My Fellow Rakkasans:
To be sure, I know you all are as energized as I am to enter this exciting quarter.
We start the month of March with the most important event for a Brigade Combat Team - a rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Ft Polk, LA. The JRTC is a pinnacle event for any unit, and what our Rakkasans have been preparing for over this past year. It is the US Army’s most demanding training exercise - taxing the combat preparedness, expertise, and Warrior Ethos of our Nations most capable fighting forces over a month long deployment. It encompasses all aspects of combat readiness to include deployment, combat operations, redeployment and recovery. I can assure you all, it is as close to combat as any training event, and will test every aspect of the Brigade from sustained combat operations, logistics, maintenance, command and control, and sustainment. RAK 6 and 7 have prepared the Brigade well and they will complete this demanding exercise as Rakkasans always do - with professionalism, expertise, and most importantly, a Warrior Ethos that will rival any unit to date. They will return the most ready combat Brigade in our, Army and once again, prepare to stand as the most deployed BCT in the US Army. I know you all join me in wishing them God’s Speed and safe and fulfilling operation. And when they return, they will recover and maintain their equipment, and prepare to celebrate our legacy and history as Rakkasans.