3-4th Cav. joins the ‘Order of the Spur’

| September 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Timothy Kolletzki, HHT, 3rd Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., receives his spurs while in the front leaning rest position at Quad F, Sept. 5.

Sgt. Timothy Kolletzki, HHT, 3rd Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., receives his spurs while in the front leaning rest position at Quad F, Sept. 5.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Order of the Spur is a Cavalry tradition within the Army, and Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, looked for initiation, Sept. 4-5.

Cavalry troops are inducted into the Order of the Spur after successfully completing a “spur ride.” The spur ride began when the candidates were split into six teams to go through the training ahead of them.

“This is really good training for these Soldiers,” said Command Sgt. Maj. James Westover, squadron senior enlisted leader.

Once they were split into the teams, each Soldier had to complete a written cavalry test, and then each group executed their movement to Area X-ray, where they were tasked with establishing and marking a pick-up zone to be airlifted to East Range.

Upon arriving, each team received a grid coordinate for an obstacle course. As soon as the obstacle course was finished, the group started the rest of the tactical lanes, which the Soldiers traveled to on foot.

“The hardest part for me was the all the walking, but I wanted to see it through to the end,” said Sgt. Timothy Kolletzki, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop.

Teams had to complete recon and observation, vehicle recovery, trauma lane, river crossing and weapons familiarization lanes.

“The area reconnaissance was probably the most physical demanding of the lanes, due to the wide range of tasks that needed to be completed,” said 1st Lt. Bryan Thompson, Troop B.

After each team finished all the lanes at East Range, it began the foot-march back to battalion headquarters. When teams arrived at their battalion headquarters, Soldiers received a quick rest before facing the final task: the spur board.

Each group was asked a series of questions before the commander gave the final seal of approval, stating each Soldier had earned his spurs.

“Earning the spurs is something to take a lot of pride in, something to be proud of,” said Thompson.

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