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4-10 Soldier captures honor
by Angie Thorne3 months ago
Spc. Derek Probizanski (left), 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, stands at attention as Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Merritt (center), division command sergeant major, 10th Mountain Division (light infantry) and Fort Drum, waits to present a plaque to Probizanski while Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend, 10th Mtn Div, and Fort Drum commander, congratulates Probizanski for winning the honor of 2013 4-10 Soldier of the Year at the 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div deployment ceremony June 14.
Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend, 10th Mountain Division (light infantry) and Fort Drum commander, presented the the 2013 10th Mountain Division Soldier of the Year award to a Fort Polk Soldier June 14 at the 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div deployment ceremony. “After a rigorous competition, our division selected its noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the year: The two best Soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division out of almost 22,000 Soldiers. It should be no surprise to this audience that a member of the Patriot Brigade was selected as the 10th Mountain Division Soldier of the Year for 2013. Up to this point we have been unable to publicly recognize this awesome Soldier. So here on Flag Day and the Army’s birthday and the Patriot’s deployment ceremony, I can’t think of a more suitable time. From the ranks of 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Spc. Derek Probizanski, the 10th Mountain Division Soldier of the year,” he said.
Probizanski received a plaque from the Association of the United States Army, a gift certificate and his photograph will be placed at the Patriot Brigade headquarters and 10th Mountain Division headquarters. “If you were at Fort Drum, you would have a parking place for a year,” said Townsend.
He said, “It’s great Soldiers like Probizanski and others like him that are the hallmarks of this brigade. It’s their experience earned in this war that causes our Army to continue to call on them time and again.”
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Apr 2, 2010 By Pfc. Brian Glass, 4th IBCT, 10th Mountain Division
FORT POLK, La. -- FORT POLK, La. - Infantry Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division gave back to Fort Polk area communities when they helped perform handy-man work at local retirement homes March 18.
The "Patriot Brigade" Soldiers were from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. Although they already volunteered to serve their country in time of war, they put military training aside for a day to help some of the citizens they serve.
Tasks included cleaning storage sheds, folding linens, picking weeds, clearing leaves and laying down mulch.
"It was good to help out the community," said Pvt. John Barton. "It gives the community a better impression of what the Army does."
Barton and the rest of the Soldiers from 2nd Platoon helped the Rosepine Retirement and Rehabilitation Center. The center's director, Jeff Johnson, appreciated the Soldiers' hard work.
"They helped us get things done in the facility," said Johnson. "They cleaned in the linen closets (and) sheds (and even mowed) ... the grass. We really appreciate them coming out."
Other Soldiers from Co B provided assistance to DeRidder Retirement Home and Westwood Manor in DeRidder, La. Helping and giving back to local communities is something the Blackhawk Soldiers strive to do. Building relationships with leaders and citizens in surrounding towns and cities is something Patriot Brigade leaders want their Soldiers to experience, both at home and when they deploy.
"It is rewarding to reach out and help the local communities; to roll up our sleeves and get down and dirty to help out," said Capt. Brian Burns, commander, Co B, 2nd Bn, 4th Inf Reg.
Burns said the assistance his Soldiers give through performing community service at Fort Polk teaches them valuable lessons. What the Soldiers learn through serving surrounding communities will help Burns instill the mindset of how he wants Soldiers to work while the unit is deployed to Afghanistan.
"We're setting the tone for Afghanistan," said Burns. "We want to make it better for the locals there as well (as the local residents here)."
Soldiers also took time to talk with local veterans who live in the retirement homes they visited. Veterans accompanied Soldiers to Westwood Park in DeRidder where they shared stories, and the Blackhawk Soldiers presented the veterans medallions honoring their past accomplishments.
"I had an amazing time," said Delmier Burks, veteran and Rosepine Retirement and Rehabilitation Center resident. "I enjoyed it. It brought back memories."
Burks, who was drafted into the Army and fought during World War II, said he respects the Soldiers of today for volunteering knowing they will be going to war.
"I think it's amazing to think that much about their country," said Burks. "We all appreciate their service."
Burns said giving Soldiers a chance to appreciate and respect the lives of those who fought before them gives them a better knowledge of the past and how things have changed.
"We wanted to give back to those who paved the way (for us today)," Burns said. "It gives us a sense of what it was like (then) and puts things into perspective.
"We plan to go into the local communities more. We want to help young people and give them someone to look up to."