The 79th IBCT HHC is finishing up two weeks of annual training at Camp Roberts prior to deploying to Kosovo on a nine-month NATO security and stability mission. Yesterday, the Soldiers of the 79th practiced Army combatives on a foggy Central Coast morning. During the training, 40th Infantry Division commander Brig. Gen. Mark Malanka came out to meet the troops and chat with 79th commander Col. Nick Ducich.
Updated: After seven days supporting rescue and recovery efforts in #Montecito, our Camp Roberts Firefighters are home. Welcome back and great job!!
Left to right:
Firefighter Aric Johnson
Captain Hugh Dugan
Firefighter Nathan Ditmore
Firefighter Daniel Burgess
The Camp Roberts Fire Department sent some pics from the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County. Camp Roberts Engine 8991 has been part of Strike Team XSL 1472A since Dec. 4. The team has been performing structure protection beginning in Ventura, moved to La Conchita, then Montecito.
Camp Roberts Fire Department Capt. Kevin Byrne, Firefighter Rodney Landis, Firefighter Randy Martin and Firefighter Nate Ditmore have been working extremely hard on this assignment, some nights in base camp sleeping on the ground with temps as low as 28 degrees, the next day on the fire line with extreme wind and heat.
The team is expected home no later than Dec. 24.
See below for the Camp Roberts Troop Store holiday hours:
Troops training at Camp Roberts can often see bald eagles and golden eagles soaring overhead. The camp is home to three eagle nesting pairs--two bald eagle pairs and one golden eagle pair--that have been successfully raising eaglets during the nesting months between January and August.
California Military Department biologists keep an eye on the eagles and their nests. This year's nesting period is expected to be a special one because you and the public will be able to keep an eye on one of the bald eagle pairs as they hatch and raise their chicks. Yesterday, a camera was installed above the nest of a bald eagle pair named Ron and Nancy whose nest is located in a large sycamore tree along the Nacimiento River.
While the camera was being installed, Nancy and one of her juvenile eaglets kept a watchful eye on the installation from a tree across the river.
Once in operation, the camera will live stream video from the nest 24 hours a day seven days a week. The camera is equipped with infrared for night viewing and a microphone for sound that will allow viewers to hear chicks peeping. Check back here for a link to the live stream when the video becomes available in the next few weeks.
Arborists from Arbor First out of Morro Bay installed the camera. HDOnTAP is the vendor that provided the camera and will host the live stream.
Biologists from the Ventana Wildlife Society were on hand during the camera installation as subject matter experts. Ventana re-introduced bald eagles to Central California in the 1980s and the eagles have been thriving at Camp Roberts ever since.
The Eagle Cam project is being overseen by the California Military Department Environmental Directorate. Two biologists from the directorate, Michael Moore and Claudia Gambaro, were supervising the installation as the camera was mounted above the nest.
Soldiers, civilian personnel and their families came out for a Halloween party on Camp Roberts today. Halloween was celebrated with hot dogs, hamburgers, a raffle, pie throwing, a costume contest and a pumpkin decorating contest, plus plenty of candy. Thanks, Christine Lane for your hard work organizing a good time. Happy Halloween!
Increased helicopter operations over Camp Roberts may be noticeable in the surrounding areas over the next week. U.S. Army aviators and U.S. Marines will be conducting an exercise at the camp Oct. 10-18. Helicopters may be operating until about 11:30 p.m. during the exercise.
See the attached media advisory for more information.
Here's the news report from KSBY about the M103 tank that was moved to the Camp Roberts Historical Museum Annex yesterday:
On Camp Roberts today, an old Marine Corps M103 heavy tank was hoisted into place in front of the Camp Roberts Historical Museum Annex and is now the museum's newest display.
The tank was brought to Camp Roberts in 1984 and was used as a target on one of the ranges. A few years ago, the Soldiers of the Regional Training Site-Maintenance (RTSM) on Camp Roberts moved it to an RTSM yard where it was used for training purposes. The Soldiers of the RTSM spent about two years patching it up, cleaning it and painting it until it became suitable for display.
This morning, it was moved from the RTSM to the museum annex using a Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) and an M1000 trailer. Two M88A2 Hercules armored recovery vehicles then hoisted the tank into place.
Former Marine Corps tank commander Joe Martinez, 85, from San Miguel, came out to watch. Martinez, a decorated 26-year Marine Corps veteran, served in Korea and Vietnam. "It brings back a lot of memories," he said of seeing the old tank.
Friends, family and Camp Roberts personnel were at the Phoenix Club today to pay their respects and bid farewell to Lt. Col. Gregory Arenas who will be retiring after a 30-year Army career. Lt. Col. Arenas is the Director of Base Operations but will soon be moving on to bigger and better things.
Check out this FREE event to publicize the Camp Roberts Museum. The museum is the repository for the entire military legacy of the Central Coast, from when the camp first opened as the Army's largest basic training installation, during World War II. Mark this date on your calendar! You'll be glad you did!
The San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT team was at Camp Roberts today training at the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF). About 60 law enforcement personnel from various SLO County law enforcement agencies trained alongside Camp Roberts Provost Marshal at the camp's high tech training facility, running through various active shooter and hostage scenarios. Check out the photos.
The Camp Roberts Barber Shop is open today. See the flier below for hours of operation.
About 350 California National Guard Soldiers left Camp Roberts today to fight the Salmon-August Complex Fire and the Mission Fire. Before they left, they were trained up by CAL FIRE. Read about their training here:
California National Guard Soldiers are completing CAL FIRE hand crew training today, Sept. 6, at Camp Roberts. They head out today and tomorrow to the Salmon-August Complex Fire near Etna, California, the Mission Fire, near Oakhurst, California, and wherever else needed.
About 350 #CalGuard Soldiers took part in the training on the baking hot hills of Camp Roberts, led by about 50 experienced CAL FIRE firefighters. The Soldiers were divided into 12 hand crews and led through six stations where they practiced everything from using fire shelters to digging trenches, chopping logs and cutting fire lines with tools such as the Pulaski, McLeod and shovel.
The troops reported to their armories Friday before the Labor Day weekend and have been training since then. They're expected to be out on the fire lines supporting CAL FIRE firefighters for the rest of September.
Soldiers from the 40th Infantry Division are at Camp Roberts conducting pre-deployment training in preparation for their upcoming mission in Afghanistan. Here's a picture of them at morning formation on Camp Bob in preparation for M4 reflexive fire training.
Overcast skies meant the eclipse was a total bust today at Camp Roberts. At least the "moment of totality" was clearly visible on TV.
Trailer-style VIDEO captures fast & furious action from the 1-184 Infantry Battalion's live-fire exercise on Camp Roberts this week. The 1-184 is training at the #CalGuard post in August 2017 in preparation for a deployment to the Middle East later in the year (U.S. Army video by Capt. Will Martin/released).
1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, California Army National Guard
1-184 Infantry Live Fire
Let's go! Trailer-style VIDEO captures fast & furious action from the 1-184 Infantry Battalion's live-fire exercise on Camp Roberts this week. The 1-184 is training at the #CalGuard post in August 2017 in preparation for a deployment to the Middle East later in the year (U.S. Army video by Capt. Will Martin/released). 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, California Army National GuardPosted by California National Guard on Thursday, August 17, 2017
ICYMI: Click photos below for a Flickr album with plenty of great PICS & VIDEOS from the 1-184th Infantry Battalion's Annual Training on Camp Roberts this month.
1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, California Army National Guard
The Camp Roberts Fire Department was awarded this morning by garrison commander Col. Nicole Balliet and XO Lt. Col. Kevin Bender for working 21 days straight this July during the Alamo, Whittier, Park, Hogback and Detwiler fires.
The recipients were Capt. Johnstone, Capt. Byrne, Capt. Johnson, Firefighter Martin, Firefighter Root, Firefighter Goldbloom, Firefighter Renelle and Firefighter Landis.