Special Badges Training
*GAFBMP is a permanent Foreign award that can be worn on the Class A Uniform thoughout ones military career. It was made up of various events stretching over three days which included swimming, sprints, endurance runs, weight lifting, pistol shooting, track events, and ruck marching. It was a trying event where everyone gave great effort to earn their badge. HOOAH!
*It proved to be a close competition at Ranger Challenge. Even though we were unable to pull
out the first place victory, they performed extremely well and placed Third overall out of 9 teams. OBU\HSU took the first place streamer in weapons assembly\ disassembly and Hand Grenade Assault Course.
*This is the first year since the early 90′s that OBU/HSU entered their own team into the Ranger Challenge Competition. They finished first in the state and second overall being taken by Northeast Oklahoma State University. The teams competed in land nav., a stx written test, pt test, sand bag relay, one-rope bridge, and ruck march.
*This year’s competition was made up of cadets from all over the battalion. They had a good time while working as a team, learning essantial warrior tasks, and taking notes for the next year’s competition.
*While the MSIII-IV’s went to Ft. Leonard Wood for the BDE FTX the MSI-II’s had a weekend full of team building exercises, overcoming fears, and high ropes courses. Everyone enjoyed themselves while learning to trust each other and themselves.
*The letters FTX really stood their ground during this training as the battalion received classes in setting up a patrol base, practiced, and performed it all while in the dark and in the hills of Lake DeGray State Park. Night land navigation was next on the list followed by a few hours of day land nav. All in all, it was good training through the night which provided the right conditions of making decisions while physically exhausted. Way To Go!
*At Hampton we were able to join with National Guard scout platoon to perform realistic platoon sized mission training. Working with the locals, we put up road check-points, performed recons, raids, and urban assaults. Both the locals and ROTC/ARNG sides were able to use paintball systems which made training even more realistic. Everyone did a great job and learned invaluable lessons.
*This FTX contained LRC (Leadership Reaction Course) obstacles which challenged leaders to receive a mission, brainstorm, execute, and readjust to compete it under a time restraint. Later, the cadets executed STX (Squad Training Exercises) with live fire paintball equipment. STX training prepares all levels of cadets to understand the process of receiving an OPORD, delivering the needed info. and running the mission.
*Every year the battalion puts together a staff ride for the MS-IV’s to analyze and visit a civil war battle ground. The purpose is to get in the minds of commanders and understand their decision making processes. They went to Wilson’s Creek, MO in Feb., 2006 while Maj. White, LTC Easter, and LTC Mitchell provided the teachings.
*Our annual Dining In is a learning event for cadets as to see how they are suppose to look like once they are in Regular Army. Military customs and courtesies are important and have a long history standing behind them. It also provides a way for the Bayonet Battalion to see each other in a more relaxed environment.
*This was at LTC Easter’s home and provided a relaxed time to see everyone, eat some goodies, and trade dirty santa gifts. Good times!
*2LT McCauley, 2LT Walker receive their commissioning and earned their gold bars.
*2LT Baer, 2LT Chase and 2LT Elrod receive their commissioning and earned their gold bars.