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Posted: November 17, 2017 10:28 a.m.
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Marne 6 Sends: 3rd ID continues success with thanks

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Maj. Gen. Leopoldo A. Quintas, Jr. 3rd ID Commander

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Families, friends, and Soldiers of the Third Infantry Division,

Greetings from Bagram Airfield! All remains well with the 3rd ID headquarters as we continue to support our mission across the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan. On Nov. 1 we welcomed our Combat Aviation Brigade to Afghanistan as they assumed their complex mission. Col. Mark Johnson, Chief Warrant Officer (5) Brent Melland, and Command Sgt. Maj. Terri Clavon did great work building readiness back at Hunter Army Airfield, and I look forward to all their Dog Face Soldiers will accomplish.

On Nov. 4 the 3rd Sustainment Brigade reunited with the division headquaters. Col. Jeffrey Britton, Command Sgt. Maj. Shontina Edwards, and their team of Dog Face sustainers have assumed their role as the Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade. Supporting operations across Afghanistan is no small feat, but I know that the Soldiers of the 3IDSB are absolutely up to the task.

The 3rd CAB and the Sustainment Brigade joined us in Afghanistan just in time for Marne Week. While Task Force Marne continues their phenomenal job planning great events to commemorate the Division’s centennial, the 3rd ID Headquarters Battalion command team of Lt. Col. Luke Richards and Command Sgt. Maj. Courtney Ross are organizing athletic and social activities here in Afghanistan to mark the occasion for those of us deployed.  

We were honored to host a recent meeting between the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and the President of Afghanistan, Mohammed Ashraf Ghani. Although the visit was short, discussions reinforced the shared commitment of the United States and our Afghan partners to enable the Afghan government to provide a secure a peaceful future for its citizens. 

The First Armored Brigade Combat Team recently completed their second National Training Center rotation in the last six months at Fort Irwin, CA. The fresh lessons learned from their rotation this spring, coupled with the tough and realistic training they executed at Fort Stewart, provided every Raider Soldier unprecedented opportunities to master their craft. I can think of no formation that is more ready than the Raider Brigade to answer the Nation’s call.

Second Brigade became the Army’s 15th armored brigade this month with their conversion and reflagging on Oct. 20. Col. James Dooghan, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McMurdy, and Spartan leaders at every level seized this opportunity to master the fundamentals and build equipment and personnel readiness as they continue to organize into an armored brigade from the ground up.

The Division Artillery continues to conduct tough and realistic training during Operation Bold Quest in preparation for Warfighter 18-3. 1-41 FA provided timely and accurate fires in support of 1ABCT at the National Training Center, while 1-9 FA continued to divest equipment and build combat power during their conversion from towed artillery to Paladin howitzers.

Our great partners in the Georgia Army National Guard, the 48th IBCT, answered the call when Hurricane Irma caused the evacuation of the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield areas. While the storm thankfully spared Coastal Georgia, the Volunteers were ready for any contingency. I am proud and appreciative of all the hard work done by Task Force Marne to facilitate the orderly evacuation of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield prior to Hurricane Irma.

 

From the mountains of Afghanistan, I would also like to thank all of the Families of our Dog Face Soldiers, both deployed and at home, for the love and support they provide every day. We could not focus on accomplishing the mission without your support. 

ROCK OF THE MARNE!

Sustain, Support and Defend! 


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