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
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