indiana University’s basketball team has made a habit of winning. In 1976, the Hoosiers were undefeated throughout the seasons and captured the NCAA National Championship under the leadership of Bobby Knight. Shortly after this amazing feat, Coach Knight was interviewed on the television show “60 minutes.” The commentator asked him, “Why is it, Bobby, that your basketball teams at Indiana are always so successful? It is the will to succeed?” “The will to succeed id important,” replied Knight, “but I’ll tell you what’s more important—it’s the will to prepare. It’s the will to go out there everyday, training and building those muscles and sharpening those skills.” “Spectacular achievement,” believes Robert Schuler, “is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” “The will to prepare” is not only key is athletics and in the Army, but also in our personal life. To achieve spiritual resilience takes the will to prepare. The time to get ready spiritually for a deployment is not as you are stepping on the airplane in your battle rattle. It is what you do in the months and weeks prior to deployment. Whether that is active involvement in a local faith community, or intentionally seeking spiritual guidance from mentors of like minded people, preparation is the key to success. Your chaplains stand ready to assist you in spiritual resilience preparation. Call us! HHC BDE & 1st BSTB CH (MAJ) Don Carrothers Kapaun Chapel Office Phone: 239-9313 Cell Phone: 785-307-0514 SSG Greg Gober Kapaun Chapel Office Phone: 239-4818 Cell Phone: 785-307-3478 PVT Melissa Smith 1st BSTB 240-6836 4-4 CAV & 1-5 FA CH (CPT) Josh Remy 240-4644 Cell: 530-312-3185 SGT Edward Morris 4-4 CAV 240-4644 PVT Tradarius Ringo 1-5 FA 239-4818 1 EN & 2-34 AR CH (CPT) Russell Sanders ( 1 EN) 307-9333 SGT Luis Moro 2-34 AR 239-5057 1-16 IN & 101st BSB CH (CPT) Jacob Davis 239-1172 Gov Cell: 785-307-4445 SGT David Anderson 1-16 IN 239-1172 SGT Aaron Madasz 101st BSB 239-9530 Fort Riley Duty Chaplain Hotline 24/7 785-239-help (4357) 3
  4. 4. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER Public affairs office ‘Devil Brigade’ Soldier participate in Devil Forge competition Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1st ABCT Soldiers with HHC Bde. and 1st Bn. 5th FA , 1st Inf. Div., compete with each other during the two day devil forge competition Oct. 9 to 10 on Fort Riley. HHC Bde. Soldiers tried to intercept a forward pass from 1st Bn 5th FA during the ultimate Frisbee semi final match Oct. 10. By Staff Sgt. Bernhard Lashleyleidner 1st ABCT Public Affairs Soldiers from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division participated in Devil Forge Oct. 9 to 10 on Fort Riley. The purpose of the two day competition is test Soldiers physical and mental ability, and to build Esprit de Corps, a wining spirit at the battalion level, and create an environment of striving for excellence within the brigade. “We wanted to achieve widespread camaraderie as a Brigade Combat Team and culminate it with the recognition of the battalion that would take its position of honor and bear the coveted shield representing the best unit, Mark Kiefer, Senior enlisted advisor, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., said.” The commander and first Sergeant guidon race signaled the official start of the devil forge competition, with many of the events being conducted simultaneously across the brigade footprint. 4
  5. 5. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER Public affairs office “I thought this was a great event that fostered unit cohesiveness and camaraderie,” 1st Sgt Tony Reese, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div. said. “This event allowed Soldiers an opportunity to participate in sporting event that normally do not participate in events.” The award ceremony began with the induction of 50 new members into the “Plank Holders” of America’s First Brigade. Plank holders are the foundation of the organization and can be traced to ancient times, men of war would bring a plank of wood to secure passage and invest in the foundation of the units sailing to meet their nation’s enemies. After the Trebuchet launched a flaming ball to ignite the bonfire COL John Reynolds III, commander 1st ABCT, 1st Inf, Div., had the troops form a circle around him near the fire and handed out the individual awards. Functional fitness -1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery, Ultimate Frisbee -1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery, Adventure team race -2nd Battalion 34th Armor Regt, Axe throw -1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery, Archery2nd Battalion 34th Armor Regt., Capture the flag- Headquarters and Headquarters Company Brigade, Flag football- 1st Battalion 16th Infantry Regiment, basketball- 1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery, 10 Kilometer run- 101Brigade Support Battalion, and the commander and first Sergeant guidon relay- 101Brigade Support Battalion. “This was a good event, because it allowed you to compete against officers and noncommissioned officers that you normally do not talk to on a daily basis, Spc. Kyle Fadenrecht, fire support specialist with HHC, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf, Div., said. After all the individual shields were awarded Major Andrew Kiser, Brigade operation officer, talked about the significant of winning the metal Shield. He said that the shield is carried by the right of the line battalion and protects everyone on its left side. He said that it is the honored position because it repre- sents the best warrior and doesn’t need protection. “The battalion that is awarded this shield will carry it to all battalion and brigade formations, Kiser said.” “Their unit colors will stand in a position of honor next to the brigade colors at all formation.” 1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery won five of the 11 event and the coveted ‘Devil Shield’ during the two day event. “The Soldiers of Hamilton’s Own proved worthy as they earned the most victories and lead all other units in the brigade, Kiefer said. 5
  6. 6. october 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 6 Hamilton's own Congratulations to all the Soldiers of Hamilton’s Own for winning the coveted “Devil Shield” during the two day sports Brigade Devil Forge competition 9-10 Oct! It was great to see everyone come together for this victory against the other battalions. 1-5 FA will now stand in the position of honor next to the brigade colors, preeminent at all gatherings, first in all formations, and second to no other battalion within the brigade. King of Battle! Our November Battalion FTX is scheduled for 1222 November. During those 10 straight days in the field, we will conduct LFX and tactical employment of our vehicles in preparation for our National Training Center rotation April. The cool weather is coming fast as Fall is here! Winter will be upon us before we know it so continue to get outside with the family in these last Fall months. Stay Brave, Responsible, and On point! Keep up the great teamwork! I want to thank all Soldiers and families for all you do every day for this great battalion. Hamilton’s Own! --LTC Scott P. Nolan, 1-5 FA Battalion Commander The battery started the month with a two-day field training exercise (FTX) in which we refocused our efforts on training basic land navigation skill sets. The battery FTX proved to be a great boost of morale, as Soldiers CPT Tusapa Taamu, enjoyed the opportunity to get away from the office and practice their basic Soldier skills. However, Devil Forge, a two-day event filled with athletic competitions, proved to be the primary catalyst for boosting morale for HHB in October. I would lastly like to thank those that came to support our FRG meeting and the battery haunted house. Your contribution to this battery and to this battalion will not go unrecognized. We had several great events last month: the costume run, spouses social, and pumpkin chunkin. It was fun to see all the costumes and the pumpkin launching was hilarious. I’ll have to take my wife’s word that the spouses social was fun because I was not invited. All kidding aside, thank you to all who helped organize and participate in these special events. Also remember the St. Barbara’s Ball is on November 23rd. All are A Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery invited and the price is $20 per ticket. CPT William Ivins, Archangel 6 We started the month by participating in Devil Forge Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery—CPT A.J. Burr, Dog 6 which was a variety of sporting events to compete with other Battalions across the Brigade. October also was a month where soldiers took advantage of events outside of the Ft. Riley area. SFC Coleman took a few soldiers to Wichita KS to run in the Prairie Fire Marathon. We also had the opportunity to promote some fine soldiers this month. SPC Embich, PFC Rogers and PFC Alwine took another step up the NCO ladder by showing they are ready to accept more responsibility. In closing, I’d like to thank all of our supportive family members here in Delta Battery. We couldn’t be the greatest battery without your support! Continue to be supportive and look out for each other! Greetings Gladiator Family and Friends of Golf Company, as October rolled forward and closed with cooler weather, Golf Company enjoyed participating in the Devil Forge competitions, where there were plenty of wins, even by Golf’s own PV2 Skarzenski who won the Ax throw. Golf Company is looking forward to supporting 1-5 FA in this month’s Field Exercise, where it will be a continuous operation from 12-21NOV; there’s no doubt in my mind all of Golf Co is prepared and will continue to deliver great support to 1-5FA as always in positive, dynamic, and on-time fashion.
  7. 7. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER Iron rangers battalion 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers” Maintain the Force The soldiers of 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team started October with an Organizational day to honor past and present Iron Rangers and their family members. The Regiment started the day by honoring 16th Regiment and D Day veterans Ray Lambert and Charles Shay. On June 6 1944 Mr. Lambert and Mr. Shay were both medics assigned to the Medical Detachment, 2nd Battalion 16th Infantry, and were among the first to land on the beaches of Normandy. They spoke to soldiers of 1-16th IN about what they saw and experienced that day, and what motivated them to continue the mission despite overwhelming odds. The day continued with team sporting events in the afternoon and an evening BBQ for the soldiers, families and friends of the Iron Rangers. The Battalion chose to celebrate its Organization Day on October 4th in remembrance of the Regiment’s participation during the Muese-Argonne campaign of WWI. The Battalion also welcomed CPT Shane Kohtz who took command of Bravo, 1-16th IN, during a Change of Command Ceremony on 08 October 2013. The Iron Rangers continued to train hard throughout October honing our individual soldier skills through the execution of Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB), Excellence in Armor (EIA) and Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) testing. EIB testing consisted of 4 days of training that included a PT test, day/ night land navigation course, basic individual soldier skills tests and finished with a 12 mile foot march in less than 3 hours. The Excellence in Armor Program was established in order to identify and develop highly motivated Armor and Cavalry soldiers whose performance demonstrates superb leadership potential in Armor and Cavalry units Army wide. A Soldier must achieve a score of at least 260 on their Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), pass with all first time Go’s on their Warrior Skills Task and Battle Drills, as well as their Gunnery Skills Tests (GST). They must also achieve Sharpshooter or Expert with the M9 and M4. The battalion’s medics participated in EFMB which tested individual medic’s physical fitness, mental toughness and ability to perform a wide range of critical medical and soldier skills. Delta Company (Wolf Pack) conducted Advanced Rifle Marksmanship (ARM) which consisted of reflexive fire, rapid field fire, stress shoot and barrier shoot at range 1 on Fort Riley Kansas. Training enabled Delta Company Soldiers to gain confidence in their small arms marksmanship and demonstrated perseverance engaging targets while physically and mentally stressed. To further develop the Battalions Infantry squads Alpha and Bravo Companies conducted a day and night Squad Live Fire Exercise (LFX) at Mortar Firing Point 4 on Fort Riley. The LFX consisted of realistic squad level scenarios which include react to contact, movement under direct fire, and clear a bunker. The battalion ended the month of October with a mortar life fire exercise which tested the battalion’s mortar platoon on all aspects of mortar operations from establishing a mortar firing point, conducting a platoon defense, processing calls for fire and maneuver training. All these training events helps the Battalion maintain combat power by mastering the fundamentals and further developing soldiers. The Battalion is providing soldiers with the most realistic training possible to continually improve their ability to employ direct fire, indirect fire and conduct support operations. This increases the Battalions combat power and its ability to close with and destroy the enemy. “Iron Rangers” Semper Paratus (always ready) POC for this article and all other news from 1-16th IN is 1LT James Liebrenz at (785) 240-2983 or james.j.liebrenz.mil@mail.mil. 7
  8. 8. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER Iron rangers battalion Left Picture: The Iron Rangers welcome CPT Kohtz incoming commander for Bravo, 1-16th IN who took command during the Change of Command (COC) ceremony 08 OCT 13. Right Picture: LTC Crombie, and SGM McCready pose with 16th Regiment D Day Veterans Ray Lambert and Charles Shay and 16th IN Association Vice President Steve Clay during the 16th IN Association Heritage Visit as part of the Iron Ranger Organization Day 04 OCT 13. Above: A soldier with Delta (Wolfpack), 1-16th IN engages targets at Range 1 during the Company Rapid Field Fire 17Ocotober13. 8
  9. 9. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 9 Pale riders squadron To the Friends, Families, and Troopers of the Pale Riders, The Pale Riders spent the month of October conducting individual weapons qualification to certify that your Troopers are ready to deploy and support our nation if necessary. We covered all of our Small Arms to include Rifles, Machine Guns, Shotguns and Grenade Launchers – we literally had a BLAST! One of our Infantrymen earned the highly sought after Expert Infantry Badge, 1LT Heos from C TRP was one of less than 40 to earn it out of the 260 that tried. The medics will get their chance later this month as they compete for the Expert Field Medical Badge (EMFB). Through the hard work of Dakota Troop we received the 1ID Army Maintenance Excellence Award for FY13 and will compete at the FORSCOM level. The Squadron conducted the third Memorial PT Event in the 4-4 CAV Memorial Competition Series. OPERATION FANT tested the endurance of our Troopers. Each Troop had a 5 man team where they were required to do several sprints, a HMMWV push, water can carry, a SKEDCO drag, and burpee pull-ups. Apache Troop came out on top for the event. The fourth event will be on the 25th in memory of SPC Chazray Clark. The Squadron Staff and Blackheart Troop participated in the Brigade’s Emergency Deployment Response Exercise. The exercise started at 0300 with Brigade initiating an alert to all Troopers. The Pale Riders conducted a 100% accountability formation and then conducted planning and inspections before being sent on a short notice mission to find a simulated “downed aircraft”. The Troopers braved through a freak snow storm and completed their mission with high marks. Overall, the entire exercise was a complete success and tested the mettle of our Troopers. Thank you to all the Pale Riders Ladies who participated in our 2d annual Spouses Spur Ride on the 19th of OCT. The day consisted of an obstacle course, weapons assembly and familiarization, and an MRE lunch. We had 21 Spouses receive their spurs. The month of November is going to focus on Troop level maneuver training event were we’ll be working with the entire Brigade to hone our skills before our upcoming National Training Center Rotation and subsequent deployment next spring and summer. Upcoming events to put on your calendar are: 01 NOV Memorial PT Event #5 – A memorial PT event in honor of SPC Nicholas Hensley. 02 NOV KSU Military Appreciation Game – Home KState game against Iowa State. 12-21 NOV Company/Troop STX SFC Macey, and SFC Solvino briefing CPT Wubbena their plan for the EDRE Mission.
  10. 10. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 10 Pale rider squadron 1ST Platoon, Blackheart Troop braving the snow and cold in order to complete the EDRE mission. Even with a freak snow storm, the Platoon completed their mission and found the downed SHADOW Comanche Troopers during Operation Vigilant Comanche. During the event, Scout Platoons completed infiltration of observation points on Atomic Annie across from the Airfield. LTC Woodward, CW2 Poytress, and SGM Whetstone posing with the 1ID Army Maintenance Excellence Award. The competition encompasses the entire year's worth of maintenance and readiness. Congratulations to 1LT Zach Hayth, CW2 Matthew Poytress, and the entire maintenance team that made this possible . Katia Cook and Heather Stovall climbing ropes during the Obstacle Course during the Spouse’s Spur Ride.
  11. 11. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 11 dreadnaughts battalion 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment “Dreadnaughts” Dreadnaughts Pave the Way for Bike Trail at Moon Lake Very few people know about the extensive volunteer project currently underway to create a series of bike trails along Moon Lake located on Pistol Range Road and just behind McCormick Park, on Fort Riley. The Moon Lake trail project has been years in the making and actually began in 2011; however, the project came to a standstill in 2012 due to the Division Headquarters’ deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Since then, the project has been revitalized and the volunteer effort to complete this vast undertaking is now spearheaded by Major Andrew Brazee of Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division with the overwhelming majority of the manpower for the Moon Lake Project provided by the Dreadnaught Battalion. One of the battalion’s most active community volunteers, Sgt. Bruce Beadle of Alpha Company/2-34AR leads a group of Dreadnaught Soldiers nearly every weekend to work on completing the trail at Moon Lake. By participating in this project Sgt. Beadle and his fellow Dreadnaught volunteers hope to make a lasting impression on the Fort Riley community. “We hope to provide a great source of entertainment for the families living on Fort Riley. The trail is not only a bike trail, but also doubles as a nature walk. The area surrounding Fort Riley rivals the beauty of even the greatest of the National Parks. It’s unfortunate that it is not nearly as accessible, but by building trails in the surrounding hills we are able to showcase that beauty and help make Fort Riley one of the premier destinations for military families. We also hope to have a section of the trail dedicated to the Dreadnaught Battalion for their continued service, and dedication to the local community. 2-34 AR is the best Battalion on Fort Riley, we want everyone to know that the Dreadnaughts set the example” Beadle said. Maj. Brazee, the project coordinator, attributes the Moon Lake project success to the hard work of the Dreadnaught volunteers, who have thus far completed over one-half mile of trails around the lake. “How would I put this; without Sgt. Beadle, and his Soldiers and NCOs, I would be out working the trails by myself. I have had a few people here and there, but Sgt. Beadle and his volunteers are the backbone of our workforce…I am hoping that word continues to spread and get more units involved in this, since the more folks, the merrier! But in talking to him [Sgt. Beadle], I have found out that this isn't the only thing that he volunteers for. In fact most of the folks that he SGT Davis, A Co/2-34AR removes rocks and large debris while preparing trails for the Moon Lake Project.
  12. 12. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 12 dreadnaughts battalion brings out volunteer in Junction City with various groups, from mowing lawns for veterans to ‘Habitat for Humanity’ type projects, Sgt. Beadle and his group are true givers. They are all true BRO [Big Red One] Soldiers” Brazee said. The Dreadnaught Soldiers volunteering their time and effort to complete this project are excited to see the product of their labors come to fruition. Sgt. Beadle summed up the Dreadnaught team of volunteers’ efforts by saying, “the Moon Lake Trail Project is a great way to get our soldiers out of the house on the weekend and do something meaningful. Once complete, they can look back and say that they were one of the trailblazers who started the trail. They will know that they gave back to Fort Riley, and created something that generations of families will be able to enjoy”. Currently the trail is expected to open its first loop by mid-winter 2013 with more interlinked trails to come incrementally. FEAR GOD…DREADNAUGHT! POC for this article and all other news from 2-34AR is 1st Lt. Ryan Sheffield at (785) 240-2080 or ryan.c.sheffield2.mil@mail.mil.
  13. 13. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 13 Guardians battalion Training Units and Developing Leaders Guardians, October was an exciting and productive month for the Guardian Battalion. We hit the ground running with three of our companies conducting their Field Training Exercises (FTX) while the staff executed a Command Post Exercise (CPX) at Breakneck Lake. Each staff section focused on developing and validating their respective products and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in addition to working together as a staff through the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP). Guardian efforts resulted in the publication of a Warning Order to the companies for the November FTX, which culminated in the Operations Order publication by the end of the month. Devil Forge provided us with the opportunity to work together and compete against the other battalions in the Brigade. Three of our Soldiers placed in the top four finishers of the 10k Race at the River Walk. Guardians secured third and fourth place in the basketball tournament, and achieved a gut wrenching 2nd place finish in football. The Devil Forge competitions brought Soldiers together at the squad, platoon, company and battalion levels during a great week of competition and esprit de corps. Soldiers enjoyed participating in the wide variety of unique events such as the Hatchet Throw, Strong Man, Mudder and Adventure Race. Our unit was instrumental to the success of the Fort Riley Ten-Miler Mixed Team, which won third place at the annual Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C. Five Soldiers from our formation represented the Big Red One, all crossing the finish line in the top 300 finishers in a race of over 30,000 competitors. Leaders conducted a Resiliency Hill Walk on Custer Hill in order to learn about the wealth of opportunities available to Soldiers and their families to support resiliency. The Walk consisted of briefings and tours given by knowledgeable representatives from the Army Wellness Center (AWC), Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2), Army Community Service (ACS), and the Warrior Zone. Staff and company leadership prepare for the November FTX with a Leader’s Professional Development briefing and walkthrough on establishing/jumping the Brigade Support Area (BSA) and Forward Logistics Element (FLE) operations. The Guardian Battalion maintained momentum and closed out the month with month B Co conducting their FTX and the staff establishing the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) in Hurricane Alley once more before the November FTX. Remember, for information on all the great Family and Solider friendly events in the Flint Hills area and on Fort Riley, don’t forget to check out (and please ‘Like’) the GUARDIAN and DEVIL Brigade Facebook pages at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/101st-Brigade-Support-Battalion-Guardians/167611785766? sk=wall (Guardians) and https://www.facebook.com/1HBCTDevilBrigade?v=wall&ref-sgm (Devil Brigade). Continue to have safe summer as we transition to the fall. Remember to practice solid Force Protection, secure yourself and Family first and continue to be BRAVE; Be RESPONSIBLE and Be ON POINT (BRO- Big Red One) for our nation. Thanks for all you do to Carry the Burden and provide uncompromised support to the Devil Brigade. GUARDIANS! Guardian 6
  14. 14. Guardians battalion . CW2 Jones and CPT Miller work through establishing connectivity to critical systems within the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) during the 01-04OCT Command Post Exercise (CPX). Quarterback SPC Wright from A Co scrambles out of the pocket during the Devil Forge Football Tournament. POC for this article is 1LT Brent Niedergall at 785-239-5418 or brent.j.niedergall.mil@mail.mil with 101st BSB
  15. 15. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 16 defiant battalion “Damn Good…And Getting Better” – October proved yet another busy month as Team Defiant continued to demonstrate and exercise the proficiency of its Soldiers, critical capabilities in support of the Devil Brigade, commitment to excellence and support of its community. We kicked off the month with a formal ceremony to properly recognize and reenlistment 53 Defiant Soldiers and their families, a true testament of the caliber of Soldiers that make up our team and a direct result of the hard work and effort given by our brigade and battalion reenlistment NCOs. This month our battalion was officially recognized for its ex- failing in nearly all areas when initially In support of the community, the battalion participated in this year’s Fall Fest (Apple Days), volunteering to make pies ahead of the event, providing static displays for thousands of visitors, and operating a food booth where the BN FRG raised over $700. Thanks to all that participated and made this event such a success. The Avengers took part in the Seitz Elementary Walk a Mile event, generating added excitement with the appearance of several super heroes, while the battalion completed the month by supporting the Post Library’s Trunk or Treat event. Great support by all as Team Defiant does its part to support the larger team and our partner schools. cellence in maintenance as CW2 Guinotte was presented the Division’s Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) plague by MG Funk and will now compete at the FORSCOM level for this coveted Army level award. A tremendous honor and testament to the efforts and commitment of the entire Defiant Team given that our maintenance program was This month, Defiant Soldiers conducted and competed in the Brigade’s two-day Devil’s Forge competition, running the Strong Man Competition and with Team Chaos placing third overall in this event. A significant undertaking by our team, with special recognition for SFC Wolford and his efforts in putting this top-notch event together. Throughout the
  16. 16. October 2013 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER 17 defiant battalion two-days of intense competition, our Soldiers clearly constructive and hands-on training. This tough and demonstrated their physical toughness, commitrealistic training served to better test our SIGINT ment to team, and winning spirit. As our battalion continues to train and prepare for NTC and the brigade’s deployment to Kuwait next year, while remaining focused on strengthening the confidence and skills of its Soldiers, this month Defiant Team executed several small arms ranges, successfully stood up and exercised its tactical TOC and MDMP process for the staff, and and GEOINT Soldiers, increase their understanding and cross-communication, validate systems, and will further enhance their intelligence capabilities in support of our brigade In spite of the multitude of challenges that are inherent to being the most diverse battalion in the brigade, the Soldiers of Team Defiant continue provided essential enabler support and network to overcome and excel in their role of providing the connectivity to the brigade’s TOCEX and PLANEX. brigade’s critical enabler capabilities. Disciplined, Concurrently, throughout the month, the battalion’s professional, and always demonstrating a winning Combat Engineers honed their skills during Engiattitude, the battalion stands ready to tackle another neer Qualification Tables and combined training busy month in November, supporting numerous Diviwith Havoc Company to execute squad lanes and sion Red Cycle taskings and, once again, integrating individual warrior tasks. At the same time, the and providing its critical enablers in support of the Avengers were busy executing their integrated intel- BDE’s Co STX and continuing NTC train-up. ligence training exercise, leveraging the Division’s "Don't just do things well, do them better. Be daring, Intelligence Readiness Facility and utilizing a mix of be first, be Defiant!"
  17. 17. October 2013 18 ThE DEvIl’S CoRnER Diehard battalion The battalion conducted it’s first range since redeployment in June. 111th Sapper Company trained on small arms and machine guns, as well as a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) familiarization fire during the first week of Octo- 111th Sapper Soldier engages a target with his M4, training during the unit’s first range density week since redeployment. ber. The range was a critical portion of 111th’s preparation for assuming the GRF (Global Response Force) mission. After certifying the machine gun crews and conducting recovery from the ranges the company moved right into driver’s training for the Soldiers. The Diehard staff has been hard at work over the past few weeks determining the way ahead for 111th’s logistical and manning support for the GRF mission. The short window before the company assumes the mission presents challenges, but it’s nothing the Diehard staff cannot accomplish. Red cycle taskings are in full swing for the Engineers with our Soldiers manning the gates to access Fort Riley. In total, the Engineers have 105 personnel supporting the installation. On the 4th, Soldiers from the Forward Support Company arrived at the Custer Hill Elementary School and participated in a one mile fitness walk with the students. Weather threatened to cancel the walk, but the students moved indoors and finished the last half mile in the gymnasium. Faculty and Soldiers talked to the students about the importance of health and fitness and how important it is maintain throughout their adult lives. On the 9th and 10th, the The first member of the Diehard team that competed in the SGT Wilbur Colyer Diehard Challenge crosses the finish line. 1st Engineer Battalion participated in the Devil Forge competition. The Diehard teams competed hard for the victory with Soldiers and leaders racing across the post to different events cheering them on. Of special note is our flag football team, who played back-to-back games on the 9th, competing on both sides of the bracket. The battalion hosted a “mud run,” modeled after the popular Tough Mudder, named the SGT Wilbur Soldiers from FSC walked a mile with the E. Colyer students from Custer Diehard Hill Elementary School to promote fitness and Challenge a healthy lifestyle. after the 1st Engineer Medal of Honor recipient in WWI. The course included ruck marching, buddy carries, an obstacle course, and of course a crawl through a muddy pit at the end. One of the battalion’s own teams won the competition, completing the exhausting circuit with a time of 26:16. On the 25th, the battalion held the long overdue 2013 Diehard Ball. The battalion turned 167 years old last May while deployed, but now we can properly celebrate the unit’s decorated history. The battalion welcomed COL Katers, the 555th Engineer Brigade Commander, to the ball as our guest speaker for one last speech before the Diehards transfer to the 36th Engineer Brigade. “Always First!”
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