Going out with a bang! Golden Dragons walk across Oahu

| September 20, 2016 | 2 Comments
Capt. Jacob Partridge (center), an information officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, holds up the first guidon for 1-14 Inf. Bn. during the first stage of the 71 mile Golden Ruck Event Sept. 9, 2016. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Capt. Jacob Partridge (center), an information officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, holds up the first guidon for 1-14 Inf. Bn. during the first stage of the 71 mile Golden Ruck Event Sept. 9, 2016. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — From New London, Connecticut, in 1861, to the present day coastlines of Oahu, Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion, “Golden Dragons,” 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, are making history again.

From Sept. 9-16, 2016, the Golden Dragons conducted a 71-mile road march across Oahu to commemorate the Battalion’s Heritage and Casing of Colors.

Capt. Jacob Partridge, an information officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gives a brief history dedication about the first guidon for 1-14 Inf. Bn. as part of the Golden Ruck Event Sept. 9, 2016, on Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Capt. Jacob Partridge, an information officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gives a brief history dedication about the first guidon for 1-14 Inf. Bn. as part of the Golden Ruck Event Sept. 9, 2016, on Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

“The Golden Dragons have planned this event to pay honor to all the Golden Dragons that have served in the unit,” said Lt. Col. David Krzycki, commander, 1-14th Inf. Bn. “The 71 miles road march (Golden Ruck) is a physical event that builds readiness as we prepare Soldiers/families to relocate to other units. It is physically challenging, demands a high degree of mental toughness, and is a shared event to keep building on pride and unit esprit de corps.”

According to Lt. Col. Krzycki, at the beginning of each day, the Soldiers included a historic dedication for each company and the Soldiers who have served under the colors.

For one Soldier being able to pay tribute to those who came before him means a lot.

“This is a great way to show gratitude and honor the Soldiers who came before us,” said Sgt. Ryan Berumen, an infantryman assigned to the 1-14 Inf. Bn. “This means a lot to me knowing that I am serving in the same unit as all these great Soldiers once served in before me. What they accomplished while defending the nation during the major conflicts will never be forgotten.”

The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion 'Golden Dragons' conduct a six miles road march to honor the battalion's heritage as part of the Golden Ruck Event Sept. 9, 2016, on Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion ‘Golden Dragons’ conduct a six miles road march to honor the battalion’s heritage as part of the Golden Ruck Event Sept. 9, 2016, on Schofield Barracks. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

The Golden Dragons have fought in every major conflict since World War II and have received numerous awards for bravery over the years.

“We represent the best of America,” said Krzycki. “We have served on the island of Hawaii for many years and have contributed greatly to the defense of our great nation. We are proud, resilient professionals that believe in each other and when called upon will fight to victory.”

The 1-14 Inf. Bn. was selected to case its colors in October, as part of the Army’s recent force structure and realignment in the decision to convert 2/25th to an IBCT.

“It has been my greatest honor in my life to lead such fine Soldiers,” said Krzycki. “I am enormously proud to still serve in 1-14 Inf. Bn. I would personally like to thank all the families from the Soldiers who are a huge part of this, local civilians for the support and participation, and the Golden Dragons.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Spear (right) and Lt. Col. David Krzycki, the command team assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, leads the battalion during first six miles of the 71 mile Golden Ruck Event Sept. 9, 2016. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Spear (right) and Lt. Col. David Krzycki, the command team assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, leads the battalion during first six miles of the 71 mile Golden Ruck Event Sept. 9, 2016. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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  1. 李艾迪 says:

    I served with aloha company, I now live in China, what’s going on?

    • haw says:

      You may contact the 25th Infantry Division at https://www.facebook.com/25thid. The 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team belongs to the 25th ID. Its 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Battalion, “Golden Dragons,” cased their colors due to recent force structure and realignment. HAW Staff.

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