7th FA Regt. honors patron saint of the battlefield

| December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gathered in the Main Ballroom of the Waikiki Sheraton Hotel, Dec. 3, to honor St. Barbara, patron saint of the artillerymen, and each other at the 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt. All Ranks Ball.

St. Barbara is believed to be the representative of those about to die without the sacraments. She is the patron saint of the artillerymen, among various other groups to include fireworks makers, armorers and gunsmiths. She protects those in danger from thunderstorms, fire and sudden death.

Aside from honoring St. Barbara, Soldiers of the battalion gathered in the name of camaraderie for one last formal occasion before they deploy with the rest of the 3rdBCT to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the spring.

“The All Ranks Ball, without question, serves to enhance the camaraderie and spirit of teamwork, unity and trust within the “Never Broken” battalion,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Perez, command sergeant major for 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT.

All ranks were encouraged to participate in the event from the youngest private to the most senior command sergeant major and lieutenant colonel.

“This event was good for morale because it brought all ranks together in an environment that encourages (people to have) a good time (and to have) pride in the battalion and the branch,” said Lt. David Andrews, Company B, 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT.

“The environment was really relaxed,” said Spc. Jose Flores, Headquarter and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT. “No one looked at ribbons or rank, we didn’t worry about anything but having a good time.”

The battalion awarded several Soldiers with the St. Barbara’s Medal, a bronze medal hanging ceremoniously from a red ribbon, the color of the artillery. These Soldiers were recognized for their outstanding work and leadership as artilleryman.

Soldiers awarded the St. Barbara’s Medal were Capt. Joseph Handke, Capt. Richard Salmon, Capt. Erik Jorgenson, Sgt. 1st Class George Cabrera, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Spears, Sgt. 1st Class Donte Allen, Staff Sgt. Rubin Cervantes and Staff Sgt. David White.

Also awarded was the Molly Pitcher Award. This award was geared for wives of the battalion, who have stepped up for the battalion and provided support for the Soldiers through the Family Readiness Group Program.

Awardees were Rachel Handke, Melissa Salmon, Sheena Jorgensen and Martina Schomaker.

(Editor’s Note: This article is www.HawaiiArmyWeekly.com web exclusive.)


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