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September 11, 2013 at 2:16pm

4-2 SBCT uncased colors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Col. Michael Getchell, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Oscar Vinson uncase 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s colors at Watkins Field Sept. 11.

The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders" uncased their unit colors on Watkins Field, Lewis Main, Sept. 11.

The ceremony symbolized the unit's return to Joint Base Lewis-McChord following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"This day, 9/11, is why we serve," Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, 7th Infantry Division Commander, said.

Two Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division straighten their unit's ribbons before the brigade uncased its colors. 

July 30, 2013 at 9:58am

Bird watching - OSC training at JBLM

Three Blackhawk helicopters approach a pick-up zone, or PZ, as National Guard Officer Candidate School selectees from 27 states wait to be airlifted to another training venue. Photo by J.M. Simpson

I like Blackhawks.

They produce a turbo-charged, earthshaking amount of lift when they take off.

While Warrior Forge draws to a close, 234 National Guard Officer School Candidates (OCS) selectees engage in an intensive 16-day training period before receiving their commissions as second lieutenants.

The 234 candidates came from 27 states west of the Mississippi River to complete the training they had begun at their home bases.

The 66th Theater Aviation Command of the Washington Army National Guard provided the airlift.

"The training has been great," Candidate Ryan Cash, a former sailor, said on Saturday afternoon as he prepared to board one of three Blackhawk helicopters for a 10-minute ride to the next training venue.

"Jumping on and flying in a Blackhawk is really great, and a nice touch for our training."

Moments later, Cash and ten other candidates moved toward a waiting Blackhawk.  They quickly boarded and strapped in.

The Blackhawk's power came up and grass, dust and noise followed the craft as it climbed into the blue sky.  

I like a bird like that.

>>> In the dust and heat of a makeshift pick-up zone at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, National Guard Officer Candidate School selectees load onto three Blackhawks during a training exercise. Photo by J.M. Simpson

>>> Two Blackhawk helicopters carrying National Guard Officer Candidate School selectees lift off in a whirlwind of dust, grass and noise. Photo by J.M. Simpson

July 26, 2013 at 1:53pm

Warrior Forge: Early morning warriors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

A cadet searches a killed enemy for weapons and intelligence after a firefight during a squad training exercise. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

The 12 ROTC cadets assigned to 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 13th Regiment moved quietly through the woods and in and out of early morning pools of sunlight.

"I like this training a lot," Cadet Blake Jares said when the squad halted.  "The learning has been incredible."

Involved in what is called a squad training exercise, or STX, the soon-to-be-commissioned officers were engaged in a mission to find an enemy outpost.

They found it when they began to take gunfire.

Using the techniques and tactics learned over the past three weeks of training during Warrior Forge, the squad moved quickly toward the objective, silenced the gunfire and secured the area.

"It's a step in our military careers, and we will soon be leaving here and putting to use what we've learned," cadet Cory Palumbo said as other cadets searched the dead for weapons and intelligence.

"The instruction we've received has been excellent."

>>> ROTC cadets assigned to 1stSquad, 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 13thRegiment move through the early morning light.

>>> Cadet Cory Palumbo puts on puts on camouflage before continuing on with his squad training exercise.

>>> A ROTC cadet takes cover during a squad training exercise.  The training allows cadets to use many of the lessons they've learned during Warrior Forge.

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July 19, 2013 at 2:21pm

Hanging at Cadet Tent City on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Flora Edelbrock shows some of the notes she’s taken to prepare for a tactical exercise. Joining her are Tori Johnson and Joseph Edwards. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

LDAC - or the Leader Development and Assessment Course  - is on at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Reporter J.M. Simspon knows this all too well. He watched the sun come up this morning at JBLM, alone, in a parking lot ... waiting for the Warrior Forge action to begin ... only to discover it was canceled.

On his way toward the main gate he caught a glimpse of Cadet Tent City.

A diversion was made.

British cadets were discovered.

Photos were taken.

Enjoy.

>>> British Cadet Matt Lillie gives directions to some ROTC Cadets, 11th Regiment, during their training exercise at Tactical Training Base - West.  The scenario calls for the cadets to conduct forward operating base operations.

>>> British Cadet Abbie Lawrence said she is enjoying learning from the ROTC cadets she has interacted with.  About 20 British officer cadets are working with 11thRegiment.

>>> ROTC Cadets attached to the 11th Regiment take notes and prepare for a tactical leadership exercise.

LINK: Warrior Forge 2013 Photo Album

LINK: Warrior Forge Week One recap

LINK: Warrior Forge Week Two Recap

LINK: Warrior Forge does Field Leader Reaction Course

LINK: ROTC triplets share the bond of duty at JBLM

LINK: ROTC Cadets trained on the Capt. Michael Tarlavsky Hand Grenade Assault Course

LINK: Let's get physical

LINK: Warrior Forge kicks off at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

July 15, 2013 at 4:57pm

Col. Louis Zeisman assumed command of 2-2 SBCT today

Col. Louis Zeisman received the colors of 2-2 SBCT from Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, 7th Infantry Division. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

On a sun drenched day on Lancer Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord North, Col. Louis Zeisman received the colors of 2nd Brigade (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), 2nd Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, 7th Infantry Division. Zeisman assumed command of 2-2 from Lt. Col. Richard Edwards. In his brief remarks, Zeisman said that his priorities are God, his family, his service and every soldier in the brigade.

Zeisman is a recent graduate of the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and his most recent assignment was as the operations officer for Combined Joint Task Force 82, ISAF Regional Command - South Headquarters, Afghanistan.

>>> Sgt. Gardner Lewis, 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment straightens the squadron's streamers before the Col. Louis Zeisman's Assumption of Command Ceremony on Lancer Field.

July 5, 2013 at 3:18pm

Warrior Forge 2013: ROTC and Aristotle

5th Regiment ROTC Cadets shoot at targets ranging from 50 to 300 meters away. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

Aristotle and Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith agree on the basic principles of learning.

"Using the language of knowledge is no proof that they possess it," Aristotle wrote. 

In other words, theory is not understood until a person has the ability to apply it.

Smith, commanding general, US Army Cadet Command, agrees. 

He has made it clear to everyone up and down the teaching line that cadets will learn by doing.

Cadets in 5th Regiment certainly had an opportunity to learn by doing during cultural awareness training.

>>> Loading Up: ROTC Cadets of 5th Regiment prepare to move to a weapons and firing training scenario. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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July 1, 2013 at 7:50am

Photos: Warrior Forge does Field Leader Reaction Course

ROTC Cadets, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, 4th Regiment negotiate the “Overhand” obstacle on the Field Leader Reaction Course. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

LDAC - or the Leader Development and Assessment Course  - is on at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Better known as Warrior Forge, the course runs through Aug. 5. It is the Army's largest training exercise and has been held annually at JBLM for years.

Friday, Northwest Military reporter J.M. Simpson caught up with the cadets on the Field Leader Reaction Course.

>>> ROTC Cadets, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, 4th Regiment listen to a briefing before facing another challenge on the Field Leader Reaction Course.

>>> ROTC Cadets pitch in to send a box of ammunition across a gully while on the Field Leader Reaction Course. 

LINK: ROTC triplets share the bond of duty at JBLM

LINK: ROTC Cadets trained on the Capt. Michael Tarlavsky Hand Grenade Assault Course

LINK: Let's get physical

LINK: Warrior Forge kicks off at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

June 27, 2013 at 9:43am

Warrior Forge: ROTC triplets share the bond of duty at JBLM

Triplets Randy and Allen and Matthew Jozwiak are the only set of triplets attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course at JBLM. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

The number three is significant.

In literature there are the well-known three wishes, the three little pigs, the three bears and the three billy goats gruff.

As to the religious aspect, the ancient Babylonians had three primary gods representing heaven, earth and the abyss. Moreover, there were three aspects to the Egyptian sun god - rising, midday and setting.

When it comes to the Leader Development and Assessment Course, or LDAC, where ROTC cadets from around the country converge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, there are Randy Jozwiak, Matthew Jozwiak and Allen Jozwiak.

The three brothers are triplets, and they share more than just the bond of brotherhood.

They share the bond of duty to country.

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June 21, 2013 at 12:40pm

Warrior Forge 2013: Tossing grenades

A ROTC cadet throws a M69 training grenade on the hand grenade assault course. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

LDAC - or the Leader Development and Assessment Course  - began June 13 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Better known as Warrior Forge, the course runs through Aug. 5. It is the Army's largest training exercise and has been held annually at JBLM for years.

During Warrior Forge, ROTC Cadets are exposed to combat practices, one of which is learned on the Capt. Michael Tarlavsky Hand Grenade Assault Course.

Northwest Military reporter J.M. Simpson was on the scene this morning, snapping photos at the Hand Grenade Assault Course on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

>>> ROTC Cadets in 1st Regiment form before using M69 training grenades to clear a bunker.

>>> A ROTC cadet throws a M69 training grenade at a target 15 yards away.

June 14, 2013 at 12:33pm

ROTC kicks off at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Cadet Command’s Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) began yesterday with the first of more than 6.000 cadets from 275 universities and colleges in attendance. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

QUESTIONS REMAIN IF LDAC WILL RETURN TO JBLM >>>

LDAC - or the Leader Development and Assessment Course  - began yesterday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Better known as Warrior Forge, the course runs from June 13 and ends on Aug. 5. It is the Army's largest training exercise and has been held annually at JBLM for years.

Due to federal budget constraints, however, there have been discussions about Warrior Forge moving to a more centrally located base in the country.

"We just don't know if there will be a change," Lt. Col. Matt Hackathorn, public affairs officer with U.S. Army Cadet Command, said during a brief telephone call.

"Honestly, we don't know what to expect."

Thirteen regiments will participate in the 29-day event, and the focus is on leader development in the context of an operational deployment.

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