1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment

1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment The official page of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. For photo & story submissions, please Email 1LT Joseph D. Nawn at [email protected]

Today, we remember an important moment in our unit’s history: the the Climb to Glory.
02/18/2020
Colorado Snowsports Museum

Today, we remember an important moment in our unit’s history: the the Climb to Glory.

#OTD, 75 years ago, the 10th Mountain Division summited Riva Ridge and commenced a significant battle that helped unlock Allied victory in Europe during World War II.

02/11/2020

Summit Alumni,

We are in the process of ordering new images that highlight the Battalion's storied history to hang in the Battalion HQ. If you have digital images you think should be included, please send us a message.

Summit Alumni and Supporters:Today is your last opportunity to purchase the 2019 edition of the Climb For Our Fallen shi...
02/09/2020
Click here to support Camaraderie of Courage

Summit Alumni and Supporters:

Today is your last opportunity to purchase the 2019 edition of the Climb For Our Fallen shirt. In this final run, we have already sold over 30 shirts.

Support our Gold Star Families and remember Summit's Finest as we continue the Climb.

10th Mountain Division
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

02/07/2020
Remembering Anaconda 1

This Day In Summit History

On February 7, 2002, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment was located at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The first conventional unit to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Summit had traveled to Uzbeckistan in October 2001, before moving into Afghanistan as 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), aided by the Northern Alliance and U.S. air superiority, made significant gains against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Tasked with helping to secure Bagram Airfield, the Battalion was scheduled to redeploy to Fort Drum in February. Combined Joint Task Force Mountain, though, was chosen to execute a mission in the Shah-i-Kot Valley, known as Operation Anaconda.

Listen as LTC (then 2LT) Anthony Passero, acting as Gator 1-6, recalls the Battalion's actions in the lead-up to Operation Anacaonda. Stay tuned over the coming weeks to hear more from Passero, as well as Col (Ret.) Roger Crombie, who led Gator into the Shah-i-Kot as its Company Commander.

Climb to Glory

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division

With only four days left, we need to sell at least 3 more 2019 Climb For Our Fallen shirts. Help the Battalion continue ...
02/06/2020
Click here to support Camaraderie of Courage

With only four days left, we need to sell at least 3 more 2019 Climb For Our Fallen shirts.

Help the Battalion continue to honor our Summit's Finest and our Gold Star Families!

The Summit Battalion would like to recognize one of its storied traditions: the passing of the Summit Skis between new P...
02/05/2020

The Summit Battalion would like to recognize one of its storied traditions: the passing of the Summit Skis between new Platoon Leaders.

For years, the newest Platoon Leader in the Battalion has been given the responsibility of caring for and carrying the Summit Skis. Like the Battalion's Soldiers, the Skis have seen numerous deployments overseas.

As is tradition, the Skis were recently transferred from Blacksheep 3-6, 1LT Danielesen, to the Battalion's most junior Platoon Leader, 2LT John Filipczyk.

2LT Filipczyk now possesses the unique distinction of holding the Summit Skis and Bent Mule Shoe simultaneously, an apparent first in Battalion history.

Last week, the Summit Battalion was able to recognize two of its newest Ranger School graduates, as well as two of its s...
02/03/2020

Last week, the Summit Battalion was able to recognize two of its newest Ranger School graduates, as well as two of its senior leaders who are leaving the formation.

SGT Andrew Gonzalez and SGT Tyler Burrows were presented hatchets in recognition of their graduation from the United States Army Ranger School this past year. Ranger Gonzalez and Ranger Burrows demonstrated an ability to overcome adversity and lead Soldiers in the harshest conditions. The Battalion is proud of their accomplishments and looks forward to their leadership in the coming years.

The Battalion also said a final goodbye to CSM James Kelley, who is moving to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment - Chosin to assume Command Sergeant Major responsibilities. Then SGM Kelley served for over a year in Summit Battalion as the Operations Sergeant Major and was integral in allowing the Battalion to execute daily operations.

The Battalion also sent off Captain Parker Smith, the longest serving officer in the formation. Captain Smith is best known for holding the most call signs in the Battalion, to include: Blacksheep 3-6, Hatchet 5, Hatchet 6, and Summit 4.

The Summit Battalion is proud to announce its newest Honorary Member of the Regiment. In recognition of his contribution...
02/02/2020

The Summit Battalion is proud to announce its newest Honorary Member of the Regiment.

In recognition of his contributions to 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment 1SG (Ret.) John Kimball has been named an Honorary Member of the 87th Infantry Regiment.

After leaving active duty, Kimball continued his service to America as a government employee. Focusing on helping create a safe living and training environment for Soldiers, Kimball has acted as the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Safety Officer since 2010. Known around Fort Drum for his personality, Kimball is fiercely loyal to the 10th Mountain Division and has crafted lasting relationships with leaders throughout the formation. His love for the Division is best represented by the relationship he has built with 1-87 IN. Recognizing that Battalion leadership wanted to transform the Regimental Room, which had fallen into disuse, Kimball built a custom bar for the room, donating his time and materials to the project. The bar has helped create a space in which Summit Soldiers can gather for events and fellowship.

Possessing many of the characteristics associated with the original Ski Soldiers of the Division, Johnny has proven that he deserves honorary membership in the Regiment.

If unit alumni would like to nominate an 87th Infantry Regiment Soldier for Distinguished or Honorary Member of the Regiment honors, please email [email protected].

The Summit Battalion is proud to announce its newest Distinguished Member of the Regiment. In recognition of his leaders...
02/01/2020

The Summit Battalion is proud to announce its newest Distinguished Member of the Regiment.

In recognition of his leadership and contributions to the Regiment in the early days of the Global War on Terror, CSM (Ret.) Frank Grippe has been named a Distinguished Member of the 87th Infantry Regiment. CSM Grippe joined 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment in early 2000 and was tasked with leading a formation that had recently returned from supporting operations in the Balkans.

Known for his enthusiastic attitude and professionalism, CSM Grippe was instrumental in preparing the Battalion for its rapid deployment to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan following September 11. In March 2002, Grippe led the Battalion in Operation Anaconda, the first large-scale use of conventional forces in GWOT. On one of the first helicopter chalks into the Shah-i-Kot Valley with his counterpart LTC Paul LaCamera, CSM Grippe led Task Force Summit Soldiers from the front. Spending much of his time during the operation near the forward line of troops, CSM Grippe was wounded by enemy mortar fire on March 2nd and evacuated from the battlefield in the early hours of March 3rd.

Following Summit's redeployment to Fort Drum in the spring of 2002, CSM Grippe became the Command Sergeant Major of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

We are excited to include Frank Grippe in the long line of distinguished Mountain Soldiers who have shaped the storied history of the 87th Infantry Regiment.

If unit alumni would like to nominate an 87th Infantry Regiment Soldier for Distinguished Member of the Regiment honors, please email [email protected].

Summit Alumni and Soldiers, Did you know that you and members of your family are eligible for the Camaraderie of Courage...
01/29/2020
Camaraderie of Courage Scholarship — Camaraderie of Courage

Summit Alumni and Soldiers,

Did you know that you and members of your family are eligible for the Camaraderie of Courage scholarship, which can provide financial assistance for education pursuits?

The deadline for this year's application is April 15, 2020. Please see the link below, for further information on the application requirements.

This scholarship is awarded annually to any 1st Brigade affiliate through our non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving 1st Brigade at Ft. Drum. 

In August 2019, a group of Summit Soldiers traveled to New Hampshire and climbed Mt Washington, the highest peak in the ...
01/26/2020

In August 2019, a group of Summit Soldiers traveled to New Hampshire and climbed Mt Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, to honor the Battalion's fallen Soldiers and their families.

This winter, Camaraderie of Courage worked with the Battalion to create six shadow boxes that memorialized our first Climb For Our Fallen and were sent to some of our Gold Star families.

To support Camaraderie of Courage and allow the Battalion to continue to honor Summit's Finest and their families, you can purchase the 2019 Climb For Our Fallen shirt at the link below.

The Battalion would also like to encourage our Gold Star families or spouses who did not receive a shadow box to contact the unit so we can create one in memory of your Soldier.

Link:
https://www.customink.com/fundraising/1st-battalion-87th-infantry-regiment-climb-four-our-fallen

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Summit Soldiers were hard at work this week fielding the Army's new modular handgun system, the Sig Sauer M17. On the ra...
01/25/2020

Summit Soldiers were hard at work this week fielding the Army's new modular handgun system, the Sig Sauer M17. On the range, Soldiers familiarized themselves with the new weapon system and trained to increase lethality.

Back By Popular Demand:Summit is providing unit alumni and supporters with a final time to purchase the 2019 Climb For O...
01/21/2020
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Back By Popular Demand:

Summit is providing unit alumni and supporters with a final time to purchase the 2019 Climb For Our Fallen shirt. Based on feedback, we are also offering a long sleeve shirt made of the same comfortable material as the original design.

By purchasing a shirt, you are supporting Camaraderie of Courage, a local non-profit organization that helps remember fallen Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and pay tribute to their families.

Climb On!

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/1st-battalion-87th-infantry-regiment-climb-four-our-fallen

Summit would like to congratulate Dr. Nick Armstrong on his recent inclusion on a list naming the top influencers in the...
01/17/2020
Top Influencers 2019

Summit would like to congratulate Dr. Nick Armstrong on his recent inclusion on a list naming the top influencers in the veteran space during 2019. Nick, who directs the research program at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families - IVMF, and his team help provide the underlying data and insights that shape how veteran programming across the country is structured.

A career Mountain Soldier, Nick was the 1-87 IN Battalion Fire Support Officer during Summit’s 2007 deployment to Iraq.

Summit is proud that Nick has continued the Climb to Glory.

1st Brigade Combat Team,
10th Mountain Division

http://www.hillvets.org/hillvets-100-of-2019/top-influencers-2019/

Top Influencers The individuals listed below represent the most impactful influencers from 2019. These individuals are making positive changes and having a significant impact in the veteran and military space through their actions. Dr. Nick Armstrong, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at....

On this day in Summit history:Members of 1-87 IN moved to the King Victor Emmanuel's Hunting Grounds near Pisa, Italy on...
01/15/2020

On this day in Summit history:

Members of 1-87 IN moved to the King Victor Emmanuel's Hunting Grounds near Pisa, Italy on January 15, 1945. There, Summit Soldiers bivouacked as they waited for the rest of the 10th Mountain Division to consolidate and push towards Mt. Belvedere.

Of note is that on the same day, a small group of Soldiers from B Company, 86th Infantry Regiment conducted a patrol to scout the northernmost peak of Riva Ridge. A portion of this patrol was executed on skis, with the Soldiers moving on a trail of snow and ice.

Photos Courtesy of the Denver Public Library System

01/12/2020
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Follow the 1st Brigade Combat Team over the coming months as it chronicles the journey of Summit Soldiers from the mountains of Colorado to the shores of the Po River and pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Climb to Glory.

Learn how the original Ski Soldiers of 1-87 IN shaped the Battalion motto by conquering powers and mountains.

Over the next several months we will follow the history of the first Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division and 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, as they journey from Camp Hale to the German-occupied Italian mountains of #WorldWarII.

Feel free to follow us as we share their legacy. #ClimbToGlory #FindAWayOrMakeOne

01/08/2020

Summit Family:

The Battalion is interested in producing additional Climb For Our Fallen shirts. Before moving forward, we wanted to see who is interested in purchasing a shirt

Read more about Summit veteran Euel Akins (D/1-87), who visited Fort Drum last spring.
01/04/2020
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

Read more about Summit veteran Euel Akins (D/1-87), who visited Fort Drum last spring.

#ThisDayInHistory

On January 4, 1945, the 85th and 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment embarked from Hampton Roads on the USS West Point, bound for Naples, Italy.

The ship was formerly the USS America, the largest and fastest of the U.S. commercial fleet. Too fast for any convoy, it sailed alone until near the Straits of Gibraltar.

Read about Euel Akins, a then young 10th Mountain Division Soldier, who made that journey into the German-occupied mountains of northern Italy, during #WorldWarII.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/320655/euel-akins-world-war-ii-10th-mountain-division-veteran-receives-heros-welcome-fort-drum

Remembering Summit’s Finest:George J. Howell was born on January 25, 1983. A resident of Salina, California, he attended...
12/21/2019

Remembering Summit’s Finest:

George J. Howell was born on January 25, 1983. A resident of Salina, California, he attended two high schools before dropping out, though, he would later earn his GED certificate.

Prior to joining the Army, Howell worked a number of jobs, including a stint at a floor-installation company to support his wife, Kristen, and their two children. In an effort to create more stability for his family, Howell enlisted in the Army. After completing OSUT at Fort Benning, Georgia, Howell was assigned to Dagger Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.

Expecting a third child with his wife, Howell deployed in 2007 with Summit Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The lead driver in 2nd Platoon, Dagger Company, Howell was killed on December 21, 2007 when his vehicle was attacked by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during a patrol near Tel Al Eid, Iraq. Howell was 24.

An avid football fan, Howell is remembered for his infectious smile and love for his family. In July 2008, his wife gave birth to the couple’s third child.

1st Brigade Combat Team,
10th Mountain Division

12/20/2019
A Year In Review: 2019

As Summit Battalion looks back on a successful year, to include 2 JRTC rotations, we wanted to thank the broader Summit family for its support. The Battalion was honored to execute events like Climb For Our Fallen and is excited for what lies ahead in 2020. As we begin a new decade, the Battalion and its leadership woud like to extend warm wishes as we approach the New Year.

The Turkey Bowl is on! Summit 3, MAJ Andrew Coleman, prior to kickoff with the coveted Battalion trophy.Congratulations ...
11/27/2019

The Turkey Bowl is on! Summit 3, MAJ Andrew Coleman, prior to kickoff with the coveted Battalion trophy.

Congratulations to Gator Company for its victory today. Gator has had a dominant 2019 with victories in both the Battalion softball tournament and the Turkey Bowl.

To celebrate the founding of 1-87 IN, leaders from across the Battalion gathered to learn more about the formation’s his...
11/15/2019

To celebrate the founding of 1-87 IN, leaders from across the Battalion gathered to learn more about the formation’s history and the biographies of Distinguished Members of the Regiment.

Equally significant on this special day was that Parker Smith was promoted to Captain, while SSG Devon Tilghman, S4 NCOIC, re-enlisted. The Battalion also awarded the storied Muleshoe to a deserving candidate.

The Summit family would be remiss if it didn’t extend a special thanks to Johnny Kimball, who labored to build the new bar that now sits in the Regimental Room.

Summit looks forward to continuing the Climb 78 years after its founding.

11/15/2019
Summit Anniversary

On this day 78 years ago, the 1st Battalion, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment was constituted at Fort Lewis, Washington. From Rainier to Kiska to the Po River, the Battalion laid the foundation for the 10th Mountain Division and its Climb to Glory.

Originally created to test America's ability to conduct mountain warfare, the Ski Soldiers of the Summit Battalion left a lasting imprint on the WW2-era Division as elite instructors in the Mountain Training Group tasked with teaching Soldiers how to ski and climb at Camp Hale, Colorado.

In the modern-era, the Battalion has continued its legacy of excellence. From the mountains of the Shah-I-Kot and Shkin to the cities of Mogadishu and Tikrit, Summit Soldiers have proven, time and again, that they are willing and able to make an impact on the battlefield at critical moments.

As we move towards a new decade, the Battalion looks back on its past and looks forward to continuing the Climb.

1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment holiday ornaments now on sale.  These are made of durable metal and are 3 inches l...
11/12/2019

1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment holiday ornaments now on sale. These are made of durable metal and are 3 inches long. Limited quantity so get them while they last.

$10 pickup or $15 with shipping. Contact 1LT Smith to purchase... [email protected]

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Welcome to the page of the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. Here you will find a wide range of updates ranging from training, FRG meetings/events, and news articles about the battalion. This forum, in conjunction with our vFRG page (for more infomation on how to access vFRG, refer to the post in the "notes" section), will keep Soldiers and families up to date with the most current events. Please follow a few simple guidelines regarding posting on our site: - Do not post comments that are graphic, obscene, explicit or racial nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. - Any external link posted on this site does not necessarily constitute endorsement from 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, or the US Army. - All photo and article posts must be sent through our EMail at [email protected] where they are screened and then posted to the site by administrators. We will make our best effort to properly credit the submission if you so request. - This is not a forum for official correspondence between Soldiers or family members. We will not "forward a message" on behalf of a poster. That being said, keep all posts fun and in good taste. We look forward to updating this page as often as possible. To the Top!

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