1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment

1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, Fort Bliss, TX. Reactivated 2015 The 1st Battalion 37th Armored Regiment is arguably the most famous tank battalion in United States Army history with a long tradition of valor, excellence, and aggressiveness stretching from World War II to today.
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The Battalion was constituted on 13 January 1941 in the Regular Army as Company A, 7th Armored Regiment, 4th Armored Division. In 1943, the Army had re-designated the unit as Company A, 37th Tank Battalion. On 12 July 1944, the Battalion landed at Normandy and began combat operations in the European Theater of War. There it fought with great distinction in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central European campaigns. For its actions, the Bandit Battalion earned three French Croix De Guerres and a Presidential Unit Citation. Among the 37th Tank Battalion’s most notable actions were seizing crossings on the Marne, Meuse, and Moselle Rivers during the Third Army’s historic drive across France, and the relief of the 101st Airborne Division encircled at Bastogne. The most notable commander of the 37th Tank Battalion was General Creighton Abrams (commander of military operations in Vietnam and later Army Chief of Staff) who command the 37th from Normandy to the end of the World War II on his tank “Thunderbolt.” 1-37 AR draws its inspiration from his example of leadership and always holds itself to “Abrams’ Standards.” During World War II, Sergeant Joseph J. Sadowski, a tank commander earned the Medal of Honor. For his actions On 14 September 1944, Sergeant Joseph J. Sadowski’s tank was advancing with the leading elements of Combat Command A, 4th Armored Division, through an intensely severe barrage of enemy fire from the streets and buildings of the town of Valhey. As Sadowski's tank advanced through the hail of fire, it was struck by a shell from an 88-mm. gun fired at a range of 20 yards. The tank was disabled and burst into flames, however Sergeant Sadowski immediately ordered his crew to dismount and take cover in the adjoining buildings. After his crew had dismounted, Sadowski discovered that one member of his crew, the bow gunner, had been unable to leave the tank. Although the tank was being subjected to a withering hail of enemy small-arms, bazooka, gr***de, and mortar fire from the streets and from the windows of adjacent buildings, Sergeant Sadowski unhesitatingly returned to his tank and endeavored to pry up the bow gunner's hatch. While engaged in this attempt to rescue his comrade from the burning tank, he was cut down by a stream of machinegun fire which resulted in his death. The gallant and noble sacrifice of his life in the aid of his comrade, undertaken in the face of almost certain death, so inspired the remainder of the tank crews that they pressed forward with great ferocity and completely destroyed the enemy forces in this town without further loss to themselves. The heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Sadowski, which illustrated our tradition of never failing those with whom you serve. In 1990 the Bandit Battalion supported Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Its honorable service in these campaigns earned it a Valorous Unit Award. Upon redeployment to Germany, the Battalion was part of the larger drawdown of forces following the Cold War. This involved re-stationing from Bavaria to Friedberg in 1997, where the Battalion assumed some of the traditions of 1-32 AR, the original “Bandits of Friedberg,” and their successor, 4-67 AR. During the late 1990s the Bandit Battalion supported Operations in Macedonia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. The Bandit Battalion next deployed in January 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, operating initially on the Syrian border training and conducting joint area security operations with Iraqi military and police forces. In May the Bandit Battalion was displaced to the Al Anbar Province tasked with securing the Provincial capital, Ar Ramadi. Upon arrival, the Task Force gallantly assaulted across the Nasir Canal and established a series of six combat outposts deep within enemy held territory. Operating from these outposts during nine months of intense combat, Task Force Bandits drove Al Qaeda from their sanctuary and inflicted grievous losses on the enemy. For these actions, the Battalion has again been nominated for a unit decoration. After a 45 day extension, the Battalion returned to Friedberg in February 2007 to deactivate. They then were reactivated in Fort Bliss in October 2008. In November 2009, the Battalion returned to Iraq for a third deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Through its performance in Kirkuk Province, 1-37 earned a Meritorious Unit Commendation. On January 11th, 2011, the Battalion was deactivated once more awaiting to be called on again. For more than sixty years, there have been American tank Soldiers in Friedberg who called themselves the Bandits. This tradition began with the 1st Battalion 32nd Armor, with whom Elvis Presley served in the 1950’s. On June 18th, 2015, the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor activates as part of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

Operating as usual

Congratulations to SGT Jazmynn Owens on her decision to reenlist for Hawaii, to stay as a 42A, Human Resources and her c...
06/02/2021

Congratulations to SGT Jazmynn Owens on her decision to reenlist for Hawaii, to stay as a 42A, Human Resources and her commitment to the United States Army!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Congratulations to SGT Jazmynn Owens on her decision to reenlist for Hawaii, to stay as a 42A, Human Resources and her commitment to the United States Army!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Our Brigade paused regular activities today to host a Foundational Readiness Day, starting with company-level morale PT,...
05/28/2021

Our Brigade paused regular activities today to host a Foundational Readiness Day, starting with company-level morale PT, then small group Suicide Prevention training focused on the "Ask, Care, Escort," model (A.C.E.) and open dialogue, and culminating in a Suicide Prevention Tactical Challenge held at the brigade footprint.
The Challenge involved all subordinate battalions, each providing 4-Soldier teams that carried a litter with 100 lb. of weight on it. As they ran around the course, they had to stop at multiple 'checkpoints' to respond to Suicide Prevention questions based on training received that day. If correct, the team's weight was decreased slightly. If incorrect, more weight was added.

The Bandit Battalion won 3rd Place in the challenge. Great job to the Bandit Teams!!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment

Today we bid farewell to the 50th Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment LTC Salvador M. Zuniga.  LTC...
05/27/2021

Today we bid farewell to the 50th Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment LTC Salvador M. Zuniga. LTC Zuniga commanded the battalion over the last two years and significantly increased the lethality and readiness of the Bandits. His leadership will resonate through the countless Soldiers through the 21st Century. We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors, and welcome him as the newest alumni for the 37th Armored Regiment.

We would like to welcome back LTC Richard M. Mendenhall as the 51st Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment. We are excited to have you as our commander, and look forward to our future. We would also like to welcome your family back to the Bandit Battalion.

Abrams' Standards!
"Bandits Do Not Fail Those with Whom They Serve!!"

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

05/26/2021

1-37 AR Change of Command

Today the Bandit Battalion held a competition between companies to boost morale. The competition consisted of 5 stations...
05/22/2021

Today the Bandit Battalion held a competition between companies to boost morale. The competition consisted of 5 stations. The stations were the following:

Station 1: 1 Mile Run
Station 2: 20 Overhead Ball Slams/ 20 T-Pushups
Station 3: 15 240lb Trap-bar Deadlift
Station 4: 20 Leg Tucks/ 20 Leg Raises
Station 5: 1 Mile Run with a 40lb Kettle Bell

The results of the competition were as follows:

1st Place: HHC (Henchman)
2nd Place: C CO (Cobra King)
3rd Place: HFSC (Hellion)
4th Place: A CO (Axeman)
5th Place B CO (Banshee)

Good job to all those that competed and gave their best!!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

This month's Senior Leader Update (SLU), our Post's monthly community briefing where important timely issues are discuss...
05/19/2021

This month's Senior Leader Update (SLU), our Post's monthly community briefing where important timely issues are discussed with the leadership of Fort Bliss.

Keeps Soldiers and families informed of upcoming and key installation events and initiatives to support the Readiness of Soldiers, Families and the Installation.

The Senior Leader Update (SLU) is a monthly community briefing where important timely issues are discussed with the leadership of Fort Bliss. The intent is to increase awareness of upcoming and key installation events and initiatives to support the Readiness of Soldiers, Families and the Installation.

Each month's SLU slide deck will be posted on the MWR webpage below and we encourage you to share the information with the Soldiers and Families within your units and organizations.

https://bliss.armymwr.com/programs/senior-leader-update-slu

Congratulations to SGT(P) Mike Rettus of Headquarters and Headquarters Company for winning NCO of the Month for the mont...
05/19/2021

Congratulations to SGT(P) Mike Rettus of Headquarters and Headquarters Company for winning NCO of the Month for the month of May!!!

Congratulations to SPC Hunter Rydzik of Alpha Company for winning Soldier of the Month for the month of May!!!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Amendment 7, dated 14MAY2021, Authorizing no mask if an individual is fully vaccinated and post 14 days from last shot. ...
05/15/2021

Amendment 7, dated 14MAY2021,
Authorizing no mask if an individual is fully vaccinated and post 14 days from last shot. Vaccination card must be presented if asked.

Bandits representing!!!
05/14/2021

Bandits representing!!!

Who heard 1st Armored Division Band Fort Bliss Spc. Pierre-Marie Colton sing the national anthem at the El Paso Chihuahuas home opener tonight while 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment presented the colors? 🙋‍

If not, we had our video cameras rolling, so check us out tomorrow for the awesome Army scene from the ballpark. Thank you Chihuahuas and El Paso for always making our Soldiers feel at home in the Borderland. #ThisWeWillDefend #WeWinTogether

(U.S. Army photo by David Poe, Fort Bliss Garrison Public Affairs)

Photos from 1st Armored Division's post
05/13/2021

Photos from 1st Armored Division's post

**An UPDATE to the Come to Work Safe, Live Safe Order is published, this update provides relaxed COVID-19 measures for u...
05/13/2021

**An UPDATE to the Come to Work Safe, Live Safe Order is published, this update provides relaxed COVID-19 measures for units with high vaccination rates and low COVID cases.**
Over the last few weeks, we have made significant progress in vaccinating our soldiers. Overall, our Soldiers are now 49.4% vaccinated, with some units having even high vaccination rates.
With this progress in mind, the Senior Commander made some key changes to the Come to Work Safe Live Safe (CWSLS) order. He has delegated to O6 (Colonel) commanders the authority to approve unit and Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) events such as ceremonies, hails and farewells, SFRG meetings, etc. -Check with your unit supervisors on how to plan these events.-
The Senior Commander continues to closely monitor vaccination progress and positive COVID cases in our units. The following brigades have high vaccination rates and low COVID cases: Joint Task Force North, U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command, 528th Hospital Center, and Bulldog Brigade 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. Because these units now have significantly lower risk from COVID, the Senior Commander adjusted the CWSLS order to reduce many of the COVID risk mitigation measures for these four units – including allowing these four units to dine-in at restaurants off post.
According to the CDC, being fully vaccinated is the best method for fighting the COVID-19 virus. Together we can beat the virus!
We continue to encourage all our Soldiers in the other brigades across U.S. Army Fort Bliss to get vaccinated and to remain disciplined to keep the number of COVID cases down. When your brigade reaches similar levels of vaccination and low infection rates, the Senior Commander will adjust the CWSLS order for your brigade, too. We have plenty of capacity to vaccinate anyone who volunteers, so “take the shot!”.

Today we bid farewell to CPT Brett Dawson and his wife Tory as they prepare for a new adventure at the United States Mil...
05/11/2021

Today we bid farewell to CPT Brett Dawson and his wife Tory as they prepare for a new adventure at the United States Military Academy West Point. For his contributions to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Bravo Company and the Bandit Battalion, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal as well as the Order of Saint George Bronze Medallion for his outstanding contributions to the armor community. He and his family will be missed!! Thank you CPT Dawson!!!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Today we bid a bittersweet farewell to MAJ Erik Miller, his wife Mrs. Cathy Miller and their two daughters Reagan and Gr...
05/07/2021

Today we bid a bittersweet farewell to MAJ Erik Miller, his wife Mrs. Cathy Miller and their two daughters Reagan and Grace. We are extremely grateful for their countless contributions and sacrifices to the Soldiers and Family members of the Bandit Battalion. We will greatly miss this wonderful Army Family. From the Bandit Family, Bandit 6, and Bandit 7; we wish you the best on your future endeavors.

Abrams' Standards!

#Bandits Do Not Fail Those With Whom They Serve!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

The Bandit Team also received Army Achievement Medals! Congratulations again gentleman!! (photos at the end of this post...
05/01/2021

The Bandit Team also received Army Achievement Medals! Congratulations again gentleman!! (photos at the end of this post)

Congratulations to the Bandit Team that competed and wiped out the competition for first place in the "Fort Bliss Surviv...
04/24/2021

Congratulations to the Bandit Team that competed and wiped out the competition for first place in the "Fort Bliss Survival of the Fittest" with a time of 11 minutes and 7 seconds. Outstanding performance Team Bandit!! Way to represent and push each other throughout the events!! Thank you for the support from the command teams across the battalion! The team consists of the following:
SGT Ware (HHC) -Deadlift/Farmer Carry
SPC Yetter (HHC )- 40lb Ball Toss/40lb Ball Carry
SPC Wyatt (C CO) - Air Squat/Sled Drag
PVT Cameron (C CO) - Hand Release Pushup/Ammo Can Carry
PVT Strong (C CO) - Burpee/30 sec Flex Hang

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

As a part of the US Army and Fort Bliss Volunteer Recognition week, the Bandit Battalion showed their gratitude to the v...
04/24/2021

As a part of the US Army and Fort Bliss Volunteer Recognition week, the Bandit Battalion showed their gratitude to the volunteers within the Bandit & Ramdit Family for their unwavering support. Each of the company volunteers received a custom Bandit vase full of budding flowers to symbolize their support of the battalion. We are thankful for their overwhelming and consistent care. We are especially thankful for Mrs. Cathy Miller and Mrs. Amanda Pitman for all they have done for the families. (excuse the very windy day)

04/23/2021
Fort Bliss Annual Volunteer Ceremony!

Congratulations on our Ft Bliss Volunteer Award Winners, Our Outstanding Fort Bliss Ambassador Awardee, Mrs Brandy Macrae (jump to time 24:50) and our Outstanding Ft Bliss Volunteer Family, Major Erik and Mrs Cathy Miller (jump to time 40:56)

The Battalion and the community appreciate all that you do!

Congratulations to SGT Julian Fernandez for winning the Bandit Battalion NCO of the Month for the month of April.Congrat...
04/22/2021

Congratulations to SGT Julian Fernandez for winning the Bandit Battalion NCO of the Month for the month of April.

Congratulations to SPC Javier Solislopez for winning Bandit Battalion Soldier of the Month for the month of April.

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

04/22/2021

‼ UPDATE: There are only four more days to get your submissions in for the Forge! Submit via email below or by scanning the QR code! EVERYONE can submit! ‼

Iron Soldiers, we want your voices heard! If you have concepts and solutions to prevent harmful behaviors, we present to you "The Forge". "The Forge" is our version of "Shark Tank" and allows currently serving Iron Soldiers to present their ideas that can be implemented across Fort Bliss and possibly the Army.

A board will review all concepts and a "final 5" will be selected for presentation to a panel of senior leaders from across the installation. Submit your ideas via email in ANY format that best suits your idea. There are no requirements for initial submissions. We look forward to ideas on how to be Ironclad, Together! #IAMIRON

1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade HHBN, 1st Armored Division 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade Joint Task Force North U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command 5th Armored Brigade William Beaumont Army Medical Center 93D Military Police Battalion The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

Today, the Bandit Battalion had a friendly competition to see who would take a spot on the battalion team for Survival o...
04/17/2021

Today, the Bandit Battalion had a friendly competition to see who would take a spot on the battalion team for Survival of the Fittest later this year. Even though the competition was more so for bragging rights, the individual Soldiers who scored the highest secured a spot to represent the Bandits. The events included, the “T” Pushup, Burpees, Farmer’s Carry, Standing Ball Toss, Max Repetition Deadlift with 340lbs, and finally a 1 Mile Ruck Run to complete the event. It came down to a tie between Charlie Company (Cobra King) and Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Henchmen). The tie breaking event came down to who can do the most repetitions on deadlift with 340lbs and the participants were no one other than, Cobra King 6, and Henchmen 6. Both Company Commanders gave their all, and Henchman 6 won for Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Congratulations to Henchman! Thank you to the Soldiers who participated and pushed themselves beyond their limits. Great job!!

04/09/2021

Today, A CO, 40th BEB (White Fox) or better known as our “Ram-Dits” conducted some training out at the demolition range. It’s not every day you get to practice your craft, but today they did just that. Some Soldiers were recognized by Lt. Col Fairel (Ram 6) and CSM Lowery (Bandit 7) for their excellence and professionalism. Congratulations on some well deserved recognition!

40th Brigade Engineer Battalion
2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Today, A CO, 40th BEB (White Fox) or better known as our “Ram-Dits” conducted some training out at the demolition range....
04/09/2021

Today, A CO, 40th BEB (White Fox) or better known as our “Ram-Dits” conducted some training out at the demolition range. It’s not every day you get to practice your craft, but today they did just that. Some Soldiers were recognized by Lt. Col Fairel (Ram 6) and CSM Lowery (Bandit 7) for their excellence and professionalism. Congratulations on some well deserved recognition!

40th Brigade Engineer Battalion
2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

04/09/2021

Today, A CO, 40th BEB (White Fox) or better known as our “Ram-Dits” conducted some training out at the demolition range. It’s not every day you get to practice your craft, but today they did just that. Some Soldiers were recognized by Lt. Col Fairel (Ram 6) and CSM Lowery (Bandit 7) for their excellence and professionalism. Congratulations on some well deserved recognition!

40th Brigade Engineer Battalion
2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

From the Bandit Battalion to you and yours, Have a Happy Easter! 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division1st Armored Division
04/04/2021

From the Bandit Battalion to you and yours, Have a Happy Easter!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

From the Bandit Battalion to you and yours, Have a Happy Easter!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Today, Bravo (Banshee) Company conducted a hike focusing on team building and resiliency at the highest point in the sta...
04/02/2021

Today, Bravo (Banshee) Company conducted a hike focusing on team building and resiliency at the highest point in the state of Texas, Guadalupe Peak. When they arrived at the top of the peak, SPC Rodney Degraffenreed re-enlisted to stay a 68W, Combat Medic. Congratulations to SPC Degraffenreed and his commitment to the United States Army.

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Today Soliders, Noncommissoned Officers, and Officers that participated in the Norwegian Foot March were awarded the Bro...
03/25/2021

Today Soliders, Noncommissoned Officers, and Officers that participated in the Norwegian Foot March were awarded the Bronze Level Pin. SGT Jarel Smith of 4-27 FA finished in third and was awarded a bandit coin as well as the pin. Representatives of the unit’s that participated accepted the pins on their behalf. Once again, we appreciate everyone who attended and participated in the event!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Congratulations to SSG Benjamin Mumby of Alpha Company (Axeman) and his decision to remain as an Armored Crewman! Contin...
03/24/2021

Congratulations to SSG Benjamin Mumby of Alpha Company (Axeman) and his decision to remain as an Armored Crewman! Continue to “Cut ‘em Down!”

Abrams’ Standards!!

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division

Today, Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers from across the Bandit Battalion participated in a Retention Rodeo. They we...
03/18/2021

Today, Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers from across the Bandit Battalion participated in a Retention Rodeo. They were able to get information and explore opportunities and services available for those wanting to stay in the Army, or transition to civilian life. We would like to thank those that came out (Soldier For Life, Fort Bliss Finance Office, Fort Bliss Special Operations Recruiting, Fort Bliss Reserve Component) and provided that information so everyone can be informed and educated on their future career choices.

2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
1st Armored Division
Fort Bliss Special Operations Recruiting
Fort Bliss Reserve Transition

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In 1982, LTC Colonel Jim Noles (right) and CSM Joe Hill (left) led 1-37 Armor as Battalion Commander and Command Sergeant Major in Katterbach in Bavaria, Germany. At the time “Abrams’ Standards” were instituted. 1-37 Armor was stationed in Katterbach 5 miles from 1AD HQ in Ansbach and quickly became known as “the Palace Guards”. Jimmy Leach (B Company Commander 37th TB 1943-1944) was the Honorary Colonel and would visit. Indeed on one such visit, the entire Battalion sang “Stout Hearted Men” to Leach in the Battalion Theater. This was the 37th Armor Song Since 1941II! Leach’s eyes reportedly teared… Some 34 Years later, (March 2017) the dynamic duo was back at it. This time they returned to "the fight" at Operation Homecoming at Fort Bliss with the same 37th Armor Unit becoming the Honorary Colonel and Sergeant Major of the Regiment while taking part at the dedication of the 37th Armor Regimental Classroom. The Niles / Hill Team remain our Honorary Regimental Leadership to this day. FYI Since 1982 “Abrams Standards” continue in both word and deed. 37th Armor Alumni… Because it really was the best job we ever had. https://courageconquers.com/membership-registration/
1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment would like to congratulate Chaplin Abraham Christian on his promotion to the rank of Captain.
Team, the first round of the inaugural Bandit Battalion Store is closed! The order closed out Sunday night & the company is currently processing all of our order. We expect the items to ship in the next 2-3 weeks & you will receive a tracking number (if you added your email to the order). Our NEXT ORDER WINDOW will be in the fall around October...just in time for the Christmas Season!! If you have a special request or would like to see specific swag, let us know! Thanks for all who have ordered!
Great News !!!
Greetings from your friendly neighborhood Bandit UMT. This past week was a good one for the Bandits, topped off with the 2020 Bandit Ball. It was a huge success. I was blessed to finally meet in person Kevin Seidl, from the 37th Armor Alumni. It was truly an honor and privilege to get to know someone who care so much about our heritage and our brotherhood. Speaking of the Ball, I know there was more than a dozen who had their picture taken with CPL (P) Kent there. He very much enjoyed it. If you have a chance, please upload your picture with him to his page (see end of this message). We are looking to do a folder entitled “Friends” for all those that he loves and serves. In addition, this is my fifth battalion and first time to get to do a left seat/right seat. Until this point, I have always arrived after my predecessor left or left before my successor arrived. I have been honored to get to assist CH Abraham Abe Christian as he becomes the new Bandit Shepherd. He will be gradually assuming more and more responsibilities. For example, later this month he will assume the 1-37 AR UMT page. What does the concept of brotherhood mean to you? The US Army has the unique ability to define brotherhood (sisterhood), not in words, but in actions. Every day, those men and women are challenged and are sometimes put into situations where the camaraderie builds itself, and the men and women are able build each other. The uniform only lays the foundation for what brings these select, and exceptional, men and women together; it is the call to duty, the ideals, and the shared title of being an American and believing in what that means, that truly binds the servicemen and women together, across all MOSs and branches. Family is more than blood. We’re not all born with the best families. If you’ve had a falling out with your parents or siblings, or if they’ve all passed away, it doesn’t mean that you’re alone in the world. You still have a family that loves you — they just might not be related by blood. Your real family should supportive of you. They should encourage you to follow your dreams, because they have unflinching faith that you can achieve whatever goals you set. They should believe in you even more than you believe in yourself. Your real family won’t leave your side when things get rough. They’ll hold their ground and help you in any way that they can. It doesn’t matter if you lose your job, lose your house, or lose yourself to drugs, because they’ll always be there for you. Who have you chosen to make family? Who are your brothers and sisters in arms? Who do you trust and make yourself vulnerable? Who do you know has your back? Whose back do you have? While not every unit promotes this, I have truly experienced this with the Bandit Family. In the past nearly 3 years, I have indeed been made to feel part of a family. As I prepare to PCS this summer, 1-37 AR will always hold a dear spot in my heart and my time will be a cherished memory. The concept of brotherhood can affect every aspect of your life. That is the theme reflected in each of our folders. • A Little Humor for The Week • Chaplain Corner • Fiscal Tip of The Week • Fitness/Nutrition Tip of The Week • Marriage/Family Tip of The Week In addition to these updates, we have shared upcoming various activities at Fort Bliss: https://www.facebook.com/pg/137ARUMT/photos/?tab=album&album_id=245937449381598 This information comes from Fort Bliss Army Community Service, Fort Bliss MWR, Fort Bliss Religious Support Office, Bliss BOSS, and Fort Bliss MWR Sports/Fitness/Aquatics. If you want to know about upcoming events, check out these. If Single Soldier, these are opportunities to get out of the barracks. If married, date ideas. If family, chance to bond. We have also done the monthly updates for the following folders for March: • National Monthly Awareness • Religious Holy Days • Religious Awareness The Bandit UMT FB page hit 464 followers and 116 visitors this past week! How many will we be able to reach? Thank you so much for your support. If you visit and what you find is a blessing to you or yours, please feel free to be a follower of our page. Please continue to help us grow as a positive influence in the extended Bandit Family. https://www.facebook.com/137ARUMT/ If you want to follow the adventures and activities of CPL Kent, the Bandit Military Ministry Dog, he has own Facebook presence with 341 followers and 161 visitors this past week. He definitely this past week with the Bandit Family during the 5K and the Bandit Ball. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Kent-Military-Ministry-Dog-101460287868055/posts/?ref=page_internal #AbramStandards #BanditsDoNotFail #CourageConquers #ElPasoStrong #ArmyStrong
Greetings from your friendly neighborhood Bandit UMT. This is going to be a busy and important week. 26FEB – Ash Wednesday 27FEB - Bandit 5K Fun Run/Walk 27FEB - next Town Hall 28FEB - Bandit Ball https://www.facebook.com/events/259186321709682/ https://www.facebook.com/events/476409473010702/ Hopefully this past week, I hope that opportunity leave helped you to “recharge your batteries”. Sometimes we need to just take a knee. We need to practice self-care. Personally, this is an area of life that I do not excel at, especially growing up with a Dad that believed it “is better to crawl in than call in”. But I am continually learning to do better. Why? I cannot care for others if I do not care for myself – at least not at peak efficiency. What about you? Are you good at self-care? Self-care is a personal matter. Everyone’s approach will be different. It relates to what you do at work and outside of work to look after your holistic wellbeing so that you can meet your personal and professional commitments. Below are the different aspects to self-care and example strategies that other people have found useful: • Workplace or professional • Physical • Psychological • Emotional • Spiritual • Relationships. After discovering the different aspects of self-care, complete the self-care plan activity below. Discover which activities work the best for you. For example, riding motorcycle may help one person whereas playing video games may help another. Your options are nearly infinite. Here are a few examples in each of these aspects so that you start seeing some of your possibilities. Workplace or professional self-care This involves activities that help you to work consistently at the professional level expected of you. For example: • engage in regular supervision or consulting with a more experienced colleague • set up a peer-support group • be strict with boundaries between clients/students and staff • read professional journals • attend professional development programs. Physical self-care Activities that help you to stay fit and healthy, and with enough energy to get through your work and personal commitments. • Develop a regular sleep routine. • Aim for a healthy diet. • Take lunch breaks. • Go for a walk at lunchtime. • Take your dog for a walk after work. • Use your sick leave. • Get some exercise before/after work regularly. Psychological self-care Activities that help you to feel clear-headed and able to intellectually engage with the professional challenges that are found in your work and personal life. • Keep a reflective journal. • Seek and engage in external supervision or regularly consult with a more experienced colleague. • Engage with a non-work hobby. • Turn off your email and work phone outside of work hours. • Make time for relaxation. • Make time to engage with positive friends and family. Emotional self-care Allowing yourself to safely experience your full range of emotions. • Develop friendships that are supportive. • Write three good things that you did each day. • Play a sport and have a coffee together after training. • Go to the movies or do something else you enjoy. • Keep meeting with your parents' group or other social group. • Talk to you friend about how you are coping with work and life demands. Spiritual self-care This involves having a sense of perspective beyond the day-to-day of life. • Engage in reflective practices like meditation. • Go on bush walks. • Go to church/mosque/temple. • Do yoga. • Reflect with a close friend for support. Relationship self-care This is about maintaining healthy, supportive relationships, and ensuring you have diversity in your relationships so that you are not only connected to work people. • Prioritize close relationships in your life e.g. with partners, family and children. • Attend the special events of your family and friends. • Arrive to work and leave on time every day. The concept of self-care can affect every aspect of your life. That is the theme reflected in each of our folders. • A Little Humor for The Week • Chaplain Corner • Fiscal Tip of The Week • Fitness/Nutrition Tip of The Week • Marriage/Family Tip of The Week In addition to these updates, we have shared upcoming various activities at Fort Bliss: https://www.facebook.com/pg/137ARUMT/photos/?tab=album&album_id=245937449381598 This information comes from Fort Bliss Army Community Service, Fort Bliss MWR, Fort Bliss Religious Support Office, Bliss BOSS, and Fort Bliss MWR Sports/Fitness/Aquatics. If you want to know about upcoming events, check out these. If Single Soldier, these are opportunities to get out of the barracks. If married, date ideas. If family, chance to bond. The Bandit UMT FB page hit 464 followers and 2,719 visitors this past 4 weeks! How many will we be able to reach? Thank you so much for your support. If you visit and what you find is a blessing to you or yours, please feel free to be a follower of our page. Please continue to help us grow as a positive influence in the extended Bandit Family. https://www.facebook.com/137ARUMT/ If you want to follow the adventures and activities of CPL Kent, the Bandit Military Ministry Dog, he has own Facebook presence with 340 followers and 700 visitors this past 4 weeks! He is definitely looking forward to this week with the Bandit Family. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Kent-Military-Ministry-Dog-101460287868055/posts/?ref=page_internal #AbramStandards #BanditsDoNotFail #CourageConquers #ElPasoStrong #ArmyStrong