For a little background, I work at the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Fort Benning, Georgia. MCoE is the home of the U.S. Army Infantry School and the U.S. Army Armor School (the Cavalry).
Recently the final six buildings were completed for the 194th Armor Brigade which for the last 5 years as been part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) bringing the Armor School to Fort Benning. As recently reported in The Bayonet, LTC Andrew Koloski (Squadron Commander) reported “Great care was taken in choosing the names that would forever be emblazoned on these buildings.”
SPC Hoby Bradfield is our LHCP August 2005 Honoree. I am so happy to report that one of those six buildings was dedicated to Hoby. Hoby’s family members attended the dedication ceremony. The following is an excerpt from The Bayonet on the Bradfield Barracks dedication.
Bradfield Barracks bear the name of Spc. Hoby Bradfield Jr. The Scout served with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq in 2005. During a dismounted patrol, his squad received heavy fire and a fellow Soldier was wounded. Bradfield crossed enemy fire to drag Sgt. Jeremy Wolfsteller to safety, saving his life.
“My brother is looking down right now with his spurs on and is gleaming with pride, I have no doubt about it”, said Jared Bradfield, a retired Marine, referencing the honor of the dedication ceremony.
“Hoby was a special kind of Soldier,” his brother said. “He came from a warrior class. When he deployed, he knew what he was doing. He knew that he may not come home, but his job while he was out there was to do the absolute best he could for each one of the men who were around him. I think it’s incredibly important to preserve that history. And I think that what we’re doing here.”
Hoby was 22 when he gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms. Hoohah!
For more info on the unit’s headquarters and barracks facilities dedication: The Bayonet