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Herald Military Editor Rose L. Thayer spent Jan. 27 through Feb. 1 with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
All of my stories from inside the box are now out there. It’s done.
FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Behind the tanks, the Bradleys and the front lines of the fighting, soldiers work around the clock to sustain the battle.
I officially entered the box yesterday and met up with Greywolf soldiers, which wasn’t an easy task.
As I woke up this morning, the reality that I’ve been wearing the same clothes for two days without a shower is setting in. So is the fact that I’ve spent the entire day yesterday wearing a backpack with all my reporting equipment inside. I feel dirty, dusty and achy.
The past 36 hours have by far been some of the best and worst moments in the box. I got to ride in a Black Hawk with the division commander. But then, at my request he left me with one of the maneuver battalions. I only got about three hours of sleep, which was more than the company commander I embedded with. The soldiers of Alpha Company, 1-12 Cav, were great guys and while I enjoyed hanging out with them, it was a rugged, fast-paced lifestyle.
FORT IRWIN, Calif. — The 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd “Greywolf” Brigade Combat Team, wasn’t the only Fort Hood unit getting in some valuable training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. About a quarter of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade also made the trip.
FORT IRWIN, Calif. — To maximize the training opportunities available through a rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, the 1st Cavalry Division brought its division headquarters to train simultaneously with 3rd “Greywolf” Brigade Combat Team.
By Amanda Kim Stairrett
Belton Senior Activity Center’s annual Christmas party is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.