Soldier Support

Our association proudly supports the mission of our deployed troops in their fight against terrorism. To that end, we have put together this set of pages, consisting of news about the deployed elements of our division, a message board for posting messages of support, and links to other sources for these purposes.

War On Terrorism: Our Honored Dead
Our division has lost soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have created a memorial page in remembrance of them.

Kaziah Hancock, an artist based in Utah, has created Project Compassion, a remarkable undertaking which provides the families of fallen soldiers with an oil painting of their soldier, at no charge. She has been joined by other artists, and together they have given over 500 paintings to the families. Their gallery contains portraits of several Tropic Lightning soldiers.

Division Soldiers in the News

More than 400 Fort Wainwright soldiers deploy to Afghanistan
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Fairbanks, AK, February 26, 2014
More than 400 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment at Fort Wainwright held their deployment ceremony Wednesday for a nine-month tour of duty in western and southern Afghanistan.

Stryker soldier awarded Bronze Star for valor
U.S. Army Alaska – Fairbanks, AK, September 10, 2012
Sgt. Stephen Stoops, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor July 23 for his selfless actions on a small base in southern Afghanistan which saved the lives of two Soldiers in January 2012.

Celebrate return: Stryker brigade begins journey back to Fairbanks
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Fairbanks, AK, March 14, 2012
Our 1st Brigade Combat Team (Stryker) has begun returning home to Fort Wainwright from its most recent deployment, with advance elements arriving this week.

“We hear you America”: Coleman, war memorial featured in Reader’s Digest magazine campaign
Midland Daily News – Midland, MI, February 11, 2012
A replica of our memorial at Schofield Barracks is being built in Coleman, Michigan. Reader’s Digest Magazine named Coleman “Editor’s Pick of the Week” in the magazine’s “We Hear You, America” campaign. The contest asks people around the country to vote online for their favorite communities. The story includes links to the memorial’s website and the Reader’s Digest site for those who wish to participate in the voting. Those with Facebook pages can also find this on our page and “Share” it on their own page.

Schofield troops leave Iraq
Hawaii News Now – Honolulu, HI, December 18, 2011
After nearly 9 years of war, the last American combat troops are now out of Iraq and that includes soldiers from Schofield who’ll be landing back in Hawaii Sunday evening. Teri Okita and photographer Brenton Awa are the only TV news crew accompanying the 25th on this historic journey.

Schofield soldiers turn back attack on Kunar outpost
Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Honolulu, HI, June 29, 2011
Kunar province is a transit route for militants coming from Pakistan and the soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds” are a key force in maintaining security in the area. They do so from places like Combat Outpost Pirtle King, where insurgents attacked Schofield troops recently. CNN reporter Nick Paton Walsh is with a “Wolfhound” unit in Kunar and was there when insurgents attacked.

‘Wolfhound’ Soldiers recognized for valorous actions in face of enemy
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System – Atlanta, GA, December 2, 2010
U.S. Forces-Iraq Deputy Commanding General of Operations Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone presented awards for valorous actions to soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, during a ceremony at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq Dec. 2.

Other Division News Sources

  • Newspapers:
    Hawaii Army Week You will find numerous stories from the division’s public affairs reporters in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as news about the Army in general.
  • Association Chapters:
    Our 5th Infantry Chapter has two sections of their site devoted to the Bobcats in Iraq and Bobcats in Afghanistan.
  • Other Resources:
    Remembering the Fallen of the 3/509th Infantry The father of a soldier in this unit created this memorial page to honor the memory of their fallen.
  • Stryker Brigade News This excellent Facebook page has compilations of news stories about Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, including our 1st Brigade, photos, links and more, from the period of time when our 1st Brigade was based at Fort Lewis, WA.
  • Michael Yon : Online Magazine Michael Yon is a writer who embedded with our “Deuce Four”. His blog is very interesting reading. Among the topics he has covered are the swearing-in ceremony for new U.S. citizens among the Deuce Four, and the uncovering of a huge cache of terrorist weaponry in Mosul (“The Devil’s Foyer”).
  • Any Soldier Inc.
    Any Soldier Inc. started as a family effort to help a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade who deployed to Iraq in 2003. Their mission has since expanded to support other military units. Under “Where to Send”, the “AnySoldier Search Tool” can be used to specify branch of service, where the unit is from, country deployed to, etc.. The contacts in the deployed units list what they need and want. The soldiers are volunteers for this effort. They see the “ATTN: Any Soldier” line and put your letters and packages into the hands of soldiers who don’t get much or any mail. Because this list changes all the time due to unit movements, soldier transfers, or even soldier casualties, DO NOT send any letter or package to a soldier’s address unless you check the Any Soldier web site the same day you mail your packages.