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    Experts in their craft: 4ID Soldiers earn EIB, ESB

    Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division and tenant units recently earned their Expert Infantryman and Soldier Badges during a ceremony May 20 at Fort Carson, Colo.

    The event, hosted by 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., spanned three weeks, divided into two weeks of training and one week of testing.

    “The badges represent that a Soldier is competent in Soldier tasks,” said 1st Sgt. Kil Carino, patrol lane noncommissioned officer in charge with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “Soldiers have to conduct a variety of tasks from land navigation and weapon qualification.”

    Soldiers trying to earn the prestigious badges, EIB for infantrymen and ESB for all other Soldiers beside medical personnel, must also go through lanes with specified tasks which include patrol, medical and knowledge of weapons.

    “We (were) conducting proficiency training,” said Cpl. Adam Alonso, infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “You have to do every (task) in step; we have some great graders out there helping us through the lanes (prior to testing).”

    Following the two weeks of training, candidates were tested on all tasks outlined for their designated badge. If they failed to correctly accomplish a task after three attempts, they would be disqualified from earning the badge.

    “Every year, about 15% of candidates earn their badge,” said Carino.

    Those who successfully completed the final events, a 12-mile road march and assembly and disassembly of an M4 carbine, were awarded their respective badges.

    “I put forth hard work and dedication and it really paid off after finishing,” said Alonso. “It was one of my biggest goals since I enlisted!”



    Date Taken: 05.25.2022
    Date Posted: 06.14.2022 16:11
    Story ID: 421506
    Location: FORT CARSON, CO, US 

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