“Being a member of the ‘Warrior’ regiment is not to be taken lightly. It’s camaraderie, it’s tradition, and most importantly, it’s family.
– Lt. Col. Timothy R. Palmer
By Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield
2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Clear blue skies formed over a formation of soldiers assigned to the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as the soldiers began to celebrate the 12th Inf. Reg.’s 158th birthday, May 3, 2019.
Soldiers from both battalions celebrated the regiment’s anniversary by hosting a dedication ceremony for a 12th Inf. Reg. sign and organize a day of organization, which involved food, sports and games for the soldiers and their families.
During the dedication, Lt. Col. Timothy R. Palmer shared the history of the regiment and the importance of celebrating its heritage.
“The 12th Inf. Reg. is undoubtedly a combat-proven, mission-driven organization, but our strength goes beyond the ability to fight and win the nation’s wars,” said Palmer, Commanding Officer, 1st Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT. “The strength of the 12th Inf. Reg. comes from its soldiers…America’s most precious resource…its sons and daughters.
Following the reading of the regiment’s history, selected soldiers recounted acts of bravery in the history of the regiment, talked about serving in the regiment, and remembered the dead.
Among the soldiers who were selected was Master Sgt. Dominic S. Larocco, an infantryman from the 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT.
“I feel very lucky to be part of the 12th Inf. Reg.,” Larocco said. “I deployed twice with the battalion, and I feel so lucky to be in this great organization and to be able to celebrate another birthday.”
According to Palmer, who has been with the battalion since February, the regiment is more than just an organization for him.
“Being a member of the ‘Warrior’ Regiment is not to be taken lightly,” he explained. “It’s camaraderie, it’s tradition, and most of all, it’s family.”
Larocco was with the 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., for more than three years and said he was thrilled to share the regiment’s history with new soldiers.
“I feel honored to be able to be part of the history of this organization, and I am ready to show the youngest
Soldiers what it takes to be part of this regiment,” said Larocco. “You have to be a team player, be in good physical shape, be an expert in all weapon systems, but above all, be disciplined.”