Warrior Brigade honors Soldier, improves relationships, training, readiness

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Hammond, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID conduct a load out and fly away validation exercise July 21 using two M1126 Strykers and a C-17 Aircraft as part of the 25th ID Contingency Response Force Mission. The CRF mission is designed to rapidly deploy Soldiers within the PacificÕs area of responsibility to provide humanitarian assistance or combat operations.

Photo by Sgt. Christopher Hammond, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID conduct a load out and fly away validation exercise July 21 using two M1126 Strykers and a C-17 Aircraft as part of the 25th ID Contingency Response Force Mission. The CRF mission is designed to rapidly deploy Soldiers within the Pacific area of responsibility to provide humanitarian assistance or combat operations.

Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The year will soon be 2016, and it is approaching fast, so let’s take a moment or two and remember some of the highlights that made 2015 such a memorable year for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

In 2015, the 2nd BCT’s main focus was renewing and improving partnerships with American allies in the Pacific region, rebuilding relationships with Oahu’s communities, as well, and continuing to train and validate unit readiness with joint forces.

Throughout the calendar year, the Warrior Brigade showcased its dedication to the community by assisting with community projects, such as the dedication memorial ceremony in Wahiawa and other special events with sponsored schools and community organizations throughout Hawaii.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd BCT PAO Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, return home, to Hawaii, May 6, 2015, after a three-month long bilateral training exercise that focused on partnership, readiness and enhancing military-to-military relations. The Warrior Brigade Soldiers trained and lived side-by-side with allied forces while improving relationships with Thailand, Korea, and the Philippines.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, return home, to Hawaii, May 6, 2015, after a three-month long bilateral training exercise that focused on partnership, readiness and enhancing military-to-military relations. The Warrior Brigade Soldiers trained and lived side-by-side with allied forces while improving relationships with Thailand, Korea, and the Philippines.

The 1st Battalion, 27th Inf. Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” continued a 50-year tradition as it took part in the 58th visit, where four children from the Holy Family Home Osaka, in Japan, spent two weeks with Soldiers and their families in the Wolfhounds.

A hospital wing at U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schofield Barracks, was dedicated to Cpl. William L. McMillan III, a combat medic who gave his life while serving his first tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq, June 8, 2008, when his patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device.

As part of the Joint Venture Education Forum, five Soldiers assigned to 1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, were recognized by the state of Hawaii for their commitment and dedication while working with Hawaii partnered schools.

While operating as the 25th ID’s Contingency Response Force, the brigade ensured the unit’s readiness was always met by conducting numerous validation training exercises, and deployment readiness training with the Air Force, as well as expanding its amphibious capabilities with the Navy.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division participates in a joint readiness exercise, Culebra Koa 15, May 21, 2015, at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo. Culebra Koa is a joint exercise, which consists of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Marines, with the overall concept of validating troop deployment readiness and joint amphibian capabilities.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division participates in a joint readiness exercise, Culebra Koa 15, May 21, 2015, at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo. Culebra Koa is a joint exercise, which consists of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Marines, with the overall concept of validating troop deployment readiness and joint amphibian capabilities.

The Warrior Brigade deployed to three different countries, traveled more than 12,464 miles and participated in large-scale joint and combined training exercises and community projects in Thailand for Exercise Cobra Gold, the Republic of Korea for Exercise Foal Eagle, and the Philippines for Exercise Balikatan as part of Pacific Pathways.

During Exercise Cobra Gold, Sgt. 1st Class Danny Onvimala, fires operations, had an opportunity to reconnect with his family in Bangkok.

By taking part in Pacific Pathways, the 2nd BCT strengthened partnerships with multinational forces by conducting humanitarian assistance projects, training side-by-side with their counterparts in strenuous weather conditions, and experienced diverse culture backgrounds.

As the Warrior Brigade continues to prepare and train for future challenges, missions and deployments, the Soldiers would like to thank their families for support. Without the families of the 2nd BCT, none of these accomplishments would’ve been possible.

 

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