Eighth Army honors high-readiness unit with streamer

by Cpl. Jung Dong-in
U.S. Army

Camp Humphreys, South Korea - Eighth Army recognized Charlie Company, 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment for its outstanding readiness during the first-ever Eighth Army Readiness Streamer Ceremony at Camp Humphreys, Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Feb 9.

The Readiness Streamer is an Eighth Army-level award given to a company that has successfully maintained high levels of physical, mental and tactical readiness.

To earn the streamer, Charlie Company had to achieve zero recordable class A or B accidents, zero readiness recall violations and zero alcohol or sexual harassment/assault-related incidents in the last 180 days. They also had to maintain equipment readiness above the Department of the Army standard, medical readiness above 90 percent and 260 average on the Army Physical Fitness Test.

The streamer was placed on the Charlie Company guidon by the Eighth Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal and Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Richard E. Merritt.

 "We have intentionally set the bar high because we are not presenting this streamer to every unit," Vandal said. "You are the first to have achieved those standards."

Additionally, Vandal praised them for the tough and realistic training they regularly conduct.

 "What you've done in training and demonstrating your capability to fight anywhere, but particularly to fight here on this peninsula is incredible," Vandal said. "From all that hard work and training, we can clearly see a unit that has high standards, trains hard and is ready to fight."

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