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I hope everyone has seen the invitation
and advertisements for our battalion St.
Barbara’s Day Ball on September 19th
and ...
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HAILS
MAJ Gatlin, Tim
CPT Quint, Mark
CPT Mason, James
CPT Lands, Kehmes
1LT Walters, Mark
2LT Cook, ...
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Question: Is Childcare available:?
Answer: Childcare is available a...
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Dress Tips
 A Tea length dress or a Floor length
gown is appropriate
 Check with friends
 Check wit...
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A/3-16FA August Newsletter
Following a successful rotation at the
National Training Center, Automatic ...
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Bulldog Battery continues to
maintain its’ high standards.
Bulldog Soldiers showed off their
skills d...
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What is your favorite thing about the
Army? SGT Miller enjoys the culture of
the Army as a whole, alon...
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BN Family PT August 6, 2013
BN Family PT August 6, 2013
BN Family PT August 6, 2013
BN Family PT Augu...
both Soldier and their family
to be on the same page with
the same information so the
best decision can be made.
As a Care...
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  1. 1. I hope everyone has seen the invitation and advertisements for our battalion St. Barbara’s Day Ball on September 19th and I look forward to seeing everyone in their ’Sunday Best’! Lastly, we’ll have our final battalion ’Town Hall’ on September 23rd & 24th at McMahon Auditorium where I hope to answer any questions you have prior to our deployment. Once again, thanks for your service to our Army and our Soldiers ... Go Forth With New Strength! ROLLING THUNDER Thunder Soldiers & Families: greet- ings! I write to you as I try to work off the remaining jet-lag I have from my week long recon trip to Kuwait last week. I was able to go visit each of the locations that Thunder Soldiers will be living and working at and get a sense of exactly what their mission will be on a day to day basis. Without getting in to too many details, rest as- sured that all of our Soldiers will be living very comfortably while per- forming the extremely important roles of providing force protection and train- ing with Kuwaiti military forces. As many of you know, Bulldog Battery’s role has shifted dramatically from re- maining as a stand by force with 1-10 CAV to their anticipated deployment with us to Kuwait this fall. I appreci- ate your continued patience and flexi- bility with this as our task organization of the Thunder Battalion adapts to our evolving mission. The battalion re- mains on track for a deployment win- dow some time in October, with more specific deployment dates be- coming available later in Sep- tember. 3-16 FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT August 2013 Inside this issue: Chaplain Hails and Farewells 2 Calendar 3 BN Ball FAQs 4 Did you Know? 5 HHB & Alpha 6 Bravo & Golf 7 Soldier Spotlight 8 Photos Gallery 9 Benefits and Retention 10 I would like to thank the family members for your support you have given this Battalion. Please continue to be flexible as we prepare for our deployment to Kuwait. Our Soldiers need your encouragement, we cannot do this without you, remember you are the strength of this organization. While deployed, your Soldier will be able to rest well, knowing the support you give him or her will keep them safe. Everything the Soldier goes through, you go through, and don’t think that’s not noticed. The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their families. You need to know that you’re just as valuable as the Soldier. “We must ensure each Soldier is equipped and trained to fight and win. We must also provide for our families. We will not be successful if we fail to care for our loved ones waiting for their Soldiers to return.”-SMA Kenneth O. Preston Thunder 7 http://www.facebook.com/pages/3-16-Field-Artillery-Regiment/192925627398006
  2. 2. Page 2 THUNDER TIMES HAILS MAJ Gatlin, Tim CPT Quint, Mark CPT Mason, James CPT Lands, Kehmes 1LT Walters, Mark 2LT Cook, Michael 2LT Madden, Cheryl FAREWELLS CPT Fullerton, Adam CPT Griffith, JayPatrick CPT O’Connell, Dan CPT Lilley, Matthew CPT Lengel, Michael CPT Howard, Roger CPT Henry, Doug 1LT Oliver, John 1LT Cyphers, Travis 1LT Majchszak, Carolyn 2LT Coleman, Jovauna 1SG Harris, Carl SFC Davis SGT Balderson SGT Tiffany SSG Parchment SGT Iwen 1LT Balzer 1LT VanVliet 1LT Hill 1LT Lara Congratulations to all! Daddy Knows Best By CH (CPT) Kehmes Lands A few months ago I discovered an auto auction that auctions off wrecked vehicles. I am pretty good at working on cars and thought it would be a good idea to purchase "1", fix it and resale it for a profit. I saw the opportunity and went for it. "3"cars later, I felt a sense of anxiety and regret because I realized I had taken on more than I could handle. Not only that, I realized that my wife is going to kill me be- cause I did not talk it over with her first. I was able to resale one of the cars back to the auction but still I have two with more damage than I expected. These cars have caused more headache and heart- ache in my life than the profit I hope to make on them one day. One of the most difficult things to do in our lives is to wait on God. We are a culture who make decisions based mostly on emotions and desires and in many situations, these decisions leads to acquiring things or get into relationships that are outside of God's will and these things or relationships end up causing stress in our lives that God never intended for us to have. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6 that "we should not be anx- ious about anything." In this Scripture, avoiding anxiety mean, not making hasty decision and putting careful thought into decision mak- ing. We are instructed to present our heart and our desires to God in all areas of our lives so that he can direct us to make wise, healthy choices that not only bring peace in our lives but will also please Him. Decisions that are not guided and led by God ultimately lead to stress, anxiety, and heartache. These symptoms can and will ultimately lead to depression. But when we take everything to God in pray and make our request known to him, the peace of God that surpasses all under- standing guards our heart and our mind. This means that you can be confident that you are where you suppose to be, doing what you suppose to do, and liv- ing how you suppose to live because you know that true peace is be- ing in the center of God's will for your life. Don't let "you" get in the way of true peace but rather give everything to God because Daddy knows best. Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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  4. 4. Page 4 THUNDER TIMES Frequently asked questions (FAQs) Question: Is Childcare available:? Answer: Childcare is available at the Ivy CDC. Children must be registered with CYS. The cost is $4 per hour per child. You must RSVP with the names and ages of the children NLT 4 September to dyanne.beckman@us.army.mil or 719-526-1635. Question: Will there be discounted rooms available at the Double Tree Hotel? Answer: Yes , there are a limited number of rooms available at the special rate of $59 per night. Please call the Double Tree Hotel directly to reserve your room. You must mention our event to get the discount. Question: How do I RSVP and/or pay? Answer: Please go to https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=165807&k=036747017B50 to RSVP. You must pay your unit representative NLT 5 September (1LT Walters –HHB, 1LT Cashero-Alpha, 1LT Cook-Bravo, 1LT Davis-Golf). Checks can be made payable to 3-16 FA Cup and Flower fund. Question: Will the Soldiers be released early on the 19th? Answer: We will make every effort to ensure that Soldiers are released in a timely manner. Question: Will the Soldiers have Friday, September 20th as a day off? Answer: Friday, September 20th is a DONSA for the battalion, so most Soldiers will have the day off, unless they have been designated for staff duty, and/or another detail or assignment.
  5. 5. Page 5THUNDER TIMES Dress Tips  A Tea length dress or a Floor length gown is appropriate  Check with friends  Check with thrift shops  Don’t buy the first dress you try on  Wear shoes several times before the event  Check stitching  Walk around the store, sit, lean over, wiggle Receiving Line  The woman precedes the man except at the White House or Air Force functions  First person in the receiving line is the Aide/Adjutant- DO NOT shake his/her hand.  Service member introduces themselves and the spouse to the Aide/Adjutant  Speak briefly to those in line, and then move on through the line.  Place drinks, purses, and gloves elsewhere while going through the line.  Shake hands firmly-no “limp fish” or “bone crushers”  You may correct a mispronounced name; speak clearly  Avoid vulgarity and profanity. Dinner  Dining-outs are meant to be dignified and formal occa- sions.  Arrive on time. If cocktails are prescribed, arrival should be there no later than ten minutes after cock- tails begin.  Most of the time it is a 3-course meal-Salad, Main Dish and Dessert  You DO NOT start eating until the Head table starts.  Start with the outside silverware and work your way in.  Drinks glasses on the right side of your plate are yours.  Do not depart until all of the official guests have de- parted Military Ball Etiquette Toast One custom that is often part of a formal ball, dining in or dining out is the toast. The toast is given before sitting for dinner. The host of the affair will ask all the “Charge” their glasses. Service members are chosen to give the toast and will be interspersed in the room. The num- ber of toast varies but will usually include the following: 1. To the United States of America. 2. To the President. 3. To the Army 4. To the Division, Battalion, etc. 5. To fallen comrades. 6. To the Ladies An important point to remember is a toast is only offered to an office or an institution never to an individual. It is not necessary or proper to drain the glass at the completion of each toast. A mere touch of the glass to the lips satisfies the ceremonial re- quirements. Toasts should be proposed in sequence and at intervals during the program of the evening.
  6. 6. Page 6THUNDER TIMES A/3-16FA August Newsletter Following a successful rotation at the National Training Center, Automatic Bat- tery focused on an array of maintenance and recovery tasks before signing out on block leave for two weeks. The Soldiers and families of Automatic Battery did everything from take road trips to the East Coast, welcomed family in from Puerto Rico, celebrated marriage, gave birth to children, enjoyed fishing trips and took advantage of the great Colorado outdoors. Upon return from leave, the Battery shifted to pre-deployment tasks. The Battery was able to pack all of the nec- essary equipment for deployment and send it enroute to Kuwait in less than two weeks, thanks to our outstanding junior officers, non-commissioned officers and motivated Soldiers. Additionally, the Battery has welcomed over twenty new Sol- diers to the formation this past month, getting us to full strength in prepara- tion for a wide array of training, part- nership and security missions during the deployment. Looking forward, we continue to focus on preparing our unit, Soldiers and families for deployment through theater-specific training and classes as well as FRG meet- ings, fund raisers and social events. The Battery expects to use September to execute multiple small arms and machine gun ranges, as well as train on convoy and forward operating base operations. We will host an Automatic barbeque, final date to be announced in late September or early October. CPT Collins and 1SG Murphy To all the families of the Hardrock Battery: We hope that everyone is enjoying the last bits of warm weather before the fall season is among us. Every- one is working hard as we make final preparations and training for our upcoming deployment. We would like to welcome Jesse Weiss to the team as FRG co-leader along with Berna- dette Childress! We also want to congratulate the COLT platoon on their performance during the BEST FIST competition and certification from 12-16 August. Everyone in the Hardrock family is looking forward to the 2013 St. Barbara’s Day Bat- talion Ball on the nineteenth of September which will be a huge event for everyone to get together and to recognize those individuals being awarded the Order of St. Barbara. As we continue to move forward and cannot emphasize enough the thanks for your unwavering support that al- lows your soldier and the Hardrock family to be successful!! CPT Coats and 1SG Childress
  7. 7. Page 7 THUNDER TIMES Bulldog Battery continues to maintain its’ high standards. Bulldog Soldiers showed off their skills during the NTC rotation, where the Battery was recognized as the “Best Battery” the Observer/ Controller-Trainers (OC-T) had EVER seen. Upon redeployment from NTC, Bulldog Battery recovered all of the equipment and conducted Change of Command inventories on a short timeline before block leave. After block leave, the BN hosted a Family PT day and we thank each everyone that participated. We look to do more events like this in the fu- ture. In the past month, Bulldog has undergone numerous changes. The Battery said their good-byes to 1SG Harris and CPT Lengel. We thank them for their service to the Bulldog family and wish them both the best of luck in their future jobs. Another big adjustment was our change of mission and attach- ment to 1-10 CAV. Bulldog Battery looks forward to working with the “Buffalo Soldiers” and maintaining a high level of training profi- ciency as we conduct our Prepare To Deploy Operations (PTDO) mission. In the coming months, the Bulldogs will be on a short notice timeline to deploy in support of operations anywhere in the world. Thanks again for all the support from the fami- lies and attendance at our last FRG meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Saint Barbara’s Day Ball! CPT Mason and 1SG Henriquez To the families, friends, and Soldiers of Golf Company; we have been very busy in the month of August. Golf Company just recently packed out the Company’s equipment for its voyage to Kuwait. We still continue to execute training in prepara- tion for the October deployment to Kuwait includ- ing rollover simulation, MRAP driver’s training, and combat life saver. The next FRG meeting will be on the 26th of Septemeber. For anyone who like to join the Compnay’s Facebook page here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/21002433904115 6/ or you can search “Gladiators FRG (G FSC, 3- 16 FAR) “. We would like to encourage all of our Gladiator families to attend the Battalion St. Barbara’s Day ball on Sept 19th. Headquarters Platoon would like to extend a warm welcome to SPC Robles’ daughter Mariah to the Gladiator family. Our former company Executive Officer, 1LT John Oliver, left the company to work for 204th SPO. Thank you John for all that you did and we wish you the best at your new po- sition. 1LT Davis will be taking over as the new company Executive Officer and is excited to take on his new responsibilities as the company pre- pares for the upcoming deployment. In our Maintenance platoon this month we’d like to congratulate a few Soldiers. PV2 James on his promotion to PFC. PFC Xiong on his promotion to SPC. SPC Juarez on his award for his hard work at the National Training Center. We would also like to welcome our new Maintenance Control Offi- cer, 2LT Halverson. For the month of September we have a few activities on the calendar that we will be participating in. We will be executing a M2, M4, and M240/M249 ranges as well as a one 3 day field exercise. Distribution Platoon has been working diligently to complete Pre-deployment training such as Com- bat Life Saver, Master Resilience Training, and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention while simultaneously supporting 3-16 FAR during Unit Movement Operations in order to move the Battalion's containers to the rail head. We are happy to welcome SSG Medico as our new General Supply Section Sergeant. We also welcome SPC Ca- randang's daughter, Janelle, into the Gladiator family. CPT Figueroa 1SG White
  8. 8. Page 8THUNDER TIMES What is your favorite thing about the Army? SGT Miller enjoys the culture of the Army as a whole, along with the ability to develop professionally and personally. Where are you from? Streetsboro, OH MOS: 13B Date Joined the Army: Oct 2006 Most interesting thing he has done since he has been stationed at Fort Carson: Color in motion Run (Downtown Colorado Springs) Why did you join the Army? To understand our world from the governments point of view and broaden my life’s experience through the opportunities . What is your favorite thing about the Army? How everyone works as a team to accomplish the mission. Where are you from? Stockton, CA MOS: 13F Date Joined the Army: Jan 18 2011 Most interesting thing he has done since he has been stationed at Fort Carson: Fister Why did you join the Army? To better my life .
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  10. 10. both Soldier and their family to be on the same page with the same information so the best decision can be made. As a Career Counselor I have a unique opportunity to give a neutral point of view as well as give the most up to date information on the Army’s ever changing ways. When a Soldier talks to me I end up giving them so much informa- tion on a wide range of differ- ent topics that sometimes things get lost in translation. This is a sincere invitation and encourage any family mem- bers that may have questions to please contact me. LTC Retention in the Army is al- ways changing when it comes to regulatory guid- ance and I would prefer to take a different approach this month and touch on some- thing that is at times forgot- ten and that is Family. I would like to personally invite Spouses and/or family mem- bers to accompanying their Soldiers to visit me SSG Kelley, Michael 3-16 Career Counselor and ask any ques- tions they may have about the Army as a whole not just retention related. When re- enlistment is brought up it is a huge decision and requires Jarolimek always tells me “when you reenlist a Soldier you reenlist their family” and I believe this 100%. I can be reached by phone or email and they are 719-503- 2358 or Michael.j.kelley176.mil@mail.mil . Page 10THUNDER TIMES The Thunder times is an authorized online publication for the members of the Department of Defense. Contents of the Thunder Times are not necessarily official views of or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, DoD, or Department of the Army. The editorial content of this monthly publication is the responsibility of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment.

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