Texas Chapter Meeting

A meeting will be held at George’s Restaurant in Waco, Texas at noon on Dec. 4th, 2010, with the intention of forming a Texas Chapter of the 2d Cavalry Association.

For further details, please contact Rick Simmons at 254-634-7027.

Place:
George’s Restaurant
1925 Speight Ave
Waco, Texas
254-753-1421

http://georgesrestaurant.com/

Time:
1200-1500

Date:
December 4, 2010

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SPC Steven L. Dupont

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Steven L. Dupont, 20, of Lafayette, La., died Oct. 24 at Rangrizan, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

Martin & Castille Funeral Home in Lafayette are in charge of the arrangements.

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DCAMP helps return Soldiers to the fight

Story by Spc. Jennifer Spradlin

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Sgt. Danli Samonte has just completed another session of physical therapy and waits patiently while his right arm is iced. Five days ago he was part of a mounted patrol with C Battery, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Combat [Cavalry] Regiment, when his vehicle struck a 200-pound improvised explosive device planted in the road.

Samonte was taken to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, where medical personnel initially believed he might have fractured his arm. Later it was determined that his injury was a muscle strain, and he was enrolled in a wounded warrior project on KAF, also known as the Dragoon Case Management Program.

The Dragoon Case Management Program, known as DCAMP, treats Soldiers who have battle and disease non-battle injuries (related to injuries sustained during physical fitness or job related accidents) that do not require evacuation from the combat theater. These Soldiers can be rehabilitated by the DCAMP and returned to their units.

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Coalition and Afghan Border Police Living on the Edge

Story and photos by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte

WESH, Afghanistan – On the edge of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, ISAF and Afghan Border Police work to deter insurgents with high-tech technology and low-tech police work.

These Soldiers and ABP work in one of Afghanistan’s busiest border crossings, the end of Highway 4 in the city of Wesh, whose life blood is supporting truckers and other motorists as they cross. For the Soldiers of Mad Dog Company, Second Platoon, Fourth Squadron, Second Stryker Cavalry Regiment, from Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany now based in Forward Operating Base Spin Buldak, the days are long with few chances to sleep and days off are an unknown luxury as they work to complete what is an important but monotonous job.

“It’s a very monotonous thing and it’s hard to see the fruits of our labor. We do good work but you don’t see that,” said 2nd Lt. James Herbert Fortune, 23, 2nd platoon commander from Fredericksburg, Va. “If we do a good job, we aren’t going to see weapons coming through the border and we aren’t going to see Taliban. They are going to be afraid to come through because they know we are going to catch them with the x-ray scan or biometrics.”

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Service members, Civilians conquer toughest 10 Miles in Afghanistan

Pushing Through: Sgt. David Mecham of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment crosses the finish line after what he described as the most grueling 10-mile race he has ever run. Mecham was the first U.S. Soldier to finish the race.
Story by: Sgt. Jerry Wilson
(CTZ Public Affairs)

Zabul, Afghanistan – More than 90 U.S. and Romanian Service members along with civilians from Combined Team Zabul signed up to test their running prowess during the Forward Operating Base Lagman Army 10-Miler Shadow run Sunday October 24. Troopers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment and their fellow runners pitted their strength and stamina against what can arguably be described as one of the toughest courses in Afghanistan.

The FOB Lagman run was one of six official shadow runs held throughout Afghanistan. The main Army 10 miler is held along the streets of Washington D.C. and is considered the largest annual race of its length. Participation in the Lagman run was not for the faint of heart however and presented each runner with some difficult terrain to navigate.

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