Dedicated to the members of the 4th Infantry Regiment
--past, present, and future
NOLE ME TANGERE!
Celebrating 221 years of service to the United States Army.
Matthew J. Ritenour
AWARDS AND CITATIONS
Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror
SYNOPSIS: Staff Sergeant Matthew J. Ritenour, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving the 2d Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 4 September 2007, in Afghanistan. On that date Staff Sergeant Ritenour and his unit fought against 180 Taliban fighters who attacked Forward Operating Base (FOB) BAYLOUGH, in southern Afghanistan. Although he was shot in the head and partially paralyzed during the battle, Staff Sergeant Ritenour fought on, encouraging nearby soldiers and using a radio to call in mortar fire on the enemy. Staff Sergeant Ritenour's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Leesville/Fort Polk, Louisiana
Wednesday June 4 2014, to Saturday June 7, 2014 at Comfort Suites Leesville, LA. You can now make your reunion hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at (337) 404-3890. Ensure you mention 4th Infantry Regiment Veterans' Association Reunion to receive the special rates.
UPDATE - Things to do in family friendly Central Louisiana.
Experience small-town charm and unique cultural heritage at one of several nearby attractions, including:
Dine at one of several nearby eateries, including Catfish Junction, Reflections Lounge and Las Margaritas.
Unwind in our fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub and sundeck, or grab a quick snack at our popcorn machine. Other hotel features and amenities include:
Your Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Suites the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors! If you're leaving early, a Your Suite Success™ Grab & Go bag is available for the two hours prior to breakfast.
Guest suites at the Leesville, LA Comfort Suites hotel feature microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, flat-screen cable televisions, hairdryers, irons and boards, desks and sofa sleepers. Keep your electronic devices charged with the recharge device including AC and USB outlets provided in all guest rooms. Select rooms contain hot tubs and safes.
Utilize our business center with copy and fax services or two meeting rooms for your next business function.
Enjoy our nightly manager's reception. Guest laundry and valet cleaning services are available.
With an array of amenities and outstanding service, your stay at the Leesville, LA Comfort Suites hotel is sure to be memorable. We look forward to your stay.
|Yellow Top Cab of Fort Polk||1.3mi/2.1km NE|
|Alexandria Int'l Arpt.||52.0mi/83.7km W|
|Greyhound Bus Station||52.6mi/84.7km E|
|Shreveport Regional Arpt||146.0mi/235.0km N|
|New Orleans Int'l Airport||261.1mi/420.0km E|
The first Reunion for the 4th Infantry Regiment Veterans was selected to be held at Fort Polk, LA 4-7 June 2014. This four-day event will be packed full of activities for Veterans and families.
This reunion will provide a unique opportunity for Veterans from many eras to meet and share experiences while assigned to the 4th Infantry Regiment. This is a great benefit to many as it is often difficult to share these experiences with non-Veterans.
At this reunion there will be the Annual Business Meeting for the Association to discuss such topics as Memorial Funds, Scholarship Funds, and any other Special Projects. To discuss will be the By-Laws and Constitution of the Association to include elected Officers and Board of Directors. Finally there will be a need for a Honorary Regimental Commander and Command Sergeant Major to be nominated.
After the meetings there are sites to visit all over Central Louisiana and Fort Polk.
The Commander of 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment will provide an information briefing on the current role and operations of the Battalion. There will be a Historical Regimental briefing given by one of our Veterans. There will be other events not yet finalized.
There will be a Memorial Service to remember those that have gone before us in the Regiment at the Fort Polk Warrior Park.
The main event is a Cook-Out at the Mission Training Complex on Fort Polk, hosted by the Veterans’ Association which will include a Cajun themed meal with other traditional foods available.
At the Cook-out, our very own Veteran and author of “SAT and BAF”, Doug Depew of Cherokee Company 2nd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment (87-90) will be spinning tales for all who will listen.
There will be a Tomahawk Throwing Contest for an opportunity to win a Commemorative Roger’s Rangers Tomahawk and the first to be awarded this prestigious award. Also there will fun things for the children to do as well.
While enjoying your stay at the Comfort Suites in Leesville, stop by the Hospitality Room for fellowship, food and many hours of story telling nightly.
We will be hosting a night for all sponsors to come by the Hospitality Room to meet some of the Veterans and Soldiers of the Regiment and a way for the Community to say thank you to these great Warriors for their service.
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Story by 4th BDE Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs Office
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - “We have all three platoons on mission today,” said a staff officer from 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment in reference to the battalion’s new mission tempo.
The 2nd Bn Security Forces Advise and Assist Team added another Afghan National Security Forces’ and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan unit to their list of organizations to work with during their deployment.
This new unit is located in Charikar, the capital city of Parwan province.
The 2nd Bn. “Warrior” SFAAT mentors the ANSF and GiROA leadership and assists them in planning training and missions, followed by offering feedback after any ANSF-led operations.
“The new mission tempo is great,” said 1st Lt. Matt Hurley, an Alexandria, Va. native and platoon leader with Company A, 2nd Bn.
When asked about the advantages of frequent, daily missions, Hurley added that the frequent assessments of the area give his platoon the opportunity to “build a baseline of what the route, bazaar shops, and population densities are supposed to look like.” As a result, it helps his platoon figure out “what looks normal,” which allows his element to be more vigilant if they observe something that is out of the ordinary.
The battalion advises units at Mahmud-e-Raqi, Kapisa Province’s capital, and an Afghan National Army unit in the Kabul Province. Visiting Charikar frequently will help build a rapport and allow 2nd Bn. to coach their Afghan counterparts located there.
The SFAAT requests updates from the Afghan units they advise and offers assistance with planning future Afghan-led operations.
Charikar is the capital city of Parwan province, roughly 15 miles from Bagram Airfield, allowing the Warrior SFAAT to advise their new counterparts on a very frequent basis due to its close proximity.
The 2-4 Inf. “Warriors” will have to learn about the traditions, history, and culture of Parwan in order to effectively work with the Afghan leadership and its people.
The area is urbanized with multi-story brick buildings and paved roads between the markets. The bazaars on either side of the roads are decorated with shops and food hanging as displays and potential sales.
Children are frequently seen playing outside and show their excitement at the sight of U.S. soldiers by “practicing their English [with English greetings] and giving the ubiquitous thumbs up”, said Capt. Joseph Barrow, a Gig Harbor, Wash. native, who serves as a communications officer adviser for 2nd BN.
“The bazaars are teeming with exotic sights and sounds,” Barrow added, as he compared this new sight to the fairly tranquil Tagab District.
The scenery is a change from the rural feel that was prevalent at FOB Tagab. With time spent working with their new Afghan counterparts, the Warrior SFAAT will build a working relationship that is intended to leave a lasting impression in Parwan, Afghanistan.