Gimlets honor Hawaiian hero through leadership challenge

| January 30, 2015 | 3 Comments
Soldiers from the 1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, participate in the Army Water Survival Test at Richardson Pool as part of the three-day Nainoa Hoe Memorial Platoon Leadership Challenge. Soldiers entered the pool in uniform, removed their equipment and surfaced with their equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, participate in the Army Water Survival Test at Richardson Pool as part of the three-day Nainoa Hoe Memorial Platoon Leadership Challenge. Soldiers entered the pool in uniform, removed their equipment and surfaced with their equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, held the Nainoa Hoe Memorial Platoon Leadership Challenge closing ceremony, Jan. 22, at the Mission Training Complex, here.

More than 100 Soldiers from the battalion competed in the three-day challenge to honor and celebrate the life of fallen Hawaiian native 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe.

“From physical training, swim test, to land navigation, medical lanes, marksmanship, open water swims and a family style barbeque, and much more, these Soldiers had an opportunity to experience some of the best training here in Hawaii,” said Lt. Col. James Tuite, commander, 1st Bn., 21st Regt. “More important, though, they got to experience the commodity, teamwork and bonding that happens only in a military unit when they face adversity together.”

Although the participants never had a chance to meet Hoe personally, they know he was a leader who believed in teamwork and dedication.

“This event is all about commodity and building a team. Everything that Nainoa stood for is trying to be exemplified in everything we have done out here,” said 1st Lt. Robert Doyle, from, Red Lion, Pennsylvania, a platoon leader assigned to Company C.

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  1. Allen K. Hoe says:

    Our Ohana was honored beyond words to be able to assist in and observe this unique event as it challenged individual warriors to work as a team to accomplish the mission. Nainoa, loved being a soldier, he reveled in the tough tasks which infantry platoons must master almost instinctively in order to prevail on the battlefield, but perhaps more importantly, he understood the role that each soldier brings to the mix to be successful as a Team. As the Platoon leader, his role was to mold the team to inspire them to move on towards the objective, to rely on the Platoon Sergeant, for guidance and his wisdom from experience in operating this intricate piece of machinery, called the infantry platoon, his RTO tied to him by the link with the chaotic world outside his platoon, the FO to provide the Halo of steel which protects the platoon’s perimeter and the Doc, the heart of the platoon, who makes sure that each precious soul in the platoon is ready able and fit to carry out the mission.
    Over the course of the three day challenge, we were fortunate to witness these warriors not only face up to and accomplish these battle drill tests, but do so with the warrior spirit and the pride of accomplishment as Nainoa did. Mahalo to all who participated and Ho`omaika`i (congrats) to the winning team 1lt Tejeda, SSG McDaniel, SGT Baird, SPC Rodrigues and
    Doc Gonzales.
    Bore Brother Bore
    Allen K. Hoe,
    a proud Gimlet Dad

    • haw says:

      Mr. Hoe — We are so delighted the event was successful and will pass along your comments to the 25th Infantry Division. Mahalo, HAW Staff.

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