3-4th Cav. hosts keiki ‘Spur Ride’

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from 3-4th Cav., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1 during a Junior Spur Ride at F Quad, March 21.

Soldiers from 3-4th Cav., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1 during a Junior Spur Ride at F Quad, March 21.

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Children of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, “Raiders,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took the Junior Spur Ride challenge, March 21, at F Quad.

“One of our most important traditions in the cavalry is the Spur Ride, a tradition that goes way back and is a mark of excellence for cavalrymen,” said Lt. Col. David Zinn, commander of the 3-4th Cav., 3rd BCT.

The Spur Ride is the only way to officially join the Order of the Spur, aside from a wartime induction. The Spur Ride events vary, but they are generally events held over several days during which a cavalry Soldier must pass a series of physical and mental tests relevant to the cavalry. The Junior Raiders went through similar events to tradition as their parents once did to earn their spurs.

“We wanted to give the kids an opportunity to go through some of the things their moms and dads get to go through here,” said Zinn.

The children were divided by their age into different platoons, and they kicked off the Junior Spur Ride with the playing of the National Anthem and a safety brief.

The Raiders set up several different stations that included a camouflaging class, an obstacle course, a first aid demonstration (where children learned when to call 911 and how to treat a minor injury), a sprint competition, a weapon’s display (M4, M249, M240B) and a vehicle display.

The activities of the Junior Spur Ride put an emphasis on physical fitness and safety as children were constantly moving through different obstacles.

At the end of the event, the children received certificates, certifying them as Junior Spur Cavalry kids.

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