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! The entire Brigade Combat Team has done a tremendous job over the last few weeks preparing our equipment for deployment to the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, CA and doing it very safely. We have prepared over a thousand vehicles and containers for movement, processed everything to standard, moved it all to the pier at Pearl harbor and Sand Island and loaded a number of ships. All done with the focus and attention such a difficult task requires. What is truly amazing is that the out load was done while several hundred of the Brigade's leaders were gone at the Leader Training Program at NTC and that it was all done with zero safety incidents. Simply Awesome.

Our Torch party and ADVON are now receiving our equipment in California. Get ready for the best training the Army can provide an entire Brigade Combat Team. Our positive attitude, willingness to learn and grow, and ownership of our training will make for a tremendous training experience. We will finish the training rotation much better as individual Soldiers and as an entire team. When we leave California in early June, we will leave confident in our skills and abilities as a Brigade Combat Team and ready to answer our nation's call.

We have also been doing other tasks extremely well as we have been preparing for the NTC rotation. Individuals and teams from across the Brigade continue to achieve excellence in training. In the last few months, the Brigade has produced the Division's Soldier and NCO of the Year, Spec. Gerald Batey and Sgt. Joshua Parrish, who will next compete at the USARPAC level; 46 Air Assault School graduates; two Ranger School Graduates (the Warrior SBCT is currently the #2 BCT of any type in our Army for producing Ranger School Graduates); two SGT Audie Murphy Association Inductees; 19 Expert Field Medic Badge winners; and the winning team for the 31st Annual Best Ranger Competition (2nd Lts. Michael Rose and John Bergman from 1-27 Inf.). We have also had 15 Sgts. 1st Class selected for promotion to Master Sgt. and 32 Staff Sgts. selected for promotion to Sgt. 1st Class.

From now until June is going to be a challenging time for our Soldiers and 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 the upcoming months less challenging. Keep in mind, we are all in this together.

We continue to be proud of the things this great "team of teams" is accomplishing and are grateful for the support of our Warrior Families.

Warriors! Tropic Lightning!

Col. Thomas H. Mackey Brigade Commander

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