Published on March 1, 2014
Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div. Vol. 2, Issue 5 February 28, 2014 Forward,Together! A Desert Partnership Pg. 2
Page 2 Warhorse Pride Vol. 2, Issue 5 February 28, 2014 A Desert Partnership Kuwaiti and 1st Bn., 67th Ar. leaders discuss a plan of attack during a secuirity-cooperation exercise outside the Joint Tactical operations center, Kuwait desert, Feb. 18. A pair of combat engineers, Co. C, 2nd STB, mark a clearing in the breach for the 9th Bn., 35th Bde., KLF during a security-cooperation exercise, Kuwaiti desert, Feb. 19. Story by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch S A Kuwaiti M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, 9th Bn., 35th Bde., KLF crosses a bre 19. 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. ide-by-side, tank-by-tank, U.S. and Kuwaiti Forces planned and prepared in the desert of Kuwait to conduct a combined-arms breach during the two countries’ yearly security-cooperation exercise. Soldiers of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div., partnered with the 9th Bn., 35th Bde., Kuwaiti Land Forces to perform the week-long exercise, which focused on sharing information and building relationships in Kuwait, Feb. 16-20. The exercise allowed the two units to work shoulder-to-shoulder, strategically at a joint operations center and through a largescale model of the terrain, which translated to combined tactical maneuvers consisting of breaching an obstacle and a joint air attack. “The relationship between the Kuwaitis and the United States goes back a long way and having this exercise where Kuwaitis and the United States work together is a big deal for both countries,” said Maj. Timothy Gatlin, brigade partnership coordinator, 2nd ABCT. Months of coordination went into making the exercise between the two battalion-sized elements happen. “When we started, we started on good ground,” said Gatlin. “After the event, I think I can safely say that those relationships deepened.” “Death Dealer” Soldiers of 1st Bn., 67th Ar. Reg. and the KLF came together through partnership and the want to learn from each other. “Mostly it was an opportunity we were able to capitalize on and get these two units out in the field, working together so that we increase our interoperability and really get to work on knowing each others as friends and partners,” said Gatling. Death Dealer leaders knew of the importance of working with the KLF.
Page 3 Warhorse Pride Vol. 2, Issue 5 February 28, 2014 UH60 Blackhawk Helicopters, 42nd CAB, NY National Guard drops off Soldiers, 1st Bn., 67th Ar. Reg. during an air assaut on a village as part of a securitycooperation exercise, Kuwaiti desert, Feb. 19. Soldiers, 1st Bn., 67th Ar. Reg., assualt a village during an air assaut on a village as part of a securitycooperation exercise, Kuwaiti desert, Feb. 19. Photos by 2BCT PAO each created by combat engineers, Co. C, 2nd STB during a security-cooperation exercise, Kuwaiti desert, Feb. “Kuwaitis are steadfast allies of ours,” said Maj. Kevin Ryan, battalion operations officer, 1st Bn., 67th Ar. Reg. “We are here to partner with them now and in the future.” The event set the stage for future exercises that will happen between the two nations. “It has visibility at the highest levels,” said Gatlin. “United States Central Command (CENTCOM) is aware of this particular operation as well, and has taken a lot of interest. (The exercise) in CENTCOM’s eyes will be the operation that the U.S. uses in future exercises.” With leaders at higher echelons focused on the bigger picture, leaders at the battalion and brigade levels saw what the immediate impacts are. The Soldiers can take away the ability to partner with other forces and fight alongside one another, said Ryan. The interaction allowed Kuwaiti Soldiers, 9th Bn., 35th Bde., KLF stand next to U.S. Soldiers, 1st Bn., 67th Ar. Reg. during the closing ceremony for a security-cooperation exercise, Kuwaiti desert, Feb. 19. both sides to interact and share information that is both professional and personal. With the brigade’s deployment right near the halfway mark, the partnership between 2nd ABCT and the KLF is reaching its high water marker. “Having an opportunity to work together as two countries that have a deep relationship that dates back to the early nineties is key,” said Gatlin. “We took away some tactics and things that we want to work on as we continue to work together.”
Page 4 Warhorse Pride Soldiers forward deployed to the United States Army Central Command area of operations sing along during a live rendition of the song “Lean on Me” during a Black History Month Observance on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 26. Black History Month Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. A s the month of February came to a close, Soldiers of 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div., took time to reflect the actions of great African Americans, as the brigade celebrated Black History Month on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 26. The observance consisted of a guest speaker, a slideshow of influential African Americans, live music and a cake cutting. “The theme was a community inspired,” said Staff Sgt. Fredrick Guyton, master of ceremonies. “We took time to reflect on history and the African Americans that contributed to that, and how they inspire us to go on today.” Guyton, a native of Carrollton, Ala., spoke about the ceremony and why he feels he is able to serve. “It was great,” said Guyton. “There are a lot of African American Soldiers that paved the way for what I am doing right now and I want to make sure I can do my part and feel like I am carrying the torch for others.” After a slideshow showcasing African Americans and their contributions to making the world better, the packed theater welcomed Sgt, Shawn Tucker a chemical biological radiological nuclear specialist assigned to HHC, 2nd STB, who sang two songs. Tucker spoke about how much it meant for him to sing in front of his fellow Soldiers. “I have been asking for this service since I’ve heard that there was going to be a remembrance, said Tucker. “As an African American, it touches me to be a part of an acknowledgement for African Americans.” Tucker, a 45-year old native of Bronx, N.Y., said the Army is consistently going in the right direction with promoting equality and combating racism. “The rules, regulations and certain aspects of the Army have not allowed it to show its head,” said Tucker. “The Army has got a grasp on ‘this how we need to move forward,’ and it has done a pretty good job. As the Army continues to hold observances and ceremonies, it’s the Soldiers who will always remain in the forefront of equality within the Army and the nation. Vol. 2, Issue 5 February 28, 2014 “I think the Army has done a great job with equal opportunity and rights for all Soldiers, regardless of your color,” said Guyton. professional and capable.” The leaders observing the training noticed one key element that would improve everyone participating. “We identified the need to do cross training,” said Hensel. “The EMS folks may not be too familiar with our tactical vehicles. They have to know how to load them up just like our medics need to be able to load up patients in the civilian vehicles.” Hensel watched the medics from 204th BSB, access the situation, take charge and work well with their counterparts. “They reacted really quickly and were also able to take guidance from the folks that were already on the scene,” said Hensel. “Our team did very well.” One of the medics explained what it is like to be in that situation. “I love doing my job, said Spc. Adela Murphy, a health care specialist and native of Katy, Texas, assigned Co. C, 204th BSB. “We are usually the mediator between life and death. If we don’t do our jobs, it is possible (a patient) could bleed out or stop breathing. We have to sustain them to the TMC.” For a younger Soldier, the experience was eye opening. “I definitely see there are a lot more moving parts than what I actually thought,” said Carmen, who acted as one of 15 simulated casualties. “Now I see how much it takes to get from point A to point B.” This was the first time the “Warhorse” Brigade participated in a camp wide MASCAL exercise, but it will not be the last with a more in-depth training exercise set for March. “I think overall so far, the system works,” said Hensel. “We have to sit down and crank out all the numbers and the details but what we planned for was well executed and will help us in future events.” Joint Air Attack Exercise U.S Army Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Spencer Polwort Two M109A6 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzers, 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg., prepare to fire during a Joint Air Attack Exercise as part of security-cooperation exercise between the U.S. Military and Kuwaiti Land Forces in the Kuwaiti desert, Feb. 19.
Page 5 Warhorse Pride Vol. 2, Issue 5 February 28, 2014 HHC, 2-8 Inf. Change of Command Photos by Staff Marcus Fichtl 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div. Cpt. Nicholas Barwikowski, outgoing commander HHC, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., relinquishes command of HHC, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., during a change of command ceremony at Talon Field, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb 25. Cpt. Nicholas Barwikowski, out going commander, HHC, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., speaks to HHC, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., one last time during a the company’s change of command ceremony at Talon Field, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 25. 1-10 CAV Partners in Qatar Courtesey Photos Members of the 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., join hands as Camp As Sayliyah recognized Qatar Environmental Day on February 26th with a Hands Across CAS clean up event. Warhorse Pride Col. Omar Jones IV......................2nd ABCT Commander Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Lehtonen 2nd ABCT CSM Maj. Chris Maestas.................................................PAO OIC Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch..................................PAO NCOIC Sgt. Marcus Fichtl...............................Layout and Design Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch............................................Editor Members of the 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg., worked with Qatari Land Forces Command representatives during Exercise Eastern Action 2014, from Feb. 9-22. The Warhorse Pride is produced in the interest of the Soldiers of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The Warhorse Pide is an Armyfunded news-letter authorized under provision of AR 360-1. Contents of the Warhorse Pride are not necessarily the view of, nor endorsed by the U.S. government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. All editorial content of The Warhorse Pride is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office. The Warhorse Pride welcomes articles, commentary and photos from readers. The Warhorse Pride reserves the right to edit submissions selected for the publication. All issues of The Warhorse Pride can be viewed online from your home computer at www.facebook. com/2bct4id Submissions should be e-mailed to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
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