Keiki earn Spur Ride cavalry cross sabers

| April 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photos by
Spc. Jesus Aranda
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Children of deployed Soldiers tried on the combat boots of their deployed mothers and fathers,  and they wrote their own heroic adventure story during a day filled with military challenges and fun, here, Friday.

The children participants of the 6th Cavalry Regiment Spur Ride emerge from a downpour of water, courtesy of the Wheeler Army Airfield Fire Department, following the a road march, at Wheeler Army Airfield, March 26. The event allowed children of 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers to get together for fun, games and some military experience with several physical challenges throughout the day.More than 40 children of Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, participated in a Spur Ride.

The Spur Ride was designed to introduce the young warriors into the world of the U.S. Army Cavalry.
Participants were divided into color-coded groups; a Soldier served as the group’s team leader and guide.

“We began with a road march down to the gulch, which is approximately a mile-and-a-half,” said Capt. James Pascoe, rear detachment commander for the 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. “After that, we had a round robin of events to test their skills and endurance, to keep them motivated and having fun.”

The squadron’s rear detachment Soldiers planned the events.

“An event like this offers an opportunity for us to interact with the kids and the spouses of deployed Soldiers, provides camaraderie and builds team unity here at home, all while having fun,” said Pascoe.

Groups circulated the field and surrounding woods during each of five preliminary challenges, which included a modified Army Physical Fitness Test, individual movement tactics, a water balloon grenadier course, combat medical training and a low-crawl mud pit.

“We modeled the water balloon course after a hand grenade course,” said Pascoe. “The children like to throw water balloons at each other and our cadre members.”

Team Orange members Jade Errico (left) Adrian Ray (center left), Nicholas Hodges (center right), and Jennifer Bean (right) carry a litter during the combat medical training portion of the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Spur Ride held at Wheeler Army Airfield, March 26.We modified the APFT by keeping the push-ups and sit-ups and replacing the 2-mile run with other events to challenge the cardio system,” Pascoe said.

After 20 jumps with a jump rope, 30 side-straddle hops and a fire hose drag event, children crawled through Hawaii’s infamous red mud.

“They really want to earn their spurs,” said Grace Hawley, senior advisor to the 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. Family Readiness Group.

A tug of war pitted teams against each other, followed by a road march from the challenge site to the Wheeler Army Airfield Fire Department.

Here, would-be troopers saw a downpour of water flowing from nearby fire trucks.

Undaunted and unafraid, the warriors gritted their teeth, held their mud-caked shoulders square, and passed through the wall of water as though it were nothing but a light rain.

So brave were these heroes that many of the children actually ran back and passed through once more — laughing.

The journey ended at the squadron’s hangar on Santos Dumont Avenue.

The young troopers proved themselves worthy to wear the U.S. Army Cavalry’s signature cross sabers.

“For each candidate who successfully completes the course, we have a T-shirt, which has the 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. logo, as well as a certificate,” Pascoe said. “The boys receive cross saber pins to wear, and the girls receive a charm bracelet with the Kiowa helicopter.”

More than 40 kids became honorary members of the U.S. Army Order of the Spur.

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