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Issue 52

Mar. 31, 2011

Warhorse cooks compete in Ft. Lee Story by Maj. Kevin Toner

Carson took 5th place overall. The Warhorse cooks competed as a group in the “Student Skills” category. Phase I was Army cooks from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson a timed relay race in which the competitors had to dress a chicken, filet a fish, prepare competed in the 36th Annual Culinary Arts vegetables, and make pastry items. In Phase Competition at Fort Lee, Va. from Feb 26. to II, the team had to recreate Saute Poulet al la Mar. 12. Catalane, a classic French chicken dish. The Of the 12 person team from Fort Carson, Warhorse team was one of only four to earn a the Warhorse brigade sent 5 cooks: Sgt. gold medal in the category. James Rush, Cpl. Joshua Hoyt, Spc. Paul In the “Field Category” competitors used Santana, Spc. Matthew Wagner and Spc. Kendal Contardo. Each Warhorse cook came their field kitchen equipment to make highhome with numerous medals from the several end 3-course meals. In this competition, civilian guests to the Fort Lee dining facility competitive categories. chose between the meals created by two Competitors are judged in individual teams. The Warhorse team competed against and team categories and the categories are a team from Fort Hood. Eighty-one civilians compiled to determine overall rankings. Of chose the Warhorse meal and 20 chose the the 25 military teams that competed, Fort 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

Sgt. James Rush, Cpl. Joshua Hoyt, Spc. Matthew Wagner, Spc. Paul Santana, Spc. Kendal Contardo pose with a judge and their submission to the “Student Skills” category. This team of Warhorse cooks was one of only four to earn a gold medal in this category.

meal prepared by the Fort Hood team. The “Nutritional” category was similar to a popular television cooking show. “Individual competitors received a ‘mystery basket’ of ingredients with which to create a nutritionally balanced meal,” said Rush, a cook with 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. “The most grueling category was the ‘Cold Table’,” he said. “Our team spent 27 straight hours preparing the buffet.” The judging panel was a group of American and international chefs who judge similar competitions around the world. “I want to thank Chef Thomas Shaeffer, from the Pikes Peak American Culinary Federation chapter for his advice and mentorship,” said Rush.

Cooks from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division plate their dishes in the “Student Skills” category at the 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition. This Warhorse team was one of only four to earn a gold medal in this category.

2nd BCT hosts Governance and Development Training Story by Maj. Shaffir Alikahn Security Force Assistance Team

Jason Lewis-Berry (male speaker) served as lead instructor from the State Department’s Office of Stabilization and Reconstruction during 2nd BCT’s governance and development training seminar. Frances Brown (female speaker) represented the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Members from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development conducted governance and development training for members of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., Mar. 11. The training event, held at the Aspen Conference Room in the Army Community Services building, was geared towards

building greater understanding of the roles of civilian governance and development organizations in Afghanistan. Specific topics of discussion included roles and functions of U.S. District Support Teams, Operational Coordination Centers, and Provincial Reconstruction Teams. “This was a great opportunity for the brigade staff and Security Force Assistance continued on page 2


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Warhorse Pride

Issue 52 Mar. 31, 2011

Army Surgeon General observes “Warrior” Soldier SPAR training equipment are not yet on the ground, so 2nd Brigade was asked to help,” said Capt. Laura 4th Inf. Div. Physical Therapy Liaison, MEDDAC 2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO Bluemle, 2nd Brigade physical therapist. “IHPO is a division program and 2nd Brigade While attending a recent Western was the first brigade to implement it. We Regional Medical Command strategic are now sharing our knowledge and lessons planning conference in Colorado Springs, learned with the other Ironhorse brigades.” Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker stated, “We need to evaluate Schoomaker, made a special visit to Fort current and proposed injury prevention and Carson and observed Soldier Performance performance optimization programs. Injury Assessment Record (SPAR) training for 4th prevention is important, but we need to be BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers. able to evaluate these programs for their The Ironhorse Performance Optimization effectiveness and then standardize them for team from 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. supported use across our Army. Otherwise, we’re just the event by teaching Soldiers how to collect mindlessly putting Soldiers through training baseline physical readiness data such as that doesn’t get results.” Functional Movement Screens, shuttle sprints, The Surgeon General participated in some and hop tests, that will then be collected prior of the screening and remarked, “It’s harder to the initiation of the 4th BCT’s Mountain than it looks, and the screen was able to find Athlete Warrior (MAW) program. my physical limitations.” “The 4th Brigade training team and Story by Capt. Candi C. Roberts and Maj. Kevin Toner

Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, the Army surgeon general participates in the hurdle step, one of the Ironhorse Performance Optimization tests. The Surgeon General made a special trip to the Mountain Post to observe Soldier Performance Assessment Record training.

Governance Training

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Teams to learn more about effective integration and coordination with civilian agencies in Afghanistan,” said Maj. Chris Dunlap, the brigade’s Chief of Governance and Development. “This training will also help us to become more effective at integrating all interagency efforts into our governance and development lines of effort in Afghanistan,” Dunlap said. The State Department representative, Jason Lewis-Berry, served as Kandahar PRT Chief of Staff for 16 months and the USAID representative, Frances Brown, spent over 3 years in Afghanistan coordinating economic development projects.

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