Soldiers round up during truck rodeo

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Story by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch

Date: 04.30.2014
Posted: 05.03.2014 07:28
News ID: 128603
Truck Rodeo

CAMP BURHING, Kuwait – Soldiers of 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participated in a truck rodeo on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, April 30.

The truck rodeo, made up of three lanes, allowed Soldiers to be tested in the areas of communications, maintenance and medical readiness.

“It’s important for Soldiers to be well rounded because you never know where you are going to find yourself, and in what situation you are going to find yourself,” said Sgt. Hannah Kobit, healthcare specialist, Company C, 204th BSB. “You need to be able to adapt and overcome any situation.”

Soldiers worked together to complete the lanes as they received grades on time and competency.

“In situations like this when you are deployed, you need to depend on somebody who can be your battle buddy next to you, who is going to stick by you and help you through everything,” said Spc. Shameen Bonnick, automated logistical specialist, Company B, 204th BSB.

Working together allowed the Soldiers to do more than just compete in the competition.

You are bringing everyone together,” said Bonnick, a native of Duluth, Ga. “Everyone has to work together. It builds esprit de corps.”

Kobit, a native of Downers Grove, Ill., and instructor of the medical lane said the work put into the event was well worth it.

“I enjoy setting up a challenging station for Soldiers and watching them compete,” said Kobit. “It is fun when you are able to actually see the final product when you have been planning for so long.

Bonnick said the maintenance lane with the vehicle push required the most work, but it also stood out as the event that motivated her the most.

“Seeing their battle buddies push and saying, hey, I can do this too!”
This will be the last truck rodeo the “Rough Rider” Battalion hosts prior to redeployment later this summer.