Striving For Excellence: 1ID Holds ‘E3B’ Qualifications

Striving For Excellence: 1ID Holds ‘E3B’ Qualifications









U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Ward, an infantryman in 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, performs a three-to-five second rush during training for “E3B,” on Fort Riley, Kansas, March 2, 2023. E3B is a training and qualification event for the Expert Soldier Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kenneth Barnet)


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FORT RILEY, Kan. – 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division hosted “E3B”, a training and testing period for the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB), Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) and Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) for Soldiers across Fort Riley and nearby posts Feb. 22 through March 10, 2023.

E3B started with two weeks of training in which 587 Soldiers began the pursuit of their badges. Candidates honed their warrior tasks and battle drills, training on land navigation, tactical combat casualty care, hand signals, weapons familiarization and radio functions.




1st Infantry Division Soldiers Prepare for E3B








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U.S. Army Pfc. Tivaughn Smith, a cavalry scout assigned to 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, throws a practice grenade during an “E3B” training and qualification at Fort Riley, Kansas, on Mar. 3, 2023. “E3B” is a culminating triad event where Soldiers train and test their skills in an attempt to earn the Expert Soldier Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge or Expert Field Medical Badge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Charles Leitner)
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E3B Training








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U.S. Army Spc. Kristina Elam, an infantryman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, radios in the location of a notional enemy combatant during training for “E3B,” on Fort Riley, Kansas, March 3, 2023. E3B is a training and qualification period for the Expert Soldier Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Mackenzie Striker)
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Big Red One E3B Training








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(From left to right) U.S. Army Sgt. Miguel L. Sheets, an infantryman assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, instructs Spc. Jason L. Willett-Brown, a culinary specialist assigned to Fox Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., on the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon at Fort Riley, Kansas, Feb 26, 2023. Willett-Brown is training to earn the Expert Soldier Badge as a part of the Big Red One ‘E3B’ event. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Dawson Smith)
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1st Infantry Division Soldiers Prepare for E3B








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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Alaniz, an M1 armor crew member assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, primes a training claymore during an “E3B” training and qualification at Fort Riley, Kansas, on Mar. 3, 2023. “E3B” is a culminating triad event where Soldiers train and test their skills in an attempt to earn the Expert Soldier Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge or Expert Field Medical Badge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Charles Leitner)
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“Our goal is to get the best results for our Soldiers,” said U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Naill Cooper, the command sergeant major for 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div. and an evaluator for the E3B graders. “The noncommissioned officers leading the lanes are providing mentorship and outstanding leadership that they swore to provide to those they are responsible for.”




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U.S. Army Sgt. Roman Denisyuk gives guidance on reacting to indirect fire to Sgt. Teslim Animshaun, both combat medics assigned to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, U.S. Army Medical Command out of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, during training for “E3B”, on Fort Riley, Kansas, Feb. 27, 2023. Denisyuk and Animshaun traveled to Fort Riley to train and test for their Expert Field Medical Badge, a special skill award for exceptional competence and outstanding performance by field medical personnel. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Mackenzie Striker)
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Striving For Excellence: 1ID Holds ‘E3B’ Qualifications








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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Zachary D. Sturges (left), an electromagnetic spectrum manager assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, teaches Sgt. Taejoon Kwon (right), a combat medic specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., how to use a protractor for land navigation during “E3B” on Fort Riley, Kansas, Feb. 24, 2023. Land navigation was one of the major events candidates had to complete to earn their expert badges. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Holladay)
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The majority of the evaluators and trainers for E3B were senior NCOs that previously earned a badge themselves. They were selected for their expertise, leadership and motivation to make sure each candidate was as prepared as possible for the qualification.




Striving For Excellence: 1ID Holds ‘E3B’ Qualifications




U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jamison Janicki (right), an armor officer assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Shelley, an indirect fire infantryman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., discuss the results of the tactical combat casualty care testing lane for the Expert Field Medical Badge test on Fort Riley, Kansas, March 9, 2023. Shelley was a grader for the EFMB, where he provided guidance and mentorship to the candidates. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Holladay)
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The final week of E3B was dedicated to testing. The event kicked off with the Expert Physical Fitness Assessment as well as day and night land navigation. Approximately 30 percent of candidates failed to progress past day one of evaluations.




1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division hosts E3B




1st Infantry Division Soldiers run a mile in full combat kits during the Expert Physical Fitness Assessment for “E3B” on Fort Riley, Kansas, March 6, 2023. The EPFA consists of several exercises that test strength, endurance and speed needed for military operations. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Holladay)
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At the end of the week, after a 12-mile ruck march and rapid weapons disassembly and reassembly, 133 candidates had proven themselves experts in their craft. In total, 66 infantrymen, 59 Soldiers and 8 medical professionals earned their badges; less than 23 percent of the starting field.




Big Red One E3B Training




U.S. Army Sgt. Jackson C. Drezelo, a combat medic specialist assigned to Charlie Company, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Spc. Michael D. McGinnis, Spc. Joshua P. Tull and Pfc. Juan DeLeon, all infantrymen assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., low crawl under barbed wire with a litter during “E3B” training on Fort Riley, Kansas, Feb. 26, 2023. The Big Red One “E3B” event trains and tests Soldiers for qualification of the Expert Soldier Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge or Expert Field Medical Badge, depending on the Soldier’s military occupation. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Dawson Smith)
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U.S. Army Capt. Royce Woodard, an armor officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., earned his Expert Soldier Badge and attributed the badge earners’ success to the NCOs teaching and training during the event.




Striving For Excellence: 1ID Holds ‘E3B’ Qualifications




U.S. Army Capt. Ashton R. Woodard, an armor officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, applies a tourniquet to a simulated leg wound while testing for his Expert Field Medical Badge on Fort Riley, Kansas, March 9, 2023. Tourniquet application was one of many tactical combat casualty care scenarios that candidates had to demonstrate proficiency on to earn their expert badge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Holladay)
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“From beginning to end, leadership within the lanes has been from noncommissioned officers,” Woodard said. “That is what has made this as strong and successful as it is.”

The final ceremony, held at Cavalry Parade Field, recognized the work, hours and dedication the candidates put into the near month of training and qualifying. The 19 “True Blue”, 11 “Perfect Edge” and 3 “No Blood” candidates, those that passed every event on the first attempt, were individually recognized and awarded Army Commendation Medals by Brig. Gen. Niave F. Knell, the deputy commanding general-support of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley. Select cadre were also awarded Army Commendation Medals for their dedication and leadership by Col. Brian E. McCarthy, the 1st ABCT commander.




Striving For Excellence: 1ID Holds ‘E3B’ Qualifications




U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Niave F. Knell, the deputy commanding general-support of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, pins an Army Commendation Medal on Spc. Kaleb Campbell, an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, during the Expert Infantryman Badge, Expert Soldier Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge presentation ceremony at Cavalry Parade Field on Fort Riley, Kansas, March 10, 2023. Campbell was identified as a “True Blue” Soldier, signifying that he passed every event of the Expert Infantryman Badge qualification with no mistakes. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Holladay)
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“The key [to success] for me was visualization,” said “No Blood” EFMB awardee Capt. Cara Adams, a dietician assigned to Underwood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. “Visualize yourself doing it, get the reps in and use your peers to study and talk about your tasks.”

The candidates that finished this year’s event returned to their units after the award ceremonies and gave pep talks to Soldiers that are planning on participating in the next E3B.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help,” Adams said. “Use your peers, graders and leaders to help you get there.”

Several candidates left the ceremony thanking the noncommissioned officers that graded the tests and mentored them along the way.

“The NCOs came back out here to coach and train their teammates,” Cooper said. “Being out here for the Soldiers going through it, they made sure that we provided the best training and leadership possible.”




Striving For Excellence: 1ID Holds ‘E3B’ Qualifications




U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Williams (right), a cavalry scout assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, reviews map coordinates with Cpl. Shane J. Fraser, a signal specialist assigned to Charlie company, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., during “E3B” on Fort Riley, Kansas, Feb. 24, 2023. E3B is a training and qualification period for the Expert Soldier Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Expert Field Medical Badge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Holladay)
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The current 1st Inf. Div. NCO of the Quarter and now Expert Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Morgan Hicks, a black hawk helicopter mechanic assigned to 601st Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., reflected on everything that led her from training to earning her badge.

“Every ounce of effort I had went into this qualification,” Hicks said. “The absolute support from my chain of command and the training given by the lane NCOs was extremely impactful. Everyone wanted me to succeed.”

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