Thirteenth Regiment begins long journey after Regimental Activation Ceremony


U.S. Army photo by Heather Cortright

The 13th Regiment of the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course was officially activated during a Regimental Activation Ceremony, July 9 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Following the activation ceremony, which signifies the official starting point of the course for the regiment, the 13th Reg. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets will journey through a 29-day leadership infused training exercise that serves as a rite of passage prior to entry into the U.S. Army as commissioned officers.

Also known as Operation Warrior Forge, this year’s exercise is schedule to host approximately 6,064 Cadets from universities across the country divided into 13 different regiments, each affiliated with a distinguished Army unit of historic lineage.

The 13th Reg. is affiliated with the 33rd Armored Reg., which originated in 1941, originally as the 3rd Armored Regiment, and bore the nickname and motto “Men of War.” They fought courageously in Normandy, northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and central Europe campaigns during World War II.

During the short ceremony the unit colors were uncased and Lt. Col. Christopher Carter, the 13th Reg. commander offered a few inspirational words to the Cadets to help them through the arduous journey ahead.

Cadets from the 13th Reg. that fully complete the course will be honored during a graduation and commissioning ceremony open to the public at 9 a.m. August 5 at Watkins Field on JBLM’s main post. Family and friends unable to attend the ceremony can log on to the Operation Warrior Forge Ustream channel to view a live stream video of the ceremony at


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