Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Beast roommate

I was very fortunate to be given my roommate, and battle buddy, during Beast Barracks. He was the heart and I was the soul of our squad. Our room was even situated in the middle of the Ike Barracks hall housing our squad. Our squad mates, even our 1st cycle squad leader, would come to our room to hang out, which is to say, polish brass and shine boots. My roommate impressed me as a natural leader, solid, sure, and competent, yet humble. A good man. He was meant to be an Army Infantry officer, and I thought even then that, if there was justice at West Point, he should make First Captain. Though we were assigned to the same company (G-1, party with the gods) for plebe year, our friendship unfortunately didn't last past Beast and ended very soon after I left West Point. That's how it is for me.

He's doing as well in the Army as I expected. I don't know if he'll make General, but he will at least make Colonel. I found this on-line - here's how my roommate and battle buddy in Beast is doing, as of mid-2007:

Captain ******* **** is a native of Waltham, Massachusetts, and is a 2003 graduate of the United States Military Academy.

After graduating from the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, CPT **** was assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion of the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) where he served as Rifle Platoon Leader for 13 months. In the summer of 2005 his BN was re-flagged as 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment and CPT **** deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom IV as the Bravo Company Executive Officer.

CPT **** supported combat operations in Baghdad and Samarra, Iraq from September 2005 to September 2006. Upon returning from OIF IV he served as a Battalion Assistant Operations Officer.

In April 2007, CPT **** arrived at 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment where he served as the Battalion Operations Officer. Captain **** took command of Delta Company 2nd of the 29th Infantry Regiment on 12 June 2007 where he serves today.

Captain **** is a graduate of the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Ranger School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.

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