Our first battle of the year began with a lot of well earned recognition for old and new members. We were pleased to honor Sgt. Spiekerman with his very own and expertly made vintage Berdan knapsack. We also held a ceremony to issue NCO warrants to recently promoted Sgt. Spiekerman and Cpl. Soderling. After our first day's battles, we were pleased to also issue corps badges to our newest members including company bugler Ethan Lane, private Chandler White, private Marshall Knapp, and private Ron Glasgow. The issuing of corps badges is a long standing Company D tradition to recognize the performance of our new privates after their first battles with us. We were also happy for the return of private Moore.
The new Cheney event site could very well turn out to be the best event of the WCWA. Layout was chaotic and the battlefield was only a fraction of what it should have been, but we managed to carve out an amazing camp for ourselves.
Everything seemed to run excellently. Everyone stepped up with work details, training, and gave their best effort every day. With a more complete NCO corps, our unit was able to maneuver and fight with even more effectiveness and efficiency. Private Lane's work on the bugle helped train us to the schedule of the day and our movements on the field. Private Lane and Mrs. Soderling kept the company well fed with their excellent cooking.
We are so thankful to the great turnout we had. We look forward to seeing everyone again at Union Gap.