Charlie Rock says goodbye to TFT

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conduct urban warfare training at the Pacific Regional Training Center on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During their deployment, Charlie Company conducted regular live fires, squad movement-to-contact lanes, jungle warfare training, and combatives certifications. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conduct urban warfare training at the Pacific Regional Training Center on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During their deployment, Charlie Company conducted regular live fires, squad movement-to-contact lanes, jungle warfare training, and combatives certifications. (Courtesy Photo)

Maj. Jonathan C. Staffor
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — “Permission to assume the Defense of Guam Mission,” echoed through the Coral Reef Fitness Center, here, as Capt. Joshua Geis, commander, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, accepted his new duty as commander of the security force for Task Force Talon (TFT), 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

Army 1st Sgt. Joseph Denny (left), first sergeant, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, supervises live-fire training at the combined arms and training maintenance range on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During their deployment, Charlie Company conducted regular live fires, squad movement-to-contact lanes, jungle warfare training, and combatives certifications.  (US Army photo by Capt. Daniel Lessard, commander, Company C, 1-14 Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. (Courtesy photo)

Army 1st Sgt. Joseph Denny (left), first sergeant, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, supervises live-fire training at the combined arms and training maintenance range on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During their deployment, Charlie Company conducted regular live fires, squad movement-to-contact lanes, jungle warfare training, and combatives certifications. (US Army photo by Capt. Daniel Lessard, commander, Company C, 1-14 Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. (Courtesy photo)

Delta Company, known as the “Dogs of War,” took part in a transition of authority ceremony, where it officially uncased its colors and assumed responsibility of the security force mission for TFT.

TFT is the U.S. Army unit tasked with defending the skies over Guam from ballistic missile attack with the first forward deployed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system.

The THAAD battery does not have assigned personnel to conduct site security, so it requires a security force augmentation to defend the THAAD “Site Armadillo” in northwestern Guam. The security force is responsible for perimeter security, entry control point operations, manning guard towers, site surveillance activities, roving patrols and providing a quick reaction force.

“The Dogs of War are poised for the defense of Guam mission. We are also excited to partner with sister services and other agencies to conduct training while deployed to Guam,” Geis said. “We come from a battalion, the “Wolfhounds,” who have a great legacy with working with communities. We plan to continue that legacy while here, conducting community outreach with local schools to bring our ohana spirit to the island of Guam.”

Delta Co. took over the security force mission from “Charlie Rock,” Co. C, 1-14th Inf. Regt., 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID. Charlie Co. was deployed to Guam for the past four-and-a-half months.

“Charlie Co. is returning to Schofield Barracks with increased tactical skills, fitness and resilience. I am proud of our Soldiers and their hard work throughout this deployment. I’m especially proud of the relationships we built with the Task Force Talon team,” said Capt. Daniel Lessard, commander, Co. C.

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, repaint the “no parking” lines in front of Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School in Dededo, Guam. Charlie Company distinguished themselves off duty by being highly involved in the local community during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Jonathan C. Stafford, Executive Officer, Task Force Talon, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command)

Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, repaint the “no parking” lines in front of Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School in Dededo, Guam. Charlie Company distinguished themselves off duty by being highly involved in the local community during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Jonathan C. Stafford, Executive Officer, Task Force Talon, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command)

Besides providing site security, the security force is still required to remain proficient in its infantry skills. During its deployment, Charlie Rock conducted regular live fires, squad movement-to-contact lanes, jungle warfare training and combatives certifications.

Its training paid off as it demonstrated movement-to-contact and squad attack training lanes on Andersen AFB’s live-fire range for the 3rd Bn., 196th Inf. Training Support Brigade and the Air Force’s 36th Wing Safety Office. The successful demonstration allows Guam’s National Guard and Army Reserve units to now use the range for live-fire training.

“The deployment has been a wonderful experience for our Soldiers deployed to Guam. Not only were we able to learn about ballistic missile defense and provide security for a strategic asset, but we had the opportunity to methodically train our Soldiers on individual and team-level tasks,” said Lessard.

Charlie Co. also distinguished itself off duty by being highly involved in the local community during its deployment. Twenty Charlie Co. Soldiers volunteered to repaint buildings and parking lines at Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School in Dededo in August.

The Soldiers of Charlie Rock also marched with Task Force Talon in the 71st Guam Liberation Day Parade for the first time.

“For the short time that Charlie Co. was deployed to Guam, they definitely made a big impact. From improving site security, to executing excellent training and being involved in the local community, Charlie Co. set high standards in everything that they did. Now that Delta Co. has taken over the security force mission, I look forward to seeing them build upon Charlie Company’s success,” said Lt. Col. Jefferey Slown, commander, Task Force Talon, 94th AAMDC.

The deployment of 1-14th Inf. Regt. Soldiers to Guam was historic. They were the largest infantry unit to deploy to the island since Operation New Life at the end of the Vietnam War.

The Soldiers from 2-27th Inf. Regt. are ready to begin a new chapter in the history of the security force mission for Task Force Talon.

(Note: Staffor is the executive officer of Task Force Talon.)

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