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Posted: October 6, 2017 9:15 a.m.
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3rd ID support Wiregrass Fest

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The 3rd ID band and Soldiers from the 10th BEB, 1st ABCT, Division march during the 14th Annual Wiregrass Festival Parade in Reidsville, Sept. 30.

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Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division Band, and the 10th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division marched in the 14th annual Wiregrass Festival Parade in Reidsville, Georgia on 30 September.

The festival is held every year and features the parade, an antique car show, a motorcycle show, a 5k run, a golf tournament, and numerous bands and vendors. The 10th BEB supported the event by providing a color guard, the battalion command team, and a 32 Soldier marching element for the parade to go along with the division marching band.

The Wiregrass Festival is sponsored by the Reidsville Lions Club and the Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce. Soldiers from the Third Infantry Division have participated in the festival parade for the last five years said Tammy Wilds, President, Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce.

“The Soldiers honor our community with their presence and offer our children the opportunity to meet them and understand their role in our freedom,” said Wilds. “They bring pride to our Veterans and allow them the opportunity to see the younger generation active and carrying on the traditions of their beloved military.”

Wilds said that Reidsville has a very strong and active Veterans of Foreign Wars group who do a lot for the community and that Reidsville also has a significant active and veteran population within the community.

“Simply having the Soldiers in our parade and a part of our activities of the day is a very rewarding experience to our community as a whole,” said Wilds. “They are the most favored event in the entire parade.”

The 10th BEB command team, Lt. Col. Scott Swilley and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Krinsky, led the contingent of Soldiers during the parade and said it was an honor to be included in such a unique community event.

"Reidsville is a center of growth and agriculture and has a true impact to Southern Georgia," said Swilley, "It is great for us to be part of the event that reflects on the aspects that make Reidsville and Tattnall county unique."

Soldiers from the Third Infantry Division actively support events in the communities surrounding Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.


“We support roughly 200-250 events per year,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Haley, community relations noncommissioned officer in charge, 3rd ID. “Our goal is to increase and maintain positive relationships between the Soldiers of the Third Infantry Division, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield with local communities.”

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