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Fort Hood Regiment holds Brave Rifles Week

Fort Hood Regiment holds Brave Rifles Week

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

May 15 through May 18 is an exhilarating time for the Third Cavalry Regiment, or 3CR, at Fort Hood. During this time of year, a week-long event takes place to demonstrate unity, family appreciation as well as to remember the regiment’s long standing traditions known as Brave Rifles Week.

3CR celebrated over 170 years of continuous service during this annual week-long event. Various activities included a spouse spur ride, team sport competitions, a wreath laying ceremony, a BBQ lunch for current and past members of the regiment, a paintball tournament and a golf scramble.

“The week’s events promote team building,” said Captain Grace Geiger, a public affairs officer for 3CR. “It also strengthens the bond of our soldiers in 3CR while honoring the regiments storied history and long-standing cavalry traditions, which date all the way back to the mid-1840s.” The unit’s 171st birthday will be this Friday, May 19.

The spouse spur ride, which took place on May 15, gave military spouses a glance into their partner’s job field. Military spouses experienced what it’s like to prepare for combat through physically demanding exercises that build teamwork and foster a support system. Such exercises consisted of live fire drills, room clearing strategies, and simulated high-tech convoy operations.

The Spur Ride is a Third Cavalry Regiment tradition, dating back a few hundred years. It was established primarily to prepare soldiers before going into live combat. These soldiers, known as troopers, are inducted into the Order of the Spur after successful completion of the Spur Ride, or for having served during combat. Family spur rides soon followed when families followed soldiers to the frontier. This way, families would know what to do in case their outpost was attacked. Spur Rides have changed over time to simulate relevant combat situations. This year’s spur ride took place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Pavilion, 53rd Street on Fort Hood. “It means a lot to the spouses to be able to get a glimpse of what their partners do in the army.” Said Geiger.

This year’s events held some rookies, as well as spouses who attended previous years.

“It was a great variety of tasks to accomplish,” said first-timer Tamara Watson, whose husband is a first sergeant with 3CR. “My favorite part was the simulations center where we cleared a building as well as the M4 range, it was extremely exciting.” An M4 is a type of rifle used within the regiment.

“This is the second year in a row that I participated in the Spouse Spur Ride and this year was just was fun as last year,” said army wife Ashley Waldman. “There were a few changes to keep it new for those returning but the events were overall the same. It was an awesome experience.”

“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a really great time at the event.” Said spouse Emily Shepherd. “There was certainly a team building aspect to the day, and it also gave me a better impression of the training exercises my husband goes through. Each station was well organized, with proper staffing, medics, safety personnel and water stations. My favorite part was shooting the M4, definitely.”

“My husband has been with 3CR for four years, but this was my first time attending the Spur Ride,” said Samantha Hughes. “The events were not only informative on what our spouses were trained on, but they were also really fun. I’d have to say the Leadership Reaction Course and clearing the rooms were the most fun. I would definitely do it again if we are still here next year!”


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