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Warhorse pride 126 31 may 2013

  1. 1. Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 126 May 31, 2013‘Warhorse’ NCOs receive mentorship, guidenceStory and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Aground-shaking HOOAH echoed throughout thehills of Fort Carson as more than 1,000 “Warhorse”noncommissioned officers sounded off to the question;“Warhorse, where you at?”Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen, senior enlisted leader,2nd ABCT held noncommissioned officer professional developmenttraining on Fort Carson, Colo., May 20.“It’s a great day to be a Warhorse NCO”, said Lehtonen. “Matterof fact, it’s a great day everyday to be a noncommissioned officer inthe United States Army. It’s not a right; it is a privilege to lead ourSoldiers.”The NCOPD, an event focused on building esprit de corps andraising NCOs’ knowledgebase, started with a four-mile run, and later,classes that ranged from standards for the wear of multiple uniforms,to methods to help track a Soldier’s career.“I know everyone here, including myself, takes our jobs extremelyserious,” said Lehtonen. “It is a very, very important job; probably themost important job that you can have in the Army, if not the world;leading and taking care of our Soldiers.”NCOs appreciated the time set aside for the training.“It’s a great pleasure, especially with the high caliber of NCOs thatwe have in this brigade,” said Staff Sgt. Casey McEuin, infantryman,HHT, 2nd STB. “From the command sergeants major all the waydown; very high class and very professional individuals.” During the event, Staff Sgt. Geoffrey Gates, field artillerySee GUIDENCE, Page 3Capt.AdamSperry,commander,CompanyA,2ndSTB,2ndABCTdivestomakeacatchduringthe“Warhorse”ChallengeIIatMemorialPark,ColoradoSprings,Colo.,May,22.Approximately450seniorleadersfromacrossthebrigadeparticipatedinthedouble-eliminationtournamentthatwasgearedtowardsincreasingtheworkingandpersonalrelationshipsbetweenSoldiersofdifferentbattalions.Making the catchPhoto by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch
  2. 2. Warhorse PridePage 2 Issue 126 May 31, 2013Story and photo byStaff Sgt. Andrew Porch2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.Spouses earn silver spursKelseyPapez,wifeofSpc.MarkPapez,cavalryscout,TroopA,1stSqdn.,10thCavReg.,2ndABCT,performspush-upsduringthesquadron’sSpouseSpurRideatFortCarson’sIronHorsePark.Papezjoinedmorethan60“Bison”spousesinconductingamodifiedArmyPhysicalFitnessTest,whichincludedaone-milerunandoneminuteeachforpush-upsandsit-ups.Earning the silver spurs of acavalry scout has been a long-standing tradition since troopersrode horse-back into war.The tradition continued, butthis time for 60 spouses, as the1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., 2ndABCT, hosted its Spouse SpurRide at Fort Carson’s Iron HorsePark, May 18.“Earning your spurs has beena tradition since the cavalry hasbeen on horses,” said Lt. Col.David Guthrie, commander, 1stSqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. “A trooperwould earn their spurs whenthey showed that they had theskills after arriving to their unit.”Six teams, consisting of eightto 10 spouses each, workedthrough multiple events, thatincluded a modified ArmyPhysical Fitness Test, a simulatedhand grenade course using waterballoons, reporting a situationalreport on enemy activity, andevaluating a medical casualty.“It’s nice to get to meetother spouses and know weare all in this together,” saidMegan Wadsworth, wife ofCapt. Brendan Wadsworth,commander, Troop A, 1st Sqdn.,10th Cav. Reg. “Sometimes youfeel isolated as a spouse. Weare all out here working hard,getting tired, getting sweaty andgetting dirty together.”“Bison” leadership’s intentfor the day was to reinforcethe bonds between spousesbefore the upcoming month-long training event at FortIrwin, Calif., and any futuredeployments.“We wanted to build the teamthat is going to take care of uswhen we deploy,” said CommandSgt. Maj. Brian Vogl, seniorenlisted leader, 1st Sqdn., 10thCav. Reg. “Get them together andget some camaraderie built sothey know each other. It reallyhelps build that team that will beback here.”The spouses know it isimportant to support theirhusbands and see what they gothrough.“It’s really good for theirmorale,” said Wadsworth. “If youdon’t have a really good, stronghome base, you suffer at work.Seeing their spouses out hereworking hard, basically in theirhonor, makes them feel good.”Leadership had a messagefor the spouse who earned theirsilver spurs before their Soldiers.“As a cavalry spouse, if youearn you silver spurs, those arethe ultimate bragging right,”said Guthrie. “If your trooperdoes not have their silver andyou earn yours today, there isonly one silver spur holder withbragging rights.”When it was all said and doneand the dust cleared, the spouseshad a new respect for theirhusbands and what they do.“I think the cavalry has greattradition for the Soldiers,” saidWadsworth. “It is nice (thesquadron) brought the spousesinto it. We don’t do what Soldiersdo, but we support them just asmuch and work just as hard, soit’s nice that we get to be a part ofthose traditions.”After the spouses completedall the events, the squadron puton a Barbecue for the Soldiersand Family members andencouraged more camaraderie.“It helps the Soldiers,” saidVogl. “It gives them the abilityto deploy knowing that there is aspouse network back in the rearthat can help them out.”Bison leadership plans to hostanother Spouse Spur Ride laterthis year, as well as a Spur Ridefor the Soldiers sometime inSeptember.
  3. 3. Warhorse PridePage 3 Issue 126 May 31, 2013Raven operators prepare for NTCautomated tactical data system specialist,Battery A, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., led thebrigade corps of NCOs in reciting the Creedof the Noncommissioned Officer.“If the hair didn’t stand up on the backof your neck during the creed, when StaffCommandSgt.Maj.RobertLehtonen,seniorenlistedleader,2ndABCT,cheersonSoldiersof2ndSTBattheendofafour-milerunonMagrathAve.onFortCarson,Colo.,May20.Aftertherun,morethan450“Warhorse”NCOsparticipatedinaNCOPD,focusedonraisingtheknowledgeofthebrigadesNCOs.The Warhorse Pride is produced in the interest of theSoldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th InfantryDivision. The Warhorse Pide is an Army-funded news-letter authorized under provision of AR 360-1.Contents of the Warhorse Pride are not necessarilythe view of, nor endorsed by the U.S. government,Department of Defense, Department of the Armyor the 4th Infantry Division. All editorial content ofThe Warhorse Pride is prepared, edited, provided andapproved by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team PublicAffairs Office.The Warhorse Pride welcomes articles, commentaryand photos from readers. The Warhorse Pridereserves the right to edit submissions selected for thepublication.All issues of The Warhorse Pride can be viewedonline from your home computer at www.facebook.com/2bct4idSubmissions should be e-mailed to the editor:andrew.a.porch.mil@mail.milCol. Omar Jones IV........................2nd BCT CommanderCommand Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen....2nd BCT CSMMaj. Chris Maestas.................................................PAO OICStaff Sgt. Andrew Porch..................................PAO NCOICStaff Sgt. Ruth Pagan.........................Layout and DesignStaff Sgt. Andrew Porch............................................EditorWarhorse PrideSergeant Gates was up here, you have got tocheck your pulse,” said Col. Omar Jones IV,commander, 2nd ABCT. “I will tell you what,just to listen to this entire corps of NCOthroughout this brigade combat team say thecreed together, to understand and know that,represents what makes being in the Armygreat.”The NCOs of 2nd ABCT, know it’simportant to teach, but also to listen to theirSoldiers.NCOs must know they can learn from theirSoldiers, said McEuin. There are things thatSoldiers have done that their leaders haven’t,so they like to learn from their Soldiers’experiences, as well as the experiences ofhigher-ranking leaders.Leadership made sure the Soldiers knowthey are appreciated, and how the progressmade during recent training events by thebrigade couldn’t have been done without theNCOs.“Iwanttotellyouhowvery,veryproudIamof the brigade,” said Jones. “By any measure,what we are doing right now and what wehave done the past year is truly unique, and itis truly blazing the trail for where the Army isgoing to go over the next ten years.”As the Brigade prepares for a month-longrotation to the National Training Center nextmonth, the NCOs will be relied upon to train,mentor and guide Soldiers to accomplish allmissions.“We are the best NCO corps in the world,the best Army in the world, and by far thebest brigade in the world, and it’s all becauseof everyone standing in this formation today,”said Lehtonen.Soldiersfrom 2ndABCTparticipateinRavencertificationsonFortCarson,May8.Morethan30operatorscompletedthecourseandarenowcertifiedtoflytheunmannedariealvehicleduringtrainingattheNationalTrainingCenter,FortIrwin,Calif.From GUIDENCE, Page 3Photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch
  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 126 May 31, 20133107 08 09 10 11 12 1301 02 03 04 05 06Kids Speed and Agility Camp@ Ed’s Gym9:00 a.m. Ringling Bros. andBarnum & Bailey Circus@ World Area7:00 p.m.(repeats 6 times)Cheese Making -Mozzarella@ Colorado SpringsSenior Center2:00 p.m.Cruzin ro Calvary Car Show@ Rocky Mountain CalvaryChurch8:00 a.m.Doogie Dash 5K Run@5400 Nevada Ave.9:00 a.m. Dinosaurs!@Cheyenne MoutainLibrary11:30 a.m.Ghost Dance, Soofy and theWalrus (Live Music)@ Zodiac Venue and Bar8:00 p.m.Monday Morning Movie@ Cheyenne MountainLibrary10:30 a.m.Hip-Hop for Kidswith Neil McIntyre@Ruth Holley LibraryBranch10:30 a.m.Delicious Downtown FoodTour@ Downtown ColoradoSprings10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.register atwww.coloradospringsfood-tour.comPar-Tee with World Golf@Wold Golf &Sand Creek G.C.5:00 p.m.Community ViolinMaster Class@ Colorado College,Packard Hall1:30 p.m.Summer Music FestivaArtist Contest@ Colorado College,Packard Hall7:30 p.m.World Enviromental DayCelebration@ Colorado College,Worner Campus Center5:30 p.m.Visit www.coloradosprings.com for more info
  5. 5. Better Opportunities for Single SoldiersPage 5 Issue 126 May 30, 2013

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