Guard soldiers study Little Bighorn Battlefield
FORT MEADE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota National Guard soldiers from the 196th Regiment traveled to the Little Bighorn Battlefield near Garryowen, Montana on July 4th to study the successes and failures of battle known as "Custer's Last Stand."
The Guard says an analysis of both sides of the historic battle is one of the major events required for students to graduate from the 58-day commissioning program and become 2nd lieutenants.
In 1876, Lieutenant Colonel Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indian warriors in the battle.
Numerous studies in recent years have uncovered a great deal of information about the locations, allowing tactics to be studied.
Sergeant 1st Class Jeff Wall says studying military history teaches junior military leaders to think in terms of terrain and tactics.