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1-168TH GSAB

MARCH 2011


aptor Friends, Families, and Soldiers-

Raptor 6 Report

On all fronts, it appears that the battalion is off to a great start in preparing to execute our downrange mission and to support our families back home. The Raptor Family Program network is alive and well and ready to meet the needs of our great families. Over the next few weeks we will transition from Ft. Hood to Kuwait. During this transition, communication between Soldiers and their families may be challenging. However, I will ensure full access to phone and e-mail connections for all of our Soldiers after we establish our operations downrange. During this period, please feel free to route any urgent communication through our Rear Detachment and we will ensure that all messages are received. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our Soldiers and the exceptional level of competency and performance they have demonstrated in post-mobilization training. This Battalion has set many new standards for training readiness and mission validation. This success is directly attributed to the sacrifices that our soldiers and families made during the trainup back home. We will continue providing this newsletter each month to help keep you connected and share with you the accomplishments and lessons learned that we experience as we move forward. If there is anything the Deployed or Rear Detachment Command Teams can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask. You all remain in our thoughts and prayers daily. May God Bless the Raptors as we move downrange and assume the mission. RAPTOR 6

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Raptor 6 Reports A Message From CSM The Home Front Upcoming Events A Word From The Chaplain Co. Commander/1SG Raptor 6s Wall of Honor Honorary Raptors Promotions Past Events 1 2 3 3 4 5-7 8 9 10 11 12 13

1-168th pilots landing at Shorthorn Airfield, TX

Who You Gonna Call Our Fellow Soldiers 1


1-168TH GSABA Message From CSM Spaulding

MARCH 2011


ello Fellow Raptors both here and at home at Fort Lewis,

It is hard to start this article because so much has occurred in just a few short weeks here at Ft. Hood. I cannot express how proud I am to be here at the Great Place with our troops and have the honor to serve as your Battalion Command Sergeant Major. The 1-168 GSAB Raptors demobilized our of North Fort Hood back in 2008 but since then, there have been improvements to the facilities. Our Soldiers have good accommodations and a choice of three mess halls to eat in. We utilize our three 10-passenger vans to move Soldiers to the main Post for PX runs, as well as, to the Walmart which is just outside North Fort in Gatesville, Texas. After three weeks here, I believe everyone has settled comfortably into their bunk! Everywhere I go here at Ft. Hood, I see our Soldiers doing their work in a professional manner and with a fighting spirit, combining enthusiasm and teamwork. I believe we have some of the finest citizen Soldiers in the Washington Army National Guard. This, coupled the reality that we have a large group of experienced NCOs and staff who have previously deployed, create an environment where our junior enlisted Soldiers and NCOs are afforded the opportunity to learn their jobs mentored by the best Soldiers in the Guard. We hit the ground running in February and March is now speeding by. Our flight crews have traveled to Florida and New Mexico for training. Our maintainers have worked long hours to keep our UH60s ready for any mission. Our Headquarters staff, Tactical Operations Center and Flight Operations Center staff are preparing for our Culminating Training Event (CTE), which involve all our Soldiers deploying. We deployed as individuals and are now successfully building our teams; focused on accomplishing the mission and most importantly taking care of each other. We have three hard weeks in store for us before we close this chapter of our deployment. As we come to the end of this postmobilization training phase our Soldiers will be afforded the opportunity to take a short, but well deserved pass. We are planning for safe travel during this pass. I hope all our Soldiers take the time to thank families, friends and employers for their persistent support now and throughout the year ahead. We know that our families are making a greater sacrifice than those of us who are moving forward. To all the Mothers and Fathers, Wives and Husbands, Sons and Daughters we want all of you to know that you are the true heroes of this deployment!



1-168TH GSABThe Home Front

MARCH 2011



It is a pleasure to write a report on the tremendous success of the Raptor Battalion. As the Rear Detachment Battalion Commander, I enjoy hearing the praises your Soldiers are receiving for their hard work and preparation. And to the families, know that your sacrifices are counted in their success. I witnessed the touching moments as Soldiers said goodbye the their loved ones HERE in Washington. It was a good reminder of our values and priorities. To that, families remember the Rear Detachment (R/D), the Family Readiness Group (FRG) and Army Community Services (ACS) stand ready to help you. FRG leads, Lori and I are providing opportunities for families to meet and support on another over Coffee; you are invited to a Yellow Ribbon seminar to review ACS on 2 April; and, we are scheduling fun activities in the coming year. Please, contact Lori Snyder at (253) 370-7872 or [email protected] to insure you get the information. I accompanied your Soldiers down to Fort Hood, Texas. THERE your Soldiers blew away all expectations. I participated in the most efficient in-processing Fort Hood has probably ever conducted. When LTC Dent initially briefed the training brigade commander, the Colonel couldnt believe the units training statistics. As I left Fort Hood, the Raptors were refining their training plan to continue to improve and hone their skills. This final preparation will insure their safety and success during their deployment. Their preparation earned them a four day pass later this month, at the same time as our weekend training and Yellow Ribbon seminar. I realize you want to be with your loved ones; but, if you need to finish any unfinished support, let us know. Blessings, Jeff C. Allen (253) 912-3103 [email protected]

DATE 2 April

TIME 0800-1615



American Lake Club During Deployment Yellow Ribbon Event

19 April 20 April

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Falcon Chapel Falcon Chapel

Coffee Social Coffee Social


1-168TH GSABA Word From The Chaplain

MARCH 2011


ello from Texas!

One month down, eleven months to go! Hopefully, this statement is not depressing to you. I am amazed that time has gone by that fast. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were feeling various waves of emotion while observing the Farewell Ceremony at the flight facility. Most of you probably agree with me that it was extremely difficult to say goodbye. However, I want to give you a few words that I hope will encourage you. Separation from loved ones can be a very hard thing to deal with. It can be somewhat like riding a roller coaster. Some of you love roller coasters. I dont like roller coasters, especially emotional roller coasters. You are forced to go up, down, round and round: one day you are happy, the next day you arent. One day you think your relationship with a loved one is just fine, the next day, doubt creeps in that can endanger trust and commitment. Deployment can truly be an emotional roller coaster. But, it doesnt have to be. One of my favorite passages of Scripture was written by the Apostle Paul. After experiencing extreme persecution from people who hated him AND while sitting in jail waiting his impending, wrongful, condemnation, Paul writes this: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableif anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things. Philippians 4:4-8 Battling against the emotional roller coaster that comes with deployment is truly a battle in your mind. It is a battle against negative thoughts, assumptions, and fearful what ifs. One of the best ways to experience victory in this battle is to truly believe the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians. If you really believe that God is Who He says that He is then you will acknowledge what I say in the next paragraph as true: Our God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving. He knows what you are experiencing, what you will experience AND He knows why. He knows how the pieces of your life all fit together and the purpose of each one of them. And, He wants you to trust that He is allowing it for your benefit and His glory He wants you to trust that He knows what He is doing. So then, you can truly REJOICE! Instead of being anxious and worried you can trust that God is working in and through this time of separation. And when you come to Him with your thankful prayers, He will give you a peace that passes all understanding. And, He will give you the ability to replace anxiety, and depression with those things that are excellent and praiseworthy. I am praying for you. Please know that