When retired Command Sgt. Maj. George Payton Jr. arrived in 1983 to Fort Carson to join the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, he discovered a part of history he’d never previously known. Now, on the 150th anniversary of the formation of the original six segregated black units on July 28, Payton helped commemorate the new Buffalo Soldier Community Memorial monument at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.
The 17-day Iron Strike field exercise conducted by 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, provided a chance for some of the brigade combat engineers to practice clearing the way for others in the brigade. Members of the 588th Brigade Engineer Battalion’s 2nd Platoon, Company Bravo, conducted several route-clearance patrol missions during Iron Strike in preparation for an upcoming National Training Center rotation.