YIR: Broncos close out successful year

| December 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, stand in the shape of the unit's emblem during the final day of the Week of the Bronco celebration, here, July 3. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, stand in the shape of the unit’s emblem during the final day of the Week of the Bronco celebration, here, July 3. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, finishes out the year just like it started it — ready and willing to go where the call demands.

Soldiers began the year participating in light infantry training all across Oahu, including locations such as Kahuku Training Area and Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, Jan. 14-26.

Time of relaxation rarely exists inside a brigade combat team, so one must find the time to keep morale up with the Soldiers. The brigade put together the 3rd BCT Single Soldier Cohesion Day that gave Soldiers a day to compete against one another in friendly competition.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 3rd BCT, 25th ID, participate in "Bronco Rumble," May 1-14. Bronco Rumble is a company-level combined arms live-fire exercise put on 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 Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 3rd BCT, 25th ID, participate in “Bronco Rumble,” May 1-14. Bronco Rumble is a company-level combined arms live-fire exercise put on 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 Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Inf. Regiment “Cacti,” paid respects to the 36 Soldiers lost in the battalion’s four combat tours by creating a formation in the shape of the battalion’s crest on the anniversary of the unit’s fallen platoon leader, 2nd Lt. Clovis Ray.

The big moment of the year came in May, when the Broncos would put together Bronco Rumble, a company level, combined arms live-fire exercise, here. For two weeks, Soldiers battled some of the island’s hottest and rainiest conditions as they trained through both day and night iterations. The training was about combining every aspect of the brigade to accomplish one overall mission.

To acknowledge all that Soldiers had accomplished through the beginning of the year, the Broncos put down rucksacks for “Week of the Bronco,” which featured a heavy emphasis on sports. Some of Hawaii’s most famous battalions squared off against each other. To close out Week of the Bronco competition, more than 2,200 Soldiers of the Bronco Brigade stood in the shape of the unit’s emblem to honor the 50-year history of the brigade.

Operation Mangoday, a leader assessment and development exercise intended to put captains under duress and deprivation in a physically and mentally difficult environment, was the main exercise to take place in the 3rd quarter of the year.

At the end of October, the Broncos bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark and welcomed in Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson to lead the “None Better” Brigade.

Monday, the brigade dedicated the Bronco Room of the dining facility to Staff Sgt. Joseph Altmann.

Every New Year brings new challenges, and 2014 will be no different.

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