Members of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, participated in Wrangler Day on June 28 at Fort Hood’s Abrams Physical Fitness Center.
The event, a routine safety stand down, started with a brigade run. Later in the afternoon soldiers and leaders discussed focus areas, listened to a guest speaker and participated in an award ceremony.
Brad Bankhead, the soccer coach for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, one of the partner communities of the Wrangler Brigade, addressed soldiers drawing parallels between being a coach and being a leader in the Army.
He spoke about team building, resilience and creating a positive culture.
“We don’t need ordinary people,” Bankhead said. Just like in the Army, we need extraordinary people. He expressed the importance of keeping the team’s and team members’ best interest in mind and leading from the front and leading by example.
He believes that as a coach, he should be able to keep up in a run with his 18-year-old players. “As a leader, you guys set the culture for your program,” he said.
Battalion command teams took turns addressing soldiers about resilience, battle buddies and motorcycle safety.
Lt. Col. Charles H. Blumenfeld, commander of the 49th Movement Control Battalion, prompted soldiers to think about what a battle buddy should and should not be.
Battle buddies should look out for you and notice changes in your behavior, Blumenfeld said. They support you and help you.
“A battle buddy is, however, not a snitch, not your bank or loan officer. They are not there to be taken advantage of,” he warned.
Lt. Col. Angelia Holbrook, commander of 4th Special Troops Battalion, and her senior noncommissioned officer Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Woods talked to soldiers about resilience, whereas the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion command team addressed motorcycle safety.
Col. Mark Simerly, brigade commander, talked about sexual harassment and assault response and prevention and emphasized the importance of fair treatment for soldiers going through medical boards and Warrior Transition Unit candidates.
Simerly also recognized Jay Taggart, the Belton Chamber of Commerce Military Relations Committee chairman, as one of the unit’s most active civilian advocates, by initiating him into the Order of the Wrangler, a privilege maintained for the hardest working and most faithful supporters of the unit.
As part of the routine schedule, several dozen soldiers going above and beyond the call of duty also were recognized during an award ceremony.
Since this was his last Wrangler Day, Simerly received a Wrangler 6 guidon from the special troops battalion command team, to have a special memento from the brigade.