3RD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM
October- December 2013
THE 3BCT’S OFFICAL NEWSLETTER October-December 2013
Col. Brian S. Eifler Brigade Command Sergeant Major
Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy N. Johnson
BRONCO PUBLIC AFFAIRS Public Affairs Officer
Capt. Evan Schritchfield Editor-in-Chief and Photojournalist
Sgt. Brian C. Erickson Broadcast Journalist
Sgt. Vanessa Atchley Unit Public Affairs Representatives 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment SSG AXE 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry Regiment SGT FRIEBURG 3rd Squadron 4th Calvary Regiment LT KAREFA-JOHNSON 3rd Battalion 7th Field Artillery Regiment SSG HARVEY 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion SPC MOSELER 325th Brigade Support Battalion LT HYERS AND SSG GARCIA WWW.25IDL.ARMY.MIL/BRONCOS/3_25.HTML
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recreate a holiday picture 64 years after the original was taken.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson)
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Table of Contents On the Front: Staff Sgt. Christopher Harvey, low crawls under 25 meters of wire during 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment’s Legacy Challenge at Bellows Air Force Station on Dec. 4, 2013.
Bronco Highlight: Soldiers cap off “Week of the Bronco” with crest formation 1:Straight from the Horse’s Mouth:
Words by Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson 2: validation:
2-35 trains conducts training at MCTAB
3: RAIDER CONQUEST:
3-4 conducts live fire exercise
4: Soldiers aids accident:
Private helps to save 3 from SUV 5: water survival
2-27 soldiers go through combat water survival
Broncos say farewell to newest retirees
6: moving on: 7: Bronco welcome new CSM:
Command Sgt. Maj. Johnson joins the Broncos 8: Operation overload:
3-7 takes training mission to Kauai 9: Woldhound soldier raises money:
Sgt. Charlot collects glass bottles for Holy Family Home
10: DCG-s visits motorpool:
Brig. Gen. McCaffrey visits 325 BSB motorpool 11: Doc. altmann room
Brigade DFAC dedicates a room to Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann
Retention NCOIC says a few words
13: Chaplain’s corner
Words from the Bronco chaplain 14: frsa newsletter
Upcoming events for family readiness
STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH Words from Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy N. Johnson Bronco Ohana,
functional courses. We must invest in those who we know are going to provide an excellent return, Having surpassed my first 90 days as your Comnot only to our brigade, but also to the Army. The mand Sergeant Major, I’d like to take this opportu- 25th ID is a leadership factory, and our brigade nity to share with you my assessment of our brihas the only light capability, so we need to congade from my optic – we are well postured to take tinue taking advantage of what’s offered to us. But the fight to the enemy TONIGHT if called upon, during this process we can’t forget the importance and win. We have an amazing team [of teams] and of getting our Soldiers to their requisite PME I am extremely proud of what you all are doing (WLC, ALC, SLC) for their continued developeach and every day. ment. If we fail to ensure they’re adequately prepared to attend, and then attend, then we’re hurtOf course, there are always ways to improve ouring more than just the individual—we’re hurting selves and we need to search out those ways. We the unit and Army as a whole. I need you all to should never allow our pride to get in the way of apply direct pressure to this open wound and not our expected development. So how do we get after remove that dressing until the bleeding has been it? We do it each and every day by continuing to controlled. engage our Soldiers. We utilize our counseling programs at the C-B-T and effectively and efAgain, I’m very proud to serve as your Command ficiently develop our Soldiers into future leaders; Sergeant Major and I look forward to the chaland we don’t lose sight of the fact that our Nonlenges we will face together in the future. commissioned and Commissioned Officers require continued development as well. Counseling is one None Better!!! of our most effective means of developing current and future leaders, and if we don’t get it right we’ll continue to pay the price. Another way that we continue to get better in the area of Leader Development is through our selection for those who will attend PME or other
“Cacti” completes validation exercise Story and photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a multiple day exercise at Bellows Marine Corps Training Base Nov. 13, 2013.
James B. Bartholomees, received the up to date status of the situation. The next part of the mission was to get Soldiers in to the surrounding villages to evacuate the civilians who needed help to the Evacuation Control Center.
“The main idea of this exercise is to perform the evacuation of the civilians without the use of combat force,” After the civilians were evacuated to a safer location, said Maj. Lazander Tomlinson, 25th ID plans officer the unit could call back its troop and draw the exercise who was role playing as the Consulate General for the to a close. exercise. During the exercise, role players were given guidance As soon as the Cacti hit their landing zone at Bellows on what was going on, but were able to play it out as they had to head to the compound designated as the they saw fit as long as it stayed in line with the overall host countries consulate. mission. Once they arrived at their destination the first part of the mission came to life as they made sure the compound was secure. “The three main goals of this mission are security around the consulate,medical screening of the civilians and marshalling operations,” said Tomlinson.
According to the task force commander, the exercise was a success. “Exercises like these only strengthen and prepare our unit,” said Bartholomees
At the consulate, the task force commander, Lt. Col.
Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 25th Infantry Regiment, advance toward a simulated U.S. Conulate during a training exercise at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows on Nov. 13, 2013. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)
operation raider conquest
Strory by 2nd Lt.Nathan Sitterley 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HawaiiIt is early morning on Nov. 18, at Firing Point 202 off Kolekole pass. Soldiers from Apache Troop 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, exit a Blackhawk Helicopter during Operation Raider Conquest. The sounds of cadences from soldiers conducting physical training echo through the range. “If we do not practice it now, you won’t do it combat,” said Lt. Col. David Zinn, commander, 3-4 Cav. Regt., The smell of gun powder and burnt coniferous trees 3rd BCT, 25th ID. linger in the air. As an anxious platoon of soldiers from Apache Troop 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Not only is the utilization of live ammunition to conRegiment,3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry duct battle drills increase the realism of training, but Division, move into position on the pickup zone beit also build confidence and “espirit de corps” amongst soldiers. fore the break of dawn. One of the fundamentals stressed during this exercise Suddenly, the trees part ways like waves over North Shore as three UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters, with is precision marksmanship. hover into position over Schofield to air assault the “If you fire a round not aimed at anything, then it is a Soldiers onto a landing zone. wasted round,” said Command Sgt. Maj. James Westover, senior enlisted advisor, 3-4 Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, The Raiders conducted a week long platoon live-fire exercise from 17 to 22 Nov. 2013. The training includ- 25th ID. ed scenarios that challenged the critical thinking of Soldiers practiced blank iterations relentlessly in order the platoon leader as well as the physical and mental to prepare themselves for both the day and night liveduress of his platoon. fire. Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID, paid a Some of the scenarios include: calling for indirect visit to the Soldiers during their mission. While in the fire, and integrating close combat attacks with Kiowa helicopters. field he took time to answer questions the Soldiers were curious about. Despite the decrease in government funding and the downsizing of the military, Fuller firmly closed his remarks with, “We can and we will still train.”
Soldiers from Blackfoot Troop use live rounds and smoke grenades to conceal their movement up to a building on KR-5 for Operation Raider Conquest.
Soldiers save Three Story by Staff Sgt. Karenlee Axe 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, UPAR
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It was 5:45 p.m. at the end of the workday, here, Friday, Sept. 13. Drivers and passengers were sitting in their vehicles, but traffic wasn’t moving. As cars slowly began to move forward, the reason for the delay came into view: A sports utility vehicle had just flipped over in an accident, en route to the H-2. “Oh my gosh, did that really just happen?” said Pvt. Tyler Kleinow to his friend in the passenger seat, Pvt. 1st Class Dalton Reidel. With no official officers to address the accident, Kleinow, assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and Reidel, Co. A, 225th Bde. Support Bn., 2nd Stryker BCT, exited their vehicle without hesitation and ran to the overturned vehicle. The Soldiers noticed that the vehicle was notably smoking, indicating the chance it could catch on fire at any moment. They knew they had to hurry. “My father is a firefighter, and it just felt like the right thing to do,” said Kleinow. Kleinow and Reidel pulled two small children from the rear seats of the SUV. Once the children were safe, they returned to help the mother out of the vehicle. Kleinow explained that his military training has instilled in him the responsibility to assist and to always protect those in harm’s way, no matter who they are. “We ask our Soldiers to take action and make a difference in whatever that situation is,” said Lt. Col. Barrette Bernard, commander, 2-27th Inf. Regt. “That’s exactly what he (Kleinow) did,” Bernard continued. “He saw people in need, and he didn’t hesitate. He went to the problem, and he took action, and in this case, he probably saved lives.”
Pvt. Tyler Kleinow. Co. F, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Pvt. 1st Class Dalton Reidel, Co. A, 225th Brigade. Support Battalion., 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
A Soldier from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT. 25th ID, jumps off the high dive during the Combat Water Survival Assessment, Nov. 6, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regtiment, 3rd BCT, 25th ID)
Story by Staff Sgt. Karenlee Axe, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Scouts of 2nd Bat“The Scout assessment is intense and well-rounded talion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd training used to test the knowledge and limitation Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, held an ason how far you will push yourself,” said Spc. Edward sessment to evaluate Soldiers on East Range, here, Nov. Marshall, Headquarters and Headquarters Co. “It re5-7. ally introduces a new aspect of battle by introducing The physically demanding challenge was to determine reconnaissance and surveillance opposed to focusing if any Wolfhounds could make the cut for the Scout primarily on destroying the objective.” Platoon. Any Soldier within the unit who is in good Of the 29 Soldiers who tried out for the platoon, only standing in the eyes of the command and has the desire to part of the scouts may to try out for the platoon. 13 were selected. “I like to take every opportunity given to me,” explained Pvt. Tyler Szczecina, Company B. Szczecina has been with the unit less than six months and got the chance to go out for the Scout Platoon because of the outstanding level of physical fitness and professionalism he demonstrated. As a member of a Scout Platoon, Soldiers often operate in decentralized locations that require highly motivated, disciplined and competent warriors to be successful. During the assessment, the candidates began their days as early as 4:30 a.m. Events included the Ranger Physical Fitness Test, Combat Water Survival Assessment, day and night land navigation, a 3-mile run combined with an obstacle course, a 12-mile road march with a three-hour East Range obstacle course (U.S. Army Photo by Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division) time limit and a selection board.
3BCT BIDS FAREWELL TO NEWEST RETIREES SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division said farewell to the division’s 18 most recent retirees during a retirement ceremony at Sgt. Smith Theater, here, Sept. 18. “Today marks the transition point in their lives, these leaders and their families,” said Col. Brian Eifler, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and guest speaker of the ceremony. “Many (of the retirees) will continue to serve our nation in DOD (Department of Defense) agencies,” Eifler continued. “Some will be pilots, some will start their own business, some will simply start or continue to raise their families. We even have a novelist. “(But today) they step out of uniform for the last time and into a new chapter in their lives,” Eifler concluded. Each retiree received a retirement award and certificate, as well as a certificate of appreciation signed by President Barack Obama, a retirement pin and a U.S. flag. And while many have already decided what they are going to do postretirement, there are some who will
take their time in deciding their next move. “I haven’t completely decided what I am going to do after retirement,’ said Sgt. 1st Class Randy Von Magnus, a retiree from 325th Bde. Support Battalion, 3rd BCT. No matter where their path may lead, Eifler best summed up what these Soldiers’ careers have meant in a few short words of encouragement. “These patriots have clearly left their mark on the force,” said Eifler. “You (the retirees) have sacrificed much and have earned the right to be proud.” Retirees “stepping into next chapter” in clude the following: Chief Warrant Officer 3 William Swoveland Sgt. Maj. Joseph Camacho Sgt. 1st Class Eric Fields Sgt. 1st Class Saifoloi Filisi Jr. Sgt. 1st Class Shannon Greeno Sgt. 1st Class Randy Von Magnus Staff Sgt. Rocky Cadabona Staff Sgt. John Crowder
1st Lt. Kolby Kendrick, Co. D, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., applies a pressure bandage to a simulated casualty as he attempts to earn the Expert Infantryman Badge, July 30. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)
Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson (front), senior enlisted adviser, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, salutes the brigade commander for the first time as the new brigade command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony, Oct. 29.
Broncos welcome new CSM Story and photo by: Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark handed over his title of senior enlisted adviser of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division to Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson during a change of responsibility ceremony at F Quad, here, Oct. 29. “A standard bearer is the one who Soldiers look up to for an example,” said Col. Brian Eifler, commander, 3rd BCT. “Command Sgt. Maj. Clark is the enforcer of standards and, more importantly, he is a leader, a developer, and leaves behind a tremendous legacy modeling a standard for all of us to strive and meet.” Clark thanked the Soldiers for all the positive things that the brigade
has accomplished during his time as command sergeant major.
is the guy for the job.
Living up to the legacy he is leaving behind, Clark challenged the brigade in his speech.
In wrapping up the ceremony, Johnson let the Soldiers know this is where he wants to be.
“Continue to get after it each and every day, living up to the officer, NCO (noncommissioned officer) and Soldier creed,” said Clark.
“I have been looking forward to the opportunity of coming back here and lead since I left eight years ago,” said Johnson. “I am proud to be your new command sergeant major.”
“Look no further than Command “To all our leaders in the Bronco Sgt. Maj. Johnson; he has been Brigade, thank you for making it found worthy of this awesome matter,” Clark said. “The Soldiers responsibility,” said Eifler. “He has standing here today are the true tes- stood the test, has tremendous tament of our high standards and experience and, most importantly, strong leadership.” (has) proven leadership.”
With a new command sergeant major taking over, Eifler made sure to confirm to the Soldiers that this
operation: overload Story and photo by: Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
Soldiers from 3-7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, remove a M119A2 105mm-towed howitzer from a vehicle as they begin to occupy a Kauai beach point, Nov. 18, for a realistic beach deployment exercise.
PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY BARKING SANDS, Kauai — Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, “Never Broken,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted an exercise, here, Nov. 18-21. “The objective of this exercise was to load a firing platoon and actually fly away to a remote location with coastal environment to conduct beach placement of our artillery platoon,” said Lt. Col. George Hammar, commander, 3-7th FA Regt. In order to get the 3-7th to Kauai, the unit had to call upon Coast Guard, Air Force and Army pilots to transport vehicles and Soldiers across the ocean using helicopters and a C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane. “It was good training for these guys to load up on to the birds, since they have never done it before,” said Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Grigsby, 2nd platoon sergeant, Battery A, 3-7th FA Regt. When the plane landed at Barking Sands, the Soldiers wasted no time getting the vehicles ready to unload and move toward their objective. The challenge began once they arrived — the Soldiers had 18 minutes to occupy the area with their M119A2 105mm-towed howitzers. “The goal is to be the fastest section on the gun line,”
said Sgt. Tarweh Witherspoon, Btry. A, 3-7th FA Regt. As soon as the Soldiers finished occupying the beach, the missions started coming across the radio from the operations center. According to Grigsby, the sections completed routine crew drills and placement as if the regiment would be firing live rounds off the beach during each firing mission that came across the radio. Between the firing missions the sections took the opportunity to train Soldiers by working with maps and radios, common skill tasks and cross-training on the weapons system, said Grigsby. “This exercise has given me the opportunity to learn how to operate all the different positions on the weapon system,” said Pfc. Justin Cook, Btry. A, 3-7th FA Regt. At the end of the exercise, Hammar had nothing but good things to say about what his Soldiers had accomplished. “We were able to land in an austere environment, roll out the back of the C-17, occupy and be ready to go in the time standard,” said Hammar. “The exercise went very well. The Soldiers did a phenomenal job.”
2-27th’s Charlot raises thousands Story by: Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
Sgt. Jonathan Charlot, Charlie Compnay, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, poses for a picture with the bottles he collected teh night before.
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldier in 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, raised more than $3,000 for Holy Family Home. Sgt. Jonathan Charlot, Company C, was tired of sitting on the sideline while others raised money for the organization, so he put a plan in motion. “I knew what my assets were this year and what I could possibly get from the community to give to the less fortunate people,” said Charlot. Charlot decided to raise money for the organization by collecting glass bottles. “I noticed one night how many beer bottles a bar goes through in a night, so I knew I could use that as a way to raise money for Holy Family Home,” said Charlot. Once he knew what he was going to do, he went home, made a flier showing how much the Holy Family Home means to the Wolfhounds
and brought it to a few owners to see if he could get the bottles at the end of the night when they close. After getting approval from some owners, he had to figure out a way to be able to pick up the bottles and still maintain his military duties. In order for him to fit everything into his schedule, he had to get up at 12:30 a.m. and head out to the different points to pick up the bottles. At one point, he was collecting from five different locations ranging from North Shore to Waikiki. The biggest collection was when he picked up 10,000 bottles in one outing. Every morning, as the sun was about to rise, he would find his way back to the installation and grab a nap before unit physical training.
Charlot started collecting on Oct. 11 and finished Nov. 21. He was able to raise $3,055 for the Holy Family Home organization in that span of time “It just blew me away with how much he was able to raise,” said 2nd Lt. Coren France, platoon leader, Co. C., 2-27th Inf. “What he did is inspiring, I am proud of him.” Sgt. Charlot received an Army Commendation Medal for his efforts.
Mustangs’ new motor pool reviewed by Brig. Gen. Story by Capt. Benjamin Clapp,325th Brigade Support Battalion
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Brig. Gen. Todd McCaffrey, deputy commander (support), 25th Infantry Division, visited the 325th Brigade Support Battalion “Mustangs,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID’s newly acquired motor pool and Supply Support Activity (SSA), here, Dec. 3. The visit started with Lt. Col. Irving Cross, commander, 325th BSB and his company commanders briefing McCaffrey on the battalion’s mission and current capabilities. The brief also included upcoming changes and their long-term effects. McCaffrey reiterated the importance of the Mustangs’ readiness for when the entire brigade is called to deploy, and the importance of re-establishing proper maintenance and training on water and fuel equipment. McCaffrey then accompanied Cross to 3rd BCT’s new motor pool, where he was escorted through the different maintenance shops and briefed on their functions and capabilities by the respective leadership of each section. Company B warrant officers explained and demonstrated the capabilities gained in the new facilities as well as the difficulties remaining. By visiting indi-
vidual sections, McCaffrey was able to gain a full appreciation for the dedication of each section and the Blacksmith Maintenance Team as a whole. Once finished at the motor pool, Capt. Guecheon Theobal, Co. A, escorted McCaffrey to the SSA, which his company operates for the brigade. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Cadena introduced McCaffrey to the new facility. McCaffrey stated that he is proud of how the SSA has postured itself for future success when the automation system changes over to Global Combat Support System (GCSS)-Army. He was also pleased that they had the best conversion scorecard, which shows the amount of errors that need to be fixed prior to conversion to GCSS-Army. After the morning activities, McCaffrey joined the Mustang’s leadership at the 3rd BCT dining facility and a closeout conference in the “Bronco Room.” McCaffrey commented on the success of the unit and how it needs to re-establish lines of communication with its higher level of sustainment. His final recommendation was to transition the units into a more preparedness stance instead of just execution.
Brig. Gen. Todd McCaffrey (left), deputy commander-support, 25th ID, discusses the workings of a howitzer barrel with Staff Sgt. Jose Villamansatiago, Co. B, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, during a recent visit to the Mustang’s newly acquired motor pool and Supply Support Activity, Dec. 3. (Photo courtesy 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)
Col. Brian S. Eifler, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and Nikki Lee Altmann unveil a display in remembrance of Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann during a dedication ceremony at the brigade dining facility Dec. 16, 2013.
DFAC unviels Doc. Altmann Room Story by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, dedicated a portion of their dining facility to Staff Sgt. Joseph J. Altmann on Dec. 16, 2013. Known by those in his unit by just Doc., Altmann, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Altmann died Dec. 25, 2011 at FOB Bostick, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.
STAY ARMY A few words from the brigade retention NCOIC The 3BCT Retention Team consists of the following retention NCOs. If interested in re-enlisting please contact the corresponding retention NCO for your battalion. SFC Connie Harris, 2-27th INF BN Career Counselor SFC Axer Marinocriad, 2-35th INF BN Career Counselor SSG Walton, Wallata, 325 BSB Career Counselor SSG Wolf, Christopher 3-4 CAV Career Counselor SGT Valadez, Jaryd 3-4 CAV Retention NCO SGT Watson, Sara 3-7 FA Career Counselor SSG Coats, Shykera 3 BSTB Retention NCO The new Fiscal Year is filled with new challenges and requirements to include a minimum and maximum on the number of Soldiers that will be allowed to reenlist. The FY15 Reenlistment Window is for those Soliders in the rank of SPC and above with an ETS date of 1 Jan 2014 through 30 Sep 2015. Ensure you see your Battalion Career Counselor for all the updates and procedure changes
Brigade has a new retention NCOIC Master Sgt. Karen Fields Email: email@example.com For the latest information regarding policy updates and career progression please contact your unitâ€™s retention NCOs.
Bronco Chaplain Corner Bronco Family, My Christian faith tells me that prayer is very important. There is something about prayer that is not of this earth. It connects us to our Creator and our God. Peter Kreeft is a professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He has written many books and debates and gives lectures all over the country. I was fascinated to read a page from him about prayer. One would think that this highly educated professional would have some formula of how to pray and give great wisdom on the subject. He did not, however give a prescription but rather a simple truth and cuts to the core. He said “just say Jesus, (or “Lord Jesus”, or “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner”). No matter the method, audible or silently He hears us and is close. I will tell you since I have done it myself; it makes a difference and keeps us connected to our God. Unfortunately the Chaplain Corps at this time in history cannot offer overnight stays at four star Hawaii Hotels for Strong Bonds training. Bronco Resiliency UMT Training (BRUT): will be every first Wednesday of the month. If something changes in regards to funding for these events the 3rd BCT Unit Ministry Teams (UMTs) will ensure that we can have these in our Brigade. I also hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Strong Bonds training for the non-deploying Army is not funded this quarter for fiscal year fourteen. I hope and pray that the funding gets turned on again so we are able to get events. Positively, the UMT will offer short term training beginning in March for Families and Single Soldiers. Bronco Resiliency UMT Training (BRUT) will offer similar training the first Wednesday of the each month. The training for Families will range from how to fight to Divorce proofing your marriage. The training will occur at various places on the Island and will take place from 0930-1530. Family and Single Soldier training rotates each month. The kick off will be March 5th with a Family training. The next month will be the first Single Soldier event. Please see your individual Battalion Chaplain for details concerning these events. Each Battalion will have slots to attend the training events. There will be fun activities and we will take advantage of things that there are to do on the Island. God Bless From Chaplain Crowley and SSG Hyer. Question, comments or in need of a chat call us at the office or cell. The cell phone is text capable too. CH (MAJ) Robert Crowley Brigade Chaplain cell# 770-510-9299 SSG Michael Hyer Brigade Chaplain Assistant Office # 808-655-8441
UPCOMING EVENTS January 16th - BSB Car wash February 12th-13th - 325 BSB candy gram service for Valentine’s March 15th - 3-4 CAV Spring Ball 26th - 2-35 Cacti spouses “Take arms day” May 30th - 2-35 Cacti Ball June 16th - 2-35 Change of Command 17th- 2-27 Change of Command 18th - 3-4 Change of Command 19th - 3 BSTB Change od Command 20th - 325 BSB Change of Command 27th - BDE Change of Command
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