Ironhorse Brigade honored as tops in retention

By Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public AffairsNovember 5, 2007

Command Sgt. Maj. Pablo Squiabro (left), senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and Lt. Col. Scott Efflandt (right), commander, 2nd Bn., 8th Cav. Regt. receive the 1st Cavalry Division's battalion-level First Strike Award which was presented to them by Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow, Multi-National Division-Baghdad command sergeant major, and Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and 1st Cav. Div. commanding general, in a ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1. The battalion received the honor for being the first battalion in the 1st Cavalry Division to meet its retention mission for Fiscal Year 2007 which it completed in May with 138 reenlistments
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command Sgt. Maj. Pablo Squiabro (left), senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and Lt. Col. Scott Efflandt (right), commander, 2nd Bn., 8th Cav. Regt. receive the 1st Cavalry Division's battalion-level First Strike Award which was presented to them by Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow, Multi-National Division-Baghdad command sergeant major, and Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and 1st Cav. Div. commanding general, in a ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1. The battalion received the honor for being the first battalion in the 1st Cavalry Division to meet its retention mission for Fiscal Year 2007 which it completed in May with 138 reenlistments (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment to include Leander, Texas native 1st Sgt. Tim Keesling; Hampstead, N.Y. native Capt. Leighton Anglin, Battery B commander, and the battery's retention noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Demotriz Brooks, a native of Biloxi, Miss. receive the 1st Cavalry Division's top company award for retention from Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr. (right), commanding general, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow (center), 1st Cav. Div. command sergeant major, during a ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1. Battery B accomplished 400 percent of its retention mission for Fiscal Year 2007 with 36 reenlistments but had a mission of only nine. Fil said the event marked the first time that a 1st Cavalry Division retention award has been presented at the company level.
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment to include Leander, Texas native 1st Sgt. Tim Keesling; Hampstead, N.Y. native Capt. Leighton Anglin, Battery B commander, and the battery's retention noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Demotriz Brooks, a native of Biloxi, Miss. receive the 1st Cavalry Division's top company award for retention from Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr. (right), commanding general, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow (center), 1st Cav. Div. command sergeant major, during a ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1. Battery B accomplished 400 percent of its retention mission for Fiscal Year 2007 with 36 reenlistments but had a mission of only nine. Fil said the event marked the first time that a 1st Cavalry Division retention award has been presented at the company level. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
From left to right: Omaha, Neb. native Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Giles, command sergeant major for the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment; Lt. Col. Martin Clausen, the 1-82 FA Regt. commander who hails from San Diego and Mechanicsville, Md. native Staff Sgt. Daniel Countiss, retention noncommissioned officer for 1-82, receive the 1st Cavalry Division's top battalion for retention award from Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and 1st Cav. Div. commanding general, during an award ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1. For Fiscal Year 2007, the 1st Bn., 82nd FA Regt. accomplished 225 percent of its mission by keeping 144 Soldiers in boots.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left to right: Omaha, Neb. native Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Giles, command sergeant major for the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment; Lt. Col. Martin Clausen, the 1-82 FA Regt. commander who hails from San Diego and Mechanicsville, Md. native Staff Sgt. Daniel Countiss, retention noncommissioned officer for 1-82, receive the 1st Cavalry Division's top battalion for retention award from Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and 1st Cav. Div. commanding general, during an award ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1. For Fiscal Year 2007, the 1st Bn., 82nd FA Regt. accomplished 225 percent of its mission by keeping 144 Soldiers in boots. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil (second from right), commanding general, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow (left), MND-B command sergeant major, present the 1st Cavalry Division's top brigade for retention award to Col. Paul E. Funk II, commander, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div during a ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov.1. In Fiscal Year 2007, the Ironhorse Brigade accomplished 169 percent of its mission with 1,011 reenlistments.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil (second from right), commanding general, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow (left), MND-B command sergeant major, present the 1st Cavalry Division's top brigade for retention award to Col. Paul E. Funk II, commander, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div during a ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov.1. In Fiscal Year 2007, the Ironhorse Brigade accomplished 169 percent of its mission with 1,011 reenlistments. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr. (second from right), commanding general, Multi-National Division Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division, presents the 1st Cavalry Division First Strike award to Col. Paul E. Funk II (right), commander, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Stanley D. Small (left), 1st BCT command sergeant major, during an award ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1. Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow (second from left), MND-B command sergeant major, helped present the award which recognized Ironhorse as the first brigade within the division to meet its retention mission for Fiscal Year 2007, completing mission on July 16 with 597 reenlistments. In the ceremony, the Ironhorse Brigade was also honored as the top brigade in the division with 1,011 reenlistments for Fiscal Year 2007.
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr. (second from right), commanding general, Multi-National Division Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division, presents the 1st Cavalry Division First Strike award to Col. Paul E. Funk II (right), commander, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Stanley D. Small (left), 1st BCT command sergeant major, during an award ceremony on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1. Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow (second from left), MND-B command sergeant major, helped present the award which recognized Ironhorse as the first brigade within the division to meet its retention mission for Fiscal Year 2007, completing mission on July 16 with 597 reenlistments. In the ceremony, the Ironhorse Brigade was also honored as the top brigade in the division with 1,011 reenlistments for Fiscal Year 2007. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr. commanding general, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and the 1st Cavalry Division, addresses troops from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div. on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1during a ceremony to recognize the brigade's retention efforts in Fiscal Year 2007.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr. commanding general, Multi-National Division-Baghdad and the 1st Cavalry Division, addresses troops from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div. on Camp Taji, Iraq Nov. 1during a ceremony to recognize the brigade's retention efforts in Fiscal Year 2007. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL