2-77 The FA’s top leaders earn badges – Fort Carson Mountaineer

FORT CARSON, Colo. – A soldier assigned to the 4th Infantry Division fires back while demonstrating individual movement skills during the Infantry and Expert Soldier Insignia Tests at Ft. Carson, Colo., May 17. The Infantry and Expert Soldier badges demonstrate a soldier’s skill at every request and are among the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn. (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

By Sergeant. Gabrielle Pena

2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Command Sgt.  Maj. Jesus Robles, senior adviser for the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, receives the Expert Soldier Badge after a week of trials May 20 at Fort Carson.  The Battalion's senior leaders hope that with their newly earned badges, future Steel Soldiers will follow their example and earn the prestigious badge.  (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Gabrielle Pena)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus Robles, senior adviser for the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, receives the Expert Soldier Badge after a week of trials May 20 at Fort Carson. The senior leaders of the battalion hope that with their newly earned badges, future soldiers of steel will follow their lead and earn the prestigious badge. (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Gabrielle Pena)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The United States Army has created several special skill badges for soldiers serving in specific branches over the years. Infantrymen have the Expert Infantryman badge. Soldiers serving in the medical branch can test and earn their expert medical badge in the field.

However, a badge to identify all other soldiers as experts did not exist.

The U.S. Army announced on June 14, 2019 the Expert Soldier Badge, a proficiency badge designed to recognize soldier lethality and expertise outside of the infantry and medical fields.

On May 20, 2022, Lt. Col. Adam Ropelewski and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesus Robles, commanding officer and senior enlisted adviser of the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stood with soldiers in their formation to receive their ESB at Fort Carson.

The “Mountain Warrior” Brigade Field Artillery Battalion Command Team underwent the same two weeks of one-week training and trials with all other EIB and ESB candidates .

They were intended to demonstrate that earning this badge was as crucial as an infantryman or medic earning their respective badges.

FORT CARSON, Colo. – A soldier assigned to the 4th Infantry Division crawls high during Expert Infantry and Soldier Badge testing at Ft. Carson, Colo., May 17.  The Infantry and Expert Soldier badges demonstrate a soldier's skill at every request and are among the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn.  (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – A soldier assigned to the 4th Infantry Division crawls high during Expert Infantry and Soldier Badge testing at Ft. Carson, Colo., May 17. The Infantry and Expert Soldier badges demonstrate a soldier’s skill at every request and are among the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn. (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

“We are setting a good example, setting a precedent for the rest of the non-EIB eligible population,” Robles said. “It’s an important thing for our army.”

Both Ropelewski and Robles found that the turnout of BSE earning senior leaders in their battalion was much higher than in previous training and testing iterations when they expressed their desire to go out and earn the badge. themselves.

“We had a battery commander and a few platoon sergeants (being tested),” Robles said.

About 18 other members of the battalion, including themselves, participated in the training and testing.

“We have set the conditions for the future,” Ropelewski said. “That should be the expectation for the future: create expert soldiers and take the time to dedicate the opportunity to execution.”

FORT CARSON, Colo. – A soldier assigned to the 4th Infantry Division demonstrates the proper use of a javelin during expert infantry and soldier insignia testing at Fort Carson May 17.  The Infantry and Expert Soldier badges demonstrate a soldier's proficiency at individual tasks and is one of the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn.  (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – A soldier assigned to the 4th Infantry Division demonstrates the proper use of a javelin during expert infantry and soldier insignia testing at Fort Carson May 17. The Infantry and Expert Soldier badges demonstrate a soldier’s proficiency at individual tasks and is one of the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn. (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Lt. Col. Adam Ropelewski, right, commander of 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, salutes Maj. Gen. David M. Hodne , Commanding General , 4th Inf.  Div.  and Fort Carson, after receiving the Expert Soldier Badge May 20 at Fort Carson.  Ropelewski trained, tested and earned the ESB in hopes that other soldiers and leaders would follow to earn the prestigious badge.  (Photo taken by Sergeant Gabrielle Pena)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Lt. Col. Adam Ropelewski, right, commander of 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, salutes Maj. Gen. David M. Hodne , Commanding General , 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, after receiving the Expert Soldier Badge May 20 at Fort Carson. Ropelewski trained, tested and earned the ESB in hopes that other soldiers and leaders would follow to earn the prestigious badge. (Photo taken by Sergeant Gabrielle Pena)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A soldier assigned to the 4th Infantry Division employs a claymore mine during Expert Infantryman and Expert Soldier insignia testing at Fort Carson May 17, 2022. Expert Infantryman and Expert Soldier insignia demonstrate a soldier's proficiency at individual tasks and is one of the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn.  (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A soldier assigned to the 4th Infantry Division employs a claymore mine during Expert Infantryman and Expert Soldier insignia testing at Fort Carson May 17, 2022. Expert Infantryman and Expert Soldier insignia demonstrate a soldier’s proficiency at individual tasks and is one of the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn. (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – A 4th Infantry Division soldier uses a grenade to clear a bunker during Expert Infantryman and Expert Soldier Badge trials at Fort Carson May 17.  Expert Infantry and Expert Soldier badges demonstrate a soldier's proficiency at individual tasks and is one of the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn.  (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – A 4th Infantry Division soldier uses a grenade to clear a bunker during Expert Infantryman and Expert Soldier Badge trials at Fort Carson May 17. Expert Infantry and Expert Soldier badges demonstrate a soldier’s proficiency at individual tasks and is one of the most prestigious badges a soldier can earn. (Photo by Major Jason Elmore)

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