By 2nd Lt. Benjamin Geblein, 1st Bn., 35th Armor Regt., 2nd BCT, 1st AD:
(El Paso, Texas, Jan. 11, 2018)
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Second Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, has been the Quick Reaction Force here for almost three months. Every day, the Soldiers conduct presence patrols within the areas surrounding the camp. They stand ready at a moment’s notice.
However, it is not always work for the Soldiers. Occasionally the Soldiers receive well-deserved time away from the QRF shack, their base of operations at Camp Arifjan.
During this time, they go to the gym to maintain the high state of physical readiness expected of Soldiers. Meanwhile, some Soldiers will get some extra sleep so they are ready for any lengthy, unforeseen missions. Others get a taste of home by seeing a movie.
On New Year’s Day, however, the platoon came together and played a game of flag football, making sure there are still personnel ready to response to emergencies on short notice.
The game allowed the platoon to bond and some extra exercise. Members of the platoon chose sides at the start of the game; this was the one time they were not all fighting toward a common goal. However, due to these mixed teams, the game strengthened the bonds between the Soldiers from the mounted and dismounted sections. As a result, they sharpened their competitive edge.
Pfc. Glenn Wickman said the game was a fun way to spend New Year’s Day with his friends.
“(It) gave me a chance to whoop them in football,” Wickman said.
At the end of the game, the Soldiers shook hands and returned to their daily tasks. For the Soldiers, there are no true days off, even New Year’s Day. They work diligently to protect Camp Arifjan from any threat.