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  1. 1. SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:1-87 Infantry Soldiers strengthen combat readiness Summit newsSummit Soldier pursues American Dream “ T O T H E T O P ” W I N T E R 2 0 1 2 Summit 6 and Summit 7 On behalf of the Command Sergeant Major and myself, we want to express our heartfelt pride and gratitude for the sacrifices by Families and Soldiers alike since our last Battalion Newsletter. Our Battalion has been in the field training to ensure the proper level of readiness in support of the Global Re- sponse Force mission, which is a gigantic responsibility. Our Battalion re- mains part of the response force to deploy anytime and anywhere upon notifi- ―Teamwork is the cation. We are the Commander in Chief‘s response force and our Summit ability to work to- Team should be exceptionally proud. Over the past three months, our Sol-gether toward a com- diers have conducted Squad Situational Training Exercises and Live Fire Ex-mon vision. The abil-ity to direct individual ercises; an intense Outload Rehearsal with the Division and Installation to in-accomplishments to- spect our readiness; Christmas Leave; and then immediately into Platoon Live ward organizational Fires. Wow! I could not be more impressed with all of our Soldiers. We are objectives. It is the ready!fuel that allows com-mon people to attain Now, I want to ensure that our Soldiers and Families rebuild from the hectic uncommon results.‖ and aggressive training that we experienced through the freezing tempera- tures (down to minus 20 degrees) and the accompanying wind, snow, ice, and rain. The Soldiers fought through it all over a three week period and with tre- mendous positivism and aggressiveness. All our Companies displayed excep- tional efforts through their training. Nothing has changed though — my num- ber one goal remains to build competent, confident, and cohesive Leaders and teams. To do this, we must increase our focus on resiliency to build positivism in the Battalion and better coping mechanisms for Soldiers and their Families as we continue to train hard and remain ready. Let us not forget that we are first and foremost a Family and we must continue to support each other. Our social network remains the Infantry Squad and my goal over the next 90 days is to ensure that our Platoon and Squad Leaders counsel and care for our Soldiers as we prepare each other for our next Climb To Glory! To the Top! LTC Morgan and CSM Bass
  2. 2. PAGE 2 From Your FRG Advisors Hello Summit Families, We would like to congratulate the families that welcomed Summit babies over the holidays and continue to do so. We are in a Summit baby boom! Also, We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new families. We hope you are getting settled and organized and meeting new friends within our unit. We continue our GRF status and want to thank the FRG leaders for their hard work in getting us prepared for this mission. We do need to continue to train our new volunteers as we farewell lead- ership. We would like to thank those of you for stepping forward and taking responsibility and be- ing part of the Summit FRG team. We have some very exciting events planned for this Spring and Summer. Events such as theSUMMIT Womans Conference in March, the Summit Formal in June, and several Family days throughout each company. We look forward to seeing you there. To The Top! Patty & Misty NEWS SUMMIT NEWS
  3. 3. 1-87 Infantry Soldiers strengthen combat readinessSgt. Blair Neelands1st Brigade Combat Team JournalistSoldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team‘s 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment battled through the harsh NorthCountry weather Jan. 17 through Feb. 2 during multiple platoon live-fire exercises on Fort Drum.This intense training exercise comes after the Summit Battalion assumed the 12-month responsibility of GlobalResponse Force on Dec. 1.―(The) 1-87 has assumed the Global Response Force tasking in support of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82ndAirborne Division,‖ said Capt. Robert Bauleke, battalion fire support officer. ―We are on alert to deploy any-where in the world within 96 hours, so the platoon and mortar live-fire exercises we have conducted the lastthree weeks are in support of that mission.‖Following the assumption of GRF, the battalion has amplified its training to ensure combat readiness at all lev-els.―Instead of having another 120 days to prepare to conduct these live-fire exerciseshad we not assumed the GRF mission, we are conducting them now,‖ Baulekesaid.During the first week Soldiers spent in the field, the training focused on platoonsmaneuvering on foot to assault objectives.―We had to platoon dismounted live-fire exercise conducted at Range 44 wherethe platoons went through three iterations: a dry, blank and live,‖ Bauleke said. ―Itspurpose was to certify the platoons on conducting a maneuver live-fire exercisewith indirect fire assets.‖Soldiers then transitioned to another training location and mounted their weaponsto the gunner‘s turret of their Humvees to attack targets while maneuvering as pla-toons in vehicles.―We did a mounted patrol and coordinated bounding movements with the vehiclesto each phase line; then the targets pop up, and we take out the targets and moveto the next phase line together as a unit,‖ said Spc. Jake Lasater, a medic with DCompany, 1-87 Infantry. ―The purpose of this is to better communicate and coordi- Mortar men with 1st Battal-nate movement between the individuals in each truck. This is very important train- ion, 87th Infantry Regiment fire a 120 mm mortar rounding, because we are actually working together and functioning as a unit.‖ during the Summit Battal-As each platoon conducted the mounted maneuver, the scenario changed slightly ion’s platoon live-fire exer-to simulate the unknown of the battlefield. As Soldiers of D Company went through cise Feb. 1 on Fort Drum. Photo by Sgt. Blairthe lane, their company commander‘s vehicle was struck with a mock improvised Neelandsexplosive device.―I had to move up there and check out the people inside the vehicle,‖ Lasater said.―There was an injured person inside the vehicle, so I had to treat any life-threatening issues there and thencontinue treating him as we traveled to the evacuation site.‖Mortar men and forward observers joined in on the action during each portion of the live-fire. With access to60 mm, 81 mm and 120 mm mortar rounds, platoon leaders had to effectively use their forward observers tocall in the indirect fire.―Probably the best thing I have seen is the integration of fires,‖ Bauleke said. ―I like seeing the platoon leadersusing their indirect fire assets and seeing the forward observers at the platoon level in a trainer mode makinga fires plan and executing the fires plan.‖Throughout the two weeks of training, every Soldier in the Summit Battalion continued to push through theharsh weather conditions to complete the mission.―I have seen confidence, cohesiveness and competence consistently for the last three weeks at every level,‖Bauleke said. ―This training is to ensure that the senior leaders and the platoon leaders are certified and com-petent in executing attacks whether it be dismounted or mounted in support of any operation 1-87 receives.‖The Summit Battalion will continue to train hard at every level to achieve combat readiness in preparation forany mission Soldiers may receive. SUMMIT NEWS
  4. 4. PAGE 4 Hatchet Greetings Summit Family! From the HHC Command Team: CDR: CPT Nathan Shields, 1SG: 1SG Raymond Dolbow XO: 1LT Erik Prins We are pleased to be addressing you this quarter as the Soldiers of Hatchet Company continue to train and develop as Soldiers and do great things. AsSUMMIT some of you know, the company has a NEWS new First Sergeant, 1SG Raymond Dolbow. 1SG Dolbow is a returning 1-87 IN alumnus whose experience, dedication, and professionalism is already making this great company even better. Since our last news letter there has been much training and many-a-late nights as the com- pany assumed its duties as the Global Reaction Force (GRF). During the Platoon Live Fire Exercise which the Battalion ran in January, Hatchet Soldiers conduct was consistent throughout the 3 week block of training. The variety of Fort Drum weather was not missed; for example, harsh conditions included -10 degree temperatures, snowstorms, thunder- storms, and freezing rain. Your Soldiers did an amazing job and you should be proud of their accomplishments. In the midst of the Company‘s furious training, we have received many new additions to the Hatchet Company. In addition to the new Soldiers that have either PCSd to this great Battalion or arrived here as HHC their first duty assignment, the Hatchet Family has grown with 8 new babies in the last quarter; who areFRG Leader highlighted on page 10. Lastly, the Company wouldCassandra like to mention how proud we are of the outstanding Price hard work and dedication from SPC Eric Gavour who is working on his doctorate in order to become a medi- cal doctor in the United States. You can read all about his story on page 11. SUMMIT NEWS SUMMIT NEWS
  5. 5. Gator PAGE 5 Greetings Summit Family! From the A Company Command Team: CDR: CPT Andrew Rob- inson, 1SG: 1SG Vincent Simonetti, XO: 1LT Andrew McCarthy. This quarter was a busy one for the Gators of A Company! Mrs. Christina Narewski and Mrs. Paige Moody have left our ranks as FRG leaders, and Mrs. Selina Pritchard has stepped up to fill the role. The company completed Squad Live Fires, Operational Readiness Survey, and Platoon Live Fires since the SUMMIT last FRG newsletter. NEWS A CO Soldiers and NCOs have seen great recent success at BN, BCT, and DIV NCO/Soldier of the Month Boards. At the top of the heap is CPL Allen. He was recently named the DIV NCO of the Quarter. He won NCO of the Month/Quarter honors at BN and BCT levels, and then competed in a Division-wide NCO skills and leadership competition. His designation as 2 nd QTR 10th MTN DIV NCO of the Quarter allows him to compete for Division/Post NCO of the Year. Should he win that competition, he will be des- ignated for the All-Army Best Warrior Competition! Additionally, our own CPL Moody was designated BN NCO of the Month in January, SPC Austin was BN Soldier of the Month for January, and CPL Gannon ALPHA won BN Soldier of Month in November. 1SG Simonetti holds ―mock boards‖ to prepare our Gators for FRG Leader these events. The company conducts monthly ―To The Top‖ competitions to inculcate a competitive spirit and keep our Warrior Skills sharp. On February 3rd, the platoons engaged in a head-to-head ―To the Top‖Selina Pritchard foot march competition, combined with weapons proficiency skills testing. 3 rd Platoon barely edged 2nd Platoon for top honors, as their Soldiers got to the MK-19 and M2 .50-cal first. All Soldiers got to enjoy the 7-mile ruck march and test their weapons proficiency, though! We could not be more proud of the accomplishments and company unity displayed these past few months! Our training cycle was ramped up in the past quarter, and we rose to the occasion. Gators oper- ate at a higher level. Our thanks go out to the families and loved ones of our Gator Soldiers. We enjoyed getting to know you at the FRG events and Holiday Dinner (what a night!). Your support for your Soldier does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. You are why we do what we do! As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another. Every Gator and his family are critical to the success of A Company and 1-87 IN. We have full confidence in the ability and potential of all Gators. Gator Done!!!! SUMMIT NEWS
  6. 6. Blacksheep PAGE 6 To our Black Sheep Families: The company continues to grow and become a more cohesive unit everyday. We have transitioned from squad level training into platoon level operations. Over the next 60 days we will continue to focus on PLT level missions and transition to Company training in the months of April and May. Our Soldiers did very well during the PLT live fire exercises in January. We trained in very rough conditions as we experienced snow, rain, and ice. All the soldiers performed superbly. In fact, they did so well that the BN Commander, LTC Morgan, stated that our PLTs had the best day and night fire iterations he had seen in the Battalion. This is a reflection not only of the Soldiers giving 100% in training, but also of all the support they receive from their families. I want to say thank SUMMIT you for allowing our men to do what they do in order to protect our country. NEWS I am grateful for the continued support that our FRG experiences. We have new key callers and a new treasurer now. Turnout at our last meeting was very good, as we had over 25 families come to the COF to learn about the different weapons systems our Soldiers use in their profession. We will continue to make FRG meetings not only informative but also fun for the families. The Company conducted a Platoon Competition on 10FEB12 to see which was the toughest pla- toon in the company. The event was composed of a 5 mile ruck march and a 2 mile run. Overall, all platoons did well, but the winner was 2nd platoon. We will host the first of many squad compe- titions on 02MAR12 here at the B CO COF. This will include both physical and mental challenges BRAVO and will identify the Company‘s ―Top‖ squad. The competition will begin at 0720 and will end FRG Leaders around 1000. All families are welcomed to come and cheer the men on.CPT Castellanos In closing, I want to thank all our volunteers from the FRG. Sherri Lutz stepped up to be the new And FRG leader back in November and I know we are getting the FRG back on track. To all the wives Sherri Lutz and kids, thank you all for your help and support. If you would like to volunteer in whatever capac- ity, please let us know. We can always use additional help. Please let us know if you would like more company t-shirts or of any new designs fro female and children shirts. BLACK SHEEP ―FURTHER, FASTER, HARDER‖ Respectfully, Juan Castellanos CPT, IN Commanding SUMMIT NEWS
  7. 7. PAGE 7 Cobra Hello Cobras! Cobra Company has come a long way while working to meet the demands of being the Global Readiness Force these past few months. We have conducted situational training exercises and live fire exercises from the fire team level up to the platoon level, and we have had an opportunity to do more specialized training focused on our assignment as Mountain Infantry. Charlie Company conducted Basic Military Mountaineering Training from 22 to 24 February in order to provide our Soldiers the ability to sur- vive, maneuver, and overcome unique challenges that exist in a mountain- ous area of operations. Soldiers were trained on rope hauling systems and SUMMIT fixed rope systems, which are used to transport men, weapons, and equip- NEWS ment up and down rugged slopes. Our Soldiers were also trained in the most efficient methods of moving in mountainous terrain, and how to travel in snow shoes – something that most of our Soldiers had never done. The essence of the training that we conducted dates back to 1-87 Infantry‘s origin on 15 November, 1941. Our unit was originally made up of veteran skiers, mountaineers and woodsmen who underwent extensive winter military operations and mountaineering training. That training was conducted at the Mount Rainier National Park near Fort Lewis, WA, then at Camp Hale, Colorado in 1943. Summit Soldiers have been selected to lead the way in rugged, mountainous terrain from the Northern Apennines CHARLIE in World War II to the Hindu Kush Mountains during Operation Anaconda, FRG Leaders due to their focus on mountain warfare. Charlie Company has made an Amber Orr important step towards the mountaineering proficiency of its predecessors, but there is much more work to be done. After training was complete, Cobra Soldiers and Families were in- vited to Dry Hill for a family tubing event. Despite the weather, it was a great turnout and Amber and I hope that everyone had fun – we received great feedback and hope to coordinate a similar event in the future. Cobras Never Quit! Cobra 6Cobra’s Never Quit SUMMIT NEWS
  8. 8. Dagger PAGE 8 Hello, friends and families of Dagger Company. As always, I hope you and you family are doing well and enjoying all that Northern New York has to offer. Over the last few months the Soldiers of Delta Company have displayed out- standing dedication and determination in support of their Global Readiness Force Mission. Training has been focused, in- tense, and realistic. In January, Dagger Soldiers were the first on Fort Drum to utilize a virtual trainer spe- SUMMIT cifically designed to develop their ability to NEWS close with and destroy enemy armor weapon systems. After honing their skills in a virtual environment, Dagger Company Soldiers were put to the test in February while conducting a platoon live fire exercise. All platoons performed admirably as they showcased their ability to maneuver over rough terrain, employ heavy machine guns, and use mortar systems . DELTA Most recently, Dagger Soldiers returned to FRG LeaderRebecca Spring the basics ensuring the mastery of their indi- vidual assigned weapons, to include the M4 carbine and M320 grenade launcher. In addition, Soldiers received training on the AT4 rocker launcher and basic demolitions. I thank you all for your continued support as we work to perfect our craft. The efforts of the family readiness group has not gone unnoticed as we strive to develop not only resilient Soldiers but resilient families as well. The true strength of a Soldier doesn‘t come from rigorous physical fitness or advanced marksmanship. True strength begins with support from friends and family and for that I thank you. Sincerely, Dagger 6 SUMMIT NEWS
  9. 9. PAGE 9 Forge Foxtrot Company Conducts Resiliency Training 2LT Christopher Clifford Foxtrot Company, Distribution Platoon Leader The life of a Soldier is not an easy one. Our army has been decisively engaged in multiple thea- ters throughout the world for over ten straight years our nation‘s economy has fallen on dark times, and many Soldiers find it difficult to cope with the constant stresses that our men and women in uniform face every day. In an effort to combat stress and promote the development of balanced, healthy, and self- confident Soldiers, 1LT Melson and SSG Knupp of Foxtrot Company, 1-87 Infantry Battalion coordinated and held what is to become the model for resiliency training for the entire battalion. The Forge Resiliency Campus, as it was called, took place in the 1-87 Infantry motor pool on the 23rd and 24th of February 2012. The concept of the training was to integrate Fort Drum programs, family members, and leaders into a scholastic training environment focusing on resiliency. The classes thatSUMMIT Soldiers took part in honed in on some of the major contributors to stress such as financial issues, fit- NEWS ness and nutrition, family problems, and the human tendency to focus on negative events while ignoring the good ones. Fort Drum instructors from ACS (Army Community Service) were brought in to help edu- cate Foxtrot Company Soldiers on ways to overcome these contributors to stress through awareness, action, and camaraderie. Along with the classes, the Soldiers took part in practical exercises that consisted of questions from the MRT (Master Resiliency Trainer) work book, PMCS (Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services) on Foxtrot Company vehicles combined with lessons from ―Hunting the Good Stuff‖, and Resil- iency PT which combined lessons learned from class with physical training to reinforce the key concepts of resiliency. These classes were given in a relaxed setting and according to SPC Arenz, ―The informal environment helped the instructors to engage the classes and it helped us learn a lot.‖FOXTROTFRG Leader The second day of the campus focused on family. Soldiers were encouraged to bring in their families so that they, too, could benefit from the training that their soldiers were receiving. The Heather main training focus of day two was ―Avoid Thinking Traps‖ lessons from the MRT book. Soldiers and Willows their families participated in group exercises that reinforced resiliency concepts in everyday activities. Foxtrot Company also held an FRG pizza luncheon with the FRG leader and BDE MFLC in attendance. During the lunch, representatives of the FRG briefly went over upcoming events that Foxtrot Company Soldiers and their families could take advantage of and discussed what the BDE MFLC can do for Sol- diers and their family members. The day concluded with a financial brief taught by an ACS financial counselor who went over how to read an LES and gave tips for financial security. One spouse who was in attendance commented, ―Mr. Byrne (the ACS instructor) was very informative; he broke the class down in such a way that it couldn‘t be misunderstood. I‘m glad I came.‖ This was the general sentiment around the motor pool on Day Two of Resiliency Training. CPL Auterson put it best when he said, ―As Soldiers and as a family, having training such as this where we form relationships increases unit cohesion by a great measure.‖ The goal of the resiliency campus was to create a sense of balance in Foxtrot Company Sol- diers and family members. The resilience training that was provided empowers everyone who received it to excel in an era of high stress, high training tempo, and operational readiness. The Foxtrot Com- pany Resiliency Campus succeeded in strengthening Foxtrot Company Soldiers and giving them the tools necessary to stay Army Strong. Soldiers of F Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regi- ment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, sit in the motor pool while participating in a resiliency training event. Photo by 1LT Shane Willows. SUMMIT NEWS
  10. 10. PAGE 10 Summit Promotions Promoted For the Month Promoted For the Month Promoted For the Month Promoted For the Month of November 2011: of December 2011: of January 2012: of February 2012: 1LT Brown, Andrew SSG Price, Jerry 1LT Matthews, Leroy 1LT Burrell, Jeffrey 1LT Long, Lexington SSG Race, Jason SSG Beshaw, Ryan SSG Cox Dwight 1LT Makowski, Markus SSG Sopha, Randall SSG Fernandez, Aristotle SSG Douglass, Evan 1LT Melson, James SSG Valadez, Ivan SSG Vorhies, Aaron SSG Trappe, Tyler 1LT Pruess, John SGT Bedford, Michael SGT Banda, Roger SGT Cook, Adam 1LT Tickal, James SGT Black, David SGT Birtch, Mitchell SGT Edwards, Andrews 1LT Walker, Daniel SGT Bussy, William SGT Flack, Kyle SGT Foster, Trey 1LT Winglemire, Joseph SGT Drake, Matthew SGT Johnson, Bradley SGT Loris, DanielSUMMIT 1LT Yu, Henry SGT Gonzalez, Esteban SGT Morales, Erick SGT Lovelace, Donovan SFC Boepple, Jesse SGT Granger, Jacob SGT Nicholson, Joseph SGT Nelson, James NEWS SSG Boulduc, Brandon SGT Haynes, Wayne SGT Reyes, Christopher SGT Smith, Ethan SSG Christensen, Scott SGT Kastory, Stephen SGT Smith Ivory SPC Hickerson, Michael SSG Price, Eric SGT Meyer, Robert SGT Taylor, Andrew SPC Musumeci, Alfio SSG Rojas, Eddie SGT Rochefort, Gregory SPC Andrademedina, Frank SPC Pierson, Thomas SSG Risser, Joshua SPC Aquino, Aaron SPC Degiovine, Stephen SPC Price, Daniel SSG Rosas, Dino SPC Collins, Avery SPC Gomez, Duarte SPC Sisler, Joshua SSG Stovall, Gregory SPC Hall, John SPC Hilton, Jacob SPC Wilder, Matthew SGT Bittner, Sean SPC Rickscohen, Maritza SPC Montanez, Joshua PFC Anthony, Mark SGT Cripe, Jared SPC Siksei, Jeacy SPC Morgan, Tyger PFC Banghart, Ryan SGT Kesel, John SPC Smalley, Markjoseph SPC Murray, Anthony PFC Bartolome, Neil SGT Tolson, Robert SPC Stacy, Gerald SPC Sexton, Christopher PFC Campos, Robert SPC Bromund, Michael PFC Maddox, Anthony SPC Sievers, David PFC Chamberlin, Dustin SPC Bryant, Brandon PFC Moore, Joshua SPC Sullivan, Paul PFC Conetto, Jacob SPC Foy, Dennis PV2 Christian, Michael SPC Williams, Anthony PFC Coronado, Nigel SPC Furtado, Christopher PV2 Colon, Freddie SPC Williams, Mark PFC Daniel, Andrew SPC Goin, Noah PV2 David, James SPC Zabel, Russell PFC Delora, Benjamin SPC Green, Deon PV2 Escalera, David PFC Adam, Alexander PFC Gallardo, Christopher SPC Gregorio, Bradley PV2 Garcia, Jonedward PFC Graham, Robert PFC Grieco, Nicholas SPC Killgo, James PV2 Hays, Ryan PFC McArthur, Jayme PFC Gutierrez, Lawrence SPC Meynell, Aaron PV2 Hernandez, Able PFC McBrayer, Devin PFC Halthon, Lorenzo SPC Ordway, Shamus PV2 Holle, Dustin PV2 Blanche, Timothy PFC Kell, Kristoffer SPC Renner, George PV2 Bohannon, Seanmichael PFC Kirkham, Bracken SPC Tuttle, Christopher PV2 Isaacs, David SPC Tuz, Jonathan PV2 Lasovich, Cody SPC Wilkerson, James PV2 McCartney, Dakota PFC Avina, Humberto PV2 Rice, Nathan PFC Combs, Adams PFC Granger, Joseph PFC Rosser, James PV2 Feliciano, Joseph PV2 Fuqua, Ernest PV2 Gonzales, Jorge Congratulations to the following Summit Soldier on his graduation of Ranger School 1LT Mark Buhl SUMMIT NEWS
  11. 11. PAGE 11 Congratulations to the following on the birth of their Summit Babies PV2 Altamirano and wife Jacqueline are the proud parents of Carlos Altamirano born on 2 Sep 2011 CPL Newsome and wife Lavangela are the proud parents of Christian Newsome born on 22 Sep 2011 PV2 Crowe and wife Jennifer are the proud parents of Josie Crowe born on 24 Oct 2011 PFC Austin and wife Ashley are the proud parents of Maddox Austin born on 7 Nov 2011 PFC Noury and wife Jordan are the proud parents of Aiden M. Noury born on 14 Nov 2011 SGT Vega and wife Krystal are the proud parents of Evelyn Vega born on 17 Dec 2011 SSG Woodard and wife Betty are the proud parents of Cody Lee Woodard born on 29 Dec 2011 SSG Narewski and wife Christina are the proud parents of Isabella Narewski born on 30 Dec 2011 SGT Canto and wife Debbie are the proud parents of Sophia Canto born on 31 Dec 2011 SPC Dunson and wife Lyndia are the proud parents of Lyanna Dunson born on 13 Jan 2012 SGT Smith and wife Melva are the proud parents of Addison Smith born on 16 Jan 2012 SSG Peace and his wife Kimberley are the proud parents of Karson Peace born 17 Jan 2012 SGT Nugent and wife Alison are the proud parents of Charleigh Nugent born on 18 Jan 2012SUMMIT SPC Hobbs is the proud mother of Zion Hobbs born on 22 Jan 2012 NEWS SPC Morlock and wife Ryan are the proud parents of Kaleb Mason Morlock born 24 Jan 2012 SPC Robinson and wife Tamisha are the proud parents of Taylor Robinson born on 8 Feb 2012 PFC Bradshaw and wife Kristen are the proud parents of William J. Bradshaw born on 12 Feb 2012 SPC Echeverria and his wife are the proud parents of Hector Echeverria born on 12 Feb 2012 SPC Orozco and wife Rosella are the proud parents of Benjamin Clark Orozco born on 14 Feb 2012 SPC Zellman and wife Alica are the proud parents of a baby boy born on 14 Feb 2012 CPT Belohlavek and his wife Athena are the proud parents of Abel Belohlavek born 18 Feb 2012 LT Rinaldi and his wife Erika are the proud parents of Gunner Adam born 20 Feb 2012 Re enlistment BEASLEY ANTOINE MARQUETTE KESEL JOHN MARK BEISCH ERVIN EUGENE LAIDACKER JOSHUA PAUL BUNCH ZACHARY JOHN LEAL YONI CHAVEZ MICHAEL ANTHONY LOVELACE DONOVAN PATRICK HU CHEGE JOHN MUIRURI MCLAURIN ANTHONY PAUL COOK ADAM CHRISTOPHER MORRIS ANDREW EUGENE CRIHFIELD DOUGLAS MICHEAL RAJKOVIC YOVANKA CRIPE NATHANIAL XAVIER REECE JAMES CASEY TYLE DIAZ IVAN ISAI ROBINSON THOSMAN JR DIRGO LANDON JAMES ROCHE JEREMY EDWARD DRAKE MATTHEW ALAN RUMLEY JERAMY DEAN DUNNE SEAIN MICHIEL SIMMONS ELBERT TEDDY JR ESPOSITO JOHN ANTHONY JR SMITH JEFFREY FORREST FLORES JARAME DAVID SOLEDAD RAUL JR FOX RYAN EDWARD STORIEZELLWEGER JUSTIN MICH GARCIA FRANK PANCHO TELLECHEA JULIO ANTHONY GONZALEZ ESTEBAN JESUS TOLSON ROBERT CLINTON GRAY WILLIAM CHASE TORRES BRICE MATTHEW GUTTIERREZ GABRIEL TORRESNEGRON JOSE LU HANSMIRE EVAN KWASINSKI VORHIES AARON JOSEPH HARDY JON THOMAS HORN BRADLEY WAYNE KEISER RUAN WAYNE SUMMIT NEWS
  12. 12. Summit Soldier pursues American DreamBy Sgt. Blair Neelands1st Brigade Combat Team ―I became a United States citizen the same day I graduated basic train- ing,‖ he said. ―I was told it would take a year before I would become aThe American Dream; its definition varies from person to person. Some citizen, so when I got my citizenship that day it was awesome. When themay want to be the next sports superstar; some may want to start a family lady sang the National Anthem it was touching.‖and buy the house with a white picket fence; and some may want to servetheir country. Following advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he graduated with honors, he and his wife arrived at Fort Drum and theA combat medic in 1st Brigade Combat Team‘s 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry North Country in the spring of 2011. In the time he has spent in 1-87 IN,Regiment, pursues his American Dream every day. he has juggled the demands of studying for his exams on top of the chal- lenges of everyday training.Nov. 11, 1981 in the small town of Nkawkaw, Ghana in West Africa, Spc.Eric Gavour was born. During childbirth, his mother experienced complica- When it came time for him to take his first exam in December Gavourtions that have shaped the way he lives his life. nearly postponed until the words of his battalion commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Morgan, encouraged him to keep going until he achieved his goal.―As if child birth itself was not stressful enough, my mother had a trans-verse lie during delivery, which is why I took an interest in Obstetrician ―My son is a wrestler and what I tell my son is what I tell the formation andGynecologist,‖ he said. that is you don‘t step onto the mat to wrestle or into the ring to fight think- ing that you‘re going to lose because if you do the guy on the other side isAs the son of an engineer and a teacher, Gavour was pushed from a going to beat you,‖ Morgan said. ―You have to go in, knowing, believingyoung age by his parents to do the best he possibly can and to never stop and thinking that you are going to win. For him, his fight is to pass thosedreaming. tests and that‘s what he is doing. You can‘t walk into the ring thinking you are going to lose because you will.‖―I have always lived after my father‘s advice that even though I was smallin stature I could be as big as I wanted, and all I had to do was dream big Morgan had met Gavour previously, but during a recent field training exer-and work hard to achieve my dreams,‖ he said. cise he discovered there‘s more to this small-statured medic.Early in his education, Gavour‘s teachers saw his potential; he was moved ―Immediately upon talking to him he was asking me questions that wereup in grade twice. Once he arrived in high school, also known as college beyond that level of a medic,‖ Morgan said. ―I had met him before but Iin Ghana, Gavour narrowed his focus by studying sciences. After three didn‘t know his whole history, so I asked him how he knew all these ques-years, he took an entrance exam and was accepted to School Of Medical tions to ask and he told me that he was a doctor; I was flat out shocked.Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Sciences. Then he explained to me what was going on, so we went off to the side and had a personal one-on-one conversation about him.‖―My first four years I spent studying and mastering Anatomy, Physiology,Biochemistry, etc,‖ he said. ―At the end of my four years I earned a ―The best way to describe it is I was intimately touched by his story,‖ heBachelors of Science in Human Biology in 2005. I then spent the next said. ―I was completely and profoundly floored of the fact that I had finallythree years studying clinical practice with emphasis on Internal Medicine, met somebody like this that you hear about on Oprah Winfrey or some-Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics Gynecology.‖ thing and lo and behold he is right here in my battalion.‖During his fifth year at the university, he had the opportunity to travel to With help from 1-87 IN leadership, Gavour is enabled to use every spareGermany to study for a month in a transplant unit. moment to study, including listening to seminars in his car, to prepare for test two in March and test three in May.―I had the opportunity to work with German doctors and medical studentsin the organ and tissue transplant center,‖ Gavour said. ―That really drove Once he passes the third exam he will become certified by the ECFMGme to working harder to achieve my dreams.‖ board; with this certification he can then apply for an internship and resi- dency.After seven long years, Gavour finally graduated from medical school inMay of 2008 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees ―When I was in basic training, our commander would come in and askwhich are honored not only in Ghana, but several European countries, ‗how you doing Charlie company?‘ and we would say ‗livin‘ the dream‘,‖New Zealand and South Africa, but not in the United States. Gavour said. ―At the time they were just words, but now I really am living the dream because I‘m here in the states, working with the best of the―I completed medical school at the age of 26 and was even hungrier for best; I‘m now a medic in the U.S. Army; I get to rub shoulders with guysmeans to better myself,‖ said the 30 year-old Ghanaian native. ―I traveled who put their lives on the line to defend this nation and fight for the free-to visit my sister in Mission, Texas and on Oct. 29, 2008, I decided to stay dom of the world; that is living the dream for me. And on top of all of thathere in the United States and fight to live the American dream.‖ I‘m working on becoming what I studied for seven years to be: a medical doctor in the U.S. Army.‖He gave up everything he had, including his ability to practice medicine inorder to follow his dream. In order for foreign medical doctors to practice inthe U.S., they must receive certification by the Educational Commissionfor Foreign Medical Graduates. Though, before receiving this certification,Gavour must pass the three-step United States Medical Licensing Exami-nation, but each part costs between 780 and 1355 dollars.Gavour got a night job at the local Walgreens‘ pharmacy as a clerk whilehe saved up money and studied for his exams. He then met an Army re-cruiter and realized his dream of becoming a medical doctor in the U.S.could be achieved in the Army. Soon after, he found himself facing thetoughest challenge of his life: basic combat training at Fort Sill, Okla.―Those were the longest nine weeks of my life,‖ Gavour said. ―I learned alot about teamwork; before I always just depended on myself and all Ihave ever had to do was go to school and pass. It was a big wake-up callfor me.‖ Lt. Col. Daniel Morgan, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team‘s 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, has supported Spc. Eric Gavour, a 1-87Graduating basic training is a proud moment for every Soldier, but Ga- medic and doctor in his home nation of Ghana, in his journey to become avour‘s graduation was extra special. medical doctor in the United States. (Photo by Sgt. Blair Neelands)
  13. 13. 1-87th Fort Drum 1-87th Infantry Fort Drum, NY 13602 Phone: 315-774-3774 Staff Duty “TO THE TOP”SUMMIT NEWS is an official publication of The Family Readiness Group ( FRG ) of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment , Fort Drum,New York. This newsletter includes both official and unofficial information. The inclusion of some unofficial information in this newsletter has not increased the cost to the government, in accordance with DoD 4542.8M Facebook 1-87IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV 87th Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms 87th Infantry Regiment Coat of Arms The red castle tower recalls the battle of heavily mined areas. Its three battlements represent campaigns for the Aleutians, North Apenni- nes, and Po River Valley. The fountain (a disc bearing wavy blue and white stripes) stands for the crossing of the Po River that brought the 87th to the foothills of the Alps. The catamount, or wildcat, represents the fighting spirit, cunning, and aggressiveness of the mountain infantry, while the lance and pennant allude to the province of Bologna, where the unit emerged after fighting its way through the Apennines. The shield bears a snow-capped mountain to represent both the region where the organization first re- ceived its specialized training and the normal home of mountain troops. The crossed ski pole and ice ax are some of the tools used by mountain troops, while the horseshoe represents the pack elements of the unit. The single red horseshoe indicates the fact that the 87th Infantry was the first organization of its kind. The motto on the scroll reads 87th Regimental Crest "VIRES MONTESQUE VINCIMUS", Latin for "We conquer power and mountains."