9th April 2021
Comanche Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry
HOHENFELS, Germany - The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is on the move again following the conclusion of Combined Resolve XV. The brigade is hard at work conducting line haul and rail operations to push equipment out to European destinations to continue the mission for Atlantic Resolve.
The multinational training exercise, CBR XV, took place at Hohenfels Training Area as a means to enhance interoperability with NATO partners and allies. Participants were able to learn and grow together, while employing tactics, techniques and procedures as a combined force in the European theater.
"Combined Resolve was a great success for Comanche Troop, for the squadron and the brigade as a whole, " Capt. John Uvina, Comanche Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment commander, said. "We executed multiple missions … from individual training, to platoon training and culminating to squadron, and the brigade exercise with multinational partners and allies. "
COVID precautions made CBR XV unique, as this was the first time this exercise occurred since the global pandemic mitigations became a new standard requirement.
"Honestly, operating in a COVID environment is no different than we would typically operate in the Army because we’re always putting people first, and safety is always at the forefront of what we do, " Maj. Jamie Hickman, executive officer of the 115th Brigade Support Battalion, said. "It just really became a new normal for us in extending beyond that and just making sure we’re enforcing the mask use, hand washing ... "
After successful completion of CBR XV, Soldiers of the 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div., load their tracked vehicles at the Parsberg Railhead, headed to Romania, Lithuania and Poland. Rail provides an efficient way of moving across international borders to get equipment to forward operating sites.
"Our brigade operated exceptionally well, conducting safe, smart and deliberate operations and (CBR) was really a good chance for us to train with our multinational partners, " Hickman said. "As we exit Hohenfels, we’re really looking forward to continuing to work with our multinational partners. "
Once the brigade elements arrive at their locations, the multinational collaboration continues including small arms ranges and other interoperability training with NATO partners and allies.
5th March 2021
1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry
HOHENFELS, Germany. It’s humbling, said Cpt. Matthew Nobile, the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment Garryowen intelligence officer. You come out here and think you understand a lot of the aspects of combat maneuvering; not at all.
Elements of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Ironhorse have been participating in Combined Resolve XV at the Joint Multinational Training Center JMRC. As the brigade nears the end of the exercise, troopers are able to grasp the importance of multinational training.
Training alongside our international partners on such a grand scale is something we could not have done at Fort Hood, said Lt. Col. John Ordonio, commander, 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion. Learning from one another, seeing how we operate as a whole and maneuver effectively together is something only gained here in an environment like this.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the virus’ impact across the formation, the brigade began its JMRC rotation with some troopers in quarantine and isolation.
From the very beginning, this rotation has presented the brigade as a whole with many unique challenges, said Maj. Bo Olsen, brigade operations officer. Our troopers have truly stepped up showing off their individual grit and determination, ensuring this rotation was beyond successful.
As the brigade continues through its Atlantic Resolve rotation, the first real combat obstacles provided by JMRC were met with sheer intensity by Ironhorse troopers.
It was a little rough at first, but it feels great knowing that we’ve got some amazing training in, said Nobile. Going through this crucible, in a sense, is a reward and testament to every troopers’ hard work, dedication and effort to the Army cause.
By SSG. Christopher Hammond 1st Cavalry Division
26th January 2021
1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany " The 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry is busy on the ranges throughout the Grafenwoehr Training Area since arriving in country, continuing the mission by training and qualifications while in theater for Atlantic Resolve, Jan. 21-22, 2021.
Troopers quickly met the goal to fire every weapon system to ensure the Brigade’s readiness to fight with precision and lethality while training new personnel, and ultimately being validated.
Due to the perpetual influx of new personnel, range time is an important aspect of military operations. Although first term Soldiers gain significant knowledge of their individual specialty prior to arriving to a combat unit, live fire exercises are paramount to develop the confidence needed for a Soldier to perform their job in a combat environment.
"It’s just good training" said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Boyle, the Brigade’s Master Gunner. "All the crews that are firing now are brand new, so we’re not expecting them to come out here and shoot 900’s all across the board, but they’re getting good reps in to get that experience to become better tank crews."
The Ironhorse Soldiers have grown accustomed to additional COVID mandates and refer to them as the ‘new normal.’
"We’ve been able to put in COVID mitigations and make sure that we are staying safe, keeping spacing and maintaining personal hygiene," said 1st Lt Alexandra Goldhorn, a Bradley Scout Platoon Leader in 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. "We’re constantly wearing our masks inside and outside the vehicles… and we’re doing constant COVID testing."
Another consideration is the Bavarian winter weather. Snow and ice can present a real challenge for crews familiar to the mild Texas climate, and creates an opportunity to gain experience.
With diligence and perseverance, the Abrams and Bradley crews continue to find success.
"We’ve been fighting the beast, but the last couple of days the weather hasn’t been too bad," said Staff Sgt. Miguel Albertson a Tank Commander in 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. "The snow has been hard to see through out on the ranges, but we feel good, our confidence is great and I know for sure we qualified today."
Regardless of the challenges faced by the Abrams and Bradley crews, high motivation and confidence are on full display and is shown in the perfection exhibited in their execution of gunnery tables.
The focus on qualification, teamwork and training is paramount to readiness and completing the mission. The Troopers of the Ironhorse Brigade are proving once again that the Army is second to none in achieving its goals.
"Our Army is always ready," said Goldhorn. "We’re constantly training and constantly making sure that we’re ready, whatever the task may be. Whether it’s our presence here in Europe, or a combat deployment, or being at home station. We’re ready and we’re constantly training to do whatever the military asks of us and whatever our nation needs."
By Sgt. Thomas Stubblefield
17th January 2021
5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry
Camp Casey South Korea, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team
A Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldier assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division receives the ‘Certificate of Achievement’ for completing the 2020 Warpaint Spur Ride, Dec. 22-23, at Camp Casey and Camp Hovey, Republic of Korea. The Spur Ride is a tradition in which Soldiers strive to earn spurs, an honorable award worn on their combat boots and a symbol of the ‘Order of the Spur,’ by completing rigorous challenges.
Raider Soldiers earn their Silver Spurs
Soldiers and Korean Augmentations to the United States Army across the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and Republic of Korea. Soldiers had their mental fortitude and physical toughness tested to earn their silver spurs during the 2020 Warpaint Spur Ride hosted by 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st ABCT, 3rd ID, Dec. 22-23, at Camp Casey and Camp Hovey, Republic of Korea.
The Spur Ride is an event held over multiple days. Soldiers must pass a series of physical and mental tests that evaluate their leadership skills, technical and tactical proficiency and teamwork under high levels of stress and fatigue, during the day and night.
“I believe that the Spur Ride is important because it validates you as not only a Scout but as a Soldier,” said Sgt. Dan Satterwhite, a spur holder from 5th Sqn., 7th Cav. Regt.
The spur candidates completed 14 stations, including a live fire range, medical evacuation, and ruck marching more than 30 miles across Camp Casey/Hovey.
By supporting and motivating each other, they learned about themselves and the importance of the team.
“The support of my team was what got me through all the courses during the Spur Ride,“ said Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Shelton, a cavalry scout from 5th Sqn., 7th Cav. Regt. and the oldest spur holder for this Spur Ride at the age of 42.
The event concluded with a ceremony with each of 258 Soldiers who earned their spurs, receiving them from their current spur holders. They were also congratulated by Gen. Robert Abrams, the Commanding General for United States Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command and United Nations Command, who was visiting the installation that day. After the ceremony, the Soldiers stepped off with silver spurs attached to their boots.
“You all are going to have strengths and weaknesses but completing the Spur Ride makes you stronger and realize how much of a team player you need to be in the Army,” said Satterwhite.
By: CPL Ha Chung
16th November 2020
1st Squadron,7th Cavalry
The U.S. Army picture showing 70 tons of Freedom entering the United States European Command Area of responsibility looks like.
On Saturday, the 1st Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment press release said that the first Abrams tank rolls off the "Green Ridge" vessel at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, marking the beginning of the seventh iteration of Army’s armored brigade support to Atlantic Resolve.
Soldiers deploying into military and commercial airports in Germany, Poland and Romania, while equipment arriving via ship to the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.
The announcement also noted that Personnel arriving for Atlantic Resolve take many actions to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Before departing the U.S., Soldiers conducted pre-deployment Restriction of Movement and COVID testing. While traveling, all Soldiers wear masks and follow strict hygiene measures. Once in Europe, Soldiers will again quarantine and test before travelling throughout the continent.
"The protection of our Soldiers and the surrounding communities is our top priority," the news release says.
As the seventh armored rotation in support of Atlantic Resolve, 1/1CD will conduct bilateral, multinational training events with more than a dozen NATO allies and partner nations. These exercises build readiness, enhance interoperability and strengthen relationships between U.S. forces and our allies and partners across the theater.