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Warhorse pride 125 17 may 2013

  1. 1. Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 125 May 16, 2013Warrior, athlete shoots for 2016 olympic teamStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.StaffSgt.ReyesMarquez(left),indirectfireinfantryman,HeadquartersandHeadquartersCompany,2ndBn.,8thInfReg.,2ndABCTandaboxerwiththeWorldClassAthleteProgram,landsarightcrossonSpc.StevenNelson,boxer,WorldClassAthleteProgram,duringasparingsessiononFortCarson,Colo.,April30.Marquez,recentlyattachedtotheWCAP,competedandwonfirstplaceattheUSABoxingNationalsattheseniormen’s152-pounddivision.Feet shuffling back and forth as blows are traded, with sweatand blood hitting the canvas, is just a scene out of a movie forsome, but for Staff Sgt. Reyes Marquez, it is his everyday life.During his seven year Army career, Marquez, indirect fireinfantryman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn.,8th Inf. Reg., 2nd ABCT, has spent time in the Old Guard, serveda tour in Afghanistan, and competed at highest levels of amateurboxing as a part of the World Class Athlete Program.Marquez is now with the WCAP for his second time, and knowshe’s lucky to get the chance to do what he loves.“I feel a sense of pride knowing that I deployed, and now I amboxing for the Army,” said Marquez.Coaches welcomed Marquez to the boxing team because of hisdevotion to both the sport and the Army.“His dedication is above par compared to a lot of Soldiers,” saidStaff Sgt. Alexis Ramos, assistant boxing coach, WCAP.Marquez first boxed in the Army in 2008 when he won theAll Army tournament, later joining WCAP in 2009, and plans tocompete in the 2016 Olympics.“As a boxer he is going to get far,” said Ramos. “He has tremendouspotential to make it to the top of the nation, and possibly make it tothe Olympics in 2016.”See WARRIOR, Page 3
  2. 2. Warhorse PridePage 2 Issue 125 May 16, 2013Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Soldiers become spartansSoldiersof534thSignalCompany,43rdSTB,43rdSustainmentBrigade,poseforaphotobeforeparticipatingintheMoral,WelfareandRecreationsponsoredSpartanRaceonFortCarson,Colo.,May4. Theteamsaidtheyjoinedasagroupandplannedtofinishasagroup.TheSpartanRaceisafour-milecoursefilledwithmorethan25obstacles,includingmoats,atiredragandafire-pitjump.Soldiers,FamilymembersandfriendsofFortCarsonaresprayedwithwaterastheylowcrawlthroughthemudunderbarbedwireduringtheMoral,WelfareandRecreationsponsoredSpartanRaceatFortCarson’sIronHorsePark,May4.Sgt.JeffersonBurden(left),wheeledvehiclemechanic,andStaffSgt.DevonThomas,trackvehiclerepair,bothofTroopD,1stSqdn.,10thCav.Reg.,2nd BCT attendareligiousserviceatPinonCanyonManeuverSite,Feb.27Covered in mud, sweatdripping from every pore,approximately 6,000 Soldiers,Family members and friendsof Fort Carson filled IronHorse Park to compete in theMoral, Welfare and Recreationsponsored Spartan Race on May4-5.The four-mile course,consisting of more than 25obstacles, was aimed to pushcompetitors to their physicaland mental limits with variousobstacles, including a spearthrow, low-crawling throughmud under barbed wire, crossingmultiple moats and jumping afire pit.“Some of the things Iencountered here today were alot of mud and a lot of grit,” saidretired Chief Warrant Officer 3Dorsey Rubendall, Spartan racecompetitor. “I had to apply a lotof determination.”Volunteering didn’t come easyto everyone.“I came here to do therace with my cousins,” saidSpc. Derek Vasquez, powergeneration equipment repairer,Headquarters Support Company,Headquarters and HeadquartersBattalion, 4th Infantry Division. “They were talking meinto doing it for a while, and Icouldn’t be happier I gave in.”Some of the obstacles weremore challenging than others.“The ruck march up the hill,and crawling through the mudwere pretty tough, but it was funand worth it,” said Vasquez.Rubendall, who was on a teamwith nine others, said he lovedcompeting, but knew the end ofthe race was what mattered.“It felt glorious to compete,”said Rubendall. “Finishinggave me a deep sense ofaccomplishment.”Competitors not only receivedinspiration from teammates, butwords of encouragement fromspectators who were sprinkledthroughout the course.“The adrenaline and energyaround here is crazy,” saidVasquez. “Everybody supportingyou is a great experience.”Though physically exhausted,all the competitors agreed on onething.“Come out and do it,”said Vasquez. “It is definitelysomething worth trying. Don’tbe scared; there were young kidsand old ladies doing it. I’m sureanyone can.”
  3. 3. Warhorse PridePage 3 Issue 125 May 17, 2013Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.An honoring in PuebloFrom WARRIOR, Page 1Marquez strives to own the ring, andalways does his best.“There is something about knowing it’sjust you and one other guy in the ring,” saidMarquez. “It depends on if you want it moreor if he wants more; that’s what makes mestrive to be the best boxer in the ring.”Fighting at 152 pounds, down from hisnormal weight of 165, Marquez capturedthe senior men’s title in the welterweightdivision at the USA Boxing Nationals held inSpokane, Wash., April 1-6.“The competition this year was steep,”said Marquez. “At the end of the day youhave to push yourself. There are a couplefights that you have to go through, andwhether you have the will or they have thewill, that’s who will win the fight.”Being an elite boxer doesn’t come easy.Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday aresparring days, said Marquez. Atheletes haveto watch what they eat, and cutting weight ishard when it is time to get ready for a fight.All the work he puts in is worth it.“Every morning we get up and run, or dostrength conditioning with the coaches,” saidMarquez. “That is something I enjoy doing; Idon’t really count that as being hard. Whenyou get in the ring, that is what is going topay off in the end.”Marquez brings more to the team thanjust his love of the sport.“I think he makes the team better byproviding experience,” said Ramos. “He hasbeen there before. He has a lot of mentorshiphe can provide to the younger boxers cominginto the program.”Marquez knows he can’t stay in the ringforever.“One of my future goals is becoming acoach at WCAP,” he said. “If not, I want toopen my own gym. Boxing is one of thosesports that keeps a lot of young kids fromgetting in trouble.”StaffSgt.ReyesMarquez,indirectfireinfantryman,HHC,2ndBn.,8thInf.Reg.,2ndABCTandaboxerwiththeWorldClassAthleteProgram,appliespetroleumjellybeforeasparingmatchatFortCarson,Colo.,April30.“This medal is not for me, it is for theSoldiers that did not come back,” a quoteunder the portrait of Staff Sgt. Leroy Petry,recent Medal of Honor recipient, and thelatest service member to have his portraitunveiled in Pueblo, Colo., May 9.Soldiers of Fort Carson and local residentswho attended the ceremony at the Centerfor American Values interacted with Medalof Honor recipients, toured the facility thatfeatures more than 140 portraits of servicemembers who earned the MOH and saw theunveiling of the newest portrait.“For me, what this portrait representsis that I was just a plain old guy, a normalguy,” said Petry. “It was having those goodAmerican values and then the Army valueswhich helped build my character and that’swhat the portrait represents.”Perty distinguished himself by acts ofgallantry at the risk of his life above andbeyond the call of duty. It was in action,with an armed enemy in the vicinity of thePaktia Province, Afghanistan, May 26, 2008.While wounded from enemy fire, Petry, withcomplete disregard for his own safety, pickedup an enemy grenade that landed feet fromhim and his Soldiers. As he released thegrenade it detonated, amputating his righthand at the wrist. Despite the severity of hiswounds, he placed a tourniquet on his wristand continued to communicate for supportvia radio.Petry, who was not able to attend theunveiling due to a back surgery, is currentlystationed in Fort Lewis, Wash., and has takenon the task of helping wounded warriors andtheir families.Perty said if he can’t go to the fight, thenhe can help the men and their families whoare wounded, ill or injured.Soldiers said they felt honored to attendthe event.“It was a pretty emotional event withthree Medal of Honor recipients there,” saidCapt. Adam Fullerton, rear detachmentcommander, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg, 2ndABCT. “You could just tell what it meantto those guys and what it meant to thecommunity. I was fortunate to be a part ofit.”Drew Dix, Medal of Honor recipient,spoke to the crowd on the importance of thecenter.“When (children) leave here, we knowthat a few of them are going to takesomething away from this,” said Dix. “Whenthey spread out to the community and theygrow up, they are going to help carry themessage that we’re trying to create here andencourage.”Soldiers said they appreciated the supportof the community.“It’s awesome,” said Capt. Matt Anderson,Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion.“It depends where you live, but it’s not alwaysas prevalent as you would like it to be. It’salways awesome to have the local communityon your side.”To learn more about the portraits of morethan 140 MOH recipients, visit the HistoricArkansas Riverwalk in downtown Pueblo.DrewDixandJimTaylor,MedalofHonorrecipients,unveilaportraitofStaffSgt.LeroyPetry,recentMedalofHonorrecipientattheCenterforAmericanValueslocatedattheHistoricArkansasRiverwalkinPueblo,Colo.,May9.Thewallsinsideofthebuildingarelinedwithmorethan140portraitsoflivingservicemembersthathavereceivedtheMedalofHonor.
  4. 4. 3-16 FARDyanne Beckman.........................................................526-1635dyanne.m.beckman.civ@mail.mil1-67 ARValerie Mansapit...........................................................524-1476valerie.j.mansapit.civ@mail.mil204th BSBBarbara Young...............................................................526-4172barbara.a.young.civ@mail.mil2-8 INUrsulaPittman...........................................................526-0727ursula.t.pittman.civ@mail.mil 2 STBSpc. Morgan Madrick..............................................503-2602morgan.a.madrick.mil@mail.milFind us on Facebook at:http://www.facebook.com/2bct4id2nd ABCTValarie Adams............................................................524-4797valarie.a.adams.civ@mail.mil1-10 CAVFrancy Avizu...............................................................526-1946francy.avizu.civ@mail.milFRSA InformationFamily Readiness GroupPage 5 Issue 125 May 17, 20131724 25 26 27 28 29 3018 19 20 21 22 23Poet Laureate-PriceStobridge@ Rockrimmon Library7:00 p.m.Lets Play Chess!@ Brigarte Library3:30 p.m..2013 Armed ForcesLuncheon@ The Broadmoor11:30 a.m.Pikes Peak Derby DamesMilitary Appreciation Bout@ Colorado SpringsAuditorium6:00 p.m.Outdoor Skills Day@ Mueller State Park10:00 a.m.Little Wonders -Ants on Parade@Bear Creek Nature Center9:00 a.m.Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’sAnnual Plant Sale@Cheyenne Zoo9:00 a.m.HO Railroad Display@ old Colorado CityHistory Center10:00 a.m.Greek Dinner Delight@ Garden of the Gods6:00 p.m.Free Tennis Play DayMemorial Park10:00 a.m.Lunch & A Look at Garden@ Garden of the Gods11:30 a.m.Read It Before You See It@ Rockrimmon Library4:00 p.m.Curious Palate TastingClass - Rose Wines@ Soiree5:30 p.m.
  5. 5. Better Opportunities for Single SoldiersPage 5 Issue 125 May 17, 2013