2-14th Cav. leads charge in voter registration

| November 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

 

2-14th Cav. troopers set up a voting registration table at Pohakuloa Training Area. Photo by 1st Lt. Edward Dieppa, Troop C, 2nd Squadron 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.  1st Lt. Chase Cappo sets up a voter registration table with the FVAP banner at the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii.

2-14th Cav. troopers set up a voting registration table at Pohakuloa Training Area. Photo by 1st Lt. Edward Dieppa, 2-14th Cav. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID. 

1st Lt. Jon Deane and 2nd Lt. Havana Mendoza
2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
 25th Infantry Division

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — Despite a rigorous training schedule, Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took part in a two-day voter registration drive, Nov. 1-2, while deployed, here.

Voting assistance officers (VAOs) facilitated voter registration for over half of the deployed personnel.

Given the impending primaries and follow-on presidential election in 2016, affording Soldiers the opportunity to register to vote is mission critical.

In a garrison environment, Soldiers operate on a routine battle rhythm that makes it easier to support voter registration. However, the deployed environment poses certain challenges for resources and communication, but these conditions only served to further motivate 2-14th’s VAOs.

“It’s my duty to inform all Soldiers on the importance of voting and to afford them the opportunity to register, no matter where they are training,” said 1st Lt. Chase Cappo, the squadron’s primary VAO.

Cappo, along with 1st Lt. Edward Dieppa, is determined to ensure voter readiness of the squadron.

“It was a team effort to provide Soldiers with an opportunity to receive their ballot … whether they’re in the field or in garrison,” Dieppa emphasized.

A simple table, complete with a Federal Voting Assistance Program banner, served as the registration desk in the field, where more than100 Soldiers registered to exercise their constitutional right.

The voter registration was considered a success, largely due to command support and placing motivated personnel in the VAO duty positions.

Lt. Col. Jabari Miller, squadron commander, provided perspective on the importance of voting and encouraging all Soldiers to vote.

“(Leaders) have to afford our Soldiers the ability to affect their own futures,” said Miller. “We are voting for the very people that provide us resources, both monetary and materiel, to enable us to train and complete the mission.”

The right to vote is presented as a soldierly and civic duty, and Strykehorse Soldiers stepped up to accomplish the mission as always.

“This is my first time voting, and I’m glad I have the opportunity to contribute to the nation’s democratic process,” said Spc. Zachary Sabin.

While the hassles of deployment and the rigorous training schedule in the field could have caused voter registration to fall by the wayside, the dedication of time, resources and motivation to the campaign made it a success.

(Editor’s note: Deane is the public affairs officer, and Mendoza is the human resources officer for the 2-14th Cav. Regt.)

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