News: Regulars return from 25-miler as Manchu’s
Story by Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The “Regular” Battalion marked the unit’s conversion from 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment to 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment with a “Manchu” 25-mile foot march, March 12-13.
The two day event began the night of the 12th and carried on into the next day culminating with a buckle ceremony.
“Last night the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment stepped out for the last time under its colors paying honors to everything that this transition represents with a 25-mile foot march where every company had to carry the battalion colors as a symbol of honor,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Volk, senior enlisted leader, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg.
The battalion transition is part of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team’s conversion to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
“We are proud to be Regulars but the Army has invested in this brigade to become a Stryker brigade and we are moving forward as Manchu’s,” said Lt. Col. Michael Mineni, commander, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg.
The Manchu Mile commemorates the 85 mile march the 9th Infantry Regiment completed in early July 1900, from Taku Bar to Tientsin for their assault on Tientsin on 13 July 1900, where the Manchu’s immediately went into action in an effort to rescue besieged foreign diplomats and missionaries from insurgent Boxers. The regiment earned the honorary title "Manchus" reserved for the finest Chinese warriors.
“I have walked a lot of 25-milers in my day and I have never seen soldiers display as much heart and drive to complete a foot march, be a part of a team and earn the prestigious belt buckle, said Volk.”
The 9th Inf. Reg. boasts the distinction of being authorized a unique belt buckle that dates back to General Order number five dated June 25, 1926.
“It means a lot to me to honor the Regulars after four years of service, become a Manchu and continue the heroic history of this regiment,” said Sgt. Kevin Brandsasse, indirect fire infantryman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Reg.