5-1 CAV Families take part in spur ride

1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Story by Staff Sgt. Mylinda Durousseau

Date: 06.26.2013
Posted: 07.02.2013 15:49
News ID: 109638
Girls take aim during kids spur ride

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - “The Army recruits soldiers but retains families,” said Lt. Col. Eric Krivda, 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division commander, during a kids spur ride on Fort Wainwright, Alaska, June 26.<br /> <br /> The 5-1 CAV hosted a spouses spur ride June 25 and a kids spur side June 26, providing families an opportunity to learn more about what their Cavalry Trooper does.<br /> <br /> “You learn a lot of stuff you definitely didn’t know before,” said Samantha Smith, wife of Sgt. Odum Smith of Troop C 5-1 CAV. <br /> <br /> While the events weren’t as challenging as the spur ride the Troopers participated in June 20, the spouses did have to complete an obstacle course that included pull-ups, sandbag lifts, low crawling and high crawling. The kids spur ride incorporated physical challenges and fun with rope climbing, a water-balloon grenade course, a water-gun assault course and a ride in a Stryker armored combat vehicle.<br /> <br /> “It’s definitely challenging to try doing all this,” said Maia Thomas, 10-year-old daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Thomas, Troop B, 5-1 CAV’s senior-enlisted leader. “It’s fun running around trying to beat everyone.”<br /> <br /> Maia said participating in the event taught her to always have backup because you might need someone to catch you.<br /> <br /> Krivda said 5-1 CAV hosted a spouses spur ride in 2012, but realized it would also be a great opportunity to involve the kids.<br /> <br /> Children age 6 and younger went through the event with their parents, giving them an opportunity to explain things to them. Noncommissioned officers led the children age 7 and older through the challenges, in teams. The older children were also able to use thermal-vision equipment and other high-tech devices.<br /> <br /> “They get to learn as a group and hopefully bond a little more as a team,” Krivda said. “It just brings everyone in and gives both the spouses and the kids a mutual understanding of what dad does every day when he disappears for hours, weeks, or months at a time.”<br /> <br /> Even in the heat, everyone at the event had a smile on their face.<br /> <br /> Maia said, “It explains why [my dad] is stinky when he comes home.”