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‘Devil’ brigade proudly hits ground running on Kuwait deployment

By Staff Sgt. Bernhard Lashleyleidner | 1ST ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS | August 04, 2014

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – More than 2,500 Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, arrived June 20 in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

In keeping with the brigade’s fast-paced operations, arriving Soldiers were quickly in-processed and entered into the battle rhythm.

Twenty-four hours after arrival, Soldiers went through the accident avoidance, improvised explosive device and humvee rollover training to ensure all mission essential tasks were completed, said Sgt. Zachary Gallaher, operations noncommissioned officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div.

It improves unit readiness and “also puts Soldiers in a state of readiness for the deployment.”

The brigade began a branding campaign across the base with chants and formation runs that test Soldiers’ and leaders’ mental and physical toughness in the harsh, hot environment, and ensure Soldiers are living the “Devil” brigade imperatives.

“When it comes to physical fitness, I believe it’s a leader’s responsibility to get their noncommissioned officers and Soldiers involved and allow them to plan and lead physical fitness training,” said 1st Sgt. Tony Reese, senior noncommissioned officer with HHC, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div.

Reese said his greatest impact on the unit and its leaders was to instill in Soldiers a sense of pride in their physical fitness by making them run — something he enjoys doing.

“Regardless of your job or your size, physical training is for everyone and helps keep (Soldiers) mentally sharp,” Reese said.

First Sgt. Mitchell Hanson recently replaced Reese as the senior noncommissioned officer for HHC.

Reese moved on to serve as the senior noncommissioned officer for the brigade’s 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment. 

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