‘Cacti’ spouses ‘take arms,’ simulate a Soldier’s life

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Sean Freiberg, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID Spouses of 2-35th Inf. Regt., "Cacti," 3rd BCT, 25th ID, practice using an M4 assault rifle before taking on the task of clearing rooms in a shoot house, March 25.

Sgt. Sean Freiberg, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID
Spouses of 2-35th Inf. Regt., “Cacti,” 3rd BCT, 25th ID, practice using an M4 assault rifle before taking on the task of clearing rooms in a shoot house, March 25.

 

2nd Lt. Ashley Pierce
2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spouses of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, “Cacti,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, enjoyed spending a day walking in their Soldier’s boots during “Cacti Take Arms Day,” March 25.

“This is an opportunity for Cacti Soldiers to give back to their spouses for their unwavering support during five continuous weeks of training during JOTC (the Jungle Operations Training Course),” said Lt. Col. James Bartholomees, commander, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT.

The ladies geared up, many in Army Combat Uniform (ACU) trousers, and tactically convoyed out by groups to the locations of the four objectives. Some spouses even got the chance to take turns riding in the gun turret.

The first half of the day included a battle-focused exercise and taking turns clearing rooms of a shoot house as their spouses watched from the catwalk above. Some of the spouses were brave enough to trust the Sawyer Mini water filters enough to take a sip of filtered jungle water at the same location.

During the morning activities, the spouses competed against one another for the title of “Best Shot.” Brianna Reed, spouse of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Reed, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, was declared the winner.

To finish the day, the spouses headed over to the Phoenix Obstacle Course where their athletic skills would be put to the test. Each group had to complete each obstacle together in the shortest amount of time. Gundog Company took the victory on the course.

Following the obstacle course, the ladies each got the opportunity to rappel and compete in a one-rope bridge competition. Stacey Sutphin, the spouse of a Havoc Company, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT Soldier, made it across the one-rope bridge the fastest.

“It was a great day,” said Sutphin.

 

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