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Supermodel and sportscaster Leeann Tweeden sings
along with guitarist Kevin Lawson at the 2010 Sergeant
Major of the Army Hope and Freedom Tour. Tweeden has
made “handshake tours” an integral part of her career.

Regulars

Around RC-South
Page 8
Latest LOLs
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The

Mountain
View
magazine
Regional Command South
Commanding General
Maj. Gen. James L. Terry
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Greca

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The Mountain View is an authorized
publication for members of coalition
forces. Contents of The Mountain View
are not necessarily official views of,
or endorsed by, coalition governments.
All editorial content of The Mountain
View is prepared, edited, provided and
approved by the Regional Command South
Public Affairs Office.

Top Shots
Page 6

Columns

The Don Says ...
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Chaplain’s Corner
Command Commentary
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On the cover

USO provides cheer
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Flight club
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Photo by Spc. Matthew Diaz

Table Of Contents

Editorial Staff
RC-South PAO Lt. Col. Web Wright
RC-South PAO NCOIC
Master Sgt. Tami Hillis
NCOIC, Command Information
Sgt. 1st Class Felix A. Figueroa
Managing Editor Spc. Matthew Diaz

Spc. Matthew Diaz

Soldiers of RC-South participate in a “Jingle Bell Run” starting at the
boardwalk at the stroke of midnight, Christmas Day. Participants tied
bells to their running shoes so while running together, the effect was
similar to Santa’s sleigh flying through the streets of Kandahar Airfield.
Some of the more enthusiastic Soldiers chose to make the run in full
Santa Clause garb.

Media queries please contact RC-South
Public Affairs at 10thmtnpao@gmail.com
Contributing Units
TF Destiny
TF Kandahar
TF Lightning
TF Raider
TF Strike
CT Uruzgan
CT Zabul
NTM-A
16th MPAD

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A band of misfits roams the dusty streets of Kandahar Airfield. They are searching high and low and they won’t stop
until they find what they are looking for: deployed Soldiers having a good time.

This isn’t the plot for the next big action adventure movie. It is the cast of the Sergeant Major of the Army Hope
and Freedom Tour 2010. This year’s tour consisted of Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, supermodel/sportscaster
Leeann Tweeden, country musicians Keni Thomas, Buddy Jewell and Emily West, singer/songwriter Alana Grace,
comedienne Chonda Pierce, the U.S. Army Band “Downrange” and Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleaders Nicole Hamilton and
Brandi Redmond.
Since their arrival to Kandahar Airfield on Dec 22, the entertainers spent their time chatting with Soldiers, signing
autographs and seeing the sights.
While on tour, the performers experienced what living in theater is like.
“Some memorable things are being shot at and being rocketed,” said Tweeden. “It’s real; we’re wearing our flak
vests and our helmets.”
When talking with the members of the tour, one would get the feeling there is nowhere else these people would
rather be. They all carry themselves in a warm and welcoming manner, allowing most Soldiers to walk right up and say
hello, regardless of the celebrity factor.
Tweeden jokingly said her favorite line to break the ice with a star-struck Soldier is - in her best sexy voice, “Hello Soldier.”
“I’m not shy at all and I make sure I go up to the Soldiers,” said Tweeden, who is married to an Air Force pilot
and whose father served in Vietnam. “I never wore the uniform, so it’s my way of giving back to my country.”
“You have to break the ice so I tend to ask them questions about themselves,” said Grace. “If you don’t, everything
tends to be awkward.”
Meet and greets are great, but the real reason these entertainers came to KAF was to perform. They performed
as though they were fresh and relaxed, not at the end of a nine-day tour spanning the entire Southwestern theater.
The show opened with introductions and comments from Preston. He spoke about each performer and explained
that each has ties to the military and has their own unique story to tell.
“This is our 10th Christmas that we’ve had servicemembers who are deployed in harms way, and I can’t tell you
how proud I am of all of you,” said Preston. “You make us all very, very proud.”
After Preston left the stage it was up to “Downrange” to get the crowd excited and moving. Being Soldiers, they
did their job well above the standard. They pumped up the audience with songs like “Jump Around” and “California
Gurls.”
With the crowd screaming for more, it was time for the master of ceremonies to take control. Tweeden hit the
stage and the already loud audience burst into a testosterone-induced din. Servicemembers from multiple countries
all jockeyed for the best vantage point to see the supermodel.
From that point the evening only became louder as each act came out. The pair of cheerleaders accompanied
the acts with lightning fast dance moves, while the performers got all in attendance out of their seats.
Pierce had the audience in stitches with her predatory brand of stand-up comedy, picking apart viewers that
were selected before the show.
As the night grew colder the entertainment got hotter. Grace wowed servicemembers with her set. Her
unique style of pop/rock brought the energy level to a new high, ending in a sing along with the audience.
The country musicians, a staple of deployed live entertainment, painted a picture of middle America, Mexico, exboyfriends and girlfriends, and the good old days reminding many of home. Thomas, Jewell and West definitely delivered
with their tunes.Thomas is a formerArmy Ranger, while Jewell was the first winner of the television series “Nashville Star.”

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and it was time for the performers to go home to spend Christmas
with their Families, but not before setting aside a little more of their time to sign autographs.
“This is the ninth year that the Office of the Sergeant Major of the Army has had the opportunity to sponsor
this show,” said Preston. “I am very honored and humbled to be a part of it.”

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Story and photos by Spc. Matthew Diaz
RC-South Public Affairs Office

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Sergeant Major of the Army

Hope and Freedom Tour edition

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“TOP SHOTS” ENTRIES ARE OPEN TO ALL READERS.
ALL “TOP SHOTS” SUBMISSIONS MUST BE IN BY THE FRIDAY BEFORE PUBLICATION DATE. SEND SUBMISSIONS TO 10THMTNPAO@GMAIL.COM

Gen. Petraeus awards ‘Raider’ Soldier with Soldier’s Medal
Story and photo by Spc. Breanne Pye
Task Force Raider Public Affairs Office


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The Commander
of International Security Assistance Forces, Gen.
David Petraeus, visited Camp Nathan Smith Dec. 20
to present a Soldier from 1st Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division with the Soldier’s Medal, for an
act of heroism.

The Soldier’s Medal is the highest award a
Soldier can receive for actions not related to combat.
It’s awarded to any Soldier who distinguishes himself
or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict
with an enemy.

Pvt. Marcus Montez, a medic assigned to
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special
Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th
Infantry Division, said he had no idea that his very
first patrol in Afghanistan would end with the life of
an Afghan girl in his hands.

On the afternoon of Nov. 17, Montez and
his squad were conducting a foot patrol through
Shurdamn district in Kandahar City, said Sgt. April
Luikart, medic assigned to HHC. During the patrol,
they came across a distraught Afghan woman with a
lifeless infant in her arms.

“The child’s mother had given up hope that
her little girl would survive,” said Luikart. “She was
already being consoled by her fellow villagers for the
loss of her child.”

Without hesitation, Montez sprang into action,
conducting Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on the
infant, said Luikart. He cut a necklace from around
the child’s neck that had been obstructing her airway
and began methodically performing CPR.

“The timing of the team and Montez’s
exemplary actions led to the child being brought
back to life,” said Capt. Jared Headley, patrol leader,
assigned to HHC. “This situation undoubtedly
helped build upon our relationship with the Afghan
community.”

What was extraordinary about these events
is that Montez was the least
experienced Soldier in the patrol,
said Headley. It was his first mission
in Afghanistan, and his first time on
patrol.
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As he addressed the Soldiers
who attended the awards ceremony,

Petraeus said that it was important to recognize
a Soldier who has distinguished himself through
courage and sacrifice on the battlefield.

“It is important that, throughout our mission,
we establish a culture of integrity and service to the
people that takes hold among our Afghan partners,”
said Petraeus. “The Soldier being recognized today
has demonstrated his commitment to that culture
through his extraordinary actions.”

In addition to the Soldier’s Medal, Petraeus
also presented Montez with the International Security
Assistance Forces coin, and personally thanked him
for his selfless and courageous actions.

“I feel honored that General Petraeus presented
me this award,” said Montez. “I was just doing my
job, but it’s a huge morale builder to have such an
important and influential leader recognize me.”

“It’s an honor to serve with a Soldier like
Montez,” said Luikart. “Seeing him being awarded
the Soldier’s Medal makes me proud and gives me
hope that all the Soldiers present at this ceremony
will strive to emulate his attitude and actions.”

Gen. David Petraeus, commander, International Security Assistance
Forces, presents the Soldier’s Medal and ISAF coin to Pvt. Marcus
Montez, medic, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during an awards
ceremony held Dec. 20 at Camp Nathan Smith. Montez, a native of
Sacramento, Calif., received the medal and coin for saving the life of
an Afghan child during a patrol Nov. 17 in Kandahar.

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ANSF, ISAF conduct joint clearing operations in Kandahar
Story and photo by Pfc. Nathan Thome
Task Force Raider Public Affairs Office


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – In an effort to improve security, Afghan National
Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces conducted joint
clearing operations in villages west of Kandahar City throughout December

Afghan National Police led the patrols with Soldiers from 1st Battalion,
22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry
Division, where they cleared houses while collecting
assessments of security concerns from local residents.
Partnering with the Afghan Police during this
operation helped 1BCT, 4ID with its overall
mission of mentoring the ANSF so they
can take over the security of Kandahar
without international assistance.
Forces conducted searches after
receiving consent from the head
of each household. The searches
were conducted to gain data
on the area and sit down to
talk with the local populous.
“We are making sure that the
Taliban aren’t using the villagers’
homes to make IEDs or conduct
other insurgent activities,” said Staff
Sgt. Andrew DeVries, a squad leader
for 4th Squad, Company A, 1-22IN.

“By engaging the residents, we
can better keep the community safe,”
said Pfc. Matthew Truxel, a rifleman
with 3rd Plt, Co A. “It also helps us keep out
those who don’t have a reason to be there.”
“TheAfghan Police did a great job leading these patrols,”
said Spc. Jeff Lamica, a gunner with 1st Squad, Co A,
“They worked hard right along-side their ISAF partners.”

“ANSF and ISAF have a great relationship, which
played a major role in these operations,” said Col. Ghulam
Farooq, the 3rd Brigade 2nd Kandak commander. “The
operation went as smoothly as it did because the Afghan
Police and ‘Raider’ Brigade work so well together.”

Farooq added that the mentorship of 1BCT
has enabled the Afghan Police to grow in their ability
to increase and maintain the security of the district.
Because of the progress by the ANCOP and ANP – insurgent
activity has greatly decreased – making it safer for the
villagers to walk through the streets of Kandahar, said Farooq.
“The residents are happy with our work and are excited to
see us when we patrol through their villages,” said Farooq.
“With our continued partnership with ‘Raider’ Brigade,
Taliban activity will continue to diminish and we will take
complete control of the area.”

Soldier In The Spotlight Cultural
Name: Sgt. Christopher
Sack

Considerations

Unit: Task Force Shadow
MOS:15U, Chinook flight

engineer

Hometown: Mount Carroll,
Ill.

:

“Sergeant

Quote I enjoy flying, doing
the mission and setting the
example by taking pride in my
aircraft.

Sack is constantly
leaning forward and setting the
example for the new crew members
to follow. He brings 100
percent each and every
day regardless of the
difficulty of the mission.”
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~ 1st Sgt. Bradford Smith

Hospitality is a vital part
of Afghan culture. When
offered hospitality, you
should always accept.
Doing so will maintain
our partners’ sense of
honor.

Merry Christmas
“Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer” was the song of
choice for our Soldiers while conducting battlefield
circulation on Christmas Day. Maj. Gen. Terry and
I had the opportunity to visit six different locations,
and at each we selected one servicemember to
choose a carol, and then lead all present in the
singing of that song.
The day started with us flying out at 7 a.m. in our
sleigh, a UH-60 Blackhawk, destined for undisclosed
locations in and around Kandahar, Zabul and
Uruzgan provinces. At each stop, the commanding
general and I put on our Santa hats and addressed
the Soldiers to wish them and their Families a very
Merry Christmas.
Maj. Gen. Terry talked about progress in the areas
in which they work and the fact that they were all
making a positive impact each and every day. After
a very short talk at each location, he answered their
questions, took photos with them if desired, and left
all with a warm handshake and smile.
I told them that being a Soldier was hard. Missing
Christmas Day, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings
and the many firsts in the lives of their Families is
not easy - and it takes special people like them to
endure these types of hardships. For many, this was
their first Christmas away from home but probably
the most memorable.
We then sang a song, typically off-beat, with
several forgetting some or all of the words. But in
all cases, Soldiers smiled and laughed which was
truly the purpose of our visit.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Climb
to Glory!




CH (MAJ) Herman Cheatham
“11 Rules for Marriage”

CORNER

Happ


Merry Christmas RC-South and Kandahar Airfield. I hope all of you had a chance to
call home and talk to family and friends. Being deployed during the holidays can be tough
but keep your head up. You have friends all around you so reach out if you feel down and
go the extra mile. Offer a friendly ear if you see someone else who is having a hard time this
time of year. The new year is upon us and it is up to each and every one of us to get home
to our Families. Try to take advantage of a fresh start and do something to make you better.
Set some goals that are attainable - exercising more or going back to school. Picking up a
hobby is always a wonderful way to pass time, learn how to play a new sport or game, or
how to paint. KAF has many things to offer; the gyms, the MWR and the education center
are just a few of the ways to pass time. The MWR has pool tables, foosball, books, movies
and video games. There are Soldiers from all over the world here. Take time to expand
your horizons and talk to them and learn about their cultures. Get out of yourself and help
one another. Please stop by the RC-South ROLE 1 aid station if you feel you need to talk
to someone; we can get you to the right agencies to help.



COMMAND COLUMN

Spc Don W. Ellen

The Don Says ... y Holidays!

CHAPLAIN’S

Rule 1: Marriage isn’t about your happiness.
It’s not about you getting all your needs met through
another person. Practicing self-denial and selfsacrifice, patience, understanding, and forgiveness
are the fundamentals of a great marriage. If you want
to be the center of the universe, then there’s a much
better chance of that happening if you stay single.

Rule 2: Getting married gives a man a
chance to step up and finish growing up.  The best
preparation for marriage for a single man is to man up now
and keep on becoming the man God created him to be.

Rule 3:  It’s okay to have one rookie season,
but it’s not okay to repeat your rookie season.  You will
make rookie mistakes in your first year of marriage;
the key is that you don’t continue making those same
mistakes in year five, year 10 or year 20 of your marriage.

Rule 4:  It takes a real man to be satisfied with and
love one woman for a lifetime.  And it takes a real woman
to be content with and respect one man for a lifetime.

Rule 5: Love isn’t a feeling. Love is commitment. It’s
time to replace divorce with commitment.  Divorce may feel
like a happy solution, but it results in long-term toxic baggage.
You can’t begin a marriage without commitment.  You can’t
sustain one without it either. A marriage that goes the distance
is really hard work. If you want something that is easy and has
immediate gratification, then go shopping or play a video game.

Rule 6: Online relationships with old high school or
college flames, emotional affairs, sexual affairs and cohabiting
are shallow and illegitimate substitutes for the real thing. 
Emotional and sexual fidelity in marriage is the real thing.

Rule 7: Women spell romance R-E-L-A-T-IO-N-S-H-I-P.  Men spell romance S-E-X.  If you want
to speak romance to your spouse, become a student of
your spouse and enroll in a lifelong “Romantic Language
School,” and become fluent in your spouse’s language. 

Rule 8: During courtship, opposites attract. 
After marriage, opposites can repel each another.  You
married your spouse because he/she is different.
Differences are God’s gift to you to create new capacities
in your life.  Different isn’t wrong, it’s just different.

Rule 9: Pornography robs men of a real relationship
with a real person and poisons real masculinity, replacing it with
the toxic killers of shame, deceit and isolation. Pornography
siphons off a man’s drive for intimacy. Marriage is not for wimps. 

Rule 10:As a home is built, it will reflect the builder. Most
couples fail to consult the Master Architect and His blueprints
for building a home. Instead a man and woman marry with two
sets of blueprints.  As they begin building, they discover that a
home can’t be built from two very different sets of blueprints.

Rule 11: How you will be remembered has less to do
with how much money you make or how much you accomplish
and more with how you have loved and lived.

F
light
Synergy

Story and photos by Spc. Tracy R. Weeden
TF Destiny Public Affairs Office



KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Two different
aircraft with separate objectives fly together to
accomplish the single mission of securing southern
Afghanistan, protecting coalition ground forces and
Afghan civilians from insurgent activity.

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter
and AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilots of Task
Force Saber fly together to form heavy weapons
teams, which consist of two scout and one attack
helicopter, or pink teams, one and one.

Heavy weapons teams are modeled after
pink teams, which were developed in Vietnam, said
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Akers, A Troop,
TF Saber Apache pilot. It is the same concept
employed today. The scout helicopter is used for
search and the attack helicopter for defense.

The Kiowa Warrior is a small, agile helicopter
that can maneuver with greater ease, allowing the
pilot more flexibility for aerial observation, as
opposed to the Apache, which is a large and highly
resilient helicopter with multiple weapon delivery
systems.

“They are two aircraft with totally different
missions. Our airframe was built for attack, and
the Kiowa was designed for reconnaissance,”
said Akers. “We bring a lot more to the fight as a
team.”

Together, these aircraft compliment and
enhance the other’s capabilities.
“We make a good team because of our
maneuverability and firepower,” said
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung,
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop,
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TF Saber Kiowa Warrior pilot.
Heavy weapons teams have the

capability
to observe and
devastate
insurgent
tactics, but they also have
the effect of intimidation.

“Our presence alone will deter enemy
activity,” said Akers. “The ground guys feel
more secure with us in the area.”

Teams are in the air for hours on end
providing surveillance.

They act as an aerial quick reaction force,
said Akers. If troops receive enemy contact, they
are already in the air responding to the situation
immediately.

“We are there to support the ground troops,”
said Aker. “The ground force commanders are
driving the train.”

Commanders either request the team to
provide security while conducting their operations
or protect them from hostile contact.

“Our mission is to give an extra tool to the
ground force commanders to support them in their
counterinsurgency operations,” said Leung.

Heavy weapons teams ensure the safety of
the troops below, allowing them to focus on their
immediate mission and follow through without

any hesitation.

“We are able to provide security for the
ground elements, giving them peace of mind,”
said Akers.

While the Kiowa searches for enemy
presence, the Apache is watching from above with
intense offensive firepower.

Apaches also present protection for the
reconnaissance helicopters so they can do their job
more freely, said Akers.

The watchful guard of the AH-64
gives the OH-58 pilot the capability to
fully utilize their abilities and recon skills.

“It’s a comforting feeling to know someone
is watching your back,” said Leung.
A unique dynamic has formed between the
pilots of the two different aircraft, bringing
them closer together and developing
confidence.
They have found common ground
because they share the same mission, said
Akers.




“Flying together has built trust and
camaraderie,” said Leung. “We trust each other
with our lives.”

They must work flawlessly together in order
to accomplish their mission.

While in flight, the air mission commander
dictates the aircraft positions and reaction
procedures. Pilots implement the commands
accordingly. An AMC is the most experienced
pilot on the mission.


“We have our flying techniques down,” said
Akers. “Once I got used to the way the Kiowas fly,
it was a lot easier to keep an eye on them.”

AH-64 pilots are accustomed to flying in
pairs with their own airframe, which created a
challenge for them to fly with OH-58s, a much
smaller aircraft.

“The Apache is a large helicopter, so they
are easier to keep an eye on,” said Akers. “It’s
harder to keep eyes on the Kiowa because they are
so small and low to the ground.”

Though the AMC gives instruction to the
pilots, they work together to complete the task
while staying vigilant of each others’ every move.

“The AMC must know how to employ
aircraft to their maximum effectiveness,” said
Leung. “It’s an aerial ballet.”

They trained for flying heavy weapons
teams at Fort Campbell, Ky., before deploying to
Afghanistan.

“Predeployment training gave the pilots and
air mission commanders a better understanding of
how they function as a team,” said Akers.

Together, the scout and attack helicopters
form heavy weapons teams that fly in synergy to
diminish the threat of insurgent activity in southern
Afghanistan.

An AH-64 Apache patrols the battlefield.

THIS JUST IN!

Stetsons and Spurs:

FROM THE INTERNET

A Cavalry Legacy

Story and photo by Spc. Tracy R. Weeden
TF Destiny Public Affairs Office

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TRADIN

Cavalry Soldiers stand apart from the rest of
th e c r o w d . T h e y ta k e g r e a t p r id e in th e ir c u s to ms
a n d tr a d itio n s , mu c h lik e a d is tin g u is h e d c u ltu r e .
T h e ir
h e r ita g e
d r iv e s
th e ir
tr a d itio n s
and
p r id e
th e y
c a r r y.
The history of the Cavalry can be traced
b a c k to 1 7 7 6 , w h e n th e U . S. Ca v a lr y w a s e s ta b lis h e d w ith h o r s e - mo u n te d tr o o p e r s . T h e r o le
of the Cavalry has always been reconnaissance,
s e c u r i t y a n d m o u n t e d a s s a u l t . A f t e r Wo r l d Wa r
I I , th e Ca v a lr y b e g a n p h a s in g o u t h o r s e s a n d
tr a n s itio n in g to a me c h a n iz e d , mo u n te d f o r c e .
T h e y a r e s e e n w e a r in g Ste ts o n h a ts r a th e r
t h a n n o r m a l h e a d g e a r, a n d s t r a p p i n g s p u r s t o
their heals during formal Cavalry events. But
th e s e ite ms mu s t b e e a r n e d , th e y a r e n o t f r e e .
The tradition of having to “earn your spurs”
d a te s b a c k to th e f o u n d in g o f th e Ca v a lr y. W h e n
troopers first arrived at their new unit, they were
a s s ig n e d a h o r s e w ith a s h a v e d ta il. T h is le d to th e
nickname “Shave Tail” for new, spur-less troopers.
T h e s e n e w So ld ie r s n e e d e d e x te n s iv e tr a in in g , e s p e c ia lly in th e a r e a o f s w o r d s ma n s h ip
f r o m a to p a h o r s e . D u r in g th is p h a s e o f tr a in in g th e y w e r e n o t a llo w e d to w e a r s p u r s b e c a u s e th is w o u ld h in d e r th e ir tr a in in g . W h e n
th e y p r o v e d th e ir a b ility to p e r f o r m w ith th e ir
h o r s e a n d s a b e r, th e y w e r e a w a r d e d th e ir s p u r s .
Now the Cavalry Soldier is awarded their
spurs upon the successful completion of
t h e “ s p u r r i d e ” o r t h e i r f i r s t c o m b a t t o u r.

The Spur Ride is a multiple-day event, which
is a series of physical and mental challenges
t e s t i n g t h e i r l e ad e r s h i p , t e c h n i c a l a n d t a c t i c a l
p r o f i c i e n c y, a n d t h e a b i l i t y t o o p e r a t e a s p a r t o f
a te a m u n d e r h ig h l e v e l s o f s t re s s a n d fa t i g u e .
D u r in g th e s p u r ri d e p a rt i c i p a n t s a re re quired to recite the traditional Cavalry
p o e m, th e “ Fid d l e r ’s G re e n , ” fro m m e m o ry.
G o ld
spurs
a re
e a rn e d
t h ro u g h
dep lo y me n ts , w h il e s i l v e r s p u rs a re a w a rd e d u p o n c o mp l e t i o n o f t h e s p u r ri d e .
L e g e n d h a s it t h a t i n 1 9 6 4 t h e h a t w a s a d o p t e d i n a n e ff o r t t o r a i s e e s p r i t d e c o r p s
in the new air cavalry squadron and was
meant to look similar to the campaign hat
w o r n b y th e o ri g i n a l C a v a l ry Tro o p e r.
A “wetting down” ceremony is held
f o r n e w So ld iers t o b e a c c e p t e d a s m e m b e r s o f t h e C a v a l r y Tr o o p . B e f o r e t h e y c a n
wear their Stetson, they “chug-a-lug,” a
h a tf u l o f r a n d o m l i q u i d a n d c o n d i m e n t s .
T h e c r o s s e d s a b e rs a d o rn i n g t h e S t e t s o n
i s a n o t h e r t r a di t i o n a l i c o n s y m b o l i z i n g t h e
o r i g i n a l w e a p o n o f t h e C a v a l r y Tr o o p e r.
The crossed sabers are represented on
th e ir a ir c r a f t, t h e O H -5 8 D K i o w a Wa rr io r, th e ir g u i d o n s a n d h e l m e t p a t c h e s .
T h e r e a r e m a n y t r a d i t i o n s o f t h e C a v a l r y, b u t
th e s e a r e th e mo s t d o m i n a n t a n d w e l l k n o w n c u s to ms . T h e y s e t Cav a l ry Tro o p e rs a p a rt a n d h o n o r
th e lin e a g e o f th e C a v a l ry R e g i m e n t .

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