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

Issue 11 May 6, 2010

Fantom FSC lends a hand at 2-8 gunnery


Story and photo by Capt. Kellye Green of the following Soldiers
204th Brigade Support Battalion from E, FSC: Pvt. Ronald
The Fantom Forward Support Company, Taylor, a Bradley fighting
204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd vehicle system maintainer,
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Pfc. James Jordan, a motor
continues to prove themselves during the 2nd transport operator, Spc.
Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, Jeremiah West, a radio and
4th Inf. Div. gunnery to be the unstoppable communications security
force driving the 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Reg, to repairer, Sgt. Joseph Hicks,
operational success. a motor transport operator,
While the maneuver Soldiers are and Sgt. Ryan Benally,
qualifying on their tanks and Bradley’s the a track vehicle repairer,
FSC Soldiers are ensuring that they have the with commanders’
fuel, maintenance support and ammunition to coins for their excellent
keep their equipment operational and the food performance. Soldiers from Fantom Forward Support Company, 204th Brigade Support
Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, load ammuni-
to keep their Soldiers happy. Each of these tion during a gunnery for 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment.
More than a week into gunnery the FSC outstanding Fantom
had already pumped 28,690 gallons of fuel, Soldiers went well above and beyond the typical nearly six weeks. Wilson demonstrated the
delivered 184,644 rounds, served 7,270 meals scopes of their duties, to ensure the company proactive attitude needed to fill and hold this
and conducted over 20 sustainment convoys— missions didn’t fail at a time when many of leadership position.
and the Table 12 and Combined Arms Live their peers were unavailable due to gunnery Bertulis also awarded the Army
Fire Exercise are yet to come! and Command Inspection Preparation. Achievement Medal to Pvt. Kylee Glass, a
The Soldiers of the FSC are disciplined, Bertulis awarded the Army Achievement chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear
motivated and caring. They truly know what Medal to Sgt. Michael Wilson, a small arms/ specialist, whose motivation and initiative
a challenge it can be to sustain the Talons and artillery repairer, who was chosen over his since arriving at the company has been
they are up for the challenge. peers to assume the duties of the maintenance displayed during the battalion Command
Recently, Lt. Col. Todd Bertulis, 204th platoon sergeant, while the actual platoon Inspection Program.
Brigade Support Battalion commander, sergeant was away at school. Glass was able to take control of the
recognized the outstanding contribution Being an E-5, Wilson held an E-7 slot for continued on page 2

Command Sergeant Major’s Corner With all this training,


the need for healthy, capable
Soldiers is a must. The time we
As the Battalion Command gunnery in nearly two years here spend on our wheeled vehicles,
Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion on Fort Carson. This training tanks and Bradleys is used to
67th Artillery Regiment, my not only gives the Soldiers and teach our Death Dealers that
primary concern is the training, crews a chance to familiarize while we are a lethal fighting
welfare and safety of our Soldiers. and qualify with their vehicles force, we cannot maintain
From the beginning of my tenure, and weapon systems, but also our momentum without using
the battalion has continued to develops confidence in their proper procedures and the
grow and improve the training abilities to effectively fight on composite risk management
opportunities available for our today’s modern battlefield. The process. The vehicles and
Soldiers. In the past month we capstone exercise of gunnery was equipment we use deserve our
have executed some intense, the Combined Arms Live Fire respect and attention; they can
technical, fast-paced training to Exercise, the culminating event be incredibly unforgiving to
further improve the effectiveness that will qualify our company complacent or careless crews.
Command Sgt. Maj. David Pierce, CSM of our force. teams as a force to be reckoned The Death Dealers are also
1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment Last month, we began our first with. continued on page 2
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Buffalo Soldiers adopt a school


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heavily engaged in programs to ensure
that our Soldiers stay safe off-duty.
Story by Capt. Andrew Rossow Hooser enjoyed catching up with several of
Before our gunnery began, we organized
1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment his son’s former teachers during the carnival.
a mock crash that helped illustrate how
The Buffalo Soldiers’ Squadron Rear Another Buffalo Soldier, Spc. Michael Jones
dangerous drinking and driving is. These
Detachment began their efforts to partner of Crazyhorse Troop, also had ties to Aragon’s
alcohol-related incidents can put Soldiers
with Aragon Elementary School, assisting the faculty.
and civilians in the hospital or even
faculty with their spring carnival on April 9th. Jones, a native of Falcon, recognized
worse. It is paramount that our Soldiers
Twelve Soldiers from 1-10 Cavalry Aragon’s principal, Clinton Allison, as his
stay safe at all times. We have ensured
participated in the event, working in various former high school track coach.
that the entire Death Dealer Family has
game booths, ticket counters and the The carnival was one of several events
the tools and information they need to
concessions stand. scheduled as Aragon completes the final two
train and come home safely each day.
One of the Soldiers, Spc. John Hooser of months of its school year. The Buffalo Soldiers
Eagle Troop, was very familiar with the school and the Aragon staff are looking forward to the

FSC at 2-8 gunnery


and members of the staff. Hooser’s son was a continued partnership in the coming school
student at Aragon until last year. year.
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company’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical


Room and sign for and inventory all assigned
NBC equipment. Her ability to take charge and
excel during that inspection with that quantity
of equipment shows great responsibility well
above her rank.
There is not a day that goes by where the
FSC is not engaged conducting some type of
maintenance or supply operation. Range 143
and the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment,
motor pool are buzzing with activity
around the clock as the FSC Soldiers eagerly
prepare for daily Logistics Package, conduct
maintenance and cook for over 500 Soldiers.
Long days are the norm and the success of
this battalion depends on their support and
in turn the success of the brigade depends on
Col. John S. Kolasheski, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and Command Sgt.
the battalion’s ability to do their mission. The
Maj. Kenneth Barteau, command sergeant major of 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., award impact Army Achievement FSC always insures that the Talons are able to
Medals to Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div., who were part of the do their mission. The FSC is an organization
top gun crew during Table VIII Artillery Qualifications in April. where mediocrity and failure just are not an

Soldiers awarded for excellence option.

Story and photo by 2nd Lt. Ian Faison are named after a campaign in which 3rd Bn.,
3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment 16th FA Reg., fought. The crew of Automatic
Soldiers from Battery A and B, 3rd Battalion, 13, “Central Europe”, triumphantly donned the
16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade red cover on the howitzer after the ceremony.
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were Stevenson’s gun crew includes Sgt. Christopher
recognized for their outstanding performance Hall, Spc. Michael Hann, Spc. Matthew Tsosie,
during Table VIII Artillery Qualifications in Pfc. Harry Escalera, Pfc. Wilmer Solo, and Pvt.
April. Robert Haas.
Col. John S. Kolasheski and Command Sgt. Munsey and Command Sgt. Maj. Delmer
Maj. Kenneth Barteau awarded impact Army Traylor also recognized 2nd Lt. Steve Hojnicki,
Achievement Medals to 3rd Bn., 16th FA Reg.’s the Fire Direction Officer (FDO) for the
top gun crew from 1st Platoon, Battery A and battalion’s top POC. The POC is graded on its
top Platoon Operations Center (POC) from 1st timeliness and effectiveness of processing fire
Platoon, Battery B. missions. The Soldiers that comprise the top
Lt. Col. Tom Munsey awarded Battery A’s POC are Sgt. Lonnie Deswood, Spc. Robert
Paladin gun chief Staff Sgt. Starzane Stevenson Ryder, and Spc. Michael Clair.
with the award for “Top Gun,” bestowing The commitment to excellence and
him with the prestigious red gun cover for teamwork of these Thunder Pride Soldiers set
achieving the highest top gun crew score in the the standard and prepares 3rd Bn., 16th FA
battalion. Each of the battalion’s 16 Paladins Reg. for success in future combat missions.
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First lieutenants climb up the ranks


Story by Capt. Colin O’Toole Danny McPadden and Christian Hirota, were Div.
1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment promoted to captain. The ceremony marked Norman came to the Death Dealers from
the next large step in the career of the young Company A, 204th BSB. Finally, Command
officers. Sgt. Maj. David Pierce, command sergeant
The officers had spouses, relatives, or major for 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg., presented
children take off their First lieutenant rank the staff of Alternate Escapes with a ceiling tile
and attach their new captain rank. Capt. as a token of gratitude from the Death Dealers.
Derrick Numbers’ grandpa had the honor of “We had this made to mark our territory in
acknowledging 1st Lt. Numbers for the last this establishment” said Pierce.
time, before pinning on his captain bars. Next time you walk into the bar at Alternate
Each of the newly promoted captains was Escapes and order a drink at the front, look
given time to say a few words. There were straight up and know everything will be done
“thank-yous” and a few shout-outs before the under the vigilance of the Death Dealers.
next newly promoted officers spoke.
After the officers were promoted there was
(Photo by Mrs. Numbers) a frocking of a newly appointed first sergeant.
Newly promoted Captains Christian Hirota, HHC, Sgt 1st Class Brandon Knicely, will be assigned
and Derrick Numbers, Company B, both from 1st
Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat
to Company A, 1st Bn., 67th Armor Reg, the
Team, 4th Infantry Division, are congratulated by Lt. “Assassins”.
Col. Michael Simmering, commander of 1st Bn., 67th The Assassins are one of 1st Bn., 67th Armor
Armor Reg. after a promotion ceremony April 23. Reg.’s two Infantry companies. Knicely will be
A promotion ceremony for six first leading the company alongside Capt. Nathan
lieutenants from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Garner, the Company Commander.
Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th After the promotions and the frocking
Infantry Division, was held at Alternate ceremony, Lt. Col. Michael Simmering, (Photo by Capt. Colin O’Toole)
The 1st Battalion, 67th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd
Escapes April 23. acknowledged another new first sergeant, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Coat-of-
1st Lieutenants Derrick Numbers, Hal Sgt. Elton Norman, from Company F, 204th Arms sits proudly in the ceiling above the front of the
Hoogstra, Jeremy Sung, Colin O’Toole, Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. bar at Alternate Escapes.

Chaplain’s Corner: making a difference


A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of need or find a way to sooth the pain. We never
service and sacrifice compelled by compassion out grow our mother’s love for us or her desire
are the things that renew humanity. Isn’t it to see us happy.
wonderful that those are the primary qualities I would like to encourage you to take the
of moms? time to do something special for your mother
This coming weekend is Mother’s Day. I this Mother’s Day. Sometimes the more direct
would like to take this opportunity to remind and simple the louder the thought is conveyed.
you of the wonderful blessing of your mother. How beautiful a day can be when kindness
Can you remember those times that you so touches it!!
desperately needed a compassionate word of
encouragement or a comforting hug? It seemed Blessings
that a mother’s love could not be exhausted. CH (Maj.) Ricky Way
She was always there and ready to meet the 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. Chaplain

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