2-6th Cav. Regiment arrives to 2nd CAB

by Sgt. Jesse Smith
U.S. Army

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – It had just started to rain Jan. 21 on the flight line at Osan Air Base, South Korea. A commercial plane carrying over 250 Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment flew in and swiftly landed. Once it was stopped, Brig. Gen. Clayton M. Hutmacher, the deputy commanding general of support for the 2nd Infantry Division, Col. William D. Taylor, the commander of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and other key leaders from the 2nd CAB lined the bottom of the exit stairs of the aircraft.

“Welcome to the 2nd Infantry Division,” Hutmacher said. “We are glad to have you.”

One by one Soldiers started to step out of the plane and make their way down the stairs. They were greeted with smiles and welcomes from the leadership. The Soldiers continued to move off the flight line and into the terminal to be briefed.

Hutmacher went on to explain what he expected from the 2-6th Cav. Regiment and then turned the floor over to Taylor.

“It’s all about the mission,” Taylor said.

They have to have the right priorities he said. They have to immediately hit the ground running and learn everything they can from 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, the unit they are replacing who are going back to Fort Wainwright, Alaska. All of the other things will come in time Taylor said. If they learn what they need to, they can accomplish great things.

The next morning, 2-6th Cav. Regiment Soldiers went through their Soldier readiness processing at the MP Hill Gym on Camp Humphreys. This included finance and medical.

One of the Soldiers processing was PFC Tyndall Jermaine, a fueler with the 2-6th Cav. Regiment. He said he is glad to be here in South Korea to help defend our allies if they are ever in a time of need.

“I’m doing what I’m supposed to do for my country,” Jermaine said.

Another Soldier processing was Staff Sgt. Frank Peterson, a food service specialist with the Co. E, 2-6th Cav. Regiment. He said he is eager to be able to work with the Republic of Korea.

“We are doing something good over here,” Peterson said.

Many of the Soldiers from 2-6th Cav. Regiment said the biggest difference here so far is the cold. They are used to the warm climate on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where they are coming from. They have not had time yet to really fathom that they are in Korea.

Taylor said as long as they can get things moving and stay on top of their game, 2-6th Cav. Regtiment will have no problem fitting into the high pace mission that we have here in Korea.

“The sky is the limit for what they can accomplish,” Taylor said.

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