First Battalion/354th Regiment hosts Dining Out

02/20/2013   By Capt. Casey Campbell S-3, 1/354th, 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET)

TULSA, Okla. ­— Lt. Col. Mark Segovia and Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus Sams recently hosted the 1st Bn, 354th Regt., 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) Dining Out at the Downtown Doubletree in Tulsa, Okla. Soldiers and their Families enjoyed a wonderful evening of camaraderie and tradition as the battalion celebrated the holiday season together.

The guest speaker, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Sholar, a former 95th Division member and deputy commanding general of the Army Reserve provided a keynote address on the important role Soldiers of the 95th Division played in Iraq and are continuing to play in Afghanistan. 


Drill Sergeants from the 1st/354th present the Colors to the head table during the battalion’s dining out on Dec. 1, 2012. Courtesy Photo

Sholar highlighted the signifi - cance trainers from the 95th had in preparing Iraqi and Afghan Security Forces as the U.S. military transitions from a combat role to that of an assistor.

Other guests in attendance included the 1st Brigade commander and command sergeant major, Col. Frank Curtis and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Hill. The division chief of staff, Col. Rodolfo Villarreal was also in attendance. The battalion was especially honored to host Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Minton, the 95th Division command sergeant major, in his final military event before retirement after serving 40 years in the Army.

During the 1st/354th Dining Out on Dec. 1, 2012, Soldiers recognized Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Minton, the division command sergeant major, for his four decades of service to the Army. Courtesy Photo Lt. Col. Mark Segovia presents a football autographed by Oklahoma State Football Head Coach Mike Gundy to Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Sholar. Sholar was the guest speaker for the 1st/354th dining out and served in the 95th Division during his career. Courtesy Photo

Following the dining out, a DJ was provided and Soldiers had an opportunity to continue enjoying the evening with friends and Family. This will make the last time the battalion is together under the command of Segovia. He will relinquish command in February, after completing a successful tenure as the battalion commander.

The 1st/354th is located in Sand Springs, Okla. with subordinate companies in Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.

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