Hellraisers HHB, 1-14 FA – June 2013 Newsletter NEWCOMERS SSG Dickson joined the Hellraiser team from 578th FSC. CELEBRATIONS June 14th—Army Birthday June 16th— Happy Father’s Day! PROMOTIONS MSG Mullennix to SGM.
Closing out the second full month of our deployment in the United Arab Emirates, the Hellraisers continue their tradition of excellence and professionalism. Your Soldiers continue to excel in every task that is asked of them including life support operations, physical fitness, training, and partnering with our coalition forces. Soldiers like Specialists Michael Baker, James Bassett, and Troy Powders represent the battery by performing above and beyond the call of duty. Each has received recognition as Battery Soldier of the week for their outstanding performance. Thank you for to each of you for all you do to make our mission a success! Camp Redleg has seen many stars throughout the month of June with visits from Vice Admiral Harward, Central Command Deputy Commander, and Major General Cheek, ARCENT Deputy Commander. Specialists Michael Baker and Christopher Alipio were recognized by Admiral Harward for their outstanding performance over the last month. SGT Ashley Foley and SPC Lymaris Ayala received coins of excellence from Major General Cheek for their outstanding dedication and performance. The Soldiers of Camp Redleg celebrated the Army’s 238th birthday on June 14th by participating in a battalion run on Al Minhad Airbase. Soldiers displayed their pride in the Army as we ran past the living areas of our coalition partners, sounding off with cadence. The outstanding cooks in 578th Forward Support Company prepared a special meal. Hard work paid off with the grand opening of the Redleg Coffee Shop on June 15th. The event celebrated an enduring partnership with our Emirati hosts along with providing our Soldiers a taste of home with fresh coffee, smoothies, and assorted food items. The Mayor’s Cell team worked hard to provide tools for the opening in the form of gold construction hats and a giant pair of scissors to cut the ribbon. Soldiers were again afforded the opportunity to relax and enjoy some of the special attractions Dubai has to offer by spending the day at the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. What an amazing experience to be atop the tallest building in the world and shop one of the largest malls in the world while combat deployed! A special thanks to our Family Readiness Team for hosting two special events this month. The HHB led “Hugs for Heroes” event was a huge success, allowing Families and Friends to make gifts to send to the Soldiers here at Camp Redleg. The HHB potluck and social allowed the Friends and Families to showcase their cooking skills and take time out to socialize with one another. We appreciate your support and dedication! 1SG Kevin Carter HELLRAISER 7
CPT Brandon McKean HELLRAISER 6
BIRTHDAYS May – 1LT Anthony Paris ,1LT Peter Fiol, SGT Joseph Hernandez, SGT James Sharp, SPC Troy Powders, SPC Danielle Harris, SPC Patrick Edwards June – 1SG Kevin Carter, SPC Christopher Alipio, SGT Charles Bass, CSM Dan Nolen, SFC Leandrew McDonald, SPC Eric Milzarski, SFC Sean Dillon, PFC William Huber July—PFC Christopher Tanchyk, SGT Dominique Livas, CPT Nathan Tate, SPC Nicholas Esposito, CW2 Michael Carney, PFC Andrea Burton
Hellraisers Photos HHB, 1-14 FA â€“ June 2013 Newsletter
Hellraiser Soldiers prepare to celebrate the Armyâ€™s 238th Birthday with a battalion run. SPC Powders provides communications to the battalion.
Thank you to the Family Readiness Group for providing support from the home front.
(from left to right) SPC Baker, 1SG Carter, CPT McKean and AAFES employees: Steve, and Bob pose for a photo during the Redleg Coffee Shop grand opening.
SFC McDonald and SPC Bassett maintain the administrative health of the battalion.
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Alpha Battery continues to take the lead during the month of June. The battery has maintained a strong partnership with our Field Artillery partners in UAE. The Emirates have valued our section chiefsâ€™ mentorship while they conduct crew certification on the HIMARS launcher and the Resupply Vehicle (RSV). Our battery also conducts HIMARS demonstrations for all VIPs that come through Camp Redleg. Lastly, we conduct Digital System Sustainment Training (DSST) throughout the week in order to maintain our mission readiness. We used this month to establish our foundation as a battery during the deployment. We have received more Soldiers from Camp Buehring and quickly integrated these members of the unit into the camp. Our unit has done an excellent job of getting Soldiers into the battle rhythm at Camp Redleg. Soldiers continue to impress by completing a variety of tasks needed to sustain the camp. The Assassins would like to congratulate SSG Norville, SSG Nussbaumer, SSG Nunez, 2LT McFarland, and 1LT Norman for doing an excellent job with our UAE partners. They have provided HIMARS demonstrations and lectures to 18 UAE HIMARS crews. In addition, SSG Norville and SSG Nussbaumer received coins from MG Gary Cheek for their ability to increase the capabilities of our partners, as well as their performance as SHARP representatives for the Battery and Battalion respectively. We also congratulate SSG Garrett for winning the Assassin of the Week after conducting crew certification with our partners. His professionalism and skill played a tremendous part in improving relationship with them. SGT Dickson and several others in the battalion have taken the lead to help establish the Fight House on Camp Redleg. They have spent countless hours setting up tents, generators, ECUs, and other equipment to ensure that people have a place to relieve some unwanted stress, and also improve their Modern Army Combatives Program techniques. Lastly, SGT Whigham and crew conducted a fantastic demonstration for MG Cheek allowing him to shoot a dry fire mission from the launcher. He had a great time working alongside the Soldiers of Alpha Battery. Thank you and all your families for their support and we wish you a wonderful summer.
1SG Robert Terrill ASSASSIN 7
CPT Sean A Grevious ASSASSIN 6
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Never a dull moment here in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this past month. Bravo Battery continues to welcome Soldiers and NCOs from Ft. Sill and Camp Buehring, Kuwait as visa and passports get processed and complete. Every Soldier makes a huge difference to the mission here on Camp Redleg. June has been a busy month as the Battery continues to train and improve our Security Forces capabilities, but also has begun refresher training on the HIMARS Launchers. This tough training has given Soldiers an excellent opportunity to show what they are capable of, and each week we are selecting an outstanding Soldier to represent the Battery to the Battalion as the Bravo Battery Warrior of the Week. So far in June, SGT Jonathan Martin, SPC Rajeshwar Maurya, and SPC Edward Cowell were all selected as outstanding Soldiers who went above and beyond their normal duties and supported the team and the mission.
Every Wednesday night this month, Bravo Battery and its Soldiers have supported 1-14 FAR by coordinating, executing and supervising ranges to enable the rest of the Battalion to zero and qualify on their M4 or M16 rifles. The ranges usually run from about 1900 in the evening to 2AM the next morning. Our Soldiers are showing the Battalion that Bravo Soldiers are able to execute any mission that they are given, even when that mission may run most of the night. Obviously when working hard, Soldiers also need a chance to relax. In June, Bravo Soldiers were invited to attend a British entertainment show (similar to a USO show) with a comedian and a live band. A couple of weeks later, Soldiers were treated to a pizza dinner, by the battery leadership, to give them a break from the Dining Facility for at least one night. More Soldiers were provided an opportunity also been given the opportunity to go to the Australian area in order to play some volleyball. Bravo Battery Soldiers beat both the Australian and British Security Forces volleyball teams three times now, more than any other of the coalition. We are determined to continue this winning record and include more Soldiers in the weekly sporting competition. This past month has seen several Soldiers demonstrate their dedication to the Blackhorse and Army family. SGT Jonathan Martin, SGT David Cody, and SPC Edward Cowell all decided to extend their service contracts, demonstrating their personal courage, and commitment to the team effort here in UAE, and dedication to the US ARMY. Thanks to all the Families for the unconditional, unending support that you send to the Soldiers of Bravo Battery. As the temperatures here continue to climb, and the days continue to feel longer and longer, the comfort and reassurance that you provide through care packages, letters, emails, phone calls, and prayers keep us going. Not a single Soldier goes a day without thinking about his or her family back home. You have much to be proud of in each Soldier here, and we will continue to do everything we can to serve proudly. Thank you again for your support. 1SG Michael McLaughlin BLACKHORSE 7
CPT Justin Thorkildsen BLACKHORSE 6
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June 21 Last day to submit
Phoenix Warriors and Family, pictures videos to send to your We continue to support the mission overseas and are elated that two months have already passed. Soldier. E-mail Many improvements have occurred and will continue to occur at Camp Redleg. Last month, the email@example.com kitchen and the latrines were upgraded which provided a huge morale boast for our Soldiers. June 25, Meet & Greet, Cherry New gym equipment is currently on its way. I know many of our Soldiers are looking forward to Berry at 1800. FREE ice cream more intense and efficient workouts. We also had the grand opening of the Coffee Shop, which for the first ten people! was very exciting. June 27 Extreme Coupons!, Your Soldiers are ecstatic about the upcoming trips that are being planned to Dubai. This is a great opportunity for them to experience a new culture and take a break from their daily duties. FRC in BLDG 3423 at 1800 I hope that everyone on the home front has enjoyed all the photos that we have been able to send June 28 Last day to submit Thome. Please keep in mind that there are local security limitations on taking pictures. We will shirt Designs continue to do our best to supply pictures of the ones you love and miss. I continue to encourage you all to participate in the various FRG activities. It is wonderful for us July 1 Start “Walk for 578th!” We will open a group for all to see pictures our families engaged and providing support for us. This deployment will be much those that want to participate. harder without your support. Thanks for all you do! Our goal is to walk the distance Phoenix 6 from Lawton to UAE before
T-Shirt Design Contest
our Soldiers return home. This is a great FRG Activity that can be done anywhere anytime! Rules: 1. The background for the design must be white, black, gray, gold, or yellow“578th FSC FRG” or Our group page will be coming soon!
“Phoenix Warriors” must be incorporated into the design 2. Must be submitted by midnight on 28 June 2013 3. The winner will receive two free T-shirts! 4. Must have a design for the front and back.
July 4 Independence Day July 5 Trace Atkins Concert, Fort Sill Polo Field
Be creative! You can choose to do a small logo on the front and a large design on the back. You July 8 RACH will have limited Outpatient Services every Frican do a large design on the front and back. You can ask your friends or family for help. The sky day from 8 July-19 Sept. is the limit. The winning design will be sent to fundraising for approval to sell. The money will July 10 School & Sports be used for our Welcome Home Events and Ceremony! Physicals will be offered to Submit designs to Frg_578fsc@yahoo.com
Congrats Sutton Family!! 1SG Benjamin Logsdon PHOENIX 7
CPT Adrien Flonnory PHOENIX 6
Active Duty Family Members, ages 4-18, from 10 July – 14 Aug (Wednesdays only) from 0800-1100 and 1300-1600 in the Pediatric Clinic. Call 5582000 to make an appointment July 23 FRG Meeting, FRC in BLDG 3423 at 1800
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In the past few weeks, the LNO Outlaws have maintained a steady pace in training, even with the increased movement of Soldiers to join their fellow Camp Redleg Soldiers in UAE. The LNO cell has successfully supported operations in the United Arab Emirates, providing both supplies and additional Soldiers. Outlaw Soldiers have managed to adjust to life here at Camp Buehring, Kuwait and continue to have high morale while pushing forward in carrying out their tasks. The Outlaw’s counterpart here at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, is Alpha 2-20 FA. They were able to conduct a live fire and partner with the Jordanian Army for Operation Golden Lances III. The mission showed the unit’s ability to train and mentor in any environment by firing and training with the Jordanian Army. With their recent return back to Camp Buehring, the Renegades continue to work diligently at equipment transfers and turn ins. The Renegade Soldiers continue to have high levels of motivation as their return date to Fort Hood, TX quickly approaches. The Soldiers, still training under the LNO cell, have continued to face every training opportunity head on, fully fulfilling the 1-14 Field Artillery’s value of “War Fighting Focus”. The Soldiers have stayed motivated by conducting multiple training sessions with weapons simulators, vehicle rollover simulators, as well as sexual harassment awareness and safety briefs. Outlaw Soldiers have also been able to enjoy multiple morale, welfare, and recreational opportunities including a recent trip to the 360 Mall and Maritime Museum in Kuwait. There have been numerous 5K/ Holiday Fun runs and the recent development of a Saturday volleyball tournament; which received strong participation from all of the LNO Outlaw Soldiers. Bravo Battery Soldiers in Kuwait were also able to celebrate the re-enlistment of SPC William Kerley with the Camp Buehring Fire Department. Although missing loved ones constantly, the LNO Outlaws have continued to adapt to deployment life. They are focused on accomplishing the tasks at hand and returning home safely to their friends and family. Thank you to all of those back on the home front for the love and constant support of our STEEL WARRIORS!
SPC Kerley’s reenlistment with 2LT Bell at the Camp Buehring fire department.
MSG Corey Powell OUTLAW 7
CPT David Dens OUTLAW 6
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Alpha Battery Soldiers on the recent Morale, Welfare, and Recreation trip to the Maritime Museum
A/ 2-20 Sections arrival into Jordan for Golden Lances III
Bravo Soldiers with the Camp Buehring Fire Department following the enlistment ceremony
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Steel Warrior Families Wow it is hard to believe another month has come and gone. Now that the month of July is coming with another holiday, please remember to tell me and CPT Highstrom your physical address and how long you will be gone so we can track this information. Since I am talking about updates, please contact me if you have changed a phone number, email, if you moved houses, or had a new baby. Keeping information updated allows more information to be passed in an efficient manner. Information may be passed to you via a phone dialing system, there will be a recorded message for you to hear. The number for the system is 281-207-4890. Please put this number in your phone so you will understand it is not a salesman trying to get you to buy something. There are some exciting events that the batteries will be doing in July. Bravo will have a 4th of July pool party to celebrate the day. If you do not know the address, please contact Kristen or Bobbie so they can share the information. Alpha Battery is participating in the Relay for Life that will be occurring on 12 July, please contact Janine if you have questions regarding this event. HHB has a family bowling night at Twin Oaks Bowling Center on 18 July. Lanes have been reserved, please contact your POC or Jenny for more information. And last but not least, 578 will host a potluck on 23 July at building 3423. Post is also having some events for July that you can participate in. First there is a July 5th concert being held on the Polo field. Another event being offered is Family Appreciation Day on 13 July at LETRA from 1000-1600. Lunch will be served from 1200-1400. Everything is being advertise as FREE. If bowling is your thing, there is a bowling camp for 6-19 year olds at Twin Oaks on 15-19 July from 1300-1600, cost is $30 or $38 to include a shirt. If you would rather do a soccer camp there will be one on 29 July trough 2 August. You must register for this one. The cost is $100 if you use the code PRED80. there will be 2 camps, one for 7-11 year olds from 0900-1200 and one for 12-15 year olds from 1700-2000. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend. If you are wanting a t-shirt, HHB is still selling them, please contact Michelle or Jenny. 578 FSC will be selling their battery shirt as soon as the design contest is over. Do you have an idea for the shirts? Please contact Vanessa. Details are in the Phoenix section of this newsletter. Deadline is coming soon. And finally for this month, the Battalion is considering doing a Battalion wide event to mark the half way point in September. This will take lots of individuals to plan and execute. If you have ideas and would like to help out, please contact me as soon as possible.
Mary Miller 1-14 BN FRSA 580-917-6221
Steel Warrior Families