News Icon

News: Strength in the Nowatay Nation

Story by Spc. Gregory Gieske and Spc. Dustin Gautney

Strength in the Nowatay Nation Spc. Gregory Gieske

Soldiers from Crazyhorse Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, take the opportunity to explore the ruins of Al Hatra, in Northern Iraq, during their current deployment in Mosul.

MOSUL, Iraq - They call themselves members of the “Nowatay Nation.” “Nowatay,” the Troop’s motto, is derived from a Lakota-Sioux war cry that means “It’s a good day to fight, It’s a good day to die!” This offensive mindset has been ingrained in the non-commissioned officers of Crazyhorse Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, since beginning their deployment to Iraq in the fall of 2009.

Over the past year, the Troop has found themselves in all parts of the Ninewa province, in Northern Iraq, conducting missions that range from training multi-national forces to securing vital lines of communications. The key to their success has been in the flexibility and strength of their non-commissioned officers. Empowerment isn’t just a word that is paid lip service in the Troop, it is practiced. This is clearly evident by the non-commissioned officers serving in leadership positions. The troop first sergeant is currently a sergeant first class, the platoon sergeants are staff sergeants, and half of the section sergeants are sergeants—all of whom are serving in positions of greater responsibility than their rank.

“Since arriving to Crazyhorse last spring, I’ve been nothing but impressed by the caliber of noncommissioned officers that this Troop produces,” said Capt. Joe Byerly, of Savannah, Ga, the Troop commander.

The first task for a newly promoted non-commissioned officer in Crazyhorse Troop is to recite the NCO Creed in front of every member of the Troop standing in formation.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Walker, a Waynesville, N.C., native, sees the recitation of the NCO Creed as, “that noncommissioned officers opportunity to pledge not only to himself, but to the rest of the Troop on how he is going to set the example personally and professionally.”

Not only do the non-commissioned officers carry the responsibility of ensuring that pre-combat inspections are being conducted to standard, but they also understand that their involvement in the planning of the mission is just as important. They spend countless hours studying special activity reports in the Troop’s area of operation, developing multiple and innovative courses of action.

“They’ve seen their recommendations implemented at the Squadron and Brigade level, so they know that their vote counts, and that is what helps stimulate their initiative,” said 2nd Lt. Paul Guzman, of Chicago, Ill., a platoon leader in Crazyhorse Troop.

“I truly believe that the corps of non-commissioned officers within this organization is going to have lasting effects not only within the Squadron, but throughout the Army as they change duty stations and continue to train and develop the next generation of leaders,” said Capt. Byerly.

The “Nowatay” character has truly been embraced, and the non-commissioned officers of Crazyhorse Troop now stand alongside the leaders that have led this proud band of warriors in combat since 1866.


Connected Media
ImagesStrength in the...
Soldiers from Crazyhorse Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th...
ImagesStrength in the...
Soldiers from Crazyhorse Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th...


Web Views
533
Downloads
7

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, Strength in the Nowatay Nation, by SPC Gregory Gieske and SGT Dustin Gautney, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.24.2010

Date Posted:09.24.2010 08:20

Location:MOSUL, IQGlobe

More Like This

  • Stalker Platoon, Troop B, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist, 4th Infantry Division conducted overnight, partnered training, Nov. 4, with 4th Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Brigade, 4th Region, Department of Border Enforcement as part of its train, advise and assist mission.<br />
  • The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division uncased its colors and assumed authority from 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in a ceremony on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq March 12.
  • 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division uncased its colors and assumed authority of Muthanna, Dhi Qar, Maysan and Basrah provinces from 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in a ceremony on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, March 12.
  • On April 17, 6th ‘Saber’ Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center continued its mission of advising and assisting its Iraqi partners, as mechanics from C Troop and D Company, the squadron’s forward support company, provided a basic mechanic and driver’s training course to the mechanics and drivers with the 4th Iraqi Federal Police Division.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr