YIR: Broncos end year in Afghanistan, train, welcome new commander

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Sgt. James Omalley (left), gunner, and Spc. David Scott, assistant gunner, both assigned to 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, provide fire support with a 105mm howitzer during a "Steel" live-fire exercise here, Nov. 6, in support of a combined arms training exercise with 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., "Wolfhounds." (Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Sgt. James Omalley (left), gunner, and Spc. David Scott, assistant gunner, both assigned to 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, provide fire support with a 105mm howitzer during a “Steel” live-fire exercise here, Nov. 6, in support of a combined arms training exercise with 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolfhounds.” (Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

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2012 YIR

2012 YIR

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, made up of some 3,500 Soldiers, logged some tearful moments, historic runs, awards and record-setting milestones in 2012.

The Soldiers returned home after completing a yearlong deployment to the eastern region of Afghanistan in March, fighting in some of the toughest terrain ever assigned to the U.S. Army.

The Broncos worked tirelessly to develop the capabilities and confidence of their Afghan partners, and provided overwatch to more than 500 miles of shared border with Pakistan.

Following a successful deployment, the unit redeployed safely, but not without loss.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. Michael Tacket, HHC, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, launches a Tier I Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,  or PUMA, during training, Nov. 14. (Sgt. Hillary Rustine | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. Michael Tacket, HHC, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, launches a Tier I Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or PUMA, during training, Nov. 14. (Sgt. Hillary Rustine | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

In May, the unit unveiled the newly erected Bronco Memorial, with names engraved in white on dark granite, of 71 Soldiers lost in the brigade’s previous deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

At the end of May, the Broncos dedicated a memorial room, located inside the brigade’s headquarters, celebrating the legacy and accomplishments of its fallen Soldiers.

For gallantry displayed in the battles fought in the mountains of Afghanistan, Spc. Craig Middleton, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, and Spc. Jeffrey Conn, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, were awarded the Silver Star in a ceremony June 18, for marked heroism in combat while supporting OEF XII.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller (left), commander, 25th ID, presents Spc. Jeffrey Conn, 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, with the Silver Star during a ceremony in F Quad, here, June 18. (Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller (left), commander, 25th ID, presents Spc. Jeffrey Conn, 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, with the Silver Star during a ceremony in F Quad, here, June 18. (Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson | 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

After two years of leadership, Col. Richard Kim and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano bid the Broncos farewell in July, welcoming Col. Brian Eifler and Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark as the new leaders of the brigade. Since then, the Broncos have trained vigorously, conducting live-fire exercises, sling-load operations, situation training exercises, and field training exercises on Oahu and on Hawaii’s Big Island.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Members of a color guard stand bearing cased colors during the Bronco Brigade's redeployment ceremony, May 11. (Photo courtesy 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Members of a color guard stand bearing cased colors during the Bronco Brigade’s redeployment ceremony, May 11. (Photo courtesy 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

The unit also conducted security operations in New Zealand and tactical operations center simulations with the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Finally, the Bronco Brigade concluded the year winning the 25th ID’s “Best Dining Facility” recognition for its award-winning cuisine.

In 2013, the best is still yet to come.

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