Bronco Brigade Soldiers deploy to Pacific Pathways

| July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 25th ID participate in Pacific Pathways 2014. More than 800 Soldiers participated in last year’s exercise. The 3rd BCT is preparing for this year’s exercise. (File photo)

Soldiers from the 25th ID participate in Pacific Pathways 2014. More than 800 Soldiers participated in last year’s exercise. The 3rd BCT is preparing for this year’s exercise. (File photo)

Story and photos by Capt. Tanya Roman
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Family members said goodbye to loved ones as approximately 400 Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division, deployed in support of Pacific Pathways, here, June 30.

“Pacific Pathways provides us a phenomenal opportunity for very close collaboration with partnered forces,” said Col. Scott Kelly, commander, 3rd BCT.

The first stop will be Australia for Exercise Hamel, followed by Garuda Shield in Indonesia, and finally, Keris Strike in Malaysia.

Bronco Soldiers receive a briefing, June 30, prior to deploying in support of Pacific Pathways. (Photo by Capt. Tanya J. Roman, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Bronco Soldiers receive a briefing, June 30, prior to deploying in support of Pacific Pathways.

“This deployment is a 90-day rotation through various countries where we will be improving interoperability with our partnered nations,” said Maj. Bruce Chojnacki, brigade information officer.

These three exercises offer realistic training in a variety of climates, terrains and environments necessary to maintain unified land operations readiness.

“This is an incredible training and educational opportunity that not only increases unit readiness, but also provides Soldiers and leaders with the cultural awareness and familiarization necessary to operate in overseas contingencies,” said Maj. Jason Davis, brigade executive officer. “The Bronco Brigade is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Australian, Malaysian and Indonesian forces.”

Sgt. Brian Erickson, public affairs specialist, HHC, 3rd BCT, 25th ID gives his passport to administrative personnel as he prepares to deploy in support of Pacific Pathways. (Photo by Capt. Tanya J. Roman, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Bronco Soldiers visit administrative stations to complete required personnel
action for Soldiers deploying to Pacific Pathways during manifest
operations, June 30 at Schofield Barracks.

Bronco Soldiers are expected to experience a variety of intense training involving combined arms maneuver exercises, humanitarian assistance training, jungle training and cultural exchanges, prior to returning to Hawaii in late September.

“One of the greatest factors for the Pacific Pathways concept is that Soldiers join the Army to do big things. A lot of these guys signed up during a time of war, they want to serve and they want to have adventures … getting to train with foreign partners, getting to execute jungle operations with foreign partners who live it every day. Our Soldiers are really excited for that,” said Kelly.

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