3rd Brigade celebrates ‘Week of the Bronco’

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Col. Brian Eifler (front, second from left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, along with his family and staff, lead the Bronco Brigade during a family fun run to begin the brigade's “Week of the Bronco,” Monday. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Col. Brian Eifler (front, second from left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, along with his family and staff, lead the Bronco Brigade during a family fun run to begin the brigade’s “Week of the Bronco,” Monday. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

1st Lt. Zachary Kohl, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division, celebrated the “Week of the Bronco,” July 1-3, with a series of morale-building events.

Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1963, the Bronco Brigade was born to help defend America from the communist threat in Vietnam.

Since then, it has been one of America’s premier light infantry forces in the Pacific theater.

The Week of the Bronco featured heavy emphasis on competitive sports. Some of Hawaii’s most famous battalions, with strength forged in war, sparred in friendly competition.

“Our job as Soldiers is to be in top physical condition, and this is not only a chance to come out and test ourselves, but it also builds that sense of brotherhood and camaraderie that is important in a fighting unit,” said 1st Lt. Steve Rizley, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regiment, “The Wolfhounds.”

The week kicked off with a brigade run that included family members of proud Bronco Soldiers.

“It was good for the families to get out and run with their dads,” said Kalya Dawson, 13, daughter of Staff Sgt. Nolan Dawson, HHC, 3rd BCT.

Volleyball, softball, football, cross-fit, combatives, a golf tournament, tug-o-war, a 4-mile relay and a special chariot race were among the events.

“A little bit of competition in the organization just makes us better,” said 1st Sgt. Chad Pinkston, HHC, 3rd BCT.

The Bronco Brigade has a lot to be proud of.

“It is a brigade that has been in the fight for a long time. It rarely puts its rucksack down,” said Pinkston. “In my opinion, it is one of the busiest BCTs in the Army.”

That kind of pride was evident during the Week of the Bronco.

“We have been at the front of pretty much every fight … and to be associated with that is such an honor,” said Rizley.

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