‘Warrior Brigade’ leaders praise Soldiers for hard work

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
Col. David Womack, commander, 2nd BCT, thanks Spc. Elvis Phuong, “Coldsteel Company,” 1-27th Inf. Regt., for his work during the transition process.     “To the Soldier of the Warrior Brigade, thank you for your selfless service and dedicated support. We have miles to march and I recognize that we are busy but I appreciate everything you all do,” said Col. Womack. “I would also like to give a special thanks to the noncommissioned officers standing in our ranks for setting the example each and every day.”

Col. David Womack, commander, 2nd BCT, thanks Spc. Elvis Phuong, “Coldsteel Company,” 1-27th Inf. Regt., for his work during the transition process.

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

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As “Warrior Brigade” Soldiers returned to work after the long Memorial Day weekend, a small piece of their identity was no longer visible.

Since March 2016, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, has initiated and completed a full-scale turn-in of more than 300 M1126 Stryker combat vehicles to the Project Management Stryker Office.

To highlight the midpoint of the transition process from a Stryker to an infantry brigade, the 2nd BCT held a materiel readiness award ceremony to honor more than 70 Soldiers and civilians who worked countless hours during the Stryker turn-in process.

“We are only at the midpoint of this transition process, and while we take a break to congratulate you all for what you all have accomplished thus far, I still want you all to take what you have learned and keep applying it every day in everything you do while you continue to make your formations ready as you can make them,” said Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, 25th ID deputy commanding general-support.

Even though the ceremony was designed to thank the Warrior Brigade Soldiers for their continuous hard work and dedication, it also marked a bittersweet reality for some.

WAHIAWA, Hawaii Ð During a Materiel Readiness Award Ceremony, here, more than 70 Soldiers and civilians receive awards and/or brigade coins for their contributions during the Stryker turn-in process on June 1, 2016. Brigadier Gen. Patrick Matlock, 25th Infantry DivisionÕs Deputy Commanding General-Support joined Col. David Womack, Command Sgt. Maj. T.J. Holland, the command team for 2nd Inf. Bde. Combat Team, and the rest of the Warrior Brigade BattalionÕs Command Teams, as they praised the Soldiers for their hard-work and dedication during the transition process.

When the last Stryker is properly stored, secured and placed on a ship to the mainland, some of the Warrior Brigade Soldiers will eventually receive reassignment orders to different duty positions or units.

“Well for me, I’m headed to Fort Lee, Va., to work as instructor at the schoolhouse,” Staff Sgt. James Ingerick, Stryker system maintainer, 1st Battalion, 27th Inf. Regiment, said. “Being stationed, here, has allowed me to build and gain a bigger base of knowledge on this piece of equipment. Now it’s up to me to take this knowledge and my past experiences and, hopefully, better prepare the next incoming Soldiers.”

“Being a part of the Wolfhound community, or 1-27th Inf. Regt., they really branch out and treat the forward support company Soldiers as family, even though we weren’t infantry Soldiers,” Ingerick said. I’m going to miss having the opportunity for my Soldiers and myself having the chance to enjoy Hawaii as a whole.”

As the brigade continues to maintain its readiness throughout the transformation process into an infantry brigade, leaders understand the importance of taking a moment to recognize Soldiers.

“We have miles to march and I recognize that we are busy, but I appreciate everything you all do,” said Col. David Womack, commander, 2nd BCT. “I would also like to give a special thanks to the noncommissioned officers standing in our ranks for setting the example each and every day.”

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