3-4th Cav. troops earn spurs

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
A spur candidate from 3-4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, carries two 5-gallon water jugs 25 meters during the stress-shoot lane of the Spur Ride, July 30. The stress-shoot lane is designed to see how Spur candidates shoot with an elevated heart rate. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

A spur candidate from 3-4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, carries two 5-gallon water jugs 25 meters during the stress-shoot lane of the Spur Ride, July 30. The stress-shoot lane is designed to see how Spur candidates shoot with an elevated heart rate. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Order of the Spur is a Cavalry tradition within the Army, and Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, looked for initiation, July 29-31.

Cavalry troops are inducted into the Order of the Spur after successfully completing a “Spur Ride.”

The spur ride began when the candidates were split into six teams to go through the training ahead of them.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Spur candidate (left) from 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes aim at a target after completing calisthenic exercises during the stress-shoot lane of the Spur Ride, here, July 30. The stress-shoot lane is designed to see how Spur candidates shoot with an elevated heart rate. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Spur candidate (left) from 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes aim at a target after completing calisthenic exercises during the stress-shoot lane of the Spur Ride, here, July 30. The stress-shoot lane is designed to see how Spur candidates shoot with an elevated heart rate. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Once they were split into the teams, each Soldier had to complete a written cavalry test, and then each group executed movements to Area X-Ray, where they were tasked with a stress-fire lane, a communications task and a medical training lane before being airlifted to East Range.

“It’s a learning experience working as a team with different MOSs (military occupational specialties),” said Spc. Michael Villanueva, assigned to Blackfoot Troop, 3-4th Cav.

Upon arriving at East Range, the groups had to start the rest of the tactical lanes, which the Soldiers had to travel to on foot.

Teams had to complete route reconnaissance, area reconnaissance and a vehicle recovery lane, along with the confidence course.

“We worked pretty well together, overall; everybody picked up the slack when one of the team struggled,” said 1st Lt. Caleb Stenholm, A Troop, 3-4th Cav.

After each team finished all the lanes at East Range, they began their movement back to the battalion headquarters. When the teams arrived at their battalion headquarters, Soldiers received a quick rest before facing the final task: the spur board.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spur candidates from 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, board a Black Hawk helicopter to be airlifted over to the East Range during the regiment's Spur Ride, here, July 30. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spur candidates from 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, board a Black Hawk helicopter to be airlifted over to the East Range during the regiment’s Spur Ride, here, July 30. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Each group was asked a series of questions before the commander gave the final seal of approval, stating each Soldier had earned their spurs.

“It (spur ride) is like everything in life … you get out of it what you put into it,” said Stenholm.

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