More than 130 Soldiers on the island of Oahu rode about 80 miles to help bring attention to the U.S. Army SHARP program. CSM Brian Hester, #25ID and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii command sergeant major, gave opening remarks to the riders about the importance of supporting the SHARP program and making sure everyone is safe while serving in the U.S. Army.
#TropicLighting commanding general, MG Ron Clark, and CSM Brian Hester, hosted COL (Ret.) Gregory D. Gadson (a former Tropic Lightning Soldier) during leader professional development at Schofield Barracks today. Gadson lost both of his legs May 2007 from an IED blast near Bagdad .
#25ID Division Surgeon LTC Ross Witters, then a captain, was the surgeon at the aid station treating Gadson after his injury. Gadson thanked Witters for his efforts that day.
Gadson had a positive message for the audience.
"We have an opportunity to be better every day. It's not about being the best, it's about being your best. That's what being a Solider is about, living up to the best you can be every day."
#25ID #BestRanger Competition teams and team coach, 1st Lt. Colt Barber, were recognized by Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Clark and Division Command Sgt. Maj. Hester for their unabating effort representing the #TropicLighting Division in this year's competition:
Team #41 (5th): 1st Lt Christopher Smith, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Sgt. Aditya Sehrawat, 2 IBCT
Team #42 (35th): 1st Lt Travis Smith, HHBN, Staff Sgt. Carlos Techara, 2 IBCT
The Best Sapper Competition is entering its final streach with two #TropicLightning teams competing. Both teams are from 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID. Team 2 is 1LT Eric Chruchill and 1LT Tyler Glasz (Currently 5th place). Team 5 is 1LT Francis Lee and SSG Brandon Hill (Currently 22nd place). Good Luck Bronco Sappers!
(Photos courtesy 29th BEB)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
25th Infantry Division aids relief efforts on island of Kauai
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HAWAII – U.S. Army helicopter crews from the 25th Infantry Division evacuated more than 180 Kauai residents and visitors from areas threatened by flood waters while delivering approximately 43,000 pounds of food, water, and clothing to distressed areas across the island April 16-17.
Using two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, Tropic Lightning aircrews from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade joined the State of Hawaii and County of Kauai’s multi-agency relief effort Monday morning.
“As America’s Pacific Division, we routinely train to assist those across the Pacific region affected by natural disasters,” said Maj. Gen. Ron Clark, 25th Infantry Division commanding general. “But in this situation, flood waters threatened our communities here in Hawaii, the only home the 25th Infantry Division has ever had. Working with our partners, we were able to combine our capabilities to support our neighbors here at home during this difficult time.”
The 25th CAB’s Soldiers also moved more than 40 emergency service personnel in support of the operation as well as emergency service vehicles and fuel. They were joined by partners from the Hawaii Army National Guard, U.S Coast Guard, Kauai Police Department, Kauai Fire Department, American Medical Response and the American Red Cross in a united effort to relieve those affected by flood waters.
Spc. Justin Cole, Company B, 3rd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB was grateful for the opportunity to help the residents and visitors of Kauai.
“I haven't ever done anything like this before. I was happy to come out and help people - felt accomplished,” he said.
The Chinook crews returned to Wheeler Army Airfield Tuesday evening.
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BG Johnny Davis, #25ID deputy commanding general-operations, presented #PurpleHeart awards to Thomas Y. Tanaka and Minoru Takaesu, both are Korean War veterans, on April 14 in Honolulu. They were presented with Purple Hearts at the monthly Military Order of the Purple Heart, Rainbow Chapter 483. PFC Tanaka served with the 24th Infantry Division in the Korean War and PFC Takaesu with the 3rd Infantry Division.
(Photos by PV2 Megan Barnes, 28th PAD)
#TropicLightning BRC Team #41 is sitting strong in 5th place after the grueling night orienteering course. They just finished the Darby Queen and will be moving on shorty to the Combat Survival Water Assessment and a final buddy run to Camp Rogers. #StrikeHard (Photos courtesy of SSG Carlos Techera and 1LT Colt Barber)
#TropicLightning BRC Team #41 is currently within striking distance of #BestRanger in 5th place after Day Stakes. Right now, they are boarding UH-60 helicopters to fly to the mountains of North Georgia for a grueling night orienteering course. Tomorrow, they will complete the last day of the competition with the Darby Queen, a HELOCAST, the Combat Survival Water Assessment, and a final buddy run to Camp Rogers. #StrikeHard
The #25ID Best Warriors are announced! Please congratulate our #TropicLightning! Warriors in the comments section and wish them luck as they move on to represent 25th ID across the Pacific.
Here are the winners:
SPC Micah Price - 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
SFC Jason Machado - 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
1SG Justin Kline - 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
1LT Shawn Burrows - 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
Price and Macado will move on to compete at the U.S. Army Pacific Best Warrior competition in June.
Kline and Burrows will move on to compete at the I Corps competition in May.
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The 2018 #BestRangerCompetition is underway in Georgia. America's Pacific Division has two teams competing. Currently 1LT Chris Smith and SGT Aditya Singh Sehrawat are in 5th place while 1LT Travis Smith and SSG Carlos Techera are further back but still representing the #TropicLighting Division well. You can follow their progress at:
ICYMI: Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey visited #25ID and U.S. Army Pacific command Soldiers at Schofield Barracks yesterday. After a grueling PRT session, he viewed training and talked about the importance of a safe and friendly workplace and the enforcement of #SHARP priorities. #TropicLightning!