They may be gone, but they're not forgotten! Rear-Detachment Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Striker Brigade Combat Team ("Warrior Brigade") represented their comrade's currently deployed to Iraq by competing in this year's Tropic Lightning Challenge here, June 30 - July 2. For their effort, the 2nd SBCT earned third place honors in the volleyball competition. But it wasn't winning that was the ultimate goal for the Warrior Brigade. Honor and sportsmanship were the ideals exemplified by its Soldiers. "Our whole idea here was to represent our brigade and to join in the team spirit and friendly sportsmanship throughout the competition," said Command Sgt. Maj. E.J. Snyder, rear-detachment command sergeant major, 2nd SBCT. "We planned on simply competing in everything we possibly could with so many of our Soldiers deployed to Iraq," he continued. "We have about 49 Soldiers getting ready to deploy this month, and a good number of them still participated." Snyder's sentiment was echoed by Maj. Adelaido Godinez, the Warrior Brigade's rear-detachment commander. "I love events like this because it's shared adversity, and to be included in the celebration is very important to us," said Godinez. "We're here to bring honor and credit upon Second Brigade and specifically our Soldiers who are deployed," he said. "We took pride in the fact that on every field of play, we took it with honor without any trash talk and with pure sportsmanship." One of those Soldiers who participated in the week's team building events was Capt. Lawrence Lewis, commander, Headquarters Headquarters Company, 2nd SBCT. Lewis helped organize teams and played in the sporting events. "It was challenging and kinda funny with the majority of the brigade deployed," said Lewis. "We had to really scrape together Soldiers to put together teams and in Volleyball we took third place overall, so that's something definitely to be proud of," he continued. But Lewis, too, was philosophical about the true importance of Tropic Lightning Challenge Week. "The importance of the week really, though, is that it brings the whole division together," he emphasized. "Units, sometimes, tend not to think of themselves as bigger than their own specific elements or battalions. This was a chance for all of us to see ourselves as part of something bigger -- as one division. We are all part of something bigger. This was a great team-building week."