2-6th Cav. is fueled to victory

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Ear-piercing cheers from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Troopers could be heard during Tropic Lightning Week.

Soldiers rallied behind their fellow Troopers as they battled with fatigue and pain to cross a finish line, finish one last repetition, and score a final point taking first place in the Women’s 5-mile run, Male’s Lightning Elite Challenge and Volleyball Competition.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Peterson (right), Troop C, 2-6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, receives congratulations from Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Peterson (right), Troop C, 2-6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, receives congratulations from Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Fueled by the cheers and unwavering support from his unit, Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Peterson, Troop C, 2-6 CAV, 25th CAB, 25th ID, pushed himself through the pain to finish the exercises of the Lightning Elite Challenge.

“I remember how tired I felt during the wall ball exercise,” Peterson said, “I heard Soldiers from my unit cheering me on from the bleachers. That sparked me to push myself harder to complete the exercises even faster.”

Peterson’s support carried him through all three cross fit events faster than his fellow competitors. This marked the first victory for 2-6 CAV during the Tropic Lightning Week Competition.

“It was great to win this event as a team,” Peterson said. “I might have been doing the exercises, but without the support from my Soldiers, I would not have taken it to the next level.”

That support and camaraderie was present with other Cavalry Troopers from 2-6 CAV during a volleyball match at the Wheeler Gym on Wheeler Army Airfield. The Troopers reigned victorious propelling them into the semi-finals.

Capt. Catherine McNair (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, receives congratulations from Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Capt. Catherine McNair (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, receives congratulations from Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, commander, 25th ID. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

The following morning at Weyand Field, the steadfast support of the Troopers was guided towards Capt. Catherine McNair, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-6 CAV, 25th CAB, as she represented her unit in the Lightning Elite 5-mile run.

Finishing the run strong with a time of 35 minutes, 21 seconds, McNair placed first in the Women’s category of the event.

“It was great to have the support from my unit as I neared the finish line,” said McNair. “I didn’t expect to win. I gave it my all during the run never knowing how the race was going to end. 2-6 [CAV] has been my home for the last two years; it was nice to give something back after all they have given me.”

McNair’s efforts marked the second victory for 2-6 CAV during the Tropic Lightning Week events.

That momentum carried into the volleyball semifinals. With the support from the unit, 2-6 CAV was able to overcome all opponents and earn first place in the volleyball competition.

Once the events were complete, the winners were acknowledged in front of the Division by Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, 25th ID Commander. With all the events concluded, a celebration recognizing the division’s 72nd birthday began allowing the Soldiers to spend time with their families and interact with each other.

“Tropic Lightning Week was a great opportunity to engage in friendly competition and meet people in different units we don’t work with often,” said McNair.

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