Commanders Comments

Updated: Dec 21, 2018

The quarterly update from Rakk6

Rakkasans past and present,

The autumn months have seen the Rakkasan Brigade continue to rise above the rest and set the standard across the Army. Our active training calendar included multiple live-fire

exercises to build our lethality and readiness to “Fight Tonight,” innovation forums to leverage diverse ideas from across our formation to increase our efficiency and

organizational effectiveness, and world-class individual skills training through our execution of the first Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) event in the Army with new, tougher standards. Our Rakkasans continued to distinguish themselves around the Army through participation in numerous individual and team competitions, including the Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. Best Medic Competition (BMC), Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Competition (CAFSAC), and the Fort Benning International Sniper Competition. The intense training over the past several months will prepare us for greater challenges ahead as we take the entire Rakkasan Brigade to the field for a complex training exercise that will include thousands of Soldiers across multiple installations, followed by our crucible capstone training event at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La in March.

After taking a short break in July to spend time with family, the brigade wasted no time in transitioning back to the intense training that defines a Rakkasan Soldier. During the month of August, we welcomed Cadets from the United States Military Academy (USMA) to train alongside our Soldiers and junior officers. For nearly a month, these cadets received valuable experience that will prepare them to be successful future Platoon Leaders, conducting Physical Readiness Training, planning and leading field training, and receiving mentorship from multiple senior leaders across the Brigade and Division; all under the watchful eye of the best non-commissioned officers in the United States Army. When the Cadets returned to