Warrior Brigade looks back over intense, rigorous year

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
MILILANI, Hawaii -- Lt. Col. Heather Levy and Command Sgt. Maj. Giovanni Fuentes, the command team for 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes a photo with Mililani's Middle School Principal, Elynne E. Chung, military students and their families after formally signing a letter of agreement with the school Apr. 9, 2016, at Mililani Middle School in Mililani, Hawaii. Soldiers from the 65th BEB were invited to the annual science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) night and discuss how the subject are utilized in today's military. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs). (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs )

MILILANI, Hawaii — Lt. Col. Heather Levy and Command Sgt. Maj. Giovanni Fuentes, the command team for 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes a photo with Mililani’s Middle School Principal, Elynne E. Chung, military students and their families after formally signing a letter of agreement with the school Apr. 9, 2016, at Mililani Middle School in Mililani, Hawaii. Soldiers from the 65th BEB were invited to the annual science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) night and discuss how the subject are utilized in today’s military. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs). (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs )

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — For the Soldiers and families of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, 2016 can best be described as transformative – filled with intense and rigorous training, historic new partnerships and unrelenting family support.

In March 2016, the Warrior Brigade initiated and completed a daunting full-scale turn-in of over 300 M1126 Stryker Combat Vehicles to the Project Management Stryker Office as part of the transformation to a light infantry brigade.

Throughout the calendar year more than 32 Soldiers successfully graduated Ranger School.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Lt. Col. David Krzycki and Command Sgt.Maj. Michael Spear case the 1-14th Inf. Bn. colors for the final time on Oct.3, 2016 during the deactivation ceremony held on Schofield Barracks. (U. S. Army photo by Maj. Karen Roxberry, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs/Released). (Photo Credit: Maj. Karen Roxberry )

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Lt. Col. David Krzycki and Command Sgt.Maj. Michael Spear case the 1-14th Inf. Bn. colors for the final time on Oct.3, 2016 during the deactivation ceremony held on Schofield Barracks. (U. S. Army photo by Maj. Karen Roxberry, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs/Released). (Photo Credit: Maj. Karen Roxberry )

One of the significant highlights of the year was in June when 2IBCT Soldiers stood proudly in formation as Col. David Womack relinquished command to Col. Anthony Lugo.

From there, the Warrior Brigade continued to focus on its transformation from a Stryker to a light Infantry Brigade Combat Team, renewing and improving partnerships with American allies in the Pacific Region, maintaining relationships with Oahu’s communities, as well as continuing to train and validate the unit’s readiness.

In October, the brigade continued to embrace change as it bid farewell to the legendary “Golden Dragons” Battalion, during a deactivation ceremony for 1st Battalion, 14th Inf. Regiment, as it cased its colors for the last time.

Also in October, 2IBCT entered into the Army’s new chapter in readiness as part of the Associated Units Pilot Program, where more than 500 Indiana National Guard Soldiers, assigned to 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt., from Jasper, Indiana, donned the 25th ID’s Taro Leaf Patch and joined the ranks of 2IBCT.

The Warrior Brigade Soldiers showcased their dedication to the community, throughout the calendar year, by assisting with numerous community projects, such as Waianae’s Disaster Relief Fair, Makua Valley’s Beach Cleanup Project, Wahiawa’s Veterans Day Parade, Waianae’s Christmas Day Parade, and other special events with sponsored schools and community organizations throughout Hawaii.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Warrior Brigade Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, climbs a steep hill as they move to their objective Sept. 19, 2016, on Schofield Barracks.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Warrior Brigade Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, climbs a steep hill as they move to their objective Sept. 19, 2016, on Schofield Barracks.

The 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regt., along with support from the Make-a-Wish Foundation of America, fulfilled a young child’s dream, from Springfield, Missouri, by allowing him to indulge in an experience of a lifetime as an honorary Soldier of the Tropic Lightning Division.

“Wolfhounds” assigned to the 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., continued a 52-year tradition by sending Sgt. 1st Class Valdez to Osaka, Japan, for two weeks and to meet four children who would spend the summer, here, as part of the Holy Family Home event.

Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, load vehicles, trailers and equipment onto the U.S. Army Logistics Support Vessel Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker at Waipio Point, here, Jul. 27, 2016, for their upcoming training rotation at Pohakuloa Training Area. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, load vehicles, trailers and equipment onto the U.S. Army Logistics Support Vessel Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker at Waipio Point, here, Jul. 27, 2016, for their upcoming training rotation at Pohakuloa Training Area. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

During the Annual Joint Venture Education Forum, two Soldiers, assigned to 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., were recognized by the State of Hawaii for their commitment and dedication in working with Hawaii partnered schools.

To ensure unit readiness was always met, the brigade conducted numerous validation training exercises and deployment readiness exercises around the islands of Oahu and Hawaii, including the Pohakuloa Training Area.

The brigade was also the focus during two challenging Lightning Forge exercises, a training deployment to PTA, and a combined arms live-fire exercise.

Lt. Col. Chris Mabis affixes the 25th Infantry Division patch to Capt. Chip Mitchell during a ceremony at Camp Atterbury Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. ÒBe proud of the 25th ID patch youÕre wearing,Ó said Mabis to his soldiers in formation. ÒThis is history we are making and that you are a part of. We are here because of the leaders, noncommissioned officers and soldiers of 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment. We are consistently in the top three of National Guard infantry battalions in the nation.Ó

Lt. Col. Chris Mabis affixes the 25th Infantry Division patch to Capt. Chip Mitchell during a ceremony at Camp Atterbury, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. “Be proud of the 25th ID patch you’re wearing,” said Mabis to his Soldiers in formation. “This is history we are making and that you are a part of. We are here because of the leaders, noncommissioned officers and Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment. We are consistently in the top three of National Guard infantry battalions in the nation.”

For the first time, here, as part of the Army’s Secure Wireless Risk Reductions event, the Warrior Brigade selected to use secure wireless network connectivity during field operations to enable key leaders and staff to manage training operations.

The brigade accumulated more than 50,837 frequent flyer miles while supporting support operations throughout the Pacific area of responsibility and beyond. The Warrior Brigade deployed its Soldiers all over the globe – stretching from Oahu to locations such as Singapore and Thailand and as far as the Middle East.

2IBCT strengthened its partnerships with our nation’s allies by training side by side with British counterparts during Lightning Forge 17, which will carry into its upcoming Joint Readiness Training Rotation at Fort Polk, Louisiana, in February.

As the Warrior Brigade continues to train and prepare to fight anywhere our nation calls, we would like to thank the families for their support. Without our families of the 2nd IBCT, none of these accomplishments would have been possible.

 

 

 

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Lt. Col. Daniel Blackmon (right), commander for 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Artillery Divarty, administers the oath of enlistment to Dylan Warren (left) April 24, 2016, on Schofield Barracks as part of the Make-a-wish Foundation of America to fulfill dream of being a part of the U.S. Army. (Photo curtesy by 2nd Lt. Greene)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Lt. Col. Daniel Blackmon (right), commander for 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Artillery Divarty, administers the oath of enlistment to Dylan Warren (left) April 24, 2016, on Schofield Barracks as part of the Make-a-wish Foundation of America to fulfill dream of being a part of the U.S. Army. (Photo curtesy by 2nd Lt. Greene)

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