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Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 34 Nov.

Serving the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Issue 34

Nov. 11, 2010

Families of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Issue 34 Nov. 11, 2010 3-16 Soldiers among the

3-16 Soldiers among the first to field EQ-36

Story and photo by CW2 Larry C. Johnson

3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division became one of the first Army units to field the Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 (EQ-36) counterfire target acquisition radar. The new EQ-36 radar system will provide the Warhorse Brigade with enhanced force protection and operational capabilities to fulfill its mission. The EQ-36 has the capability to detect, classify, track and determine the location of enemy indirect fire – significant current threats from mortars, artillery and rockets – in either 90 degree or 360 degree modes. Prior to every EQ-36 delivery, each system rigorously undergoes live-fire testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. These new systems will eventually replace legacy TPQ-36 and TPQ-37 medium range radars now in the

Army’s inventory. The Thunder Pride Battalion recently conducted new equipment training for its Soldiers to familiarize them with the operations of the two new, modern radar systems the battalion received. Soldiers with the MOS of 13R (Firefinder Operator) & 94M (Firefinder Repairer) are the primary operators of the EQ-36 with a 131A (Field Artillery Targeting Technician) to supervise and maintain the systems. “This new radar system has major improvements from the legacy TPQ-36 & TPQ-37 Firefinder Radars,” said Spc. Brandon Myrmel, HHB, 3rd Bn. 16th FA Reg., firefinder repairer. “The technology in these systems is current with the path the Army is leaning toward for combat operations.” 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg. can deploy anywhere in the world, synchronize and provide fires in support of sustained, decisive full spectrum

operations to achieve assigned objectives while employing the EQ-36.

to achieve assigned objectives while employing the EQ-36. Target Acquisition Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters

Target Acquisition Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Bat- tery, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment takes a group photo in front of EQ-36 Radar during New Equipment Training.

Commander’s Column As we near the holiday season, I would ask all of us to
Commander’s Column
As we near the holiday season,
I would ask all of us to take
inventory of what we have done
this past year and look forward
to what we want to accomplish
next year. As a Battalion we have
executed along all lines of effort
from firing our weapons systems
on ranges, providing enabler
support to the BDE, and volun-
teering for community service
We have accomplished more
this year as a battalion than
imagined. As we look forward
to next year we will no doubt do
we do.
If you are out of town
during the max leave period
remember you are an ambas-
sador for the Army and your
unit. We know that when we
are deployed the local popu-
lace views us as ambassadors
for our nation and our actions
can have global effects. There
is no difference while we are
at home station. Your family
and this nation views each of
us as heroes and your actions
good and bad have an impact
in our communities. Remain
vigilant and do what is right.
During this holiday season we
Lt. Col. Patrick Stevenson, commander
2nd Special Troops Battalion
more. I have stressed to each of
you in our formation that we will
push ourselves hard in the com-
ing months as we prepare for our
upcoming deployment. I expect
our battalion to continue to lead
from the front.
The holiday season also means
making good decisions both
on and off duty. LONESTAR
Soldiers must make the right
decision when nobody is looking.
During this season of celebra-
tions and Family we must ensure
we do not let ourselves or our
battle buddies make bad deci-
sions. Safety does not stop in the
field or the motor pool, safety
must be considered in everything
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Warhorse Pride

Issue 34

Nov. 11, 2010

Rough Riders use ACUs as floation devices

Story and photo by Spc. Jilasia Debaugh 204th Brigade Support Battalion

Company B, 204th Brigade Support Bat- talion, recently participated in an hour and a half block of basic instruction on how to survive in a water immersion situation as part of sergeant’s time training. The class was given at the indoor swimming pool located on Fort Carson at Building 1446. The purpose of the class was to instruct Soldiers on the various methods of using their ACUs and gear to stay afloat for an extended period of time. By participating in this class, the Black Knights have taken another step towards preparation for preventing situations that may arise during the future deploy- ment. They were given an opportunity to experi- ence what it’s like to tread water and become submerged ACUs. Week three sergeant’s time training began with a company ruck march from the 204th BSB formation area to the Indoor Swimming Pool. Once the Soldiers arrived they began to prepare for the class. A water safety brief-

ing was given by the certified drown proof instructor. Soldiers then took a lap in the pool, which allowed them to get a feel for swim- ming in their uniforms. The Black Knights

a feel for swim- ming in their uniforms. The Black Knights quickly found that swimming in

quickly found that swimming in ACU’s was a greater challenge than they had realized. Most of the Soldiers in Company B had never been through a drown proofing class.

With the demonstrator present, the instruc- tors began to describe the methods Soldiers could use to stay afloat. Each Soldier jumped off the diving board with intent to trap air in their ACU top, while following the guid- ance of instructors. Once this technique was accomplished, Soldiers were then directed to the center of the pool to learn how to use their ACU bottom’s as a flotation device. Soldiers were then notified to remove their ACU bot- toms so they could be trained on the multiple ways to fill the pants with air. The Black Knights successfully completed their drown proofing class. The class was concluded with a ruck march back to the company where an After Action Review was conducted by Staff Sgt. Cook. Drown proof class was an exciting change of pace to the normal work day. This gave the unit an exercise in which camaraderie and unit cohe- sion played a part as they cheered each fellow Soldier in getting to the end of the pool. With this and future training, Bravo company is on the right track to success for unit readiness of any upcoming assignments.

Holiday safety

Message provided by Ed Keeser, Safety Officer

2nd Brigade Combat Team

From now until New Year’s Day there are all

sorts of thing to celebrate. Unfortunately, food, driving and alcohol can present various dangers that can be avoided. A few common-sense precau- tions can help keep your holidays safe and happy. You’ll often hear food safety experts repeat the adage, “Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.” The reason for this is because bacteria thrive at temperatures between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 F, which is known as the danger zone for food safety. Therefore, cold foods need to be held at 40

F or below and hot foods

need to be served immedi-

ately or held at 140 F or above.

need to be served immedi- ately or held at 140 F or above. If you aren’t

If you aren’t sure that food has been prepared,

served or stored safely discard it. If food has been

improperly handled even proper cooking cannot make it safe. Never taste food to see if it is safe to eat because contaminated food can look, smell and taste perfectly normal. Even a small amount of contaminated food can make you ill and put a damper on your holiday fun. When driving to visit friends and family check the weather forecast for your destination. If temperatures are near freezing always expect black ice. Remember, bridges and over passes freeze up before and remain frozen longer than other road surfaces. Also, don’t forget those shaded areas of road. They can and do hold treacherous ice patches. Once on an icy section don’t acceler- ate, brake, gear down or make sudden changes in steering direction. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Finally, the best advice for driving is slow down and drive with care. Driving too fast allows you less time to react and reduces your chances of recovering from a mistake. Some of the best things about the holidays are all the celebrations. If you are the host of a holiday

gathering be sure there are non-alcoholic beverages available for guests who are driving. Also, have plenty of hors d’oeuvres for guests. Mini sandwich- es, breaded foods and cheeses are filling and will slow down the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Monitor guests for slurred speech, staggering gaits and other signs of intoxication. Have a back-up plans that include sober volunteer drivers, taxis or sleeping arrangements. Under no circumstances should a person be allowed to drive following the consumption of alcohol. Following these simple safety tips and using common-sense will ensure that everyone returns successfully from the holidays.

continued from page 1 must take advantage of time with our Family and friends to
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must take advantage of time with our
Family and friends to enrich ourselves
spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Be safe and enjoy this holiday season.

Warhorse Pride

Col. John S. Kolasheski

Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Delosa

Maj. Kevin Toner Spc. April York Sgt. Seth Barham Sgt. Ruth Pagan


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