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4-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion The Guns Attack Newsletter

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DEC 2013

Gun 6 Notes LTC Hank Perry

I N S I D E T HI S IS S UE :

Commander of 4-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, LTC Hank Perry

Guns Attack Team, The Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno is quoted as saying, “The strength of our Nation is our Army; the strength of our Army is our Soldiers; the strength of our Soldiers is our Families; and that is what makes us Army Strong.” General Odierno’s words speak to the truly important aspect of our “business”—and that is People. Relationships, support, and general health of our fellow Soldiers and Family members are the foundation of our great military. It is my observation that Soldiers can only perform their duties with the support of their Family and loved ones and within an organization that fosters dignity and respect for all. We are not perfect, but I can confidently share with you that our leaders and subordinates continue to care for one another, mitigate hazards, and accomplish all of our missions.

Bounty Hunters

5

Panthers

6

Diamondbacks

7

Snake Eyes

8

Unforgiven

9-10

Equalizers

11

Rear Detachment

12

SHARP

13

Chaplains Corner

14-15

Retention Corner

16

FRG Corner

17-18

Birthdays

19

GUNS Poster

20

GUN Store

21

Turkey Bowl Org Day

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Calendar

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Gun 6 Notes LTC Hank Perry The month of November was extremely successful for the Guns Attack TEAM! We stayed busy with numerous live-fire training events, coordination with Air Force and Marine Corps units, continued our partnership efforts, and established our overwater gunnery capability. I cannot say enough about the efforts of our air and ground maintainers, pilots, staff, and leaders who continue to train for contingencies and keep our Soldiers’ skills sharp. Keep up the great work! December will prove to be busy for the entire formation as Bravo Company continues to prepare for NTC (February) with 3-227th at Fort Hood, TX and the Kuwait companies prepare for maritime gunnery, air assault missions with 1-67 AR, embarkation on a Navy ship, and Holiday celebrations. I must give a special “thank you” to our FRG who recently held a Holiday cookie exchange and ornament event at Fort Hood. We enjoyed the pictures of Santa and the kids… Thanks to all our volunteers for making that happen. I also want to recognize our FRSA Mr. Charles Lyons and his wife for preparing and donating Thanksgiving baskets for several of our families. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! In closing, on behalf of CSM Zach Hurst, CW4 Sebastien Cosyns, and I, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and blessed New Year! Thanks to our Families for all they do in support of our Army, their Soldier, and this Battalion! As always, it is an honor to serve as your commander. Take an active role in making the Army and this unit better every day!

GUNS ATTACK! LTC Hank Perry


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Gun 9 Notes CSM Zach Hurst

Command Sergeant Major of 4-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, CSM Zach Hurst

GUNS!! One more month down, hard to believe December is here already… I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving weekend with friends and Family. Soldiers at Ali and Camp Buehring enjoyed a Thanksgiving lunch served up by the Brigade and Battalion leadership. Congratulations to SGT Thyng, D Co and SPC Hughes, HHC for winning the Battalion NCO/SOM Board this month. Great Job!! And to all the Soldiers that was promoted and graduated Warrior Leaders Course in November, congratulations on an outstanding job. Also a big thank you to the Rear-D, Charles and the FRG for coming together and holding Team building events with our Families back home. Our nation owes each of you a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices you have made and will continue to make. I know I speak for LTC Perry, CW4 Cosyns and myself when I say that we remain completely honored to serve as your command team alongside you and your Families. I hope that you all have an enjoyable and fulfilling Holiday Season… Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!!!

“GUNS ATTACK!”


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Gun 10 Notes CW4 Sebastien Cosyns

Battalion Senior Warrant Officer of 4-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, CW4 Sebastien Cosyns

Being away from friends and family during the holiday season can be challenging and difficult to cope with. For some, it is a new experience and it is up to those of us who have dealt, on more than one occasion, with this separation to show support during the upcoming holiday season. Don’t forget to take a few minutes out of the day to call or email friends and family and share the holiday spirit. There might not be any snow, a fire place or a Christmas tree to look at every day, but look forward to the following holiday season which will be spent at home with loved ones. As for myself, I have spent numerous holiday seasons away from family, but never regretted being part of a larger family; the ones serving with and supporting throughout the deployments. On numerous occasions we found ourselves flying in support of ground troops on Christmas day, but we always came home to a good meal as they spent the day and night patrolling the streets or villages without complaining. They made the best of the situation and so shall we. Not an easy feat by all means but we will be just fine together. On a different note, congratulations to SPC Ogden from Charlie Company for being selected to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School. A new world has now presented itself to you. Take every opportunity to become the best aviator you can become and never settle for anything less than the best. CPT Schwilk also deserves a round of applause for becoming our newest Pilot-In-Command.

“GUNS ATTACK!”


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HHC

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Bounty Hunters

Commander: CPT David Lorange First Sergeant: 1SG Bryan Oser Bounty Hunters Family, November has come and gone, with the Bounty Hunters having another full and successful month here in Kuwait partnering and training. The Soldiers have been busy, keeping operations going and also taking the time to improve relations with the Rotary Air Wing for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. They have also had the opportunity to have some fun along the way. Starting the month off to a good start, we had a large amount of promotions that come down on November 1st. CPT Joseph Fernandez, 1SG Bryan Oser, SGT William McRae, and PFC Dezmon Worth all received their promotions effective that day. LT Alvarez and LT Brown were both promoted on the 26th of November. The NCO Induction ceremony occurred on 5 November, with HHC’s SGT Cantave and SGT Groesbeck both being inducted as new NCOs. On 8 November, GUNS ATTACK hosted a barbeque for the aviation element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), who were at Camp Buehring conducting training over the month of November. This opportunity allowed the MEU aviators a chance to look at the Apaches and to talk with our experts, sharing their knowledge and tactics with Army aviators, a first for both units. The Chaplains office held a chocolate fun run on 16 November, the run was exactly 4.227 Kilometers and there was an excellent spread of sugary treats for all personnel to enjoy after the run. The final large event for the Bounty Hunters this month was the M2/MK19/M249 range. This was held in order to allow Soldiers to become qualified on the crew served weapons that HHC has available for Force Defense. The FRG Cookie Exchange was conducted on the 23rd of November. The Soldiers can’t wait to get the cookies that were sent, and have trees ready for their decorations. Thank you to everybody who attended, and a huge thank you to Amber Goodwin, who put a lot of time and effort into making the Cookie Exchange the best possible event for the entire Battalion. Finally, a huge congratulations to SPC Terrez Verrett and his wife Nichole, who gave birth to a healthy little girl, Amayah, on the 10th of this month. That makes 2 children born while one parent is away on this deployment, but we have a few more coming over the next couple months. I want to wish an early Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all of the members of the Bounty Hunters back home. Thank you and make sure to talk to your Soldier over the next couple of months, as it means a lot to them this time of year. Keep strong at home, and keep thinking of us over here. We will talk to you again next month.

“BOUNTY HUNTERS!”


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A CO

Panthers

Commander: CPT Andrew Schwilk First Sergeant: 1SG Kenneth Witmer Family and Friends of the Panthers, As November ends and winter approaches, I want to issue a heartfelt ‘Happy Holidays!’ from Camp Buehring. The holiday season has arrived, including Halloween candy and Autumn weather. November brought rainy days, foggy days and chill winds. November also meant a variety of training opportunities including overwater missions in the Arabian Gulf, aerial gunnery with the air force, and joint training with a contingent of US Marines conducting exercises at Camp Buehring. The Marine Corps also provided the 4-227th ARB three spots for crew chiefs to fly in an AH-1Z Super Cobra. Alpha Company recognized PFC Hicks for his hard work and great attitude and was rewarded with a flight in a Cobra Attack Helicopter, looking at Camp Buehring from a bird’s eye view. SGT Lankford celebrating We have begun to build a steady routine here, Halloween as the Evil Clown of the Flight Line. punctuated by exciting moments and milestones. SGT Howard participated in an NCO Induction ceremony, which welcomes new leaders into the Corps of the Non-Commissioned Officer. SPC Forton graduated from the Warrior Leader Course, a three week leadership course to refine his leadership skills and PFC Hicks getting ready for his AH-1 Cobra. professional capability. CPL Parkhurst was laterally promoted to Corporal and assumed the responsibility as a squad leader. The Company congratulates CW2 Stuebbe and his wife Wendy on the birth of their first child, Cael Andrew Stuebbe. We wish you all the best. Alpha Company Soldiers continue to make an impact and conduct their duties safely and proficiently. During this holiday season, 1SG Witmer and I will be thankful for the outstanding team we have in Alpha Company and the support from the Families that motivate us all to work hard every day. The cards, photos and Halloween candy SGT Howard receives a have increased the morale and the waist line copy of the NCO Creed of the sweet tooths in the Company. after the NCO Induction ceremony.

-CPT Andrew Schwilk “PANTHER 06”

PFC Hicks flying by on his Cobra ride courtesy of the Marines!

Panther 06 flies by on a beautiful night in Kuwait during his successful PIC ride, Congratulations CPT Schwilk.


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B Co

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Diamondbacks

Commander: CPT Travis Clonch First Sergeant: 1SG Bobby Lucas Diamondbacks Families and Friends, Happy Thanksgiving! November closes out an extremely busy time for Bravo Company and we are excited to have some time to enjoy turkey and stuffing before moving into December. The Diamondbacks spent the bulk of November training on gunnery skills in preparation for the upcoming NTC rotation in February. The first week of the month was spent qualifying crews during 1st Battalion’s Gunnery event. We qualified four crews over the course of six days to ensure currency through NTC. Immediately upon completion of gunnery the Company deployed to Training Area 40 as part of Operation Spearhead Rampage. The field exercise was in support of 1st BCT to validate Company level mission tasks prior to NTC. We spent a total of 10 days in the field, conducting several iterations of Soldiers prepare for a convoy during the live fire with the Soldiers of 1st FTX. Soldiers receive communications Brigade. In addition to flight support, training. the Company also had the chance to develop some individual skills for our newest Soldiers. Training events included assembly area operations, base defense measures, communications training, drivers training, Combat Life Saver training and much more. The Soldiers were trained to react to certain battle drills such as indirect fire and responding to a mass casualties event. During the field problem the battalion hosted a family day for the Soldiers. The Diamondbacks had a great turnout from our Families and it was a great day for everyone involved. There were static displays, weapons stations and a cookout to entertain the visitors. Some additional news from the Company includes the promotion of CW2 Brechwald to CW3. His wife joined him for the promotion ceremony held at the airfield and it was a great event. CW2 Stuebbe and his wife welcomed their first born son Cael into the world last week. Baby and mother are doing great and we are excited Diamondbacks taking off for a mission during the for the new addition! FTX. December will be busy as we finalize some preparations for NTC. There are several FRG events throughout the month and the Holidays will be upon us before you know it!

“DIAMONDBACKS!”


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C CO

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Snake Eyes

Commander: CPT Kyle Rogers First Sergeant: 1SG Joseph Mungin fHappy Thanksgiving from the Snake Eyes Family at Ali Al Salem! Everyone here is getting in the holiday spirit. The DFAC is adorned in something of a cross between Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mardi Gras décor. November has brought rain...yes rain! And lots of it. It has sprinkled at least a few times per week all month. This past week, in a matter of 24 hours we got 1.8 inches of rain which resulted in extensive flooding in many areas on base and on the local roads. Some small patches of grass have started growing around the flight line– they look like miniature marshes if you use your imagination. None of us were expecting it to rain as much as it did, although we aren’t complaining as it has been a nice departure from the dry weather. The Snake Eyes have once again had a great month of training with some very unique experiences. We had our first partnership flight with the Kuwaiti Apache unit. We flew a short overwater mission then had the opportunity to fly along the beachfront of Kuwait City. The view was absolutely spectacular! We are excited for our next training opportunity with them which is scheduled for two days prior to Thanksgiving. We are continuing to train weekly with Air Force assets working with their Joint Area Tactical Controllers (JTAC) which has been outstanding training for SPC Rodriguez performing at Rock our newer pilots. We are currently preparing for our first overwater Fest gunnery the 1st and 2nd of December. This gunnery will present some unique challenges and should be an outstanding learning The view of Kuwait City as we flew by the experience for all of the pilots. Kuwait Towers. At the beginning of the month, CPT Rogers and 1SG Mungin had the pleasure of promoting two exceptional crew chiefs to Sergeant. Congratulations to SGT Ogden and SGT Ungles! Their promotion was well deserved and they are a great addition to the NCO Corps. Also, congratulations to SGT Ogden for getting picked up for Warrant Officer Candidate School to become an Army Aviator! A big thank you to all of our families back home for their continued support! Everyone enjoyed the banner that was put together for us and it is hanging proudly in our office.

SGT Ogden and SGT Ungles promotion ceremonies.

“SNAKE EYES!”


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D Co

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Unforgiven

Commander: CPT Greg Sterley First Sergeant: 1SG Joseph Corr Unforgiven Family and Friends, The last time I wrote to you I spoke of the rigorous pace that our Soldiers had been working. Today I can tell you that their hard work has paid off, but the work continues. The pace has slowed some and we have been without a phase for the past 30 days. A welcome relief, but if anyone has ever heard of Murphy’s Law then you know that once you think you’re in the clear, disaster strikes. In our unit’s case, Murphy struck in a major way when we discovered that several of our aircraft blades were in need of repair. The safety of our airframes and pilots will always come first and the decision was made to change out 30 main rotor blades. This is a daunting task that not only requires replacement of the blades, but also a flight by a maintenance test pilot to ensure that vibration levels are safe and the aircraft is capable of flying on missions. Our Soldiers worked day and night and in one day we went from zero aircraft mission capable to five. Truly amazing and all credit is due to the Unforgiven Soldiers! The holiday season is drawing closer and as we get to this time I want you to understand that we all want nothing more than to be with our

The blade fold team hard at work.

Families. Service to our nation will preclude us from doing so this year, but rest assured; your loved one also has a Family here and we will take care of each other during the holiday season. 1SG Corr and I are extremely proud of four Unforgiven Soldiers who have met the requirements to wear a higher rank. SGT Arismendez was promoted to E-5 this month and three others; SGT Guzman, SGT Morford and SGT Momber will be promoted to Staff Sergeant (E-6) on 1 DEC. We look forward to these Soldiers future accomplishments and continued service to the Unforgiven team.

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1SG Corr sporting his custom shirt at the company BBQ.


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Unforgiven

Our FRG has been extremely busy with activities and events lately. Nineteen Unforgiven Family members and Friends embraced the frigid conditions and completed the Killeen Color Up 5K this month. Our volunteers also completed decorating stockings for all of our Soldiers. We eagerly await their arrival and it will add some much needed holiday spirit to our work area.. The BN cookie exchange and ornament decorating party was the major event hosted by the battalion this month. Our Christmas tree is ready for some bling and it will proudly be displayed in the hanger as well. We look forward to seeing all the interesting designs that you have all come up with for us. Our company mascot, SGT Barry, will be sending out his fourth letter to the Unforgiven children at the end of the month. He has been hard at work with Shops Platoon and can’t wait to share his experiences. Please inquire with my wife & FRG Leader, Jessica, or The Unforgiven Team at the Killeen Color Up 5K. your key caller to get your child added to SGT Barry’s mailing list if they are not on there. The FRG will be taking a break until after the holiday season, but rest assured that we will continue with events after we all get some much needed family time. Thank you all for your sacrifice and unwavering patience. Five more newsletters to go and we will once again be reunited.

Sincerely, CPT Greg Sterley Unforgiven 06

PFC Sheppard getting ready to fly in a Marine Corps AH1Z Cobra.

“UNFORGIVEN!”


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E CO

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Equalizers

Commander: CPT Omar Villafane First Sergeant: 1SG Jose Ventura Greetings Equalizers Families and Friends, This past month your Equalizers have been immersed in tactical and support training operations! The Equalizers have been very busy supporting multiple JAAT gunnery missions as well as providing the technical expertise of our UMO and HAZMAT trained personnel in support of our Brigade DATF emergency deployment readiness exercise. This month your E Co FSC war fighter had their culminating training event, the “Convoy Dry Fire Exercise.” Here our maintainers trained on convoy ops, recovery ops, refueling and combat lifesaver skills. As a part of the GUNs BN ORG day, the Equalizers have organized the BN basketball tournament at the end of the month, which is sure to be one for the record. Congratulations to SGT Rodriguez and SPC Sanchez on their reenlistments back into the fight this month. SGT Rodriguez currently serves as the company orderly room NCO and SPC Sanchez is one of the skilled FSC maintainers down at our motor pool. Both of these Soldiers are outstanding examples of what the Army wants and needs to retain as we go forward with our force. This month the company showed some muscle with 2LT Houston representing the Equalizer and GUNS family in the Camp Buehring Super 6 fitness competition and the Camp Buehring Power lifting competition. 2LT Houston placed 1st in both competitions showing the level of fitness only found in the 4-227 FSC. Our FRG continues to run forward with the “Battalion Walk to and From Kuwait” event, which encourages all spouses to log all miles walked, ran, and/or biked over the entire deployment time frame. The event promotes health and fitness but focuses primarily on morale support to all deployed service members in the unit. The participants have logged over 1150 miles towards our overall goal of 7600 miles, which is the distance between Fort Hood and Kuwait. Again, I’d like to thank all of the Spouses, Family members, and Equalizers supporters who are participating in this event and I welcome everyone else to join in on the fun. If interested in participating please contact our FRG leader Mrs. Mandi Pfeil at Mandi.pfeil@gmail.com or myself at omar.villafane.mil@mail.mil.

“EQUALIZERS!”


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Rear Detachment Commander: CW2 Michael Hughes First Sergeant: SFC Luis Velazquez Guns Team, Another month down! There have been some great events from the DSW ceremony to the 4-227 ARB Cookie Exchange. Additionally, renovations have begun on our hangar which will improve the overall conditions for daily operations at Fort Hood. As we look back on these past weeks, we have said say goodbye to CW3 Kelly Maynard and CW3 Jake Gaitan as they both retire from the Army. Also, good luck to MAJ Lynn Gower as she leaves the Army to enter civilian life. The Rear Detachment gains a new Soldier into our formation, SSG Richard Hillenbran. In his short time with us, he is already setting the standard that will ensure our success. CW3 Gaitan receives his retirement certificate during the DSW ceremony on 14 Nov 2013. Our most recent event, the cookie exchange, was a great activity that allowed Families to come together and decorate ornaments for their Soldiers downrange. Santa also made a surprise appearance for the kids. Families were able to take pictures and film messages to their loved ones for the holidays. Once again, this could not have been possible without the team work and dedication from our volunteers. A special thanks to Amber Goodwin for coordinating this event. Finally, I would like to congratulate two well Santa takes pictures with the kids. deserving volunteers for their selfless commitment to their Companies and the Battalion. Barbara Wade receives her volunteer Congratulations to Amanda Pfeil and Barbara Wade for being selected as certificate during the cookie exchange event. the volunteers of the month for October and November. Thank you for all you do! From the Rear Detachment to all the Families and Soldiers, be safe and happy Holidays!

“GUNS!�


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Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention BN SHARP: SFC LaCresha Riddle BN SHARP ALT: VACANT Guns Attack Family, Army Directive 2013-20 (Assessing Officers and Noncommissioned Officers on Fostering Climates of Dignity and Respect and on Adhering to the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program) The contributions that leaders put towards the Sharp program is now being mandated to be annotated on NCOERs and OERs. This is one of the Army’s ways in taking steps to foster a climate of dignity and respect within our formations and ensure its Leaders are executing the same behavior. The directive will also enhance the Evaluation Reporting System to assess how officers and NCOs are meeting their commitments and hold them appropriately accountable. Soldiers at all levels must do their part in eliminating Sexual Harassment and Assault. It doesn’t change any situation if Soldiers sit back and say nothing. Take care of your battle buddies to your left and right and say something or tell someone if you see or hear something suspicious.

TITLE

RANK FIRST

LAST

LOCATION

EMAIL

4-227 BN SHARP PRI

SFC

LaCresha

Riddle

Camp Buehring lacresha.c.riddle.mil@mail.mil

SSG

Yavel

Pereiradiez Camp Buehring yavel.pereiradiez.mil@mail.mil

A Co SHARP PRI

1LT

Ward

Baker

Camp Buehring Ward.e.baker.mil@mail.mil

A Co SHARP ALT

1LT

Jeremy

Adams

Camp Buehring Jeremy.m.adams.mil@mail.mil

B Co SHARP PRI

CW2

James

Alteffer

Fort Hood

james.altaffer1@us.army.mil

B Co SHARP ALT

SSG

Joseph

Smith

Fort Hood

Joseph.r.smith167.mil@mail.mil

C Co SHARP PRI

CW2

Gregory

Kilpatrick

Ali Al Salem

gregory.a.kilpatrick.mil@mail.mil

C Co SHARP ALT

SSG

Derek

Nelson

Ali Al Salem

Derek.a.nelson14.mil@mail.mil

SSG

Eric

Moore

Camp Buehring eric.c.moore.mil@mail.mil

BN SHARP ALT HHC SHARP PRI HHC SHARP ALT

D Co SHARP PRI D Co SHARP ALT E Co SHARP PRI E Co SHARP ALT


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Chaplains Corner Chaplain: CPT Robert Caruso Chaplains Assistant: PVT Dezmon Worth Dear Soldiers and Families, Greetings, blessings, and grace be with you! I hope this letter finds you and your households well. Christmas is my favorite season of the year. It is a time to greet one another with great joy as we celebrate God breaking through into creation to share in our humanity, so we may share in God’s communal divinity. This is indeed a diverse “holiday” season for many will celebrate other equally important holidays like Hanukah, winter’s Solstice, and Kwanza. If I were to describe this holiday season with one word, it would be Shalom because it is rich in meaning and precisely what we humans strive for: communal wholeness (Greek: Koinonia) with God and each other. Since ancient biblical times our Jewish brothers and sisters strive to create and maintain a sense of Shalom in their personal lives, as well as in society as a whole. Shalom is a sense of wholeness in life, a feeling of blessedness in that God is with us and we are with God. God becomes (and is) our Shalom; God is why we gather to celebrate the gift of life with joy in our hearts. When we live in communal solidarity with God and each other, we experience a feeling of wholeness and blessedness. God is our Shalom wherein all have the choice and opportunity to commune in the life of the Divine in a most intimate and mysterious way. It is my hope and prayer that together we strive to live a life of Shalom, and celebrate the upcoming holidays with joy and love in our hearts! May God’s peace be with you and your loved ones always, CH Caruso


31

FOURTH ADVENT

29

HOLY FAMILY 1500 MASS

Feast of St. Stephen

Christmas Day 1500 Mass

Christmas Eve Midnight

30

26

25

23

24

22

GAUDETE SUN 1500 MASS

19

18

15

17

SECOND ADVENT

16

AJ 3 Day Restoration Program

5

THU

AJ 3 Day Restoration Program

4

WED

12

10

3

TUE

11

8

9

2

1

ADVENT SEASON

MON

SUN

UMT Calendar - December 2013

4-227th ARB

Feast of St. John the Evangelist

27

20

AJ 3 Day Restoration Program

13

6

FRI

Feast of the Holy Innocents

28

21

14

7

SAT

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Retention Corner Greetings GUNS, Reenlisting in today’s Army means more than ever, you’re committing to a team and Family of professionals to support and defend the nation. 4-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion has reenlisted 26 Soldiers thus far during the deployment and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support and commitment of the Families and friends of the Battalion. On behalf of the command team, I personally would like to thank each and every one of you for supporting your Soldier with their decision to remain on active duty. We will continue to ensure you and your Soldier receives maximum reenlistment options and entitlements, because you deserve it. Below are some of the most recent reenlistment pictures for more please visit our Facebook page. -SSG LeFaire

“STAY GUNS”


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FRG Corner

Family Readiness Group leadership pose with Santa Claus at the “GUNS ATTACK” Cookie Exchange. On 23 November, GUNS Families gathered at the 13th ESC Family Readiness Center to exchange cookies, make Christmas ornaments and record videos for loved ones deployed.

FAMILY READINESS GROUP CONTACTS As always, continue to stay engaged with your company FRG Leaders on upcoming events and useful resources with the Battalion and local area. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your company FRG Leader or our Battalion Senior Advisor, Mrs. Julia Perry at mrsjuju11@earthlink.net

TITLE

FIRST

LAST

SPOUSE

CELL

EMAIL

4-227th ARB BN SENIOR ADVISOR

Julia

Perry

LTC Perry

254-319-2448

mrsjuju11@earthlink.net

HHC

Amber

Goodwin

1LT Goodwin

864-328-6345

amkgoodwin@gmail.com

A COMPANY

Ashton

West

SPC Benjamin

817-791-0872

aco.4227.frg@gmail.com

B COMPANY

Kim

Clonch

CPT Clonch

615-481-4689

ktclonch@gmail.com

C COMPANY

Barbara

Wade

CW2 Wade

706-593-7862

bullardwade@hotmail.com

D COMPANY

Jessica

Sterley

CPT Sterley

716-830-1070

Unforgiven.frg@gmail.com

E COMPANY

Amanda

Pfeil

SPC Pfeil

901-277-1608

Mandi.pfeil@gmail.com


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FRG Corner FAMILY READINESS SUPPORT ASSISTANT Charles Lyons (4-227 ARB) Charles.lyons2.civ@mail.mil Office: 254-553-7486 Cell: 254-290-0730 Bldg 87016 Rose Bud

MILITARY FAMILY LIFE CONSULTANT Eddie Rayford Cell:254-317-3517 Bldg 87016 Rose Bud

“GUNS ATTACK” Family Members Recognized CW2 Michael Hughes presents the 1CD Commander’s Award for Excellence to Mrs. Barbara Wade, FRG Leader for C Co, 4-227 ARB. Mrs. Wade was unable to attend the ceremony on 11 November at Cooper Field. Mrs. Amanda Pfiel poses with her 1CD Commander’s Award for Excellence presented to her by MG Ierardi on November 11 at the monthly 1CD DSW ceremony.

Thank you to our FRSA, Charles Lyons and his wife for collecting donated meals for our soldier's families. You've provided them with a Happy Thanksgiving.

“GUNS ATTACK” Cookie Exchange


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4-227th ARB December Birthdays RANK

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

BIRTHDAY

CW2

HALL

ANDREW

2-Dec

SGT

CROSS

DERIC

2-Dec

CW3

INBODY

RYAN

4-Dec

WO1

ROSA

JESUS

5-Dec

SPC

VILLEGASNUNEZ

ALMA

5-Dec

SPC

GRAY

ROBERT

6-Dec

SFC

BIDDICK

BENJAMIN

7-Dec

CW2

MOYER

MICHAEL

7-Dec

SGT

LAIN

TERRY

11-Dec

SPC

RHONE

NATASHA

11-Dec

SGT

BERNAL

JOHN

11-Dec

SPC

BECERRA

JACK

11-Dec

PFC

COTE

ALEXANDER

12-Dec

PV1

GIUOCOSCHLAEFER

GADDISON

14-Dec

SSG

SVITAK

CHRISTOPHER

14-Dec

CW2

VINSON

DANIEL

15-Dec

SSG

FLORES

CINDY

17-Dec

SPC

VAUGHN

NAIM

18-Dec

CW4

COSYNS

SEBASTIEN

19-Dec

SSG

MAXWELL

RYAN

19-Dec

SFC

WOOD

NATHANIEL

20-Dec

CW2

KILPATRICK

GREGORY

21-Dec

PV1

DASCENZI

KENNETH

21-Dec

SGT

SAMS

DANNY

22-Dec

PFC

MCCLENDON

JAMAL

23-Dec

SSG

HILLENBRAND

RICHARD

28-Dec

PFC

SCHMIDT

BRANDON

31-Dec

SPC

WILKINS

MICHAEL

31-Dec


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GUNS Poster

4-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion “Operation Enduring Freedom-Kuwait 13-14”


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The GunStore is now accepting orders! Stickers, Velcro patches, youth sizes, and supersizes are also available. Payment will be accepted after all pre-orders are in. Guns Attack!!!


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GUNS ATTACK Turkey Bowl Org Day

MAJ Hummel playing Ultimate Frisbee with the GUNS Soldiers. CPT Lorange playing horseshoes at the “GUNS ATTACK” Org Day.

GUNS Soldiers posing for a quick picture following the Ultimate Frisbee game.

GUNS Soldiers competing for the Weight Lifting Championship.

Delta Company Soldiers competing for the Basketball tournament game.

GUNS Soldiers playing around of Texas Hold ‘em.


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Training Holiday 31

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Training Holiday

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Tuesday

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Community Events – Blue FRG Information – Yellow Holidays – Orange Army happenings - Green

November 25

Monday

4

27

28

Friday

5

Hood Hoedown (Ft Hood, Texas)

12

Salado Christmas Stroll Market (Salado, Texas) 13

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26

Christmas Day

Nature In Lights, A Holiday Tradition (BLORA Lake, Texas)

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27

Fredericksburg Christmas Trade Days (Fredericksburg, Texas)

20

Christmas Stroll Market (Salado, Texas)

Nature In Lights, A Holiday Tradition (BLORA Lake, Texas)

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6

Austin Holiday Marketplace (Austin, Texas)

Nature In Lights, A Holiday Tradition (BLORA Lake, Texas)

11

Sights and Sounds of Christmas (San Marcos, Texas)

29

Saturday

7

30

Austin Wedding Show (Austin, Texas)

28

Belton Real Gun Show (Belton, Texas)

Christmas Market (Blanco, Texas) 21

Holiday Dash 5K Run (Ft Hood, Texas)

Cherrywood Art Fair (Austin, Texas) Christmas Arts and Crafts Show (Pflugerville, Texas) 14

Nature In Lights, A Holiday Tradition (BLORA Lake, Texas)

Thursday

Nature In Lights, A Holiday Tradition (BLORA Lake, Texas)

Wednesday

December 13

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22

15

8

December 1

Sunday

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