Tropic Lightning Division logs a great year

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo by Spc. James K. McCann A Tropic Lightning warrior sets security while his team secures a riverbank during the waterborne operations portion of the Jungle Operations School at the East Range Training Complex, Jan. 21. The students learn and become proficient at operating and surviving in the jungle environment.

Photo by Spc. James K. McCann
A Tropic Lightning warrior sets security while his team secures a riverbank during the waterborne operations portion of the Jungle Operations School at the East Range Training Complex, Jan. 21. The students learn and become proficient at operating and surviving in the jungle environment.

25th Infantry Division
Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — This was an exciting year for the 25th Infantry Division as it continued to foster positive relationships with its allies, enhancing its capabilities and giving its Soldiers the best training in the Army.

The Jungle Operations Training Center, a premier training venue to develop Soldier leadership and jungle skills, has impressed numerous partner nations with the high quality training opportunities offered not only to Soldiers, but also our allies.

“This is a fantastic set up. The Asian theater has numerous jungles, and it’s important to get used to it,” said Singaporean Col. Guarav Keerthi.

The 25th ID is no stranger to working with partner nations as leaders plan and conduct numerous training opportunities, fostering strong alliances with partnered nations. Combined training proves to be a force multiplier, which allows greater responsiveness in the Pacific.

Photo courtesy of 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Members of 25th ID conduct air operations all through the year. The unit has both ground and aviation assets to assist with the division's mission in Hawaii.

Photo courtesy of 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Members of 25th ID conduct air operations all through the year. The unit has both ground and aviation assets to assist with the division’s mission in Hawaii.

The 25th not only trains in the jungle, but also in the air. The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade plays a vital part to the mission here in the Pacific. Recently, Soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, returned for a nine-month deployment to Korea.

Beforehand, it made history by conducting the final flight of the OH-58 helicopter.

“The Kiowa Warrior has called this island home for the past 17 years. (Now the aircraft) will be shipped back to Texas and retired from our active fleet,” said Lt. Col. Aaron Martin, commander, 2-6th Cav. “Some may view this as a sad event. I will tell you we’re only just approaching the end of another chapter in the great history of the 2nd Squadron.”

The 25th Division Artillery is fairly new to the division and has participated in numerous exercises, to include Yama Sakura, Lightning Forge and Talisman Saber. Tropic Thunder Soldiers aim to set the standard across the Army with world-class artillery support.

Aiding in the growth of the Tropic Lightning formation, the 45th Sustainment Bde. cased its colors and uncased new colors to become the 25th Sust. Bde. The transition marks the return of sustainment brigade operations to the 25th ID.

Additionally, the 25th Sust. Bde. hit the ground running and has deployed the 524th Combat Sust. Support Bn. to Kuwait to provide sustainment support to units throughout the U.S. Central Command area.

“Since Sept. 11, casing of the colors has taken on a new meaning,” said Col. Gavin Lawrence, commander, 25th Sust. Bde. “It has become a symbol that American sons and daughters are deployed forward in defense of our nation and its interests.”

By the same token, the 2nd and 3rd Bde. Combat Teams are no strangers to deployments. Pacific Pathways was developed by U.S. Army-Pacific in order to capitalize on training opportunities while addressing requests from allies and partners for increased bilateral training, increasing the complexity of exercises and exchange opportunities.

Jungle training

Jungle training

2nd BCT conducted large-scale joint and combined training exercises and community projects with international forces in New Zealand, for Lightning Strike; Thailand, for Cobra Gold; the Republic of Korea, for Foal Eagle; and the Philippines, for Balikatan.

The last three were a part of Pacific Pathways, a new theater concept that stressed the brigade’s ability to rapidly deploy.

The Bronco Brigade overcame several logistical obstacles associated with transit back and forth across the vast Indo-Asia Pacific region for each separate exercise engagement. Its Pacific Pathways rotation consisted of exercises Hamel in Australia, Garuda Shield in Indonesia and Keris Strike in Malaysia.

The Tropic Lightning Division has made significant enhancements in its capabilities greatly increasing combat readiness.

“We are blessed to serve our country in paradise, and are strengthened by our families and communities. We remain ready to deploy and defend our nation when called,” said Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, 25th ID.

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