Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Vol. 2, Issue 8 April 11, 2014
Combat engineers, Co. C, 2nd STB launch an M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge (MICLIC) to breach and obsticle during a MICLIC live fire at the Udairi Range Complex,
Camp Buehring Kuwait, March 12.
A Desert Partnership
U.S. Soldiers, 1st Bn., 67th Ar. Reg., and Saudi Arabian Soldiers salute their colors to open Friendship III and Iron Hawk III, in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, April 5. The two-week
exercise enables U.S. and Saudi forces the opportunity to share capabilities while enhancing levels of cooperation and interoperability between the two partner
Photos by: Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO
Photo by: Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch, 2nd ABCT PAO
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Alert, Alert, alpha, two-eight, Atlanta, alert alert, alpha,
two-eight, Atlanta,” blasted Camp Buehring’s sirens as they
activated Co. A, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg. for a noncombatant
evacuation exercise, March 26, 2014.
The NEO exercise tested the ability of U.S. forces partnered with
the 94th Brigade, Kuwaiti Land Forces to safely evacuate American
civilians under the threat of local populace protests, indirect fire
and roaming enemy insurgent groups, said Christopher Bookout,
noncommissioned officer in charge of the NEO exercise, 2nd ABCT.
An emergency deployment readiness exercise kicked off the
“The alarm went off for Atanta,” said Sgt. Andreas Bellos, infantry
team leader, Co. A. “We had to get all our equipment staged by our
company, get our Soldiers ready, we got into our Bradley Fighting
Vehicles and took off for Forward Operating Base Gerber.”
When the unit arrived at FOB Gerber, they began evacuating
American citizens who had been escorted into the base by Kuwaiti
Soldiers from the 94th Bde., KLF.
Bellos and his Soldier Pfc. Eric Gogart, infantrymen, Co. A, assisted
the contractors manning the entry control point.
“When we arrived at the gate, a giant mob came and harassed the
contractors,” said Bellos. “It started getting hostile, the contractors
fired warning shots and the crowd dispersed.”
Bellos and Golgart held the gate with the contractors when direct
and indirect enemy fire caused increased stress on the gate, and
another mob took the opening to rush the gate.
“We stood our ground until we were overwhelmed,” said Bellos. “I
went through my rules of engagement procedure I shouted showed
Story and Photos by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl
2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.
Bradley Fighting Vehicles prepare to move out to FOB Gerber during the emergency deployment
Soldiers stack rucksacks and dufflebags during the emergency
deployment readiness exercise.
Sgt. Andreas Bellos, infantryman, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., shoves a
Bellos used the shout, show, shove and shoot technique to engage the
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shoved, shot a warning shot.”
A massive unarmed mob posed a dilemma for the U.S. Soldiers; on
one hand they were unarmed civilians, and other they may have been
infiltrated with backpack bombs and suicide bombers.
“There’s not much you can do with unarmed civilians; you don’t
want to use lethal force, but if they are showing aggression you have
to do what you do, you don’t want people with backpacks coming
into the base. “We’re here to protect military equipment, military
personnel, Kuwaiti personnel, American civilians and we are trying
Other Soldiers from the company came to support Bellos and
pushed the mob out.
While all the Americans were safely evacuated during the scenario,
in case of an actual emergency where noncombatants need to be
evacuated out of Kuwait, Bookout emphasized that partnership with
the Kuwaitis is the key to a successful operation.
“The most important thing Soldiers need to take out of this is
that the Kuwaiti Military is a professional force, and by partnering
together, they can put their faith and conference in their partnered
units,” said Bookout. “And if something were to happen, side-by-side
we can accomplish the task together.”
For Bellos and his team, the necessity of the operation was why he
raised his right hand when he first joined the Army.
“We have an obligation to protect those that have put their trust in
us and if a NEO were to happen, make sure everyone comes home
safe,” said Bellos.
a protester away, as a mob swarms the entry point to Forward Operating Base Gerber, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 26.
Protestors storm the gate as Soldiers try to
Pfc. Eric Golgart, infantryman, Co. A, 2nd Bn.,
8th Inf. Reg., secures the entrance to Forward
Operating Base Gerber.
A Soldier gives a confined protestor water.
ver the past seven months, dozens of Soldiers assigned to the
2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,
competed in battalion and brigade level boards spanning from
the United States to three countries in the Middle East, with six having
the distinction of competing in the Brigade’s Noncommissioned
Officer or Soldier of the Year competition April 23 to 26.
For the six Soldiers to get to this point, they were required to win one
of the three brigade level NCO or Soldier of the quarter boards, which
are formal evaluations where senior enlisted leaders of the brigade
grade each Soldier on their presence, military bearing and ability to
articulate the Army’s wealth of knowledge.
“A Soldier needs to read the reference guides, the study guides,
understand (memorandum of instruction), read (field manuals),
and know (Army regulations),” said Sgt. Matthew Miller, cannon
crewmember, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 16th FAR. “There are a million
questions they can ask you. It’s impossible to know them all, but you
need to be ready and confident enough to answer what you know.”
The common emotion before knocking three times to enter the board
room is a mix between anxiety and confidence.
Even, Sgt. Danielle Welsh, petroleum supply specialist, HHC,
204th BSB, who is working on her second masters, maxed her Army
Physical Fitness Test and previously reached the top rungs in similar
competitions across the Army, felt the effects of 20 minutes alone in
front of the senior leadership.
“I am so nervous every time before I go to a board, each board is like
the very first board,” said Welsh. “But I tell myself it’s going to be over
soon and the nervousness focuses me through the board.”
To combat tension before a board, Soldiers know preparation is key.
Spc. Elizabeth Laskey, military analyst, Co. A, 2nd STB, with little
more than a year in the Army, is going through the process for the
“The first board was really hard, it broke me down,” said Laskey.
“Then I realized no board can be this bad. I kept motivating myself to
learn more so I wouldn’t embarrass myself next board.”
Story and photo by Sgt. Marcus FIchtl
2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.
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Laskey went to her NCOs and tapped them for their expertise and
spent her free time absorbing their knowledge while also pushing
herself in the gym.
She said falling out wasn’t an option and pushing herself past the
quitting point was the only way to move forward.
“Whatever I do now, will help me tomorrow,” said Laskey.
The winner of the NCO and Soldier of the Year competitions will
travel to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and compete in the U.S. Army Central’s
Best Warrior Competition this coming May.
Welsh reflected on the value of her military service, including
participating in the brigade’s boards.
“The military is an image of freedom to our county, sometimes
we don’t see small scale what we are doing, but the presence and
relationships we build is what makes what we are doing important.”
Soldier/NCO of the Year
Spc. Elizabeth Laskey, intelligence analyst,
Company A, 2nd Special Troops Battalion
Spc. Brandon Bordner, infantryman, Company
A, 2nd Battalion 8th Infantry Regiment
Sgt. Timothy Martin, wheeled vehicle
mechanic, Company B, 204th Brigade Support
Sgt. Danielle Welsh, petroleum supply
specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 204th Brigade Support Battalion
Sgt. Matthew Miller, gunner crewmember,
Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery
Sgt. Tyree Kitchen, power generation
equipment repairer, Company B, 204th
Brigade Support Battalion
a.m. is a time when most Soldiers are fast asleep, but for the
few providing the daily energy for Soldiers to accomplish the
mission, it is time to go to work.
Feeding their fellow Soldiers drives two Soldiers assigned to the FSC,
1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg., to be better cooks as they support the brigade
during a military-to-military cooperation exercise in the U.S. Army
Central area of operations April 1 to 16.
“We give that motivation for them to wake up and say, yea, I’m going
to get some good breakfast and some good dinner,” said Spc. Otis
Brown, food service specialist, FSC, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg., “We
give Soldiers something to look forward to.”
Spc. Ashley Rosenfeld, food service specialist, FSC, 1st Bn., 67th
Armor Reg., knows what accomplishing her job means to some
“Not everyone likes waking up at (4 a.m. or 5 a.m.) in the morning to
go do (physical training), but to come in and have that cup of coffee is
like the icing on the cake,” said Rosenfeld.
Brown, a native of Durant, Okla., and Rosenfeld, a native of Miami,
Fla., have taken different paths to end up where they are, but both have
worked hard and their leadership knows it.
“We have a really great food service team,” said Sgt. Brent Thomas,
food service supply specialist, FSC, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg.
Brown, who went to Afghanistan straight out of initial
training, learned on the go with imminent danger around him at all
“He got to the unit and immediately deployed to Afghanistan
and had to support (a command observation post),” said Thomas. “He
was immediately thrown to the wolves.”
As for Rosenfeld, she became very familiar with the Mobile Kitchen
Trailer during month-long training events at Pinon Canyon, Colo.,
and The National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
“I think it was instrumental in her development,” said Thomas. “We
have decided lately to give her the responsibility of being in charge of
something out here.”
Brown and Rosenfeld know why feeding a force of roughly 700
Soldiers is important.
“Number one, it is motivation and other than that, it is a morale
booster,” said Rosenfeld.
“I’d say the best part is when someone comes to you and says this
meal was really good or this is the best meal I have ever had,” said
Brown. “The compliments are well worth it.”
The cooks will continue to support Soldiers conducting the military-
to-military cooperation exercise that is geared toward strengthening
relations and improving interoperability in the region.
Fueling the Force
Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch
2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.
Spc. Ashley Rosenfeld, food service specialist, FSC, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg, pours a bag of turkey wings into a pan for dinner during Friendship III, Tobak, Saudi Arabia
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Making the cutTop Ten Percent
Newly inducted Soldiers from the brigade’s Top 10% Club cut a cermonial cake with Col. Omar Jones, commander, 2nd ABCT during an induction ceremony at the Oasis
Stage, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, April 1. The program recognizes Soldiers who scored at the top of the Army Physical Fitness Test and marksmanship qualifications, are
enrolled in college courses, are certified on a five-mile run and a 20km ruck march and exemplify the Army values.
Battery B Paladin Tables
M109A6 Paladins arrive to the gunnery range for Table qualifications, April 2, at
the Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The crews conducted tables
An M109A6 Paladin fires a round during a gunnery table, April 2 at the Udairi
Range Complex, Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
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Photo by: Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO
Photos by: Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO
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Col. Omar Jones IV......................2nd ABCT Commander
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen 2nd ABCT CSM
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Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch..................................PAO NCOIC
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Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch............................................Editor
U.S. Soldiers, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg., and Saudi Arabian Soldiers dance together
during a cultural exchange at Tobuk, Saudi Arabia, April 4.
A Soldier attempts to go in for a clench during combatives training on Camp
Buehring, Kuwait, April 5. The training, instructed by volunteers, certified
Soldiers on level 1 combatives.
A Soldier, 1st Bn., 10th Cav. Reg., low crawls through mud to earn his spurs,
during the unit’s spur ride, March 30 at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar.
Courtesy Photo Photo by: Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch, 2nd ABCT PAO
Courtesy PhotoPhoto by: Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO
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