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The 35th Infantry Division transfers authority of Task Force Spartan - OSS to the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard

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The 35th Infantry Division transfers authority of Task Force Spartan - OSS to the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National GuardU.S. Army Central | Kansas National Guard | Missouri National Guard

Posted by 35th Infantry Division on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The 35th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Victor Braden and Division Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Newton received their end of tour award from the U.S. Army Central commander Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett March 7 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Braden then recognized the rest of the command team, Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. John Rueger, Deputy Commanding General Jeff Van, and Chief of Staff Timothy Bush for their leadership and contributions to the division and to Task Force Spartan - OSS. Santa Fe!

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After nine months in theater in support of Task Force Spartan - OSS, the 35th Inf. Div. will conduct a Transfer of Authority ceremony and hand control of the mission over to the 28th Infantry Division Mar. 8. The ceremony will be broadcast live right here on the 35th's page at 0900 Kuwait time. Since that will be 12 a.m. central, the video will remain posted and available for viewing even after the live stream is over. Santa Fe!

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Sgt. Atticus Dyer, 35th Inf. Div. chaplain's assistant, is presented a division coin from Maj. Gen. Victor Braden, 35th Inf. Div. commanding general, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Feb. 28, 2018. Dyer was nominated to receive the coin for his hard work and dedication as the commander's health protection council (CHPC) editor for the division monthly wellness bulletin.

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As the Task Force Spartan - OSS division headquarters prepares to change hands, 35th Inf. Div. commanding general Maj. Gen. Victor Braden provided Soldiers from the incoming 28th Infantry Division a brief about current political, social, and operational conditions in the Middle East and opened up the floor to facilitate questions. After the 35th departs, the 28th will be the third division headquarters to take on the Task Force Spartan Mission.

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Maj. Gen. Victor Braden, 35th Inf. Div. commanding general, presents Tyler Krantz and the USO staff with a certificate of appreciation for services provided to the Task Force Spartan - OSS Soldiers throughout the division's deployment in the Middle East at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Feb. 28, 2018.

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35th Inf. Div. Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Victor Braden, presents a plaque to Col. Steven Berger, Area Support Group - Kuwait commander, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Feb. 28, 2018. The plaque and a division coin are presented in appreciation for the ASG-KU support to the Task Force Spartan - OSS Soldiers while deployed throughout the region for Operation Spartan Shield.

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“To be Soldier ready is to be a leader,” said Sgt. First Class Sokly Lach, Bravo Company first sergeant.. “Soldiers need constantly train to prepare themselves for their next promotion or leadership position. Instill your work ethic the same as you would train your Soldiers.”

Read more on why the 35th stresses the importance of maintaining individual Soldier readiness even while in a deployed environment.
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With the end of the deployment right around the corner, Maj. Gen. Victor Braden, commanding general of the 35th Inf. Div., took a moment to recognize the personal security detachment and the secretary of the general staff sections for their hard work over the course of the deployment.

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With their nine-month deployment to the Middle East nearing its completion, the 35th Infantry Division gathered together for the reading of the unit's Meritorious Unit Citation and remarks from the Commanding General and Deputy Commanding General. In the next coming weeks, the 35th will hand off the Task Force Spartan mission to the 28th Infantry Division and return home.

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Sgt. First Class Lloyd Anderson, Bravo Co., 35th Inf. Div. intelligence noncommissioned officer in charge, stands next to the mural he painted at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Feb. 23, 2018. Anderson began the intricate oil painting in December and was completed after spending 104 hours on the piece that will remain in Camp Arifjan for years to come. The mural pays homage to the Kansas and Missouri history of the Santa Fe division. Thank you and congratulations on the wonderful artwork, Anderson!

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Maj. Laura Webb, a nurse practitioner in the 35th Inf. Div., speaks to students at the Kuwait University College of Life Sciences in Kuwait City, Feb. 20, 2018. Dr. Sana AlBustan, a professor of communication science disorders, met Webb last fall during the Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) conference and invited her to speak to her students from a mother's perspective on raising children with special needs. Webb spoke about her children to students studying Speech Language Problems and Special Issues in Speech and Language.

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Friendly reminder. Don't text, talk or post about troop movement or departure dates. Doing so could cause mission failure or delays.

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Congratulations to newly promoted Maj. Zarbock, who was promoted during a ceremony on Feb 17, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
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Santa Fe Soldier participated in various Organizational Day activities on President's Day Feb. 19 at Camp Arifijan, Kuwait. One such event was a working dog demonstration by the Directorate of Emergency Services, Area Support Group-Kuwait, where 35th Soldiers were allowed to don a protective suit and "attempt" to run from a trained working dog.

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Soldiers from the 35th took part in the 'Buck Stops Here,' President's Day half/full marathon on Feb 19 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. The run also included a five man relay team option.
Thank you to everyone who supported and participated!
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Maj. Gen. Victor Braden, 35th infantry division commanding general, met with Brigadier Wade Stothart, Australian liaison officer to Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve to thank him for his support of Task Force Spartan's missions throughout their area of operations Feb 14.

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35th Infantry Division Soldiers attended the annual Bedouin Festival outside of Kuwait City Feb. 10. Events included traditional sword dancing, demonstrations of traditional bread-making, butter-churning and weaving techniques, and camel races.

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The 35th's mission in the Middle East is nearly complete with redeployment on the horizon. Select Soldiers on early release from active duty were awarded their end-of-tour awards.

Congratulations to Cpl. Maddox who was awarded the Army Achievement Medal. Sgt. Shade, Staff Sgt. Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Loving were awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Cpt. McDonald and Cpt. Patton were both awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

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Undergraduate students at the Kuwait College of Science and Technology are preparing to graduate this spring. 2nd Lt. John L. Denkler, 35th Inf. Div. project management officer was invited as a guest speaker to the KCST as part of a U.S. Embassy and Kuwait partnership program, Feb. 7.

“A lot of people think they have to have it figured out in those four years,” said Denkler. “They put all of this pressure on themselves to have the right answer and are afraid they might screw-up the rest of their life. It’s not true”

Read the full story here; https://dvidshub.net/r/pb9k89

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Soldiers of the 35th Inf. Div. receive their combat patches during a ceremony held at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Feb. 12, 2018. The Soldiers received their patches after spending time in the Levant in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
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The 35th Infantry Division command team, Maj. Gen. Victor Braden and Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Newton, joined General Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, and other leaders of the U.S. service component commands in the Central Command area of responsibility to witness a combined arms maneuver demonstration during Army Day.

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Staff members of the 35th Inf. Div. visited the Al-Qurain Martyrs Museum in Kuwait City as part of a staff ride Jan. 7. The historic site is the location of the battle for the Qurain House by 19 members of the Al Messilah Group (Kuwait Liberation Forces) in 1991. 35 Inf. Div. participants received a tour of the site and had the opportunity to ask questions about the battle.

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Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment 1-35, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Task Force Spartan - OSS visited with the 35th Inf. Div. Command team and Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General, during a visit to Camp Buehring Feb. 5. Soldiers then had an opportunity to ask questions and have a discussion with Schmidt and Maj. Gen. Victor Braden, 35th Inf. Div. commanding general, as part of an Operational Law class.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt paid a visit to fellow Kansas Soldiers of the Alpha 2nd Battalion 130th Field Artillery with the 35th Inf. Div. command team at Camp Buehring, Kuwait Feb. 5.

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