Photo by Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Johnson
Spc. Cesar Patterson from Battery B, 3rd Bn., 29th FA Reg., performs squats as he lifts 135-pound barbell.
An aerial view of the “Iron DeathStar” maze, designed after the 3rd Brigade’s crest. Soldiers and NCOs tested their strength with a different physical challenge in each point of the star.
Staff Sgt. Charles Smith from 1st Bn., 68th Armor Reg., ips a tire as one of the events within the “Death Star” maze.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Johnson
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“I prepared by going to the gym twicea day and had a lot of support from my platoon,” said Patterson.Since the participants never had theevent itinerary, every new event was asurprise, adding to the mental aspect of the competition.
“Not knowing what the events are hasdenitely kept me guessing on what’s
next, what the standards are, and what theevents are. It is mentally challenging andmentally draining,” said Smith.Starting the day off at 4:30 a.m., Soldiers began with combatives, continuing with agame of “Are you smarter than a Joe?”Each competitor was represented by their
rst-line supervisor, who answered onequestion based on ve categories. Each
correct answer gained points for therespective Soldier.“We switched it up a bit from previous
competitions to make it a little moredifcult and more challenging,” said
Carnes, referring to having the sponsors
actually compete in one of the tasks. “It’s
something different from the rest of thecompetitions.”After testing their accuracy on theweapons range and sweating through
a 10 km road march, Soldiers facedan alternative physical tness test,
maneuvering through the “Iron DeathStar” maze, designed after the brigadecrest. Soldiers and NCOs tested their strength and stamina with a different physical challenge in each point of thestar.“It’s been rough, and my competitorshave been pretty good athletes,” said
Smith. “I am proud to bring this back to
my platoon, to the brigade.”
Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding
general, and Command Sgt. Maj. JimChampagne, senior noncommissioned
ofcer, United States Division-South
presented Smith and Patterson withthe Army Commendation Medal at aceremony after the competition.All eight Soldiers recieved a four-day
pass to Qatar for their effort in making it
to the division level competition.
Competition: Iron Soldiers prepared to tackle any challenge
Photo by Maj. Alan S. Brown
The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4thInfantry Division recently exceeded itsannual reenlistment goal 61 days into the
new scal year.Every scal year, the Iron Brigade is
given a reenlistment goal, as determined by the Department of the Army. Thegoal for the brigade was to reenlist 427
Soldiers before the end of the scal year
2011. The 3rd AAB far exceeded thatgoal by reenlisting 470 Soldiers by Dec.1.
Not only is this accomplishment a rst
within the Iron Brigade, but it is a newrecord for the entire 4th Inf. Div. The 3rd
AAB was the rst brigade to close out
its reenlistment year, not just for UnitedStates Division-South, but for all the brigades in Iraq.
The brigade has the hard work of the
Iron Brigade retention team and the
battalion command teams to thank for
the accomplishment. “You can’t achievethis type of accomplishment withouthaving command involvement,” said Sgt.1st Class Gregory Zielsdorf, of Conroe,Texas, brigade senior career counselor,Headquarters and Headquarters Troop,3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd AAB.
“I rmly believe that each commander,each rst sergeant, and each platoon
leader is actively engaging their Soldiersand saying, ‘Hey, we want you to stay onthe team.’”Along with the brigade’s overallreenlistment goal, some battalions withinthe brigade have achieved similar success.
Iron Brigade reaches reenlistment goal in record time
by Spc. Khori Johnson
3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div., Public Affairs
Photo by Spc. Khori Johnson
Spc. Joshua Morris, network systems operator,Company B, 3rd STB, 3rd AAB, 4th Inf. Div.,recites the enlistment oath during his reenlistmentceremony on the top of the Ziggurat of Ur near Camp Adder.December 31, 2010
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