• CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Soldiers from Headquarters, 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and various other units, ran in the St. Patrick's Day fun run to get some physical training in and support their fellow Soldiers.

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq ...

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Soldiers from Headquarters, 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and various other units, ran in the St. Patrick's Day fun run to get some physical training in and support their fellow...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Master Sgt. Christopher T. Obryan of Harned, Ky. and Sgt. Samuel R. Reilly of Topeka, Ky. show their company colors, those of the 2113th Transportation Company from Paducah, Ky., for the St. Patrick's Day run.

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq ...

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Master Sgt. Christopher T. Obryan of Harned, Ky. and Sgt. Samuel R. Reilly of Topeka, Ky. show their company colors, those of the 2113th Transportation Company from Paducah, Ky., for the St. Patrick's Day...

CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment headquartered in Henderson, Tenn. participated in a St. Patrick's Day 5K fun run March 13 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq.

"I used the run as a jumping off point to getting myself back to where I need to be and to feel better. Sometimes you have to hurt before you can feel better. Plus, it's a way to break up the routine of my job as [an operations officer] for 1/278th ACR," said Maj. Warner A. Ross, from Bolivar, Tenn., who turned 46 on race day.

As a former center for Ole Miss, Ross knows what discipline and dedication to physical fitness really means.

Being a Soldier, fitness is paramount to mission capability. It can also be an escape or a way of building morale within a unit. With 25 runners, Bayonet Troop from Clarksville, Tenn., had the largest turn out of Soldiers for the 1/278th ACR. Even their guidon bearer, Spc. Brandon Solomon, participated while carrying his troop's guidon.

"I ran in support of our S3, Maj. Ross; it was his birthday. I also ran in support of the MWR here at Q-West. Since we have only just arrived, I want them to see we are here and want to participate," said 1st Sgt. Larry T. Petty, the senior noncommissioned officer for HHT 1/278th ACR.

With an Easter fun run just around the corner, 1/278th ACR, Cobra Squadron, will have another opportunity to ditch their spurs for running shoes and show out on race day.

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