Black Knights hike Wichitas for Diamond Action quest
By 2nd Lt. Russell S. NortonOctober 15, 2020
FORT SILL, Okla., Oct. 15, 2020 -- In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, members of the B Battery “Black Knights,” 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, the “Deep Strike” Battalion, set forth on an adventure hike at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to build cohesion and foster esprit de corps.The team building exercise was the culminating event in a week of activities as part of the III Corps Phantom Action Initiative that follows the Army’s “people first” priority.The battery command team of Capt. Nicholas Ocegueda and 1st Sgt. Scott Forgette led their team on a challenging and rigorous hike of “The Narrows,” a scenic ravine carved through high rock walls by West Cache Creek.The plan was for the unit to bond together away from day-to-day routines on post.The battery successfully completed the first full week of people-oriented training designed to strengthen and enhance the Army culture while providing tools Soldiers can use to ward off the effects of internal adversities. Throughout the week, Soldiers assembled leader books and attended training on leadership fundamentals, equipping them with a foundation to combat the corrosive influence of sexual harassment and assault, suicide, and racism and extremism.“These classes have been helpful and constructive,” said Pfc. Hunter Crowder. “(They were) more engaging and personalized than I’m used to from Army classes. They really gave the leaders and the Soldiers a more personal understanding of the struggles and cultural upbringing that they have been influenced by. Giving everyone time to talk about their story made me feel like I could trust my battle-buddies and my leaders better. This hike wasn’t easy but we trusted in one another and that got us all to the top. I wish we could do this more often.”The future appears bright for the battery as it prepares to embark on its rotation to South Korea. Regardless of what challenges lay ahead, training, such as this, keeps battalion members ready, resilient, and able.