Deployment to Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom V April 2004/2005
[Technical Report, Research Paper]
ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY FORT BLISS TX
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I received orders for a permanent change of station to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in the fall of 2002. My change of station to Hawaii as a Cavalry Scout in the Armor Force was a dream come true. I wanted this assignment for 18 years, and the time arrived. I truly looked forward to this assignment as a chance to learn the light-fighters view on tactics, and to see the other side of the spectrum after years as a mounted warrior. My assignment upon arrival was the First Sergeant of a light Cavalry Troop within the 25th Infantry Division. I was looking forward to the challenge and took things seriously because of the rumors that spread about the division possibly deploying overseas. With the rumors confirmed, I was ready for the task. It was time to start preparations for deployment to Afghanistan. First, the division had not deployed in almost 40 years and this endeavor would be a new learning experience for everyone involved. Secondly, with my arrival to the troop, a complete chain of command arrived to the unit at the same time. I thought the preparation and deployment was an adventure for all involved because it would give us a chance to build this monster into a lean fighting machine. Furthermore, it would allow us to start, and finish together with what we were getting ready to embark upon. With the chain of command firmly established, we anticipated individual and collective training from the division through the brigade. The leaders within the troop collectively had little or no deployment or combat experience. This would not hinder our aggressive approach towards tough, realistic training. We accepted the task, and set our sights on the deployment date of 15 April 2004.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics