A Day in the Life: 25th ID Soldiers share similar activities, whether deployed or home

| March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
1st Lt. Ty Lin (left), platoon leader, and Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Maney (right), platoon sergeant, both of 3rd Platoon, Co. A, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, explain the route and security precautions for the day’s mission in support of the Tikrit Provincial Reconstruction Team during a mission brief at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Feb. 28. (Spc. Andrew Ingram | U.S. Division-North Public Affairs)

1st Lt. Ty Lin (left), platoon leader, and Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Maney (right), platoon sergeant, both of 3rd Platoon, Co. A, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, explain the route and security precautions for the day’s mission in support of the Tikrit Provincial Reconstruction Team during a mission brief at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Feb. 28. (Spc. Andrew Ingram | U.S. Division-North Public Affairs)

Spc. Andrew Ingram
U.S. Division-North Public Affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq — Soldiers in 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, “Black Sheep,” Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, woke up at 5:30 a.m., and they headed to the gym where they spent two hours pumping iron.

Then they proceeded to breakfast at the dining facility and afterward made their way to their military vehicles.

In Hawaii, the same scenario could describe a 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID Soldier’s morning. The unit returned from a deployment in 2010 and is gearing up for an upcoming rotation.

Staff Sgt. Vernon Washington (right), flight medic and acting first sergeant, Co. C, “Dustoff,” 3rd Bn., 25th General Support Aviation Bn., 25th CAB, 25th ID, gives a hand signal so he and Lt. Col. Lori Robinson (left), commander, 3rd. Bn., 25th GSAB, 25th CAB, can be hoisted back up to an UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter during hoist training, part of Operation Shark Tank, at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the Big Island, Feb. 25. (Sgt. Karl Williams | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Vernon Washington (right), flight medic and acting first sergeant, Co. C, “Dustoff,” 3rd Bn., 25th General Support Aviation Bn., 25th CAB, 25th ID, gives a hand signal so he and Lt. Col. Lori Robinson (left), commander, 3rd. Bn., 25th GSAB, 25th CAB, can be hoisted back up to an UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter during hoist training, part of Operation Shark Tank, at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the Big Island, Feb. 25. (Sgt. Karl Williams | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“We’re going out to provide security,” said Spc. Fredrick White, infantryman and squad automatic weapon gunner, Co. A, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT. “It should be pretty simple, but we can’t get complacent.”

 

The squad agrees that despite executing similar routines and missions, day after day, solid training and constant vigilance keeps the troops sharp and ready for action.

“In Iraq, things could change in a heartbeat, and we have to be ready for anything,” said Spc. Kurt Brown, infantryman, Co. A, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT.

For the 25th CAB, units practiced to keep skills sharp in aerial gunnery, hoist training, and arming and refueling point validation training at Pohakuloa Training Area, on the Big Island, recently.

Deployed leaders make training and education a high priority, said Cpl. Jeffrey Heparnold, team leader, 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, Co. A, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT.

Heparnold makes Army education a priority for his Soldiers, because he believes it is the best way for troops to gain technical and tactical competency to further their military careers, and the promotion points to become noncommissioned officers.

At the end of the day in Iraq, Soldiers head to the gym, to their rooms to relax, watch a movie or talk to loved ones online. The same schedule could be applied to any Soldier still stationed on Oahu.

Spc. Joshua Michael, wheeled vehicle mechanic, and Sgt. Thaimalong Vongbandith, machinist, both of Headquarters and Support Co., 209th Aviation Support Bn., “Lobos,” 25th CAB, 25th ID, remove the radiator from a humvee at the motor pool during a Pohakuloa Training Area rotation on the Big Island, Feb. 7. (Sgt. Daniel Schroeder | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. Joshua Michael, wheeled vehicle mechanic, and Sgt. Thaimalong Vongbandith, machinist, both of Headquarters and Support Co., 209th Aviation Support Bn., “Lobos,” 25th CAB, 25th ID, remove the radiator from a humvee at the motor pool during a Pohakuloa Training Area rotation on the Big Island, Feb. 7. (Sgt. Daniel Schroeder | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Squad members may spend free time differently; all agree it is necessary to get away from the comrades they eat, work, train and sleep around.

“Sometimes it gets tough being around everybody all the time; you really don’t get a lot of privacy, and you get sick of each other,” said Spc. Trevor Legg, Co. A, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT. “But at the end of the day, they are still your friends, and we all care about each other.”

 

“There is some rivalry that goes on between the squads and more between the platoons,” said Spc. Robert Wright, Co. A, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT. “Most of the time, it’s fun. Nothing too serious, but it keeps us busy.”

Rivalries motivate Soldiers to do their best in physical training, weapons qualifications, combat drills or video games, Wright said.

Deployments and training help Soldiers appreciate the amenities of home and their time in Hawaii, including freedom, security and seeing families and loved ones.

But while Soldiers are between deployments in Hawaii or on one in Iraq, they wake up each morning, do a little physical training and begin another day.

(Editor’s Note: 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division, contributed to the content in this article.) 

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