BAN DAN LAN HOI, Thailand �" Lt. Col. James Tuite, Commander, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and Capt. James Devlin, Company Commander, A Co., 1-21 Inf., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, conduct an after action review with the Soldiers of 1-21 Inf. as part of a platoon live fire exercise during Exercise Cobra Gold Feb. 10. Exercise Cobra Gold is a recurring multinational and multiservice exercise, which takes place annually in the Kingdom of Thailand and was developed by the Thai and U.S. militaries.

Gimlets certify for Live Fire

BAN DAN LAN HOI, Thailand -- The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division have been conducting platoon live fire certifications as part of Exercise Cobra Gold during the month of......READ MORE




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Warriors! A special welcome to CSM Jeff Sweezer, our new BCT CSM. As my new wing man, we look forward to growing and leading this team of teams together, particularly as we prepare for our upcoming deployment to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. The Nation requires us to train and prepare our Soldiers and units to conduct unified land operations and theater security cooperation exercises as part of a rapidly deployable contingency response force. Our deployment to NTC offers us the opportunity to do exactly that, test and validate our warfighters and sustainers while identifying strengths of the brigade and addressing our weaknesses.

Starting this month, half the brigade will be off-island training at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, while 1-21 Infantry Gimlets head to Thailand for Cobra Gold, a joint, multinational training exercise where they will forge friendships and strengthen the U.S. military's partnership with Thailand's military.

From now until June is going to be a challenging time for our Soldiers and their Families. Communication with one another and with your chain of command is going to be key to maintaining strong relationships throughout this deployment experience. Your chain of command exists to serve and help you and your Families. They have access to resources that can make these months less challenging. Keep in mind, we are all in this together. However, we are each responsible for our own actions. Make good choices and decisions that are going to set you and your Family up for success.

Prepare your Soldiers and Families now, as April will be here before we know it. We continue to be proud of the things this brigade is accomplishing and are grateful for the support of our Warrior Families.

Warriors! Tropic Lightning!

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