EP2 vs 7th Cavalry and 3rd Ranger Battalion Official Scrimmage Write up and Awards

116th
The Seal


29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
116TH REGIMENT, 1ST BN
EASY COMPANY

Official Awards for Meritorious Service Before and During EP2's Deployment

December 7th, 2019



First Lieutenant Kelly J. Fritz

Since 1Lt. Fritz joined Easy Company, he has had several goals including Easy Company becoming deployment ready. Over the past several months Easy Company continued to grow and the time came to deploy Easy Company. 1Lt. Fritz took over as Company Commander with two scrims scheduled for 1st and 2nd Platoon. He rose to the occasion spending countless hours of his time liaising with Signal Corps and several units to ensure rules and a scenario were agreed upon that fell into the 29th style of game play. This was no easy task in itself but without his experience and dialogue, these scrims would not have been possible. When 2nd Platoon's scrim came into question minutes before the scrim itself, 1Lt. Fritz was instrumental in maintaining dialogue with the enemy unit to ensure the scrim went ahead as he saw the benefit for 2nd Platoon to gather this experience and knew how much work 2nd Platoon had put in to the scrim. During the build up to both 1st and 2nd Platoon's scrims, 1Lt. Fritz spent several hours guesting Squad and Platoon drills observing his men at all levels from leadership to individual AIT usage. He noted several deficiencies which he relayed to the respective leadership channels to have addressed knowing they would become an issue. His direction and guidance was instrumental in reducing causalities in both scrimmages as these issues went unnoticed with leadership and measures were now taken to address them. Easy Company had very experienced soldiers who had been previously deployed so the company relied upon 1Lt. Fritz leadership and experience to ensure the Company was prepared mentally and physically. 1Lt. Fritz provided direction at all levels to help everyone in the Company become more comfortable and ready for their first scrims.




Second Lieutenant Jeremy D. Willis

2Lt. Willis has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. In addition, for leading EP2 to victory in an official scrimmage 2Lt. Willis will receive the Legion of Merit.




Technical Sergeant Ross M. Dethfield

TSgt. Dethfield has participated in his third official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Sergeant Eric J. Curran

Sgt. Curran has participated in his second official scrimmage. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Sergeant Mark R. Furie

Sgt. Furie has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Sergeant Mark A. Minor

Sgt. Minor has participated in his fifth official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 3rd Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Corporal Jordan Greene

Cpl. Greene has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Corporal Nicholas M. Hussey

Cpl. Hussey has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Corporal James K. Leliveld

Cpl. Leliveld has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Corporal Matt R. Newton

Cpl. Newton has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Technician, 5th Grade Grant P. Gillespie

T/5 Gillespie has participated in his second official scrimmage. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Tucker N. Bruer

PFC Bruer has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class McLean G. Burlock

PFC Burlock has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
PFC Burlock was outstanding in helping prepare his squad, EP2S1, and EP2 as a whole for their upcoming scrimmage. He spent countless hours after drills and during the weeks leading up to the scrim laying out and examining the scrim area. He spent many hours looking for the best spots to use his AIT as a grenadier. He found the safest locations for grenadiers to land shots on the defense and many more on the grenadiers for the attack to reduce causalities and give EP2 the greatest chance for success. PFC Burlock was always looking for new angles to destroy the objective from a distance to avoid having to attack the objective directly to avoid further losses. After finding these spots, he spent the time to train and teach other grenadiers in the platoon on how to make these shots, ensuring each man was competent in their abilities. Additionally, PFC Burlock ran several additional CQB classes on the Friday nights leading up to the scrim allowing members of Easy Company to practice and improve their CQB skills. PFC Burlock's preparation and dedication in helping EP2 prepare for the scrim outside of drill times was a positive example for the entire Platoon/Company and was a significant benefit to the members of 2nd Platoon.




Private, First Class George E. Castle

PFC Castle has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Christopher J. Dahl

PFC C. Dahl has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Alex Foley

PFC Foley has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Charles H. Gerhardt

PFC Gerhardt has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Joseph E. Gunn

PFC Gunn has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Phil C. Jonesy

PFC Jonesy has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Andre P. St. Laurent

PFC St. Laurent has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Christopher R. Laux

PFC Laux has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class George D. Logan

PFC Logan has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Wilson Marquina

PFC Marquina has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Nathan A. Perkins

PFC Perkins has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class William Sabith

PFC Sabith has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Warren A. Santiago

PFC Santiago has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Nathaniel R. Waites

PFC Waites has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Dustin Q. Waites

PFC D. Waites has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private, First Class Drew D. Wright

PFC D. Wright has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private Jessica Jess

Pvt. Jess has participated in her first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage she will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Private Collin P. Magatagan

Pvt. Magatagan has participated in his first official scrimmage and will receive the Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award. For winning the attack round during an official scrimmage he will receive the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.




Sergeant Alex W. Crane

During scrim prep, Sgt. Crane dedicated his squad's weekly drills to helping EP2S3 prepare, giving them solid opposition to test their strategies and get accurate feedback for their plans, despite not being required to do so in any way. Because of his immense assistance in EP2 preparations, he is being awarded a Good Conduct Medal.




Sergeant Benjamin A. Gibson

During scrim prep, Sgt. Gibson dedicated his squad's weekly drills to helping EP2S1 prepare, giving them solid opposition to test their strategies and get accurate feedback for their plans, despite not being required to do so in any way. Because of his immense assistance in EP2 preparations, he is being awarded a Good Conduct Medal.




Corporal Nicholas A. Mellinger

During scrim prep, Cpl. Mellinger dedicated his squad's weekly drills to helping EP2S2 prepare, giving them solid opposition to test their strategies and get accurate feedback for their plans, despite not being required to do so in any way. Because of his immense assistance in EP2 preparations, he is being awarded a Good Conduct Medal.




Comments

  • edited December 2019


    On Saturday, December 7th, soldiers of Easy Company, Second Platoon, led by 2Lt. Willis deployed against the combined forces of the 7th Cavalry and 3rd Ranger Battalion. The two forces engaged each other in an eastern island-district of the city of Al Basrah, fighting for control an crucial ammo supply cache deep inside the Insurgent territory.

    Deploying from a central intersection south west of the city' mosque, EP2 took up positions in the buildings on the western bank of the river. They engaged in light skirmishing in an attempt to scout out the enemy's positions, assets as well as diminish their numbers. During this time, their BTR moved in to the southern section of the city and began to stalk the enemies positioned on the southern flank of their defensive formation.

    During this time, it was noted that the enemy BTR was not in operation. This allowed EP2's BTR as well as their infantry forces to carry out their orders in relative safety. A number of kills were scored early on when enemy combatants attempted to fire upon EP2's BTR and quick, accurate gunnery neutralized several important enemy assets. When the fighting began to die down, the BTR was called back to join the infantry forces still posted up in the west in preparation for the final assault across the river.

    When the order was given, a huge volume of suppressing fire was put onto the enemy positions. With machine guns and a 30mm cannon thundering away and smoke screens blinding the enemy's view, EP2S1 were the first to cross the land bridge and push directly into the first block of buildings. EP2S2 followed soon after and moved in to assist EP2S1. After a short, violent fight amongst the buildings, EP2S3 and the BTR crossed as well. At this point, victory was in their grasp.
    Although the BTR was prepared to push into the city and destroy the ammo box, EP2S1 discovered a crucial spot where they could bounce grenades into the shed containing the ammo box. They manages to throw enough of them to destroy said box before the remaining enemy forces had a chance to respond, securing the victory for their attack.

    Upon preparing to defend their newly held position, EP2 learned that the enemy forces had withdrawn from their plans for a counter attack, negating any further need to continue combat operations.

  • Nice job boys!

  • Good work EP2!

  • Great work guys. You guys deserved that victory with all the effort you put in.

  • Sounds like EP2 represented the 29th in fine fashion.
    Congrats all.

  • Congratulations Easy Company, Second Platoon!
    Great work!

  • Nice Work EP2, congrats!

  • Good job everyone!

  • Sounds awesome.

  • Great job all around everyone. Fantastic work put in by all.

  • Nice work EP2, congratulations.

  • Nice work EP2, way to represent!

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