4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1/1 AD

4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1/1 AD Commander: LTC Ethan A. Olberding Command Sergeant Major: CSM Michael C. Fairbanks Official Facebook of 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

The 41st United States Infantry Regiment was one of six segregated regiments created in 1867 following the American Civil War to provide for African American participation in the defense of the United States. It was consolidated in 1869 with the 38th Infantry Regiment to form the 24th Infantry Regiment. The 41st Infantry Regiment was re-formed on 20 June 1917 as Company A, 41st Infantry at Fort Snelling, Minnesota from soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment. On 9 July 1918, the Regiment was assigned to the 10th Division at Camp Funston, Kansas, which was commanded by Leonard Wood. In October 1918, the regiment sent an advance party to France to prepare for the deployment, however, World War I came to an end in November and the deployment cancelled. As part of the general demobilization following the war, the regiment was deactivated on 22 September 1921 at Camp Meade, Maryland. It was reactivated on 15 July 1940 when the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry was activated as Company A, 41st Infantry (Armored) at Fort Benning, Georgia. The 41st Infantry Regiment constituted the organic infantry of the newly formed 2nd Armored Division. The association between the 41st Infantry and the 2nd Armored Division lasted throughout World War II and continued through Operation Desert Storm. On 22 March 1983, the Battalion was issued its first M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. In November 1984, the Battalion received movement orders to rotate to the 2nd Armored Division (Forward) in early summer 1986 as the Army's first COHORT rotational battalion. Upon arriving at Garlstedt, Germany the, 41st Infantry proved its combat readiness by leading the way in numerous field exercises. In late 1990 the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Armored Division based at Lucius D. Clay Kaserne in the Federal Republic of Germany, was warned to make itself ready for service in the Middle East. Significant U.S. Army forces were being sent to Saudi Arabia following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Amongst the brigade's units was the 41st Infantry, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James L. Hillman. After arrival in Saudi Arabia, 41st Infantry, was task organized with 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment. The brigade became known as Task Force Iron. It would become the spearhead of VII Corps. The brigade was the first to breach the sand berms dividing Saudi and Iraqi territory, and the battalion itself was the first over the berm. It would be the first coalition unit to conduct ground combat operations in Iraq engaging in direct and indirect fire fights with the enemy on 17 February 1991. It would participate in the Battle of 73 Easting and the Battle of Norfolk. A year later, the battalion was inactivated on 15 June 1992 in Germany. The battalion was reactivated on 16 December 1992 at Fort Polk, Louisiana, after the 5th Infantry Division there had been redesignated as the 2nd Armored Division. It was inactivated 15 December 1995 at Fort Hood, Texas, and relieved from assignment to the 2nd Armored Division; Assigned 16 February 1996 to the 1st Armored Division It was activated at Fort Riley, Kansas as the 41st Infantry on 29 March 1996. In 2002 it deployed to Kuwait for a rotation in Operation Desert Spring with 3rd ID where it spent six months in the hot Kuwaiti desert. 41st then deployed back home for 3 month not knowing they would be call back into action by 3rd ID to deploy with them for the Iraqi invasion in 2003. 41st followed behind 3rd ID until coming up on Tallil AFB where they were caught by the big sand storm of 2003. 41st had also assigned C Co to 101st to fight in Karbala. For the fact that 41st had earlier done it's Kuwait rotation they were sent home right after the ground war was declared over. The battalion was redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment; relieved 16 April 2007 and assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. The 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment was subsequently reactivated as part of the reorganized 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in July 2009 at Fort Bliss TX. In December, 2012, 3-41 IN BN deployed to the Arghandab River Valley, Kandahar Province in Southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the mission to secure Zharay District, original birthplace of the Taliban, and enable the Afghan Security Forces to control the district upon their departure. In June 2013, 3-41 was additionally tasked with providing assured mobility, enabling LOCs through the Maiwand District to the Helmand Province. The Battalion redeployed to Fort Bliss TX in September 2013 after 9 successful months of fighting. Within a year of redeployment from Afghanistan, 3-41 was once again called upon, deploying to Fort Knox, KY in support of Cadet Training from March to August 2014. The 41st Infantry Regiment has received four Presidential Unit Citations from the Second World War, including one for leading the initial breakout in the Normandy Campaign and a later citation for actions in the invasion of Germany itself. The regiment also received the Navy Unit Commendation for operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 1990, and the Meritorious Unit Citation for its latest deployment to Afghanistan.

Operating as usual

Today Thunderbolts took some time to recognize some great Soldiers, with either the Army Commendation Medal or the Army ...
10/23/2020

Today Thunderbolts took some time to recognize some great Soldiers, with either the Army Commendation Medal or the Army Achievement Medal for their actions during Thunderbolt Focus.
Congratulations to all of the awardees!

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Thunderbolts S-2 shop integrated with 16th BEB MICO and conducted UAV familiarization training. ____
10/15/2020

Thunderbolts S-2 shop integrated with 16th BEB MICO and conducted UAV familiarization training.

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Beast Company Soldiers conduct concurrent training during Thunderbolt Focus Platoon Gunnery on individual CBRN procedure...
10/12/2020

Beast Company Soldiers conduct concurrent training during Thunderbolt Focus Platoon Gunnery on individual CBRN procedures! Taught by Beast Company CBRN NCO, SGT Putnam instructs Soldiers on the basics of their protective gas masks, how to mask and unmask, and decontamination procedures.
(Photo Credits: CPT Goold)

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10/07/2020

Hades Company conducted a Aerial Resupply Mission supported by A/3-501st, 1 AD CAB, CW2 Kalgren.
(Photo Credits: CPT Kaiser)

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10/06/2020

Yesterday Atlas Co. 1st Platoon conducted Tank Live Fires at Range 88!
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This past Sunday Atlas Co. 1st Platoon and Beast Co. 1st Platoon conducted an OPORD Brief and rehearsals for Platoon Liv...
10/05/2020

This past Sunday Atlas Co. 1st Platoon and Beast Co. 1st Platoon conducted an OPORD Brief and rehearsals for Platoon Live Fires.
(Photo Credits: CPT Kaiser)

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Yesterday Cobra Company Soldiers increased their combat lethality qualifying AT-4 gunners! The AT-4 is an 84-mm unguided...
10/01/2020

Yesterday Cobra Company Soldiers increased their combat lethality qualifying AT-4 gunners! The AT-4 is an 84-mm unguided, portable, single-shot recoilless smooth bore anti-tank weapon.
(Photo Credits: MAJ Feeney)

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This afternoon, the Thunderbolts took time to recognize great individuals. We started off by recognizing our H2F team, w...
09/30/2020

This afternoon, the Thunderbolts took time to recognize great individuals. We started off by recognizing our H2F team, who have been instrumental in helping maximize our Physical Fitness time and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with their expertise. Finally, we farewelled CPT Oates and CPT Whitney. Good luck in your future endeavors and thank you for your dedication to the Thunderbolts!
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Opn Thunderdome, Force on Force and Refuel on the Move during Thunderbolt Focus! (Photo Creds: MAJ Feeney) ____
09/28/2020

Opn Thunderdome, Force on Force and Refuel on the Move during Thunderbolt Focus!
(Photo Creds: MAJ Feeney)
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September is the National Hispanic Heritage Month! The Thunderbolts are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our Hi...
09/23/2020

September is the National Hispanic Heritage Month! The Thunderbolts are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our Hispanic soldiers.

“We feel proud to be first generation Hispanic-American Soldiers”
-PFC Lebellot from Cobra Co and SPC Cruz from Hades Co
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2nd Platoon, Cobra Company maneuvering with their tanker brethren during Operation Thunder Dome out at Thunderbolt Focus...
09/20/2020

2nd Platoon, Cobra Company maneuvering with their tanker brethren during Operation Thunder Dome out at Thunderbolt Focus!
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Ready 6, COL Stephen Fairless, visited the Thunderbolts during Thunderbolt Focus! COL Fairless met and spoke with Thunde...
09/19/2020

Ready 6, COL Stephen Fairless, visited the Thunderbolts during Thunderbolt Focus! COL Fairless met and spoke with Thunderbolt Leaders and Soldiers.
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Today September 15th marks the start of the National Hispanic Heritage Month! The Thunderbolts are proud to celebrate th...
09/15/2020

Today September 15th marks the start of the National Hispanic Heritage Month! The Thunderbolts are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our Hispanic Soldiers.

“It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand”
- Hon. Sonia Sotomayor

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Thunderbolts rising through the ranks! Congratulations to SPC Taylor and PFC Sosbe who got promoted on September 10th. (...
09/14/2020

Thunderbolts rising through the ranks! Congratulations to SPC Taylor and PFC Sosbe who got promoted on September 10th. (Photo Credits: 2LT Parker)
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The Thunderbolts conducted a Combined Arms Rehearsal in preparation for our Thunderbolt Focus training event. Thunderbol...
09/12/2020

The Thunderbolts conducted a Combined Arms Rehearsal in preparation for our Thunderbolt Focus training event. Thunderbolt 2, CPT Castillo briefs the team in enemy actions and weather updates. (Photo credits: MAJ Feeney)

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Titan Company Training room getting ready for Thunderbolt Focus!______
09/11/2020

Titan Company Training room getting ready for Thunderbolt Focus!
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WE WILL NEVER FORGET!“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the ...
09/11/2020

WE WILL NEVER FORGET!

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

~ George W. Bush

Today we pause to remember an attack that took nearly 3,000 lives at the Pentagon, World Trade Center, and Shanksville, PA.
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Meet the faces of the Thunderbolts Battalion , PFC Roberto Pilamunga is assigned to Atlas Company, He was also the Soldi...
09/09/2020

Meet the faces of the Thunderbolts Battalion , PFC Roberto Pilamunga is assigned to Atlas Company, He was also the Soldier of the Month in the month of August!
Age: 35
Hometown: Queens, New York
High School: Flushing High School
University: City Tech
YOS: 1 Year
Time with the Thunderbolts: 8 Months
Why he joined the US Army: To follow one of his dreams.
MOS: 19K
Why they choose their MOS: One of safest MOS he was given at the team.
Favorite Sports Teams: New York Knicks and New York Giants
Favorite Food: Spanish Food
Hobbies: All Sports, Soccer, Football, basketball, baseball.
Hero: His parents because they sacrificed everything to give him and his sisters a better life.
Fun Facts: He was apart of the first tank crew in the Ready First Brigade to qualify. He worked for the Willy Wonka Chocolate Business back in New York.
Favorite part of being in 4-70 AR: The environment/culture of the battalion and professionalism and knowledge he has seen throughout the battalion.

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Meet the Thunderbolts Soldier of the Month, PFC Emtman Bryan from Hades Company!  Here is a quote from his sponsor SSG Z...
09/04/2020

Meet the Thunderbolts Soldier of the Month, PFC Emtman Bryan from Hades Company!
Here is a quote from his sponsor SSG Zotto Charles:
“He is a highly motivated and eager to learn Soldier who always takes initiative and is a valuable asset to the team”.
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Thunderbolts Soldiers conducting maintenance in preparation for Thunderbolt Focus. ____
08/31/2020

Thunderbolts Soldiers conducting maintenance in preparation for Thunderbolt Focus.
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Meet SPC Jensen from Cobra Company one of the many women in the Thunderbolts Battalion! “For me being a woman in the Inf...
08/27/2020

Meet SPC Jensen from Cobra Company one of the many women in the Thunderbolts Battalion! “For me being a woman in the Infantry is something that I am very proud of but don’t boast about. When I enlisted, I had no knowledge that this MOS was recently opened up to females. I told my recruiter I wanted to be challenged. I have now become a helping hand to women whom have joined the infantry and those curious about how it is to be a women in the Infantry . I just simply tell them that it’s not easy, it’s something you gotta work for. Learn to get along with the guys, you’re entering new and uncharted territory so making friends is a must. “
Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day and recognize the accomplishments of women across the Army.
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Meet the faces of the Thunderbolts Battalion! Meet PFC Jordan Rundle of Cobra Company!Age: 21Hometown: Evansville, INHig...
08/22/2020

Meet the faces of the Thunderbolts Battalion! Meet PFC Jordan Rundle of Cobra Company!
Age: 21
Hometown: Evansville, IN
High School: Castle High School
University: Purdue
YOS: 1 year
Time with the Thunderbolts: 3 months
Why he joined the @usarmy: Wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself and be apart of something that would help him grow and develop as a person.
MOS: 11B
Why they choose their MOS: he liked the physical challenges and the comradery that came with being an infantrymen.
Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago Bears, St Louis Blues, and St Louis Cardinals
Favorite Food: Pierogis
Hobbies: Rucking, shooting, and skiing
Hero: Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone because he was an expert at his profession and received the medal of honor and navy cross and paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Fun Facts:
Favorite part of being in 4-70 AR: The comradery and the leadership always tries to be involved with all their Soldiers.
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Mortars Platoon recently conducted Mortar Training and Evaluation Program (MORTEP). (Photo Credits: SPC Garcia)
08/16/2020

Mortars Platoon recently conducted Mortar Training and Evaluation Program (MORTEP). (Photo Credits: SPC Garcia)

Yesterday, the Thunderbolts said goodbye to some phenomenal leaders in staff! We said goodbye to CPTs Minnie, Durian, & ...
08/14/2020

Yesterday, the Thunderbolts said goodbye to some phenomenal leaders in staff! We said goodbye to CPTs Minnie, Durian, & Abera, 1LTs Cepe, Anketell, & Darney & SSG Hartlieb! Thank you for your commitment and dedication and good luck in your future endeavors! (SPC Rodriguez)

Thunderbolts Soldiers are phenomenally talented! PFCs Guevara, Nguyen, Turner, & SPCs Cruz & Vidal, of Hades Company, cr...
08/14/2020

Thunderbolts Soldiers are phenomenally talented! PFCs Guevara, Nguyen, Turner, & SPCs Cruz & Vidal, of Hades Company, created this mural in the H Co COF! Amazing Job!

Cobra Company out conducting gunnery with their new Bradleys! (Photo Credits: CH Jackman)
08/11/2020

Cobra Company out conducting gunnery with their new Bradleys! (Photo Credits: CH Jackman)

Thunderbolts staff in action at Bradley Gunnery! (Photo Credits: SPC Rodriguez)
08/11/2020

Thunderbolts staff in action at Bradley Gunnery! (Photo Credits: SPC Rodriguez)

Yesterday, CPT Greaney passed command of Atlas Company to CPT McCaughey. Good luck to CPT Greaney as you start the next ...
08/08/2020

Yesterday, CPT Greaney passed command of Atlas Company to CPT McCaughey. Good luck to CPT Greaney as you start the next chapter with your family and congratulations to CPT McCaughey! (Photo Credits: 1LT Cepe & SPC Rodriguez)

COL Stephen Fairless, Ready 6, visited the Thunderbolts during Bradley Gunnery! COL Fairless met with Thunderbolt Leader...
08/05/2020

COL Stephen Fairless, Ready 6, visited the Thunderbolts during Bradley Gunnery! COL Fairless met with Thunderbolt Leaders and talked with Thunderbolt Soldiers. (Photo Credits: SPC Rodriguez)

Our Battalion S2, CPT Durian, & Battalion Adjutant, 1LT Cepe, both hail from the same Alma Mater, Xavier University, as ...
07/30/2020

Our Battalion S2, CPT Durian, & Battalion Adjutant, 1LT Cepe, both hail from the same Alma Mater, Xavier University, as GEN Michael X. Garrett! (Photo Credits: PFC Rodriguez)

Showing GEN Garrett & CSM Sims what ThunderboltFit means!
07/29/2020

Showing GEN Garrett & CSM Sims what ThunderboltFit means!

Today the Mighty #Thunderbolts conducted a PT session with GEN Michael X. Garrett and CSM Todd Sims, Commanding General and Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). GEN Garrett and CSM Sims took some time after the session to speak with the Thunderbolts about the #ReadyFirst's recent conversion from Stryker to Armored and the topic of race in the U.S. Army.

1st Armored Division
4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1/1 AD

This morning, Cobra Company conducted H2F-led PT with GEN Michael Garrett & CSM Todd Sims, Commanding General and Comman...
07/29/2020

This morning, Cobra Company conducted H2F-led PT with GEN Michael Garrett & CSM Todd Sims, Commanding General and Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). Afterwards, GEN Garrett & CSM Sims took time to speak with Soldiers on numerous relevant topics like our recent conversion to the topic of race. (Photo Credits: 1LT Cepe & PFC Rodriguez)

Yesterday, Beast Company held an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony. Congratulations and welcome to 1SG Ramos!
07/28/2020

Yesterday, Beast Company held an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony. Congratulations and welcome to 1SG Ramos!

Atlas Company closed out last week with pinning LT Brewton to 1LT and farewelling CPT Greaney & LT Heyde! Congratulation...
07/28/2020

Atlas Company closed out last week with pinning LT Brewton to 1LT and farewelling CPT Greaney & LT Heyde! Congratulations and good luck on your next chapter!

07/27/2020

Beast Company Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony

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I was with A Company 1/70th Armor 4th Division 8th Infantry from 83 to 84.
I understand you're converting to an armor unit and are having a celebration in June. I would enjoy attending the celebration even though I was never in the unit you're being redesignated to. From a retired tanker in 1/67 Ar, 2/67 Ar, 2/81 Ar, 3/12 Cav, and 3rd Cav to the incoming ranks of Armo, welcome to the best.
I was in Delta, 3/41 Inf during Operation Desert Storm
Looking for Sgt Irvine who was with me in Desert Storm. Anyone?
My first assignment was the 41st regiment in 1980 at Fort hood Texas with 1st Battalion 41st infantry Battalion and now my son Casey's first assignment is with the Straight and Stalwart at Fort Bliss, 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment. God bless all of you.
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