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Vanguard Bde transfers authority to 172nd Infantry Bde
– Dec. 26, 2008
- Center PAO
wish -- To walk again
Friday, December 19, 2008 -
According to the now-playing movie "Australia," aboriginal custom
forbids the speaking of a person's name after his death. No reasons
were given, but I suspect U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan Shurtleff understands
the prohibition instinctively. And he wasn't about to explain it to
a lady in a Santa hat, crouched down in front of his wheel chair.
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Jul. 29, 2008 - One
should expect a certain amount of hyperbole at events such as change
of command ceremonies. In their final addresses to their troops,
outgoing commanders feel an urgency to tell the soldiers that they
represent the best America has to offer, that they alone gave hope
to the forlorn and weary of Iraq and Afghanistan, and, as we heard
several times the past few weeks, that these brave young men and
women are serving in the Army’s best fighting brigade. Not simply
one of the best . . . but THE best. Though the Army doesn’t
acknowledge which of its 30-plus combat brigades is No. 1, that
doesn’t stop leaders like Col. Wayne Grigsby Jr. from releasing
their own unofficial standings. And make no mistake: the 3rd Heavy
Brigade Combat Team is alone at the top.
General Officer Announcement
Defense Robert M. Gates announced July 15, 2008 that the President
has made the following nomination:
Jul. 19, 2008 - Soldiers from the 3rd Heavy
Brigade Combat Team will find out Monday morning that Col. Pete
Jones is every bit the stickler for physical training that his
predecessor was. "We'll lock down Kelley Hill and start running at
0630," said Jones, shortly after taking the reins of the brigade
from Col. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. in a change of command ceremony
Friday outside Infantry Hall, attended by, among others, former 3rd
Brigade commander and the current 3rd Infantry Division leader, Maj.
Gen. Tony Cucolo.
The brigade's six new battalion commanders -- Lt.
Col. Kenneth J. Harvey, Lt. Col. Robert P. Ashe, Lt. Col.
Christopher K. Kennedy, Lt. Col. Shaun E. Tooke, Lt. Col. Todd M.
Zollinger and Lt. Col. William L. Marks II -- led their new outfits
during the hourlong ceremony on York Field. Most of their
predecessors were also on hand. "The Army couldn't have done a
better job in providing the brigade with the battalion commanders I
served with in Iraq. They got it done."
Grigsby's wife, Cynthia, who was presented the
Commander's Award for Public Service by Cucolo before the official
ceremony (her husband was awarded a Legion of Merit), was
accompanied by two of the couple's children, Stephanie and
Katherine, and grandson Aiden. Their eldest daughter, Itzy, is a
student at Kennesaw State University and a sergeant in the Army
Reserves. She's awaiting deployment to Afghanistan. Son Wayne III is
a rising senior at Columbus State and daughter Annette is a college
Lynch praises dog faced soldiers
|Fallen Soldiers Honored at Fort
By Alice Massimi
Photo By: Marc Casey
May 15, 2008 - There are now
more than four hundred trees planted at Warriors Walk at Fort
Stewart. Each tree represents a Third Infantry Division Soldier who
has lost their life in the Global War on Terrorism. Three On Your
Side Military Reporter Alice Massimi was there as ten more trees
were added today.
Dedicates Trees to Five Fallen Comrades
Bomb adds Five Trees to Warriors Walk
Staff Sgt. Ernesto G. Cimarrusti, 25, of
Douglas, Ariz. Cimarrusti, with Co. D, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor
Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was a
tanker. He joined the Army in March 2001 and arrived at Fort Stewart
in August 2001.
Col. Todd Buchs, Fort Stewart garrison commander, briefly eulogized each tanker. Cimarrusti, a tank commander, loved the Army and his job in armor, but dreamed of becoming a helicopter pilot. SSG and Mrs. Cimarrusti made their home in Glennville with their daughter Vivianayn, 6, and the sergeant is buried in the veterans' cemetery there. Ms. Cimarrusti said local people "have been just wonderful to me, everyone is so good," and she appreciates the small town environment. She felt a special kinship with her husband because they had both joined the Army together.
McDavid loved tanks and had played with toy tanks as
a small child. He loved the outdoors and Nascar racing.
Gilbert Wins MacArthur Leadership Award
BASE HAMMER, Iraq – April 6, 2008 - Capt. Brian Gilbert, the
commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, will
receive the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership award in the Hall of
Heroes at the Pentagon on May 13. The award is given annually to the
top company-grade officers who demonstrate the ideals of duty, honor
and service to country. Gilbert, a native of Boise, Idaho, is one of
14 active duty officers who will receive the award.
“When I found out
I was coming to Company D, I was excited,” he said. “Everyone I
talked to told me how lucky I was to have him as a commander and
they were right. We talk about everything and line up our plans. He
is great about giving all his leaders the task and purpose, and
letting them make their decisions.” Woody described how Gilbert
directed his company on March 26 in Jisr Diyala, when they were
ambushed during a combat patrol.
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By BRADLEY BROOKS and
RUSS BYNUM BAGHDAD (AP) — When American soldiers get off duty in
Iraq, the men usually return to their quarters, the women to theirs.
But Staff Sgt. Marvin Frazier gets to go back to a small
trailer with two pushed-together single beds that he shares with his
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McCaffrey visited Iraq in December of 2007. During his visit he
spent a great deal of time with several soldiers from 3ID and 1-30
IN, where he was honored to present awards for valor and Purple
Heart medals to three young soldiers, as well as receive update
briefings on their counter-insurgency operations south of Baghdad
from MG Rick Lynch, CG 3ID (Mech), Honorary President. General
McCaffrey takes pride in being the 30th Infantry Regiment, Honorary
Colonel of the Regiment, and is always happy and willing to support
3ID, 1-30 IN and The Watch on the Rhine whenever possible.
MG Lynch and Gen McCaffrey
1st BCT cases
colors, bids farewell to Ramadi
Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division held a casing of the colors ceremony March 20 at the Morale Welfare and Recreation building on Camp Ramadi. The ceremony marked the end of the deployment for the 1st BCT as well as a transfer of authority to Regimental Combat Team 1, who will be controlling the Ramadi are after the brigade’s departure. “Today is a very important day, today is a day the members of the 1st Brigade thought would never happen,” said 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Ground Combat Element Commander Brig. Gen. Richard Mills. “After 15 long, hard months they are going home with the mission accomplished, and many thought they’d never go home on a day where there is security in Al Anbar province.”
He said security came from the brilliant performance by the
Soldiers and members of this brigade. “This unit was brilliant on
the battlefield; within days of taking over, they were in urban
combat in a tough fight in the city of Ramadi,” Mills said. “Their
brilliant performance was signified by their continued success
against the enemy.”
Charlton said the brigade didn’t achieve their goals like they planned because it took them only six weeks instead of eight, and the success was in large part due to the partnership with the Iraqi Security Forces. “We have always said that together we can do anything, and we proved that,” he said. “This effort did not come without a cost. During our deployment, 29 Coalition troops, 13 Iraqi Army Soldiers, and 59 Iraqi Policemen paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
In January 2007, downtown Ramadi laid in ruins. Half of the
buildings were destroyed and just about every structure in Ramadi
showed signs of battle damage. The insurgents had such a
stranglehold on this city; they conducted a parade in downtown
Ramadi, declaring it the capital city for Al Qaeda in Iraq. “Central
Al Anbar averaged between 30-to-35 attacks a day,” Charlton said.
“Ramadi was easily the most dangerous city in Iraq, if not the
entire world.” Today, the city of Ramadi and Al Anbar province have
been reborn. In a little over a year, the city has gone from the
most dangerous, to one of the safest in Iraq.
Many including Sheik Sittar gave their lives for the cause of
freedom, which inspired the people to join the Iraqi Security
Forces. “They joined by the thousands,” Charlton said. “Tribes of
Anbar formed a close friendship with the Coalition Forces and
together we fought the terrorists.” Terrorists received no support
from the people in the province after the tribes joined with the
coalition. The combined efforts of the partnership got rid of the
hold Al Qaeda had in the province.
Infantry Division marks fifth year of war in Iraq
The Marne Division that led the initial attack
into Baghdad is now leading stability efforts for the Iraqi people.
BAGHDAD - Five years ago, the first unit to cross the Kuwait-Iraq
border was the 3rd Infantry Division's 3rd Squadron, 7th Calvary
Regiment. The days following were the most rapid advance in the 3rd
Infantry Division history, outpacing even the World War II invasions
of Sicily when the Division advanced 100 miles in 12 days, and
southern France when the Division advanced 400 miles in a month.
Noah Herskovitz, a 22-year-old combat engineer in
the U.S. army’s 3rd Infantry Division, now stationed outside
Baghdad, felt a bit uncomfortable receiving so many more care
packages than the other members of his unit. Nearly 100 volunteers
turned out to stuff care packages for soldiers in Iraq.
"We were glad to find a substantive way to support the brave
soldiers serving in Iraq," said Weininger. "The personal connection
stemming from the fact that one of our congregant’s sons is in the
unit makes the project even more meaningful. The response from the
congregation and the community at large has been overwhelming." "I’m
still smiling," said Herskovitz, noting that some 100 volunteers
turned out to help stuff the packages. "I was very surprised at the
numbers, and degree of support, we received." In addition to filling
boxes, volunteers, mostly children, wrote letters and drew pictures
for the soldiers.
Soldier in Iraq sends message to mom in St. Pete
St. Petersburg, Florida – The troop surge in Iraq is working. Compared to 10 months ago, there are fewer attacks on U.S. forces and more cooperation from the Iraqi people. That’s the word coming from U.S. Army officials in Baghdad Wednesday during satellite interviews arranged by the military. And one of the people pushing that message is Major Alayne Conway.
Boxes back troops, win Iraqi fans
by TERRY DICKSON, The Times-Union
It was formerly the 3/15th Infantry, whose most
famous member was Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World
War II. Murphy went on to be a successful rancher and actor after
the war. His name lived on at military training posts long after his
death in 1971. If anyone did anything flamboyant in training, such
as standing up and firing at a target, a sergeant would growl, "Get
your -- down. You ain't Audie Murphy.'' Even with a Medal of Honor
around his neck, one imagines Audie Murphy would have appreciated
the qualities of Charmin and similar products.
The lodge also sent stuffed animals and candy, but
not for the troops. They hand it out to Iraqi children, especially
in new areas. "There are always a lot of kids,'' Motzenbecker said.
"They're always the first ones to approach. It's something to win
over the hearts and minds.'' Kids' hearts and minds can be won with
comforts far from their own uncomfortable homes.
Dreams of Austin Retirement
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch,
commander of the 20,000-soldier Task Force Marne and an architect of
the troop surge strategy in Iraq, likes to joke that when he grows
up, he's going to open a bar in Austin. The growing-up part is a
joke, but not the bar. It will be called the Black Lab Inn, he said,
in a nod to his favorite breed of dog. "I've already got the sign
made," he said. "I've just got to find a place to hang it."
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