103 RAIDER SOLDIERS RAISE THEIR RIGHT HAND AT ‘PAINTED ROCKS’
Reported By RET Q.Morton
Sgt. Daniel Guerrero
1ABCT Public Affairs
Soldiers from across the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, take the oath of enlistment during a mass reenlistment ceremony Feb 23 at Fort Irwin, Calif. The ceremony took place at the infamous Painted Rocks a couple of days after the Raider Brigade’s training rotation at the National Training Center. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero)
103 Raider Soldiers raise their right hand at ‘Painted Rocks’
One hundred and three Soldiers from across the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, took the oath of enlistment to continue their military service at the Nation Training Center Feb. 23 at Fort Irwin, California.
The ceremony took place at the infamous “Painted Rocks” a couple of days after the Raider Brigade’s training rotation at NTC. “Painted Rocks” is located just outside the main entrance of NTC and is a cluster of boulders with the crests of units painted on them. This stands as a symbol that these units have completed training rotations through one of the toughest combat training centers in the U.S.
Col. Tent Upton, commander, 1ABCT, 3rd ID, presided over the ceremony as the reenlisting officer.
“The three things I love most about my job is promoting, awarding, and reenlisting Soldiers,”Upton said. “I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to reenlist these 103 Soldiers. And, without a doubt, the Raider Brigade has some of the finest Soldiers in our Army. I am proud to see them volunteer to continue their service in our organization and the U.S. Army.”
It goes without saying, watching 103 Soldiers raise their right hand and choose to serve their nation for another term is nothing short of amazing, said Master Sgt. Augusto Bernard, senior career counselor for 1ABCT. Making such an important decision is no easy task.
“I am extremely proud and humbled to have the chance to be a part of this incredible event,” Bernard said. “It has been an absolutely amazing experience assisting these warriors and witnessing them reaffirm their commitment to this great nation, while currently serving in this incredible organization.”
These 103 Soldiers will continue their serve to our Nation and continue to support contingency operations and missions around the world.