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THE 3BCT’S OFFICAL NEWSLETTER March - May 2013

VOL. 1 NO. 5

Brigade Commander

Col. Brian S. Eifler Brigade Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark

BRONCO BRIGADE NEWS Public Affairs Officer

Capt. Evan Schritchfield Editor-in-Chief and Photojournalist

Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson Photojournalist

Sgt. Brian Erickson and Lt. Zack Kohl Broadcast Journalist

Sgt. Vanessa Atchley Unit Public Affairs Representatives 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment SGT OLIVER AND SGT AXE 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry Regiment SGT FRIEBURG AND SPC FREEMAN 3rd Squadron 4th Calvary Regiment LT NASH AND SPC REED 3rd Battalion 7th Field Artillery Regiment SSG HARVEY, SPC WRANCHER AND SPC ERSKINE 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion PFC MOSELER 325th Brigade Support Battalion LT HYERS AND SSG GARCIA WWW.25IDL.ARMY.MIL/BRONCOS/3_25.HTML More than 800 Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, “Cacti,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, stand in formation in the shape of the unit’s crest, a cactus, in memory of the 36 Soldiers lost in the battalion’s four combat tours on the anniversary of the unit’s fallen platoon leader, 2nd Lt. Clovis Ray, at C Quad, here, March 15. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

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Table of Contents On the Front: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “The Wolfhounds,” 3rd

Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division crouch in the midst of white smoke, providing them cover and concealment while they wait for the command to move toward an objective during Bronco Rumble May 8, at Area X, Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson, 3rd BCT Public Affairs Office)

Bronco Highlight: Cacti pay tribute to the fallen heros of 2-35 IN.

1:Straight from the Horse’s Mouth:

Words by Col. Brian S. Eifler, Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark

3: Junior Spur Ride:

Children of 3-4 Cav. Soldiers earn their spurs

4: NCO Induction:

Broncos induct new sergeants into NCO corps

5: Hero Medic: A medic performs help save father and son. 6: Raider Pillage 325 BSB release balloons for sexual assault awareness month. 7: Bronco Rumble: The Cavalry takes on virtual training

9: Balloon release:

A tough two-week field exercise to test Soldiers

10: BSTB’s own boxer: All-Army boxer competes for team U.S.A. 11: Dog rescue:

Cacti Soldiers rescue dog when no others were able

12: Retention Recent re-enlistments 13: frsa newsletter Upcoming events from Family Readiness Support 14: Upcoming events


STRAIGHT FROM TH

Words from Col. Brian S. Eifler Broncos!

ers on the installation to increase I am sincerely proud of the Brigade the capabilities of the ranges and coordinate with several agencies on Combat Team on their performance during Bronco Rumble - The post. combined-arms maneuver live-fire In the end, our staff personnel from across the Brigade improved exercise that focused on how we fight at the company-battery-troop capabilities for all future live-fires on Schofield Barracks - quite the level. Despite few units reaching legacy! Our Special Troops Battalthis level of live-fire exercise, our ion established/tested new comSoldiers met the challenge with mand and control nodes that were incredible drive and commitment. vital to the operation as well as This was the “Super Bowl” for our UAS that flew in support of the live maneuver/artilery formations and -fire. The BSB provided critical they walked away champions - all casualty care to the operation and achieving or exceeding the stanconducted casualty treatment for all dards through night live-fire. I have never been more proud of this simulated casualties during each formation. This significant achieve- iteration. The Mustangs also provided much ment, seen across the Army and internet (thanks to our outstanding behind the scenes in conquering PAO team), did not come without a logistical, maintenance and ammunition problems - never allowing lot of blood sweat and tears. them to impact the training. The Our Soldiers spent long hours in entire Brigade Combat Team came the field, preparing for this event, together to make this happen and and fully experienced what it takes can’t thank everyone enough in to achieve this high level of readimaking it seem easy. ness that seldom is achieved. But I appreciate the sacrifices that our this was more than just our mafamilies continue to make as they neuver and fires units making this happen. This took incredible efforts endured tough training schedules and the loud booms at all hours of by our staffs to break down barri-

the night from the Never Broken Battalion! We are proud but never satisfied. Now, we turn our Brigade focus on the Warrior Task Training (WTT), Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) training, and the building on our partnerships in the Pacific. Both WTT and EIB are focused on individual Soldier tasks required by all to be an effective Warrior in combat. In regards to partnerships, Alpha troop 3/4 Cav will soon depart to Operation Talisman Saber to train with Special Forces in Australia. In October, the Wolfhounds of 2-27 Infantry will head to exercise Orient Shield to train with Japanese Forces in Japan. No matter where we go or what we do, we depend on the great support from our Families. Thanks to all our Families and especially those who volunteer to help the units and other Families. Thanks to all to for making a difference everyday for our Soldiers, our Families, and our Profession.

“NONE BETTER”


HE HORSE’S MOUTH

Words from Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark The premise is simple; we must bridge the generationa gap by emphasizing key elements of leadership in order to empower the next set of Army leaders. Over my 28-year career, I have witnessed the transformation of out Army from a Cold War machine, to an adaptive and innovative fighting force. We now allow leaders at the lowest level to make critical decisions that greatly impact the battlefield. I believe a few key traits must continue to be passed generationally. Lead by example. If you are cutting corners, the best will lose faith in you, the worst will follow in your footsteps and the others will do what they must to survive in a murky ethical environment. Be authentic. Authentic leaders lead with purpose, meaning and values. They are consistent and self-disciplined. When their principals are tested, they refuse to compromise. Auhentic leaders are dedicated to developing themselves and others. They know that becoming a leader takes a lifetime of personal growth.

aquire a lot of knowledge, experience and wisdom along the way. You’ve surely heard the saying, “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; teach a man how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.” That’s coaching. Good leaders regard every encounter as an opportunity to coach. The foundation of a great organization is the way to develop Soldiers and leaders. Allow Soldiers to learn by putting them in challenging situations, giving candid feedback and fostering an environment in which learning is fundamental. Always put the team first. Soldiers have to know that you care. That does not mean leaders are buddies, but they need to have concern for their Soldiers’ well-being. Putting the team first demands sacrifice, courage and perseverence. When Soldiers know their leaders care, they will listen, follow and do what is expected of them. As always, the past is important. Keep in mind the lessons learned along your journey. It is important to remember that our strength is our culture of learning.

Coach. Coaching is the single most important part Broncos ... None Better! of expanding others’ capabilities. As a leader, you


Junior Spur ride Junior Raiders of 3-4 Cav., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, crawl under an obstacle during the Junior Spur Ride, March 21.(Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division.)

Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The troops stood no more than 4 feet tall, with camouflage painted over smiles and the fierce look of determination. They stood poised with colorful rubber “hand grenades” filled with water, ready to take on the assault course and defeat the bad guys. More than 70 children of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, “Raiders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took the Junior Spur Ride challenge at F Quad, here, March 21, with the help of their parents. “One of our most important traditions in the Cavalry is the Spur Ride, a tradition that goes way back and is a mark of excellence for cavalrymen,” said Lt. Col. David Zinn, commander, 3-4th Cav. Regt. The Spur Ride dates back to the beginning of the Cavalry and is the only means of joining the Order of the Spur, aside from a wartime induction. The conduct of a Spur Ride varies, but the event is generally held over multiple days, during which a Trooper must pass a series of physical and mental tests relevant to the Cavalry. The Junior Raiders went through events similar to tradition as their parents once did to earn their spurs. “We wanted to give the kids an opportunity to go through some of the things their moms and dads get to go through here, from tasting MREs to seeing the vehicles to (putting on camouflage) during the events,” said Capt. Gary Bostic, plans officer, Headquarters

and Headquarters Troop, 3-4th Cav. The Junior Spur Ride kicked off with the playing of the “National Anthem” and a safety brief. The children were then separated, by age group, into five platoons, complete with a Raider platoon sergeant. The Raiders hosted several different stations that included a camouflaging class, a radio class, a first aid demonstration (children 8 years old and younger learned “when to call 911,” while kids ages 9 and older learned how to treat a minor injury), MRE station, a weapon’s display (M4, M249, M240B), a vehicle display, an aircraft and vehicle recognition test and, lastly, an Easter egg hunt. The activities of the Junior Spur Ride put an emphasis on physical fitness and safety, as children were constantly moving through different obstacles, including a sprint competition, an obstacle course and an assault course with Nerf guns and water balloons. Staff Sgt. Roy Walters, squadron aid station noncommissioned officer in charge, HHT, 3-4th Cav., participated in the event with his wife, Natalie, and their 3-year-old son, and said his son enjoyed every minute of the event. “He loves getting to do the things that Daddy gets to do, and he gets to see the general purpose of what being a Soldier is,” said Walters. “Taking that into the Cavalry part of it, he gets to see my unit in the Stetson and spurs, and will also get his Order of the Spur today. So, when he gets a little bigger, he’ll have a better understanding of how I earned my spurs.” At the end of the event, the children received certificates certifying them as Junior Spur Cavalry kids.


Broncos induct newest leaders Photos and story by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “I will discharge carefully and diligently the duties of the grade to which I have been promoted and uphold traditions and standards of the Army.” Those were the words that thundered throughout F Quad, here, March 20, as nearly 100 newly promoted noncommissioned officers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, lifted their right hands and took the NCO Charge during the NCO Induction Ceremony, hosted by Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark, senior enlisted leader of the Bronco Brigade. NCOs took part in three days of vigorous activity that ended in a 12-mile foot march before being inducted into the NCO Corps. Their days kicked off with physical readiness training competitions that tested their strength and classroom lessons where seasoned leaders from the unit taught classes on various Army programs and regulations. Clark opened the ceremony by saying that the NCO Corps has long been the envy of all other armies in the world, and he stressed the importance of the very essence of leadership that these Soldiers were about to take on.

Nearly 100 NCOs stand in formation and await to receive their certificates from Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ray. Devens, senior enlisted leader, 25th ID, during the Bronco NCO Induction Ceremony.

“Today you stand publicly to accept the charge of the noncommissioned officer and to make the commitment to take on all the responsibilities that go along with your new role in our Army,” said Clark. He added that trust is the bedrock of our profession, saying, “The Army Values that we live by are the framework of our profession and are nonnegotiable. “You earn the trust of your Soldiers by being the uncompromised standard bearer for Soldiers,” he continued. “Your leadership is key in showing our Soldiers what right looks like.” The NCOs then passed underneath the arch, representing the Army regulations that provide the legal and regulatory guidelines to execute their duties. Next, they passed the line of authority, symbolizing

a place to which they will never return, reminding them that they are no longer one of the troops. Sgt. Maj. Ray Devens, senior enlisted leader, 25th ID, served as guest speaker for the event. He told the NCOs, “Everything in your life changes today, whether you know it or not.” Devens also emphasized the significance of the NCOs’ new role. “The tempo of your unit is pushed out, developed and set in place by the E5s in the formation, and it is the most important job you will have in the Army right now,” he said. “How you will lead when you’re a sergeant major? How will you lead when you’re a squad leader?” he added. “How you present yourself as a leader and the example you set for your Soldiers will define who you are for the rest of your life.”

NCOs of 3rd BCT, 25th ID, recite the NCO Charge during the Bronco NCO Induction Ceremony, March 20.


Wolfhound Medic changes lives by being in right place at right time Story by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – The unique thing about being a Soldier is that even though they have left the office, helping others in need comes without hesitation. Spc. Devin Weaver, a medic assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, assisted two casualties by giving them medical treatment after their pick-up truck rolled over on Snake Road Friday, Mar. 8. When this young medic started his journey home, he had no idea what was about to transpire in the coming hours. “We were on our way home on just a normal day, then the car in front of me decelerated extremely fast and I didn’t know what was going on, said Weaver. With the cars in front of him pulling off to the side of the road and getting out of their cars, it was then he could see the pick-up truck upside down. “I looked ahead and I saw the truck in the middle of the road, so I immediately got out my car and ran to assist,” he continued. When he got to the vehicle he saw that there was two casualties, one who was crawling out of the vehicle on his own, but got tangled in his seatbelt.

Spc. Devin Weaver checks a injured man after he was pulled out of the rolled-over pick-up truck on snake road Friday Mar. 8, 2013

“At the point I asked my wife to go grab my aid bag out of the car so I could cut the seatbelt,” he added. But before she could get back someone handed him a knife to cut the seatbelt. When he cut the gentleman loose he didn’t just stop there, he continued to go the other side of the truck and assist a younger casualty out of the vehicle. “He helped out the people without any regard for his own safety,” said Capt. Jason L. Payne, S-4 officer in charge for 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 3rd BCT, 25th ID. Capt. Payne was at the scene of the accident helping Weaver care for the casualties until the emergency personnel arrived. According to Weaver, he was racing on the inside, but he stuck to what he had been trained since he

came into the military. “He seemed to remain cool under the pressure,” said Payne. “He really helped those people out by doing what he did.” What Weaver did for those individuals may seem extraordinary to the ones he helped, it came to no surprise to his squad leader. Sgt. Brian Rhodes, senior line medic for Charlie Company, 2-27 IN., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, said he was not surprised at what his Soldier did. Rhodes added that if he was injured he would undoubtedly want his Weaver to be the one who provides care to him. Not every person would have known what to do in a situation like that, but by sticking to what he knew and believed he was able to make an impact on two lives that will forever be changed.


operation raider pillage

Spc. Derrick Penniger, infantryman, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, fires a burst from his M240B machine gun as his squad engages an enemy bunker at the improvised explosive device lanes during Operation Raider Pillage, April 24.

3-4 CAV Regt. maximizes training with Operation Raider Pillage Story and Photos by Lt. Garrett Nash, 3-4 CAV Regt. Unit Public Affairs Representative

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, “Raiders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, maximized training by using a unique blend of live, virtual, gaming and constructive environments on Schofield Barracks, April 23-25 during Operation Raider Pillage. 3-4 Cav. Regt. conducted a complete troop level attack on a given objective using a Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer, the Virtual Battle Space 2 system and Counter Improvised Explosive Devices lanes simultaneously. “The idea of Operation Raider Pillage was to combine Live, Virtual, Constructive, and gaming environments as part of one exercise,” said Capt. John Healy, squadron plans officer in charge, 3-4 Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID. “This is the first time on this post that all three systems have been utilized at the same time on the Battalion level,” Healy added. The exercise incorporated the use of brigade assets including Unmanned Aerial Vehicle support, Combat Observation Lasing Team and Close Combat Air/Close Air Support through the VBS2 system, giving the unit a chance to train to its fullest potential. According to 1st Sgt. Larry Curry, senior enlisted leader of Comanche Troop, 3-4 Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID “It is a good exercise that allows squad leaders and platoon leaders to develop down to the team level and to develop their small movement tactics.” Creative training like this allows units to coordinate all enablers needed while giving Soldiers the ability to physically put them to use. “This operation allowed us to reset and execute over again the mission in a short. Multiple iterations allow the Soldiers to learn from their previous mistakes while maximizing their experience,” said Healy The overall benefits allow troops to plan and operate at a high level, reengaging skills that can diminish over time.


Rumble

For two weeks, you could hear them training, and depending on where you lived, your house may have been shaking. With the noise and fury came the assurance that the Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, are ready for whatever the Army’s call will bring. Broncos lay down suppressive fire on an enemy bunker as their comrades advance through a breach in the enemies perimeter during Bronco Rumble, May 1, 2013. “Bronco Rumble,” a company level, combined arms live-fire exercise conducted to develop leaders and service members with critical thinking and tactical skills, took place May 1-14. “This training was tough, intense and demanding, but our Soldiers got after it,” said Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark, senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

Clark stressed the importance of physical fitness as Soldiers moved more than 1,500 meters through the wood line, bounding down and up the gulch to reach their objective while carrying more than 60 pounds of weight. Bronco Brigade Soldiers endured some of Hawaii’s hottest and rainiest weather conditions, while training through blank and live-fire iterations, both day and night. The Bronco Brigade proved why there is “None Better.” The exercise is a culmination of the last six months of training,” said Col. Brian Eifler, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID. “We started at individualto squad-level training, to platoonlevel training, to a company-level live fire where a company commander has to maneuver his unit to take an objective.” The success of the mission relied heavily on how Soldiers could shoot, move and communicate effectively through the terrain. The training was not just about the infantry, but combined the artillery, cavalry, mortars, aviation, engineers, medics and many more elements as they deliberately attacked a simulated enemy compound. The Broncos hosted leaders from the Pacific Command, 15th Air-

lift Wing, U.S. ArmyPacific, 25th ID and officers from the Vietnam People’s Army, to name a few, to observe while they showcased the very best that any infantry brigade in the Pacific has to offer. Capt. Robert M. Woodson, commander, Co.A, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., keeps a look out as his Soldiers assault enemy buildings. “This is their Super Bowl,” said Eifler. “Bronco Rumble brings that extra factor of combat simulation to really put our Soldiers to the test, but everything they’ve trained for has prepared them for this.” Bronco Rumble will increase future interoperability with America’s Pacific partners while sustaining combat readiness, enabling the brigade to answer the Army’s call whenever and wherever it is.


325 BSB Mustangs release balloons in honor of Sexual Assualt Awareness Month and for the victims of sexual assault

Photo by Pfc. Nybert Joyce, 325 BSB, Unit Public Affairs Representative

The Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program exists so the Army can prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults before they occur. The programs goal is to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assaults by creating a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army Family.


Bronco Brigade home to AllArmy Boxing champion Story by: Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In the last seconds of the 2012 Armed Forces Boxing Championships’ super heavyweight bout, Staff Sgt. Marvin Carey, a military policeman, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gave the Marine Corps its first gold medal win in that tournament in 21 years. Carey has been on the road toward redemption ever since. Carey won the prestigious 2013 All Army Heavyweight Boxing Championship, recently, and with it, a chance to compete against the best in the nation at the USA Boxing Championships in Spokane, Wash., this month. He placed third in the country during the 2012 Armed Forces competition, taking home the bronze in the 201 pound men’s senior division, but Carey was not satisfied. “I should’ve got first,” said Carey. Dressed in black and yellow All Army Boxing attire on his day off, Carey said he only began boxing three years ago, while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. When asked about his boxing career, he said he

was told that he was “built to play contact sports,” so he decided to try it out. As a squad leader in charge of 12 Soldiers, Carey said his workday ends at 9 p.m. When he wraps up his military workload and professional training, he gives boxing classes to his unit and teaches intense strength training. The boxing music lover added that just as he pushes his Soldiers each day to give their best and reflect on their performance at work, he takes time out to do the same. He said he thinks about that loss at the Armed Forces Boxing Championships all the time. “I train harder than anyone I know; I think about things I did right or wrong,” said Carey. “I will never quit because I will come back for that gold medal.” Sgt. Timothy Marino, an MP assigned to HH Company, 3rd BSTB, and a long-time friend of Carey said, “He’s an animal. He’s very motivational and is in great shape. I even tried to work out with him once, but I couldn’t hang.” Marino added, “He’s a good strong leader who upholds all the Army Values and makes himself available to all Soldiers even while he’s training, but as a boxer,

he competes with guys way younger than him and watches boxers on TV. … He’s a technical fighter. Those are the ones you should be afraid of.” Carey is a familyoriented Soldier, who thinks about the example he is setting for his younger brother Richard and also the teachings of his mother Lajuana, who said, “Don’t come back with a black eye, or I’ll black the other one.” Before each fight, Carey said he watches the video, “How Bad Do You Want It,” by Eric Thomas. He keeps a clear head, focuses on doing what he knows, gets his game plan together, keeps his mother’s words close to his heart, keeps his eyes closed and stays humble. “To be successful, you have to want it as bad as you want to breathe,” Carey said. “That’s how bad I want it. I want that gold medal like I need air.” When asked what he will do after his plan to avenge his loss at the Armed Forces tournament, Carey said, “I’ll move on to All Army Basketball.”

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. — Staff Sgt. Marvin Carey (in red), a military policeman assigned to HHC, 3rd BSTB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, boxes Spc. C. Hernandez-Gonzalez, from Fort Campbell, Ky., here, recently, during the All Army Boxing Championships. The fight was stopped in the third round at 2 minutes and 45 seconds, where judges declared Carey the winner. The Chicago native qualified, with the win, to compete at the USA Boxing Championships in Spokane, Wash., where he was beaten in his quarterfinal bout recently. (Photo by Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office)


Sgt. Cody Graves (left), a recent honor graduate of Warrior Leaders Course; and Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Dennee (center) and Staff Sgt. Mark Roper, both infantrymen assigned to scout platoon, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt,, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, pose after saving Ranger the dog from a steep hillside, here, April 24. (Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Scouts rescue trapped dog Story by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson and 1st Lt. Zackary Kohl

For more than four days, neighbors heard the cries of a dog stuck on the hillside above Aliamanu Military Reservation until residents Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, “Mustangs,” 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and his wife, Divina, took action to rescue it. “The dog sounded like it was in distress, and it was distressing us,” said Divina. They hiked up the steep hillside near their home and located the trapped pooch, and called the local authorities, who didn’t have the necessary equipment to rescue the dog. “They pretty much gave up on it,” said Rocco, but command sergeants major don’t take “no” for an answer. Rocco called Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Sweezer, senior enlisted leader of the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, who deployed three of his best scouts to do the job. Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Dennee, Staff Sgt. Mark Roper and Sgt. Cody Graves, Scout Platoon, 2-35th Inf., 3rd BCT, all air assault qualified, met Rocco at his house with their equipment to get started. “We figured that America needed us, so we rappelled off the rock face to get the dog,” said Dennee. “It took us about an hour from the time we got on site to rescue the dog, but the hardest part was getting him to come to us. You could tell he was very scared and tired.” The rescue team got backup from other scouts. “There was a lot of help from our Charlie Company, who gave us the rappelling equipment we needed and from my platoon leader, who allowed me to have the time to set aside from our military-focused mission to assist the community,” said Dennee. The scouts decided to name the dog “Ranger” before handing him over to the proper authorities for further care. He is now with the Hawaiian Humane Society and available for adoption. “At the end of the day, it was pretty rewarding knowing that the neighborhood didn’t have to worry about the dog being stuck outside anymore. The animal was safe, and that made it worthwhile,” Dennee added.

Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Dennee, infantryman, Scout Platoon, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, rappels down a rocky hillside, April 21, to rescue a dog that was trapped there for four days. The scouts named the dog Ranger. (Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th ID)


STAY ARMY

Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Wyatt, wife of Sgt. 1st. Class Nathan Wyatt, Bronco Brigade S-1 NCOIC, re-enlists under water during a scuba dive in Ohau’s Sharks Cove, in Pupukea, Hawaii May 17, 2013..

Brigade has a new retention NCOIC Sgt. 1st Class Willie B. Cannon Jr. Email: willie.b.cannon.mil@mail.mil For the latest information regarding policy updates and career progression please contact your unit’s retention NCOs.


Family Readiness Upcoming Events July 1-3 July - Week of the Bronco 1 July—Brigade Family Run th 4July—4 of July Spectacular, 10am—9pm @ Weyand Field (Fireworks @ 8:30pm) 5 July - Training Holiday 8 July—2 August—Expert Infantryman Badge Competition (FRG fundraising opportunity) 16 July—PCS, ETS, Retirement Expo 10am-7pm @ Nehelani 25 July—48th Birthday Celebration of Army Community Service, 1pm-3pm @ ACS, Bldg 2091 26 July—Brigade Recognition Ceremony 30 July—25th ID Volunteer Award Ceremony, 10am @ Post Conference Room August 3 August—Fisher House Boot Memorial Run 5 August—Spouse Information Meeting, 10am @ Nehelani 16 August, 30 August - Training Holidays September 2 September—Training Holiday 3 September—Spouse Information Meeting, 10am @ Nehelani 9-13 September—Pre Deployment Fair, Times & Location TBA For additional information on these, or any upcoming Garrison events please contact: Fiona M. Mosley Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID Office: 808-655-5788 fiona.m.mosley.civ@mail.mil

Bronco Families Are the Best! “None Better”


UPCOMING EVENTS WEEK OF THE BRONCO 1-3 July Day 1

Day 2

BDE Family Run Starts at 0630

Softball/Volleyball/Combatives/ Crossfit tournaments will resume at the same times and locations

Softball Tournament Starts at 0900 on Watts Field

Day 3

Volleyball Tournament Starts at 0900 in C. Quad

Tournament Final Games Games begin at 0900 at same locations

Ultimate Football Tournament Starts at 0900 on Watts Field Combatives Tournament Weigh-in at 0600, matches start 0900 at the combatives complex Crossfit Tournament 1st event starts at 0900 at C. Quad Golf Scramble Must be checked in by 1000 at Leilehua Golf Course

Tug-O-War Begins at 1030 at Watts Field 4 mile relay Begins at 1100 at Watts Field Chariot Race Begins at 1145 at Watts Field Family/food time 1100-1300 in C. Quad Closing Ceremony Starts at 1400 in C. Quad

16 July 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment Birthday The unit was first activated in July 1916 19 July 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment Legacy Challenge


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