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!
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-
3-16 FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT
Inside this issue:
Hails and Farewells
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
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MAJ Gatlin, Tim
CPT Quint, Mark
CPT Mason, James
CPT Lands, Kehmes
1LT Walters, Mark
2LT Cook, Michael
2LT Madden, Cheryl
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
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.
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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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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-526-1635.
Question: Will there be discounted rooms available at the Double Tree
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
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.
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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
Walk around the store, sit, lean
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
Avoid vulgarity and profanity.
Dining-outs are meant to be dignified and formal occa-
Arrive on time. If cocktails are prescribed, arrival
should be there no later than ten minutes after cock-
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
Do not depart until all of the official guests have de-
Military Ball Etiquette
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
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-
Toasts should be proposed in sequence and at
intervals during the program of the evening.
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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
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
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
CPT Collins and 1SG Murphy
To all the families of the Hardrock
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
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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-
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
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
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
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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
Where are you from? Streetsboro, OH
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
Why did you join the Army? To
understand our world from the
governments point of view and broaden
my life’s experience through the
What is your favorite thing about the
Army? How everyone works as a team
to accomplish the mission.
Where are you from? Stockton, CA
Date Joined the Army: Jan 18 2011
Most interesting thing he has done
since he has been stationed at Fort
Why did you join the Army? To better
my life .
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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 August 6, 2013
BN Family PT August 6, 2013
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-
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