Beast Report BRAVO 106TH FMSU INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Volume 3, Issue 2
COMMANDER’S CORNER / DET SGT’S CORNER
HISTORY OF ST VALENTINE
THINGS TO DO IN KTOWN
THE DAILY BEAST
For those of you with significant others, be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them not only during the Valentine’s Day holiday, but every other day throughout the year as well. Even if you don’t have a specific significant other, let your family know how much their support means to you. None of us can do this alone, and I expect everyone to call home or share something extra special with their loved ones this month! Remember, there will come a
FOR THE HOME
day when you are no longer a part of the Profession of Arms, and the treatment of your loved ones now will determine whether or not they will
be there with you for the next chapter of your life. Also, remember to take a moment and pay tribute to those that led in the struggle for equality in observance of Black History Month.
Detachment Sergeant’s Corner The Army is downsizing and the best of the best is what will remain. Nothing is owed to you because you signed your name on the dotted line. The Army is grateful for the sacrifices you and your family have made by joining the military but the commitment does not end there. If you plan on a career in the military you need to exercise the total Soldier concept. You need to be both technically and tactically proficient. Don’t just get by; excel and do your best in every task and mission set before you. When preparing for a physical fitness test, you don’t focus on the minimum standard needed to pass the test, you look at the maximum standard, set a goal and strive to achieve or exceed the goal you have set. The better you prepare yourself for the mission at hand the better the outcome will be.
Beast Report ST. VALENTINE
The history of Valentine’s Day has many fanciful legends. It’s roots are ancient Roman, celebrating fertility annually on February 15, but circa 496, it was changed from pagan to Christian by Pope Gelasius I. It was then changed to February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. There were at least three St. Valentines that could have been honored by the Pope. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and a third that no one knows much of, except he was martyred in Africa. Actually, all three were said to be martyred on February 14. According to legend, the St. Valentine that the holiday is for was a priest who was imprisoned by roman emperor Claudius II around 270. He was said to be secretly performing marriage ceremonies after the emperor prohibited marriage for young men, stating that bachelors made better soldiers. This St. Valentine was put to death for his alleged acts. Another legend is that Valentine fell in love with the daughter of the jailer, and before he was executed, sent her a letter signed, “from your Valentine.” The third legend and one considered most plausible is that Valentine refused to renounce his religion, focusing on Christian love (agape), rather than passionate love (Eros). He was martyred for his religious beliefs. In the 14th century, this Christian feast became definitively associated with love.
THINGS TO DO IN KTOWN By SPC Olivieri Aside from great restaurants and local pubs, there are a lot of places around Kaiserslautern within walking distance of the barracks. I have been to most of these and thought I’d share them with you in case you find yourself wondering how to spend your weekend whether with family or alone. Feel free to Google the names for directions.
Japanese Garden—it’s really beautiful when in bloom, and nearby is Alcatraz Hotel which actually has
Fritz Walter Stadium, for soccer
rooms designed as cells. Fantastic
games, and music events
sushi too, by the way, in the hotel, if you are looking for authenticity.
Planet Bowling— 18 lanes, with moonlight bowling on Fridays and Saturdays. Good family place for parties and kid stuff!
Visit the ruins of Burg Monte Mare—indoor swimming and slides! A really fun time for everyone!
Hohenecken, which have many events scheduled around the ruins annually.
The Daily Beast Photos by SPC Olivieri
SGT Killen —
Original Angry Smurf
SPC Zwiebach trains PFC Carreon in customer service
SFC Victa in action Bravo Det looking good!
CPT Burgett presents SPC Harris with the Schützenschnur, otherwise known as the German Marksmanship badge
Bravo Det receives MRT Training
SPC Harris disbursing
SFC Brook’s office gets a surprise makeover for her birthday.
Red Velvet Brownies By SPC Zayas
Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F).
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, melted butter, eggs, pudding mix, vegetable oil and mix well until thoroughly combined,
Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread the red velvet brownie layer into the pan. Use a rubber spatula to press into place.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
der, with no large chunks.
1 box Red Velvet cake mix
½ cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 (3.4 ounces) package instant vanilla pudding
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 package Oreos
8 ounces cream cheese
Add cream cheese to food processor, or use a mixer to blend cream cheese with Oreos
Spread Oreo truffle mixture on top of baked red velvet brownies, again using rubber spatula to assist in spreading to edges of pan.
Melt chocolate candy bark (or chocolate chips) and pour over top Oreo truffle layer.
10.Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips while still warm. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
1 pound candy-melt chocolate (like Almond Bark or CandiQuick), melted
Using a rolling pin or a food processor, crush Oreos to a coarse pow-
1 bag mini chocolate chips, for garnish
(SSG Streater… we’ll be waiting…)
Beast Report LAND NAVIGATION
SGT Killen goes over key points before the teams set off
Last out, first back, SPC Attia and team find all points in a record 43 min
Bravo Detachment took to the woods for Land Navigation Training, headed up by SGT Killen and SPC Harris. What started as promising clear skies in the early morning, during formation, turned into a full blown shower as the teams fought to protect their maps and keep their marks from smearing. After the brief, the teams were given their coordinates and sent on their way with a two hour time limit. All were successful, and returned soaking wet, yet grinning from ear to ear. It was a fun training day, and I think one of Bravoâ€™s favorite.
SPC Harris goes over check points after her completion
SPC Zwiebach and SPC Carreon prepare to depart
SSG Pileski and SPC Olivieri
Beast Report KNIGHTS’ UNIVERSITY By SPC Bae
I attended the pre-WLC course at Knights’ University. I had a good time for two weeks. The class was 22 SPC and 1 SGT. We were told that we are the future of the ARMY. (It made me so motivated.) When we got there , we had to memorize the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer first. Some students had a hard time with it. This time, I really appreciated my Unit, because I already knew it! We recite the NCO creed at every morning formation, so I didn’t have a hard time at all. In this Pre-WLC course, every morning we conducted PRT . Every student had a chance to practice PRT. I’ve already had some opportunities to conduct PRT for the detachment, which I again came to appreciate. In the beginning I had a hard time with Drill and Ceremony , but it got better, and I could get more confidence every time we practiced. The biggest training was land navigation. I had no idea about it. Even though I learned it during BCT, I didn’t remember it. In SPC Bae during Land Navigation at Knights’ University BCT we did it as a group. Needless to say, I was a bit worried. I was told that some people actually fail it in WLC. It made me more scared . Knights’ University has great instructors for land navigation though, and several NCOs were with us. We practiced it on computers first. The next day we went out to the field site. The weather was pretty cold, but all of us were super high-speed Soldiers. We got it done even earlier than we expected. I am not afraid or scared of it anymore. I can say I will be OK once I finally arrive at WLC. On 7 FEB we graduated . I had a chance to speak, but I am shy and get tense so easily, but my peers in Knights’ University at all times tried to help me to overcome this. Also, they gave me a chance to give a speech at the graduation. I appreciated it. When I got back to my unit, I was highly motivated. Now I can’t wait to go to WLC. It changed my long term goal to being a good follower and leader. I really appreciate my peers and instructors, and also gained an increased appreciation for the NCOs in my detachment.
Beast Report ALC Graduate
Our very own SGT Willis is finally home after completing the Advanced Leader Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. We are happy to have him back, and proud of him for accomplishing his mission. It will be awesome to watch him grow, as he is already a great NCO for Bravo Detachment.
SGT Willisâ€™ graduating class (pictured bottom row, third from right)
Birthdays & Anniversaries
EVENTS All activities can be reserved through Outdoor Recreation : 493-4117 / 063134064117 FEBRUARY 14 TRAINING HOLIDAY 15 BERLIN EXPRESS 17 WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY 22 PARIS EXPRESS 23 SKI AND SNOWBOARD LESSONS 28 CARNIVALE IN VENICE MARCH 1 AMSTERDAM EXPRESS 2 INDOOR ICE SKATING 7 LONDON EXPRESS 8 AIRBOARDING 14 TRAINING HOLIDAY 15 SKI EXPRESS 15 BRUSSELS EXPRESS 15 TROPICAL ISLANDS SPA 17 TRAINING HOLIDAY