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The Adventures of the 9th Armored Cavalry Regiment

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:09 pm    Post subject: The Adventures of the 9th Armored Cavalry Regiment Reply with quote

A day after the activation ceremony, the regimental commander wants to start things off on the right foot. He summons the squadron and troop commanders to Hohenfels Training Area for a 4-day leaders retreat. The colonel heads up early in the morning with the regimental command sergeant major. The squadron and troop commanders follow several hours later in a chartered bus.

When the bus arrives, it pulls onto the cracked pavement next to the PX. As the officers step out of the bus they are greeted by the command sergeant major, who is wearing a tattered old pair of BDUs and a soft cap. He is carrying an M4 with a blank adapter and he is wearing a MILES harness attached to his load bearing vest. His face is covered with camo paint and he has a look of impatience about him.

“Follow me gentlemen”. He leads the officers around behind the PX to where the dumpsters are, and he gestures for them to join the regimental commander. The colonel is also in full battle rattle and there are rucksacks and weapons laid out on the ground. Behind him are several soldiers in black fatigues waiting in a HMMWV. The officers recognize them instantly as troops from 1-4 Infantry, the Hohenfels OPFOR.

“Good morning, mem!” the regimental commander calls out. “The rucks all have names. Find the ruck with your name and fall in behind it.” Some of the commanders realize what is happening and begin to laugh or smile. All except the commander of the air troop, he looks horrified.

“Flight suit huh?” the colonel calls out to him. “Did you fly here this morning?”

Each rucksack has an LBV and MILES harness on top of it and an M16A2 rifle leaning against it. All except for the regimental HHT commander’s rucksack, it has an M240 on it. Several rucksacks have radios or an assistant gunner’s bag for the M240.

“You have 20 minutes to take a ** CENSORED **, drink water, and get camoed up!” the colonel calls out enthusiastically. “We cross the LD at 1300 exactly!”

Then the colonel shouts to the sergeant major who is now climbing into the HMMWV with the OPFOR team, “See you downrange Sergeant Major!”

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do they end up with bags on their heads?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm. Sounds like you were in the BRO when Dave Grange commanded it.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grange was before my time but I read about him and that's where I got the idea! Craddock was the CG when I got there and then Batiste took over from him. I didn't care for Batiste, but I really liked Craddock. H. R. McMaster was the Div Cav squadron commander at the time and he was really really irritating. It was a lot of fun to watch McMaster push Craddock's buttons until Craddock got mad and yelled at him!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

B.J. Craddock? We were in AOAC together.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You went to the advanced course with Bantz Craddock??? That's awesome! If I'm not mistaken he was the EUCOM Commander / NATO Supreme Commander before he retired. I really liked that guy. I can still see him standing there in his tanker boots yelling at McMaster, "Sit down HR!!!!"
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. He was a good guy. Nothing rattled him. He and the commander in Iraq (who got screwed, by the way, by having to take that assignment - Sanchez was the youngest MG in the Army, but nobody else would go near the job. Sanchez did not have the requisite experience) had been buds in 82nd's tank bn when they came in for the course in latter half of '78. Craddock was an impressive guy.
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