USPACOM commander visits Bronco’s live-fire

| May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Lt. Col. James Batholomees (second from left), commander, 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, briefs Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear III (third from left), commander, U.S. Pacific Command, during his unit's participation in Bronco Rumble, at Area X, here, May 1. Bronco Rumble is a combined arms live fire exercise being conducted May 1-14 to develop leaders and service members with critical thinking and tactical skills, while remaining prepared to support the Army's mission in the Pacific. (Photo by 1st Lt. Zachary Kohl, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Lt. Col. James Batholomees (second from left), commander, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, briefs Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear III (third from left), commander, U.S. Pacific Command, during his unit’s participation in Bronco Rumble, at Area X, here, May 1. Bronco Rumble is a combined arms live fire exercise being conducted May 1-14 to develop leaders and service members with critical thinking and tactical skills, while remaining prepared to support the Army’s mission in the Pacific. (Photo by 1st Lt. Zachary Kohl, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public
Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson and Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The dust, smoke and noise of explosions, small arms fire and artillery on Area X, here, demonstrate just a fraction of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division’s capabilities.

Seeing was believing as the “Bronco” brigade hosted a visit by Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, May 1.

Locklear’s visit to the field was to observe Bronco Rumble, a company-level, live-fire
exercise.

“I hope he didn’t wear his whites,” said Col. Brian Eifler, commander, 3rd BCT, as he awaited Locklear’s arrival.

As the 25th ID has ended its role in Afghanistan and picks up its new mission focus in the Pacific, Eifler observed and said, “Now that we are part of the equation again, it’s great for him to come out to see what a BCT can offer. We have a great company lined up for him to see, so I think he’ll get a good perspective. … I have no doubt.”

The brigade is dedicated to developing leaders and service members with critical thinking and tactical skills, while remaining prepared to support the Army’s mission in the Pacific.

Bronco Rumble increases future interoperability with Pacific partners while sustaining combat readiness.

“The primary purpose of this live fire is synchronizing maneuver with all the fires capabilities and all the additional enablers,” said Lt. Col. James Bartholomees, commander, 2nd Battalion, 35th Inf. Regiment, “Cacti,” 3rd BCT.

The PACOM commander got a first-hand look at the unit that will be in the chute for the contingent response force mission.

In the eyes of the Cacti commander, this exercise was a great opportunity to display what his unit can offer to PACOM.

“I am really excited about the fact that he gets to see our battalion because we will assume the contingent response force mission first,” said Bartholomees. “We will be his light infantry battalion for the Pacific region.

“This is an opportunity for us to display our capabilities at the highest spectrum of decisive action and operations in a company live-fire exercise,” Bartholomees added. “We are honored to have (had him) come out and observe our training.”

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