Troopers enhance combat-readiness skills, earn their spurs

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photos by
Spc. Jazz Burney
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

Soldiers of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, move in a tactical formation through an open field at the Kahuku training grounds during the squadron’s “Spur Ride.” The unit’s new Cavalry troopers earned their spurs and increased their proficiency in troop-leading procedures in the lush Kahuku environment.“Ride” carries 3-4th Cav. off to Kahuku for lessons in leadership building

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — During the time-honored “Spur Ride” conducted by the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, April 27-28, new Cavalry troopers earned their spurs and improved their troop-leading procedures at the lush Kahuku training grounds.

The history of the Order of the Spur started during the horse cavalry days when new troops were trained to ride horses. Once the troops learned how to ride properly, they received spurs that symbolized their proficiency. 

In today’s Army, Soldiers experience a similar introduction that focuses on leadership building and basic cavalry tasks. 

After arriving at the Kahuku training area, the troopers split up into one of eight training lanes. Each lane consisted of various scenarios, including meeting medical needs of simulated wounded Soldiers, properly reacting to improvised explosive devices and setting up vital communication lines. 

Troopers navigated 1 kilometer between each station on the lane, while carrying their assigned weapons, body armor and fully loaded rucksacks.

“We have been training in steps known as the walk, crawl and run phases,” said Spc.  Alexander Cerney, a team leader with C Troop, 3rd Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt.

A squad leader from 3-4th Cav. issues commands as his unit reacts to contact in an area reconnaissance lane during a Spur Ride, April 27, at Schofield Barracks.“We crawled by moving through our quads on Schofield in tactical formations, then began the walking phase by going to East Range and learning how to map our locations, and finally running, by moving through the steepest mountains in Hawaii in the Kahukus,” said Cerney.

Sgt. Maj. Troy Tuten, squadron operations sergeant major, explained the value of the Spur Ride as the best way to bring a team together. Sharing hardships and being out in the rain while wet and tired help build camaraderie needed for Soldiers to become successful in combat, he said.

“When a young Soldier looks to the left or right and sees leadership sharing the same hardship as them, it builds confidence that their leaders will not ask them to do anything they wouldn’t do themselves,” Tuten said.

“This is a wake-up call for these young troopers who haven’t had the opportunity to train as a small unit in a wooded environment before deploying to Iraq,” Tuten added. “It is great training because it not only prepares for Afghanistan, but any operating environment.”

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