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Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Issue 77 Nov. 12, 2011

NCOs strive for excellence at home, abroad Story and photos by Spc. April York 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

things like this is how you lead by example and develop the younger leadership.” The two NCOs organized a study group “I have to admit I love the damned Army. at Camp Nathan Smith for the Soldiers who It was father, mother and brother to me for were interested in becoming members of the years. It made me somebody, gave me selfrespect,” a quote by Audie L. Murphy, WWII’s SAMC. “We held the study groups every other most decorated Soldier. Murphy’s life and Friday during the day for Soldiers his words still inspire who worked at night and one at Soldiers to achieve great night time for those who worked things even today. during the day,” Alexander said. Sgt. 1st Class Ebony “We helped them put together Alexander, noncommistheir leader’s books, go over scesioned officer in charge nario based questions and study of medical operations subjects that all leaders need to for 2nd Brigade Combat know.” Team, 4th Infantry DiviEach Soldier who showed sion, and Sgt. 1st Class interest in becoming a member Scott Bojanowski, equal of the club was required to get a opportunity advisor for recommendation from their bat2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., talion command sergeant major. are both members of the They had to achieve a minimum Sergeant Audie Murphy of 90 points in each category of Club. the Army physical fitness test and The club is a private not be on profile. They were also U.S. Army organization required to pass three different for NCOs who achieve boards: battalion, brigade and great leadership and Sgt. 1st Class Scott Bojanowski, equal division level along with completperformance. opportunity advisor for 2nd BCT, 4th “This is the top of the Inf. Div., is ready to begin taking notes ing skill level II lanes. Alexander and Bojanowski top, the best of the best,” in the 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. conference room at Camp Nathan Smith helped initiate all of these processAlexander said. during the brigade level board for the es for the Soldiers with exception Alexander and BoSergeant Audie Murphy Club, Nov. 5. to the division level board. They janowski are currently even ran the skill level II lanes. deployed to Kandahar, “The testing is pretty competitive,” said Afghanistan in support of Operation EndurStaff Sgt. Nestor Serrano, an infantryman ing Freedom 11-12. Even though they work long hours helping the Soldiers of the brigade with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., who stay safe, they have not lost sight of what is participated in the testing in hopes of becomtruly important. ing a member. “It does test your military “You always have to lead by example,” knowledge. It’s not just remembering but your Bojanowski said. actions on the actual task.” Alexander and Bojanowski decided when Along with running the lanes, Alexander they were still in garrison at Fort Carson, sat on the brigade level board as a judge and Colo. that they wanted to provide other Bojanowski sat in as the recorder. NCOs the opportunity to excel while de“Soldiers strive to excel above their peers ployed and become members of the SAMC. and this is one way to do it by taking the “This is important to me because I think time, even in a combat situation with a lot as you move up as an NCO instead of restof stuff going on, to achieve something they ing on your laurels, you need to keep taking more responsibility,” Bojanowski said. “Doing really want to do,” Alexander said. “They take

“Doing things like this is how you lead by example and develop the younger leadership.”

Sgt. 1st Class Scott Bojanowski, equal opportunity advisor for 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., tests Staff Sgt. Nestor Serrano, an infantryman with Company C, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., during a level II skills lane at Camp Nathan Smith, Nov. 4.

the time to study and prove to their Soldiers that you can still excel while in theater and continue to set the example by striving for something positive like SAMC.” New members are inducted into SAMC quarterly and thanks to the dedication of Alexander and Bojanowski Soldiers from 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., were given a chance to prove themselves. “The SAMC is a prestigious club and only the best compete,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Delosa, command sergeant major for 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “The work by (Bojanowski and Alexander) shows their dedication to excellence. Taking their personal time to develop other NCOs is what makes our Army strong.”

Sgt. 1st Class Ebony Alexander, noncommissioned officer in charge of medical operations for 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., times Staff Sgt. Nestor Serrano, an infantryman with Company C, 2nd Bn., 8th Inf.Reg., 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., during a level II skills lane at Camp Nathan Smith, Nov. 4.


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Warhorse Pride

Issue 77 Nov. 12, 2011

Veterans past and present ‘thank you’

FET visits Raj Girl’s School Story by Capt. Bonnie Hutchinson 2nd Special Troops Battalion

The Task Force Lonestar Female Engagement Team visited the Raj Girl’s School with “Jester” Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Oct 25. The visit started with a meeting between the school principal, Raj shura leader, Task Force Lonestar FET and the Jester Platoon leadership in regards to the needs of the school. “As the female population continues to be afforded the opportunity to attend school, it is vital that we reach out and help a historically sidelined population,” said Capt. Christina Stieber, FET member and battalion physician assistant. “These young girls have so much potential to improve not only their lives but the lives of every citizen of Afghanistan, and we should encourage the entire population of

Warhorse Pride Col. John S. Kolasheski...................2nd BCT Commander Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Delosa..............2nd BCT CSM Maj. Kevin Toner................................................2nd BCT PAO Sgt. Seth Barham..................................................PAO NCOIC Sgt. Ruth Pagan......................................Layout and Design Spc. April York.........................................Layout and Design

Afghanistan to support them.” After the meeting, the FET handed out school supplies and interacted with the students. “As we continue to visit the Raj Girl’s School, it is our goal to get to know the female students on a more individual level,” said Spc. Vijayta Waskul, FET member and combat medic. “The better we get to know them and their respective backgrounds the better we will be able to assist them.” “I am looking forward to visiting the school again and continuing to help them build a better future through education,” Waskul said. Although this was the first visit to the Raj Girl’s School, the platoon plans to continue working with the principal and Raj shura leader to help improve the school. “Handing out school supplies is only the beginning of our working relationship with the Raj Girl’s School,” said Capt. Orande The Warhorse Pride is produced in the interest of the Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The Warhorse Pide is an Army-funded newsletter authorized under provision of AR 360-1. Contents of the Warhorse Pride are not necessarily the view of, nor endorsed by the U.S. government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or the 4th Infantry Division. All editorial content of The Warhorse Pride is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public

Spc. Vijayta Waskul, a member of Task Force Lonestar, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Female Engagement Team and a combat medic, shakes hands with a student from the Raj Girl’s School, Oct. 25.

Roy, HHC commander. “Jester Platoon, in partnership with the school principal and Raj shura leader, plan to look at long-term fixes that are sustainable for the future as Afghanistan transitions to a more independent, sovereign and proud nation.” “I am very humbled and proud to be a part of this effort,” Roy said. Affairs Office. The Warhorse Pride welcomes articles, commentary and photos from readers. The Warhorse Pride reserves the right to edit submissions selected for the publication. All issues of The Warhorse Pride can be viewed online from your home computer at www.facebook. com/2bct4id Submissions should be e-mailed to the editor: seth.barham@afghan.swa.army.mil

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