FORT CARSON, Colo. - A clear, blue sky formed above a formation of Soldiers assigned to 1st and 2nd battalions, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as the Soldiers began celebrating the 12th Inf. Reg.'s 158th birthday May 3, 2019.
Soldiers of the two battalions celebrated the regiment's birthday by conducting a dedication ceremony of a 12th Inf. Reg. sign and hosted an organizational day, which involved food, sports, and games for Soldiers and their Families.
During the dedication, Lt. Col. Timothy R. Palmer narrated the history of the regiment and the importance of celebrating its legacy.
"The 12th Inf. Reg. is without a doubt a combat-tested and mission-focused organization, but our strength goes beyond the ability to fight and win the nation's wars," said Palmer, commander, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT. "The strength of the 12th Inf. Reg. comes from its Soldiers ... America's most precious resource ... its sons and daughters."
Following the reading of the history of the regiment, selected Soldiers recounted acts of valor in the regiment's history, spoke about serving in the regiment and remembered the fallen.
Among the Soldiers who were selected was Staff Sgt. Dominic S. Larocco, an infantryman with 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT.
"I feel very fortunate to be part of the 12th Inf. Reg.," said Larocco. "I have deployed with the battalion twice, and I feel so blessed to be in this great organization and be able to celebrate another birthday."
According to Palmer, who has been part of the battalion since February, the regiment is more than just an organization for him.
"To be a member of the 'Warrior' Regiment is not one to be taken lightly," he explained. "It's camaraderie, it's tradition, and most importantly, it's a Family."
Larocco has been with 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., for more than three years and said he is excited to share the history of the regiment with new Soldiers.
"I feel honored to be able to be part of the history of this organization, and I am ready to show the younger Soldiers what it takes to be part of this regiment," said Larocco. "You have to be a team player, be physically fit, be an expert on all weapons systems, but most importantly, be disciplined."