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Posted: May 25, 2018 10:39 a.m.
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3ID HQ, Rocky return home

Sgt. 1st Class Randall Pike/

Maj. Gen. Lee Quintas, 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield commander, adds a battle streamer to the division colors assisted by Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Hendrex, the division's senior enlisted advisor, during the division's uncasing ceremony May 18 at Club Stewart.

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The 3rd Infantry Division headquarters uncased its colors during a transfer of authority ceremony, signifying the unit’s official return from Afghanistan, May 18 at Fort Stewart.

The unit deployed for nine months in support of Operation Resolute Support, the mission to train, advise and assist its Afghan partners. The division also served as the headquarters for U.S. Army Forces-Afghanistan to counter and prevent the spread of terrorism. 

The ceremony transferred command authority from the provisional headquarters, Task Force Marne, back to the 3rd ID. Task Force Marne ensured Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield provided the best support possible while the headquarters was deployed.

This marks the seventh deployment for the 3rd ID headquarters since 2003, and the third deployment to Afghanistan.  

Speaking to reporters prior to the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Hendrex, the 3rd ID senior enlisted advisor, said that since the division’s last deployment, and even during the nine months the division spent in-country, things were changing for the better

“It’s shifted tremendously,” said Hendrex, “It’s changed dramatically even from a year ago…there was a sense of movement, almost a window of opportunity that you felt. Not only with U.S. and coalition forces, but really the political climate within that country...we're now in a train, advise, and assist mission.”

In his remarks, Maj. Gen. Lee Quintas, the 3rd ID commanding general, focused on the accomplishments of the Soldiers, Families, and civilians who supported the division, both at home and abroad. 

“We are back and so proud of what our Dog Face Soldiers have accomplished both in Afghanistan and here at Fort Stewart. This uncasing ceremony celebrates the dedication to mission success by so many people,” said Quintas. “We could not do what we do, without the unwavering support of the coastal Georgia community. They play a critical role in taking care of our Soldiers and Families when we’re deployed.”

The ceremony also featured the color uncasing of both the 3rd ID Division Artillery headquarters and the division headquarters and headquarters battalion. Both DIVARTY and DHHB were deployed with the division headquarters to Afghanistan.

The 3rd ID continues to support the mission overseas with units from the 3rd Sustainment Brigade and 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade still serving in Afghanistan; while the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team is deployed to the Korean Peninsula as part of the Army’s continued rotational force to the region.

 


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