Story and photo by Sgt. Ruth Pagan
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — To commemorate being in a combat zone for 100 days, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, held a patch ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith Sunday commemorating 100 days in a combat zone.
“As we reflect today on the events 10 years ago that changed our lives, I want to thank you for your service and dedication,” said Col. John S. Kolasheski, commander, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “You are among the few who chose to serve the nation in the Army.”
The ceremony not only honored Soldiers with the 4th Inf. Div. combat patch, that they will wear on their right shoulder, but also served as a reminder of 9/11.
“Be they the victims of 9/11 or our fallen comrades, the combat patch you now wear should serve as a reminder of the sacrifice of war,” said Lt. Col. John Cook, commander, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.
Soldiers serving on their first tour to a combat zone said having the patch ceremony on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 gave it even more meaning.
“This patch feels pretty good and it makes Soldiers realize and appreciate the things they are doing here,” said Pfc. Johnathan Hawkins, the commander’s driver for Troop D, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg.
“I was in high school when 9/11 happened,” said Capt. Heather Jantsch, executive officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “I joined the Army partially because of 9/11 … so it means a lot (to me) that on the 10th year anniversary I am here in Afghanistan serving my country.”
Addressing his Soldiers after the patch ceremony, Capt. Richard Ferrell, commander, HHT, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. said, “Think about the last 10 years every time you put on this uniform.”