Issue 93 March 3, 2012
Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.
Kandahar from the top Story and photos by Sgt. April York 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., PAO
rom the base of the mountain the challenge looks enormous. As we walk up we are greeted by nothing but sharp, unforgiving rocks and loose gravel. We begin our climb (PSD and PAO) and we are very optimistic about reaching the top. The climb itself was not that difficult, but the sharp rocks cutting through skin made some regret their apparel choice—shorts were a mistake. The view was worth it. Along the way we would stop to photograph Soldiers climbing and of the different views that greeted us. Open space starkly broken by other rocky mountains filled our gaze. The morning mist accentuated the colors. Blues, purples and pinks shouted, “Good morning!” The rising sun peeked between the clouds to welcome us to a glorious day. We ascended the mountain to promote two noncommissioned officers: Spc. Joshua Takacs to sergeant and Sgt. Bradley Porter to staff sergeant. Many months ago Soldiers erected American and Afghan flags but Old Glory had seen better days. We raised a new one to symbolize conquering the mountain and to make for a proper promotion ceremony.
The view from the top was breath taking-a 360 degree view of Kandahar. Sometimes the beauty of this country is hard to see when surrounded by violence and injustice. But at the top of the mountain there is only beauty, the openness and hope. Sgt. Joshua Takacs, a Soldier with the Personal Security Detachment, places his newly pinned hat on his head during his promotion ceremony from specialist to sergeant atop a mountain March 2.
After the obligatory photo snapping for Soldier’s Facebook pages, the promotion ceremony began. Without much flat ground, finding a foothold atop the craggy peak became a challenge itself, but we managed. Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Delosa, our brigade command sergeant major, stood for Takacs and offered a few kind and motivational words. Takacs’ supervisor, Sgt. Daniel Burkey, pinned the rank while our brigade deputy commander, Lt. Col. Douglas Winton, read the orders. In similar fashion,
Porter was promoted by our brigade operations sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Tony Tuck. With the ceremony complete and congratulations given all around, the descent began. Those who hike know going down is trickier than going up. Several difficult areas required us to maneuver on our rears. With our vehicles in view and a slow pace we set our minds to accomplishing our goal. Being promoted to a noncommissioned officer is a special occasion in any enlisted Soldier’s career. The view from atop Afghanistan made this promotion that much more memorable. Warhorse has followed in the footsteps of Raider brigade, our predecessors in Kandahar, up the mountain on a secure base. For the super-fit, the climb is a race. For the average Soldier it’s a challenge. For those afraid of heights it’s an emotional experience. Staff Sgt. Bradley Porter, a Soldier with the Personal Security Detachment, is promoted by Sgt. Maj. TonyTuck, brigade operations sergeant major, atop a mountain March 2.
Issue 93 March 3, 2012
AUP graduate from Advanced Police Tactical Skills course
Twenty Afghan Uniformed Police and Afghan Border Police graduate from Advanaced Police Tactical Skills course at the Kandahar Training Center on Camp Nathan Smith, March 1. The course taught skills in first aid, explosive device awareness, small arms fire and ambush training, and building entry and search techniques.
Maj. Jason Marquiss, the battalion executive officer for 385 Military Police Battalion attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, presents each graduate with a token of gratitude for a job well done. Many of the Afghan Uniformed Police graduates will be working shona-ba-shona with Soldiers in his unit.
Delta Co 2-8 change of command
Soldiers with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stand in formation at their tent dining facility to participate in their company change of command Feb. 16. Capt. Thomas Peabody will be handing over the reins of the company to Capt. Zachary Disbrow.
Capt. Thomas Peabody addresses the leadership and Soldiers of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in a farewell speech as their company commander. Peabody relinguised command to Capt. Zachary Disbrow at a change of command ceremony held in their tent dining facility Feb. 16.
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 Sgt. April York.........................................Layout and Design
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