FORT CARSON, Colorado – Soldiers with 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, competed in the brigade’s “This is My Squad” Competition, an all-day event inspired by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston’s “This is My Squad” initiative March 10 at Fort Carson, Colorado.
This is the first time the brigade held the event which was hosted by 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
“The brigade initiated the (competition) in support of Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston’s initiative to get after cohesive teams and ownership of a leader’s elements,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Steve R. Chandler, senior enlisted leader of 2IBCT. “In this case it was squads; we had 9 Soldier squads competing in a multitude of events.”
“Each battalion provided a squad to see who is the best in the brigade” said Sgt. 1st Class Justin McBride, operations assistant noncommissioned officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 41st Inf. Reg., 2IBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “We created events based on skill level one tasks and a mystery event to determine the winner.”
The squads worked together to complete the tasks they were given to win a trophy for their battalion all while navigating approximately six miles, on foot, with their assigned weapons, plated vests and combat helmets.
“We are getting at the lethality, “Ivy 7” for the division and unit readiness for the competition,” Chandler said.
All tasks culminated to the final mystery event: a test of basic rifleman marksmanship. Squads were to fire their weapons at the range and collectively determine which of them could achieve the most hits.
After a long day, a winner was finally determined.
“The first-place winner was the 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion,” Chandler said. “They were super pumped and excited from the very beginning and maintained that high morale throughout the event.”
The competition is expected to be held quarterly and hosted by the winning battalion.