4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria"

4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria" This is the official page for the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment (Polar Bears), 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment has a long and storied history, and is currently among the most deployed units in the Army.

Mission: 4-31 IN is a professional combat ready (disciplined, trained, and fit) team, that is led by example, supported by families in cohesive FRGs, and prepared to deploy on order to conduct combat and/or stability operations when, where, and with whoever ordered. The Polar Bear battalion has one priority – READINESS. "Pro Patria" - For Country

Pro Patria!
12/21/2019
10th Mountain Division

Pro Patria!

Sgt. Christian Hansel, an Infantryman with 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria", 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is awarded the Purple Heart Dec. 17, after sustaining injuries during a firefight. Then a Specialist, Hansel was struck by an enemy bullet fragmentation in his right cheek while returning enemy fire.
#ClimbToGlory!

See more here:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmK6dRS5

This week the Polar Bears conducted their Platoon Leader Academy, a course internally run by the Battalion. The curricul...
12/18/2019

This week the Polar Bears conducted their Platoon Leader Academy, a course internally run by the Battalion. The curriculum was focused on leader development, tactical decision making and team building.

This morning, in culmination of the three day event, the Polar Bears executed the Whitten Hero WOD in memory of CPT Dan Whitten, a former teammate of LTC Wallace who was KIA in Afghanistan in 2010.

The workout was as follows:

5 rounds
22 KB swings (55#)
22 box jumps
400m sprint
22 burpees
22 KB goblet squats (55#)

Pro Patria!

Congrats to our latest Ranger qualified Polar Bear, LT Kuntz! He joins LT Klue and SPC Braun as the one of the three Pol...
12/14/2019

Congrats to our latest Ranger qualified Polar Bear, LT Kuntz! He joins LT Klue and SPC Braun as the one of the three Polar Bears to graduate from the grueling, 62 day long leadership course in the past month. Over the course of three phases, these Soliders demonstrated the ability to lead and successfully conduct combat operations while under extreme stress. Ranger Lead the Way!

Pro Patria!

Polar Bears have fully embraced the infamous Fort Drum winter this year, executing multiple cold weather road marches, s...
12/12/2019

Polar Bears have fully embraced the infamous Fort Drum winter this year, executing multiple cold weather road marches, snow shoe training and winter CASEVAC operations.

Pro Patria!

Mountain 6, MG Mennes, and Mountain 7, CSM Roark, joined 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company today for PT. They executed a 4 mi...
12/02/2019

Mountain 6, MG Mennes, and Mountain 7, CSM Roark, joined 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company today for PT. They executed a 4 mile reassessment run in order to gauge their running improvments over the past month.

Pro Patria!

It’s been a big week of change for the Polar Bears as we said farewell to our Able Company 1SG, 1SG Schroeder, and our B...
11/30/2019

It’s been a big week of change for the Polar Bears as we said farewell to our Able Company 1SG, 1SG Schroeder, and our Battalion CSM, CSM Holmes with two Change of Responsibility ceremonies at Magrath Gym.

We wish them both the best and thank them for always setting and upholding the standard during their tenure with the Polar Bears.

We also welcome the incoming CSM, CSM Heim, and the new Able Co 1SG, 1SG San. We look forward to continuing the climb to glory under their leadership.

Pro Patria!

11/22/2019
10th Mountain Division

Awesome training!

1) Load.
2) Fire.
3) Repeat.
#FightTonight
Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria" 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, conduct mortar round fire in support of a combined-arms live-fire exercise.
#ClimbToGlory!

Able Company, Bravo Company "Blackhawks" and Charlie "Rock" Company all recently returned from a deployment to Fort Polk...
11/19/2019

Able Company, Bravo Company "Blackhawks" and Charlie "Rock" Company all recently returned from a deployment to Fort Polk, Louisiana in support of 1st Brigade's Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) Rotation.

Featured in these photos are Soldiers from Able Company, who participated as the Opposing Force (OPFOR) for the duration of the rotation.

The HHC HeadHunters are leading the way for family readiness with a great turnout to their SFRG meeting this past week. ...
11/17/2019

The HHC HeadHunters are leading the way for family readiness with a great turnout to their SFRG meeting this past week.
We are always thrilled to see Companies engaging with the families in their formations!

George is excited to finally see the first real snow of winter! Only 6 inches, but we know there is much more to come...
11/17/2019

George is excited to finally see the first real snow of winter! Only 6 inches, but we know there is much more to come...

Our own CPL Heyboer with his wife and newborn twins. Congratulations to all four!
07/16/2019

Our own CPL Heyboer with his wife and newborn twins. Congratulations to all four!

Maj. Gen. Brian Mennes welcomed home Cpl. Zackery Heyboer, who finally met his newborn twins for the first time ever after returning home from a deployment with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan.

Soldiers from multiple battalions across the brigade redeployed from Afghanistan and Kosovo over the last few days. See their photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/drum10thmountain/albums/72157709558822027/with/48262158166/

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
07/15/2019
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

The internet is slow, everyone. Keep checking this album. We didn't forget about you, Nana!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/drum10thmountain/sets/72157709558822027

2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery Regiment, "Allons" 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria" 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment 2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons" 41st Engineer Battalion 210 Brigade Support Battalion

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
07/13/2019

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Quick #OPSEC review:
Ceremony Dates: ✅ (Information cleared for release, available to the public, on an official website)
General information: ✅ ("Just a few more days!" or "I will see my son before my birthday!")
Flight Departure/Flight Number/Arrival time: ❌ (Can compromise security of a unit's movement and possibly delay travel)
Personally identifiable information: ❌ (Hometown, home address, personal phone number, manifest names, unit, etc.)
Other detailed information: ❌ (Naming your Soldier, Soldier's unit, family relationship, travel and vacation plans, etc. on a publicly accessible site)
Photo with enabled Geotag: ❌ (Can give away your exact location, including your home)

2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment 2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons" 2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery Regiment, "Allons" 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria" 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment 41st Engineer Battalion 210 Brigade Support Battalion

07/12/2019
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Here is the moment you have all been waiting for: Please join us during the first #Commandos Welcome Home Ceremony! #climbtoglory
2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery Regiment, "Allons" 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria" 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment 2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons" 210 Brigade Support Battalion 41st Engineer Battalion 10th Mountain Division U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division USO Fort Drum

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
07/12/2019
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Your grandma: "Where are the photos from the Welcome Home Ceremony?"
You: "Right here, Nana."
Us: 🤩😉👍👊

https://www.flickr.com/photos/drum10thmountain/sets/72157709558822027

2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery Regiment, "Allons" 2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons" 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria" 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment 210 Brigade Support Battalion 41st Engineer Battalion 10th Mountain Division 338th Army Band U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division USO Fort Drum

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
07/09/2019
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

REDEPLOYMENT UPDATE for families of returning #Commando Soldiers:

- Please continue to check vFRG and the Fort Drum website for changes or updates to welcome home ceremonies. Ceremony dates are not considered sensitive information, and have been approved for release.

- Do not share any other information that may violate OPSEC on the internet, over the phone, or otherwise.

- If you do not have access to vFRG, please contact your SFRG leader or your service member.

- If you are not the Soldier's SFRG contact, or do not know who your Soldier listed as his or her SFRG contact, please get in touch with your Soldier or SFRG leader directly. We are not able to verify or provide that information to you for security reasons.

- Photos from #WelcomeHome ceremonies will be posted into a running album on the 2BCT #Flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/drum10thmountain/collections/72157632518238713/

- Keep an eye on the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division social media pages for coverage of returning #Commandos.

2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery Regiment, "Allons" 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria" 2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons" 210 Brigade Support Battalion 41st Engineer Battalion

https://home.army.mil/drum/index.php/about/welcome-home-ceremonies

07/02/2019
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Operations Security is important to understand during redeployment of Soldiers. One way of doing this is by protecting them and your family on social media. Let's do our part and help our #Commandos get back home safely!

2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery Regiment, "Allons" 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria" 2-14 Infantry "Golden Dragons" 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment 210 Brigade Support Battalion 41st Engineer Battalion

06/30/2019

Polar Bear Family and Friends,

With redeployment coming up shortly, we ask that you direct questions about flights and welcome home ceremonies to your Soldier's respective Company FRGs. Below are the email addresses used by each Company FRG.

We will not be posting or sharing this information over any social media.

HHC - [email protected]
A Co. - [email protected]
B Co. - [email protected]
C Co. - [email protected]
D Co. - [email protected]
H Co. - [email protected]

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Charlie Rock Soldiers have been flying around Afghanistan providing mission support and security. PFC Menos and PFC Lunn...
06/20/2019

Charlie Rock Soldiers have been flying around Afghanistan providing mission support and security. PFC Menos and PFC Lunn recently took part in a resupply mission. Soldiers back on Bagram continued preparing for upcoming EIB, as SGT Carey asseses sSPC Rivera on the M9 and SFC Smith gave a class on trip flare emplacement.

Punisher Soldiers out on mission conducted illumination fire missions, while back on Kandahar, Soldiers worked on the new and improved fitness test, the ACFT. SPC Carbone also tested communication systems to ensure everything works for any upcoming operation.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Able Company recently returned from a mission where they had the chance to work with members of 2-14 and 2-87. The Batta...
06/18/2019

Able Company recently returned from a mission where they had the chance to work with members of 2-14 and 2-87. The Battalion mortars had fire missions in support of all three Battalions. Medical training, aerial recovery and slingload operations were also a training focus.

Blackhawk Soldiers saw CPT Botset reenlist SGT Honan and also kept working on packing the containers for redeployment. Of course there was time to squeeze in a morning at the range to keep up with the marksmanship training.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

The Polar Bear FRG has created a design and opportunity to order t-shirts and sweatshirts to raise funds for the redeplo...
06/17/2019
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The Polar Bear FRG has created a design and opportunity to order t-shirts and sweatshirts to raise funds for the redeploying Polar Bears.

ATTENTION: At this time the only options are T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. You are able to have these delivered to an address of your choosing or sent to the FRG, who will make the items you ordered available at the Battalion.

Help support our Polar Bears

The Headhunters recently had the chance to award more CIBs and CABs. SGT Warren from the BN Mortars salutes LTC Wallace ...
06/15/2019

The Headhunters recently had the chance to award more CIBs and CABs. SGT Warren from the BN Mortars salutes LTC Wallace after receiving his CIB. The medics also got some hands-on training, transporting casualties with a litter. MG George also presented coins to SGT Nash and SPC Ruiz for their outstanding work during the deployment.

The Hellhounds prepared for customs inspections on their containrs and preparing their equipment for the return trip. SPC Yates also finished inspections on jackstands and forward repair systems.

Soldiers back at Drum qualified on the M9 pistols and prepared for the upcoming M4 range. SPC Austin from the Blackhawks re-enlisted at the baseball field near McGrath gym in front of fellow Polar Bears.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

06/14/2019
U.S. Army

U.S. Army

Today, we celebrate 244 years of defending and protecting America, and salute the generations of Soldiers who have answered the call to serve. #ArmyBday

Video by Elliot Valdez

Charlie Rock was also visited by MG George, speaking to Soldiers and presenting coins for a job well done. Once the visi...
06/13/2019

Charlie Rock was also visited by MG George, speaking to Soldiers and presenting coins for a job well done. Once the visit was over, Soldiers returned to train on EIB skills, specifically CPL Stevens showing his team on disassembly and reassembly of the M240. C Co medics also assisted on a base MASCAL drill.

Punisher Soldiers presented recent deployers with their combat patches and SPC Castro returned from Bagram, where he attended BLC and successfully graduated and achieved the Commandant's List. Back on Kandahar, property inventories continued in preparation for redeployment.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Able Company had the pleasure of promoting a couple Soldiers at the beginning of the month. A newly promoted SGT Redner ...
06/11/2019

Able Company had the pleasure of promoting a couple Soldiers at the beginning of the month. A newly promoted SGT Redner gets congratulated by the XO, 1LT Adams, while 1LT Jacobs promoted and spoke on behalf of PFC Brown. At night, Able has kept up with training, conducting buddy team live fire exercises.

Blackhawk Company was visited by MG George, commander of US Forces - Afghanistan. MG George presented coins to deserving Soldiers before they had to head back to work, practicing recovery operations on Blackhawk Helicopters. Customs inspections also took place across the Battalion, as preparations to return home are in full swing.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

The Headhunters recently held a formation to recognize 1LT Daley and SPC Smith for their outstanding work, presenting th...
06/08/2019

The Headhunters recently held a formation to recognize 1LT Daley and SPC Smith for their outstanding work, presenting them each with a Company Coin. 1SG Lappi also held study sessions and mock boards for those Soldiers that attended the promotion board at the end of May. Chaplain Means began making his rounds to Soldiers across Afghanistan, preparing Soldiers on redeployment and what to expect.

Hellhound cooks have still been spending a lot of time in the north of Afghanistan, providing field feeding support to Soldiers across the region. Mechanics are also finishing up preparations to get generators ready for packout and redeployment.

Back in New York, Soldiers participated in the Polar Bear Memorial PT even in memory of those lost in 2006-2007. They also begain preparing the motor pool, rearranging trucks as needed. SPC Waser and SPC Jones also attended the promotion board, successfully receiving their promotable status for SGT.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Charlie Rock recently had the opportunity to award more combat badges to their Soldiers. As usual though, the Soldiers a...
06/06/2019

Charlie Rock recently had the opportunity to award more combat badges to their Soldiers. As usual though, the Soldiers are up early and stay up late conducting PT to remain fit with the upcoming redeployment. Medical classes, taught by SPC Castro, ensure medical readiness for anyupcoming operations.

Punishers kept up with EIB and Ranger preparation, learning range estimation and conducting weekly study halls. They also had time to conduct an internal shooting competition, putting their maksmanship skills to the test.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

06/04/2019
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

2nd Brigade is live streaming the redeployment brief for those interested!

We are live streaming the first 2BCT Redeployment Brief for any #Commando spouses who are unable to attend.

2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery Regiment, "Allons"
4th Battalion, 31st Infantry "Polar Bears, Pro Patria"
1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment
210 Brigade Support Battalion
41st Engineer Battalion

Able Company spent some time conducting missions in western Afghanistan, while Soldiers back on Kandahar had some qualit...
06/04/2019

Able Company spent some time conducting missions in western Afghanistan, while Soldiers back on Kandahar had some quality range time. CPL Laurente and his team also conducted some night time training, honing their skills at night.

Blackhawk Company started their packout, conducting inventories and customs inspections of containers. Other Soldiers had to prepare for an upcoming mission with briefs and were still able to enjoy some downtime and play some corn hole, enjoying the nice weather on Bagram.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

The Headhunters recently had the chance to present more CIBs and CABs to Soldiers. SSG Ortiz from the S1 section reads o...
06/03/2019

The Headhunters recently had the chance to present more CIBs and CABs to Soldiers. SSG Ortiz from the S1 section reads off the orders, while SFC Murphy, the Mortar Platoon Sergeant pins CIBs on two of his Mortarmen. Chaplain Means also traveled around Afghanistan to speak with Polar Bears, seen here speaking with Blackhawk Soldiers.

Back in the US, Polar Bear leadership had the chance to attend the 31st Infantry Regimental Association Reunion, also attended by former Polar Bear 6, General Townsend. Soldiers also posed in front of Battalion after conducting a 12 mile ruck march and at Polar Bear Day, kids had fun attempting the obstacle course on Fort Drum.

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