TLW – Soldiers perform time honored tradition during color guard competition

| October 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with Higher Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, perform movements during the Color Guard competition, here, Oct. 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with Higher Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, perform movements during the Color Guard competition, here, Oct. 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the various battalions within the 25th Infantry Division competed fiercely for honors at the color guard competition during Tropic Lightning Week, here, on Oct. 5-6.

Regardless of rain or shine, the Soldiers present gave their best during the competition.

The color guard team for 1st Battalion, 21st Inf. Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, rallied itself prior to the start, said Sgt. Cody Combs, a member of the team.

“About 30 minutes prior to the competition, we did a little practicing, and then we executed,” Combs said. “I feel like we did pretty well.”

Sgt.  Jerrold Laurent, left, and Sgt. Zachariah Vanderleest, both with 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, uncase their colors during the Color Guard competition at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 5, 2015. The 25th Infantry Division held Tropic Lightning Week, which encompasses four days of sports and other activities, Oct. 5-8. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Jerrold Laurent, left, and Sgt. Zachariah Vanderleest, both with 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, uncase their colors during the Color Guard competition at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 5, 2015. The 25th Infantry Division held Tropic Lightning Week, which encompasses four days of sports and other activities, Oct. 5-8. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Zachariah Vanderleest, another member of the team, said he felt confident of this team’s performance.

“We were pretty caught up with other things that took priority, but I feel that the time that we did find to practice for this, we were able to come together and did a pretty good job,” Vanderleest said.

The inspection prior to the color guard taking the field was rather tough on the teams as thorough eyes sought any deficiency.

“We got docked a couple points for small things,” he said.

One of the inspection graders, Sgt. Matthew Balsley, assigned to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regt., 3rd BCT, said he was grading for appearance, cleanliness of uniforms and equipment.

“I’m grading uniforms, cleanliness, as well as equipment,” Balsley said. “That involves a variety of areas, such as the boots and all the way up to the patrol cap.

The color guard team for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID, executed rather well during its time on the grading field.

Pfc. Robert Nemetz, an HHBN color guard team member, thought his team’s performance and appearance were received favorably by the grading team.

“We kept our bearing and I’m proud of what we accomplished out there with our team,” Nemetz said, with a sense of satisfaction.

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