2nd bct


The butter bar doesn’t look too greasy anymore.

[Top, middle] U.S. soldiers with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment , 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, react to direct fire during a dismounted patrol in Salar, Wardak province, Afghanistan. [Bottom left] U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Keahi Holder attempts to breach a door in the compound, and [bottom right] U.S. Army 2nd Lt. William Haig delivers a situation report.

The unit was conducting operations along Highway One, which is one of the primary trade routes in Afghanistan and is targeted by extremists and criminals as a means of disrupting the populace and collecting money to fund terrorist activities.

(Photos by Spc. Alexander Naylor, 30 AUG 2013.)


Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, clear buildings during an assault on an enemy-held urban environment at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 11, 2015. The 1st Bn. 325th AIR Paratroopers completed several blank and live-fire iterations during the day and at night, enhancing their capability to incorporate myriad echelons of fire and unique weapons as well as sharpening proficiency at battle drills in the austere, arid environment of the Mojave Desert. The 1st Bn. 325th AIR and other elements of the 2nd BCT deployed to Fort Irwin in support of Operation Dragon Spear, an exercise that demonstrates their ability to deploy, fight and win as the nucleus of the nation’s Global Response Force. 

(82nd Airborne Division photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull/Released)

The hills have eyes.

U.S. Army Pfc. Jordan Adams provides security from a hilltop during a meeting with Afghan national police in Bagram in Afghanistan’s Parwan province, Sept. 7, 2013. Adams is assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. The national police, one of the critical elements of Afghan national security forces, have assumed responsibility for security throughout Afghanistan.

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Let’s do innuendo.

The sun rises behind “spur holders,” from 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, while they wait for candidates during the squadron’s annual spur ride. The “Warhorse Spur Ride” is a 36-hour event designed to push soldiers to their physical and mental limitations by testing their ability to operate as part of a team under high levels of stress and fatigue under both day and night conditions.

(Photo by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagan, 2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div, 1 NOV 2012.)

Don’t get too comfy now.

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Lockwood with Charlie Company, 319th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade provides security with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division near Combat Outpost Zerok, Paktika province, Afghanistan. An additional detail of soldiers was en route to Saghrain village to discuss conditions of the region with elders and residents.

(Photo by Spc. Raymond Schaeffer, 20 FEB 2013.)

Attacking hate at the root of the source – ignorance.

Afghan Uniformed Police listen during literacy training at the Arghandab’s Operational Coordination Center-District, Sept. 19. The course is eight weeks long and is held for about an hour each night. This course is the equivalent of first grade and is teaching basic reading and writing skills. The Afghan Uniformed Police who are attending the class must complete through 12th grade in order to move up in rank and position.

From the AP article:

“Education is very important because it is the only way the Afghan people are going to be able to take care of themselves,” said Lt. Col. Haji Naiz Mohammed Mujahed, Arghandab’s district chief of police.

For the past two months, Naiz has been organizing and working with the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment , 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to get the supplies, a classroom and a teacher arranged in order to hold the literacy class. The current class being taught is first grade and will run for eight weeks.

“I want my men to have education,” said Naiz. “It is important for them to be able to read and write.”

Currently there are 18 AUP attending the class.


10th MTN is in his blood.

Major Joshua Sparling is a native of Raymond, Maine, and brigade surgeon for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y.  His grandfather, Herbert Colburn (pictured at left with wife Marion) fought with the 10th Mountain Division in World War II at Mount Belvedere and Riva Ridge, Italy.

(Photos by Christina McCann, 25 July 2007, Camp Striker Iraq.)