FORT BLISS MONITOR • JUNE 10, 2010 • 1B
Real world training Bliss Bash
Strength of our Army - Pride of the Southwest
Unit briefs ...
n Debt collection notice: This is a debt col-
lection notice for Pfc. Alvaro Regalado-Sessarego. All
services under Regalado-Sessarego’s name should be
put on hold. All those with debts to be collected under
the name of Pfc. Alvaro Regalado-Sessarego or for
information regarding collections, call Capt. Timothy P.
Unagro at 208-8995.
n Team Bliss Family Covenant Card:
The Team Bliss Family Covenant Card offers special
discounts and entitlements to families of Soldiers
deployed in support of current overseas operations.
For more information on Family Covenant Card eligi-
bility, information on how to obtain a card and a list of
everyday discounts provided to cardholders, including
discounts for Child, Youth and School Services, visit
www.blissmwr.com/familycovenantcard or call Army
Community Service at 568-1132.
n McGregor Ammo Supply Point: The
McGregor Range Ammunition Supply Point will be
closed for quarterly inventory through Friday. Issues
and turn-ins will not be scheduled during the closure.
To reschedule or make an appointment, call 569-9570.
n Dodgeball post championships: The
Fort Bliss dodgeball post championships are Sunday at
Biggs Gym. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and all teams PHOTOS BY SGT. ROGER RYDELL DANIELS / 16th MPAD
must be present by 8:30 a.m. for the rules briefing. The Spc. Stephen Whitney, a cavalry scout with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry
event will begin at 9 a.m. This event is open to active- Regiment, sits behind an M-240B machine gun May 28 while serving on the personal security detachment for the com-
duty military assigned to Fort Bliss. For more informa- mander.
tion, call 568-5995.
n ALR unit funds: Active-duty units and mobi-
lized Guard and Reserve units deployed in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi
Freedom, or troops deployed to Haiti and in support of
Homeland Security while serving in remote areas, are
authorized unit funds through the Army Level
Requirements Morale, Welfare and Recreation Unit
Fund program. Units will receive $2 per Soldier per
month beginning the month of deployment. Contact
the Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and
Recreation Financial Management Office by calling
568-4444 to receive an ALR information package.
n Flag retirement: The Vietnam Veterans of
America Chapter 844 and VFW 812 will conduct a flag
retirement ceremony at VFW Post 812 (2400
McKelligan Canyon Road) Monday from 3 to 8 p.m.
Unserviceable flags can be dropped at any of 16 “The
Cleaners” locations or at the VFW Post 812. For more
information, call 751-2535.
Editor’s Note: This week, The Monitor is showcasing
Sgt. Nicholas Bullard, a cavalry scout
with Headquarters and Headquarters
the work of Fort Bliss’ 16th Mobile Public Affairs
Troop, 3rd Sqdn., 3rd ACR, ground
Detachment at the National Training Center in Fort
Sgt. John Redmond, a cavalry scout with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, guides a Humvee May 28.
Irwin, Calif. Though their coverage of the 3rd Armored
3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, ground guides a Humvee May 28
Cavalry Regiment does not represent a Fort Bliss unit, while serving on the personal security detachment for the squadron command-
their story coverage is a part of their own training for er.
an upcoming deployment, and it spotlights what
deploying units go through during NTC rotations.
Fiscal 2010 DWIs by brigade/unit
trains Soldiers to roll safely through any environment
Unit Unit % of Bliss % of total DWIs
Strength Population DWI SGT. ROGER RYDELL DANIELS “This is Thunder 6-3, our green tecting Lt. Col. Scott Gerber, com-
16th MPAD two report is green,” said mander of 3rd “Thunder”
USAADASCH 96 0% 1.53% 2
ORT IRWIN, Calif. – The Redmond. “This lets them [the con- Squadron, 3rd ACR.
32nd AAMDC 3296 15% 11.45% 15
1/1 AD 4048 18% 9.16% 12
driver was set, the gunner trol center] know we have all our This day would take them to
2/1 AD 984 4% 1.53% 2 was in place and the assis- weapons and necessary gear – such four different training locations
3/1 AD 3231 15% 22.14% 29 tant driver was ready. as night vision goggles – to roll out. throughout the high Mojave Desert.
4/1 AD 3749 17% 4.58% 6 As the driver put his Humvee on If it was amber, that means some- Thunder Squadron, and the rest of
5th AR Bde. 755 3% 3.82% 5 line, three others did the same one is missing something, and we’ll the 3rd ACR, is in the midst of a
FFID 1324 6% 4.58% 6 behind him – the only thing have to wait until that person gets four-week training rotation at NTC
Garrison 97 0% 0.00% 0 remaining was for the Humvee it.” aimed at preparing them for their
MaD Bde. 2803 13% 6.87% 9
commander, Sgt. John Redmond, to Redmond, a cavalry scout serv- upcoming deployment to Iraq later
USASMA 223 1% 0.00% 0
WBAMC 903 4% 2.29% 3
call in their status and move the ing with Headquarters and this summer.
Sep. Units 703 3% 3.05% 4 convoy out through the gate of Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, Their training as the PSD at
FM/Civ/ Forward Operating Base Miami 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, NTC consists of escorting Gerber
Other Mil 29.01% 38 located at the National Training leads a group of 18 Soldiers on the wherever he goes.
TOTALS 22212 131 Center. personal security detachment pro-
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FORT BLISS MONITOR • JUNE 10, 2010 • 3B
PHOTOS BY PFC. JENNIFER SPRADLIN / 16th MPAD
Spc. Christopher Kell, UH-60 Black Hawk mechanic with the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, front, changes out the barrel on an M-240 machine gun for Lt. Col. Dale
Watson, 4th Sqdn. commander, middle, before a live-fire exercise at the U.S. Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., May 26.
NTC ideal for 4-3 ACR UH-60
Black Hawk pilots, gunners
PFC. JENNIFER SPRADLIN of the helicopter. Pilots can’t see from Kinzer has worked with UH-60 heli-
16th MPAD their sides and back. They call out haz- copters for more than seven years and
FORT IRWIN, Calif. – More than a ards,” said Brown, who has served in deployed to Iraq twice. She stressed the
week into the 3rd Armored Cavalry the Army for 18 years and deployed to importance of the weapon familiariza-
Regiment’s rotation at the U.S. Army Saudi Arabia in Desert Shield/Desert tion phase of training.
National Training Center here, the sight Storm and more recently to Iraq in “In the heat of battle, if someone
and sound of helicopters flying over- 2007. does start firing on them, then they need
head has become familiar to the The helicopter he pilots, the UH-60, to know what to do, especially if that
Spc. Christopher Kell loads more ammuni- Soldiers who work at the forward oper- is designed to be used by the Army for weapon has a jam,” said Kinzer, a
tion for a live-fire training exercise. ating bases and patrol the neighboring the transport of Soldiers and cargo. It Milwaukee native.
villages. can carry up to 11 Soldiers in full com- “They need to be able to fix that jam
Although these areas have been built bat gear and sling-load (a process of to protect the aircraft and whatever
up and developed to recreate Iraq, tethering a large container to the bottom cargo it’s carrying,” she said.
where the regiment will deploy later this of the helicopter) up to 9,000 pounds. It Over the course of two hours and
year, the natural landscape is what is also used for air assault operations multiple flights, Kinzer and several
makes these vast training grounds a per- and casualty evacuation and can be other Soldiers rotated into the door gun-
fect fit for the UH-60 Black Hawk pilots modified to have additional attack capa- ner position and engaged more than 100
and door gunners of the 4th Squadron, bilities. targets across a 10-kilometer area of
3rd ACR. “The UH-60 is the most versatile air- desert and mountains. The targets
“NTC is a really good place to train craft in the arsenal,” said Brown, a included recycled tanks and trucks, and
because it’s extremely expansive,” said Tulsa, Okla., native. human silhouettes carrying weapons.
Capt. Ronald Brown, UH-60 pilot with May 26, the focus of the mission for “Just about anything that we’d see on
“Stetson Troop,” 4th Sqdn. “The moun- Brown and his helicopter crew at NTC the battlefield is out there for us to use
tainous area is very good for training was building weapons familiarization as target practice,” said Kinzer.
UH-60 crews. We train mostly on the for their door gunners during a live-fire Although 4th Sqdn. is scheduled to
high altitudes and landing in extremely range. The door gunner, armed with a break from the regiment later this year
dusty areas.” specially modified M-240 machine gun, and form a new combat aviation
Dust presents the biggest challenge has a unique obstacle when engaging brigade, the training at NTC will be use-
during landing when winds caused by hostile targets. ful for any future deployments and mis-
the movement of the rotor blades can “It’s really challenging to hit targets sions.
create a brownout effect, leaving the from the aircraft because you’re moving “The training at NTC is very realistic
pilots with extremely limited visibility. at about 110 knots (126 mph),” said Sgt. for the most part,” said Brown. “Maybe
Cooperation and communication Joy Kinzer, a squadron crew chief and in theater it’s even a little bit nicer than
Lt. Col. Dale Watson fires an M-240 between the pilots and the crew is UH-60 mechanic. “Plus all the wind it is here, which is good because the
machine gun during a weapons training essential. created by the aircraft makes your bul- more you suffer out here the better pre-
familiarization exercise on a UH-60 Black “Crew coordination is huge because lets act a little differently, especially at pared you are for when you have to go
Hawk helicopter. they are our eyes and ears from the back greater distances.” out there and do it for real.”
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FORT BLISS MONITOR • JUNE 10, 2010 • 5B
PHOTOS BY SGT. ROGER RYDELL DANIELS / 16th MPAD
Spc. Melvin Stewart of R Troop, 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, attaches a fuel line to an AH-64 Apache helicopter May 27 during the 3rd ACR’s four-week training rota-
tion at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.
Helps ‘Longknife’ petroleum specialists
SGT. ROGER RYDELL DANIELS
16th MPAD SPC. MELVIN STEWART COMMENT: The
FORT IRWIN, Calif. – As two AH- most enjoyable part [about the job] is
64 Apache helicopters approach the meeting different people. I love talking
forward arming and refueling point at with the pilots.
Forward Operating Base Miami, a
team of aircraft petroleum supply spe- times. Each time, the team can pump
cialists hustle to their positions to per- up to 500 gallons of fuel into a heli-
form tasks necessary for the helicop- copter.
ters to return to the air. “It depends on how long they have
The petroleum suppliers are part of been flying. We really don’t know
Staff Sgt. Korento Leverette, a platoon sergeant for R Troop, 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored “Renegade” Troop of 4th Squadron, until we get under the aircraft,” said
Cavalry Regiment, watches his team of petroleum supply specialists refuel an AH-64 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, par- Smith, a Dededo, Guam, native.
Apache helicopter May 27 at Forward Operating Base Miami at the National Training ticipating in the National Training “Longknife” Squadron has a fleet of
Center. Center rotation May 15 through June more than 60 Apaches and 10 UH-60
8. Although the 3rd ACR is deploying Black Hawks. Also within their inven-
to Iraq later this summer, 4th Sqdn. tory are unmanned aerial vehicles,
will break off from the regiment, stay OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and other
behind, and help form a new combat types of aircrafts from other units and
aviation brigade. armed services that have also landed
After the Apaches settled into their on FOB Miami.
places on the FARP, two teams of four Spc. Melvin Stewart said he likes to
Soldiers approached the helicopters refuel the Black Hawks the best
and replenished their fuel. An ammu- because of the personal contact he gets
nition specialist checked the weapon with the pilots.
systems to see if they needed more “It’s more face to face,” said
ammunition. Another team member Stewart, a Newport News, Va., native.
stood ready to extinguish a fire if “The most enjoyable part [about the
needed. job] is meeting different people. I love
“It’s exciting being under the air- talking with the pilots.”
craft,” Spc. Christina Smith said about Staff Sgt. Korento Leverette, a pla-
her job as an aircraft petroleum suppli- toon sergeant in Renegade Troop, said
er. “It’s the most important job out the training Stewart and his other
here. Nothing moves without fuel. If Soldiers are receiving at NTC is
the birds don’t get fuel, the mission preparing them well for possible
doesn’t happen.” deployments.
Spc. Melvin Stewart and Spc. Christina Smith, wait to approach an AH-64 Apache heli- The entire process at the FARP took “This is real-world training,” said
copter May 27 at Forward Operating Base Miami at the National Training Center. The two about 20 minutes before the aircraft Leverette, a Stateline, Miss., native.
are petroleum supply specialists for R Troop, 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry was ready to resume flying. On a busy “This is what we do when we go down
Regiment. day, the process can occur several range.”
6B • JUNE 10, 2010 • FORT BLISS MONITOR
3rd ACR support
Iraqi army to free
SGT. JES L. SMITH
FORT IRWIN, Calif. – White grenade smoke filled
the air and gunfire rang out as vehicles quickly posi-
tioned themselves to react to enemy fire at the front
gate of the town of Kut Adeera, Iraq.
The battle looked like any other that has been seen
over the past year in Iraq but this one was different; the PHOTOS BY SGT. JES L. SMITH / 16th MPAD
city wasn’t real and ammunition was blank. A Soldier from 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, provides support to Iraqi army troops during a training
The action was part of a training exercise conduct- operation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., May 30.
ed May 30 at the U.S. Army National Training Center
here and it was designed to prepare 1st Squadron, 3rd Soldiers from the 11th ACR, stationed here, acted as
Armored Cavalry Regiment, for their upcoming Iraqi soldiers and operated the Iraqi army vehicles.
deployment to Iraq. Native Iraqi civilians filled the role of ISF command-
This will be the fourth time the 3rd ACR has ers, interpreters and civilians on the battlefield.
deployed to Iraq, but this time their primary mission The fighting to retake the town from suspected Al-
will be to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces, as Qaeda members was intense and took more than an
they become the vanguard of the combat missions. hour.
“We assisted the Iraqi army,” said Spc. Tim L. During the fight, the ISF took multiple casualties.
Crotts, a health care specialist with the squadron. “We Squadron forces responded by moving up to assist
supported them, with them in the lead.” with aid and evacuation.
To better facilitate the exercise’s main intent of bet- Upon securing the town both forces moved in and
tering the 3rd ACR’s ability to work with the ISF, the set up additional assets aimed at helping town resi-
squadron command worked hand in hand with IA com- dents. These included medical aid, civil affairs and a
manders to plan each phase of the mission from begin- provincial reconstruction team.
ning to end.
When the planning was complete it was time to exe-
cute the training exercise.
It started at a forward operating base located in the Tiger Squadron Soldiers provide security to the Iraqi army
NTC training area. Iraqi army vehicles were in front, during a training operation at the National Training Center
followed by 1st Sqdn. in Fort Irwin, Calif., May 30.
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11th ADA Bde. Public Affairs
One lucky Soldier from 1st Battalion,
43rd Air Defense Artillery, was named
the winner of a pair of tickets to the
upcoming Tim McGraw concert after an
Association of the United States Army
promotional drawing held May 27.
Pfc. Jesse Green, who picked up the
tickets June 1, will fly with a guest to
SGT. WILLIAM BOLDERSON / 11th ADA Bde. Public Affairs
Albuquerque, N.M., to see the singer in
concert and have the chance to meet him
backstage. The promotional package
includes dinner for two and one night at
AUSA held the drawing for new
members and those who renewed their
membership as of Jan. 1. The drawing
was co-sponsored by Outback
“This is a wonderful opportunity for
him to make a lifetime memory,” said
Col. Joseph DeAntona, the 11th Brigade
Air Defense Artillery Brigade command-
Green, who has been in the Army for
two years and who hails from Southside,
Ala., said he is a big country fan and
“thought it was a joke at first.” He
returned from a one-year deployment to
Kuwait in March.
Green’s girlfriend, Cassie White, will
be accompanying him to Albuquerque to
enjoy a night on the town arranged by the
president of the AUSA Omar Bradley
Chapter in El Paso, Gus Rodriguez.
(Above left) President of the AUSA Omar
Bradley Chapter, Gus Rodriguez, presents
Pfc. Jesse Green from A Btry., 1st Bn., 43rd
ADA, with Tim McGraw concert tickets
June 1 at the Fort Bliss German Club.
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Kaeleigh Iles, a fourth grade student at Bliss Elementary School, paus-
es in her potato sack, a portion of the obstacle course relay race, to
offer a peace sign during the Bliss Bash at Biggs Park May 27.
students splish, splash
at the Bliss Bash
SGT. MARCIE WRIGHT
5th Armored Bde. Public Affairs DEANNA MOSELY COMMENT:
Biggs Park was filled with We let [the students] know that if
students and faculty of Bliss they did a good job, we would
Elementary School May 27 at have a Bliss Bash.
the first Bliss Bash, held at
East Fort Bliss.
Bliss Bash was a fun day diers of the 4th Battalion, 1st
involving water activities, Field Artillery Regiment,
sports recreation, face paint- hosted the event, coordinating PHOTOS BY SGT. MARCIE WRIGHT / 5th Armored Bde. Public Affairs
ing, dancing and grilled hot park arrangements and recre- Third-grade students of Bliss Elementary School play a game of tug-of-war at the Bliss Bash held at Biggs
dogs and hamburgers. Sol- See Page 9B, BLISS BASH Park at East Fort Bliss May 27.
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Fourth-grade students from Bliss Elementary play in the water being thrown on them by
one of their partners in education from 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, after
competing in a water relay where students had to fill up a bucket with water by wring-
ing out cotton-stuffed toys.
BLISS BASH Continued from Page 8B they did a good job, we would have a
Bliss Bash,” explained Mosley. “We
ation stations. Bliss Bash was for stu- have been looking forward to this Divine Ochoa, a third-grade student at Bliss Elementary, gets her face painted in Army
dents and teachers in grades three event for months.” colors by Staff Sgt. Jesse Huneycutt, an infantryman with 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery
through five. Although this event was for the Regiment, at the Bliss Bash held at Biggs Park May 27.
The fun day was a reward to stu- older elementary crowd, the lower
dents for performing their best during grade levels each had their own special for working hard and giving great looking forward to having a similar
the school year on state tests, class- day when fun substituted ordinary effort.” event in the following years if students
room participation and good behavior, classroom activities. May was consid- Judging the success of the event by continue to demonstrate the skills,
according to school principal Deanna ered the month of fun and reward the smiling faces, laughter, and the knowledge and abilities to perform
Mosley. activities for the school. appreciation of a splash of cool water outstandingly in the classroom.
“We let [the students] know that if Mosley described it as “fun things on a hot El Paso day, the school is
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Joseph DeAntona and Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie Nelson, unveil the Paso Del Norte
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