Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oregon National Guard brings back tradition of Stetsons and Spurs through Spur Ride Contest

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Above: Sgt. Carl Colberg of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, lunges over a wall on the obstacle course during the Spur Ride Contest, March 18, in Warrenton, Ore.

The Spur Ride goes back to the days when Troops rode horses into battle. Cavalrymen have distinguished themselves by their Stetsons and spurs, which set them apart from other Soldiers, but it's the spurs that set them apart from the rest of the Cavalry.

During the recent Spur Ride Contest, Oregon Army National Guard members from the 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team took part in the traditional event, which pitted Soldiers against each other in grueling conditions which included map reading, an obstacle course, weapons maintenance, call for fire, rappel operations, land navigation, listening post & observation post duties, urban terrain operations, and a final seven-mile ruck sack night march.

Less than half of those who compete in similar events are ever awarded their spurs, according to data from the Tactical Operations Center at the Spur Ride.

Cavalry Scout Sgt. Vincent Martin, who already had his spurs competed in the event for the third time anyway.

"I signed up to be a scout and this is the type of training I need to stay refreshed and on top of things," he said. "By competing we are constantly forcing each other to get better."

Story and photos by Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

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