3-4th Cav. spouses saddle up to earn their spurs

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spouses of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, prepare to clear a room in a shoot house during a Spouses Spur Ride, here, Sept. 12. (Photo by 1st. Lt. Timothy Karefa-Johnson, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spouses of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, prepare to clear a room in a shoot house during a Spouses Spur Ride, here, Sept. 12. (Photo by 1st. Lt. Timothy Karefa-Johnson, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

 

Story and photo by
1st Lt. Timothy Karefa-Johnson
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Following the time-honored cavalry tradition of earning one’s spurs, spouses of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment “Raiders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, participated in a spur ride hosted by the unit, Sept. 12.

To begin the event, the spouses were divided into individual troop teams and transported to the first event, the obstacle course. Stetson-clad troopers from Blackfoot Troop, who led them through the physically challenging tasks, met the spouses at the course.

Spouses then had to complete challenges wearing a helmet, fighting load carrier, gloves and eye protection.

“We hoped the obstacle course would give them a real taste of the physical rigors of training as a cavalryman,” said Lt. Col. David Zinn, commander, 3-4th Cav.

Next, the spouses were taken to the “shoot house,” where they received a class on weapon handling and room clearing. Then, in teams of four, they cleared enemy targets from three rooms with M4 assault rifles loaded with blank rounds. As the spouses maneuvered through the shoot house, their Soldiers observed and motivated them from the catwalk above.

“It felt good to experience what my husband had to do in Iraq,” said Erica Smith, wife of Capt. Quinton Smith, commander, Troop D. “I know it wasn’t exactly the same thing, but it felt good to try and understand what goes through a Soldier’s mind when clearing a room.”

The final event of the day was the live-fire range. For some, it was the first time firing live rounds. Firing from the prone supported position, the spouses fired 40 rounds at targets. They then moved over to the M240B machinegun, where they fired a 40-round belt of 7.62mm blank rounds.

Apache Troop also provided two humvees with Long Range Advanced Scout and Improved Target Acquisition systems mounted on top, to demonstrate some of the capabilities of Cavalry Scouts.

To conclude the spur ride, the spouses were presented awards, such as Top Gun and Top Gun Team, for the best shooters at the live-fire range. The best room-clearing team received the SWAT award. The best team to perform the obstacle course received the Military Movement Expert award.

“This was a fantastic event for the spouses to learn how to challenge themselves physically,” said Zinn.

(Editor’s note: Karefa-Johnson is the unit public affairs representative for 3-4th Cav. Regt.)

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