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3rd Infantry Division

“Rock of the Marne”

90 Years of Service to our Nation


1917 - 2007
21 November 2007
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Celebrating the Marne Divisions birthday


Sasha McBrayer 1918 and assigned alongside his inexperienced American
Fort Stewart Museum unit to the Marne River in France. For more than 20 hours
they endured attacks from two sides even as other
The 3rd Infantry Division was born Nov. 21, 1917 at Regiments fell back. The man and the 38th Inf. were
Camp Greene, near Charlotte, NC in response to orders dubbed The Rock of the Marne. Many years later, in Nov.
from the Adjutant General of the Army. It was placed 1922 he would become division commander.
under the command of Maj. Gen. Joseph T. Dickman.
Many venerable old regiments came forth to compose the Gift 3 – Nov. 1942, Operation Torch
division. There were the old Cotton Balers of the 7th Inf. The British-American invasion of North Africa was
Regiment, who had held Andrew Jackson's line at New spearheaded by units like the 3rd Inf. and 2nd Armored
Orleans in 1815, and the 4th Inf. Regiment also organized Division. The commander of the Western Task Force with
for the War of 1812. There were relatively new regiments, its sites on Casablanca, was Maj. Gen. George Patton.
such as the 30th, which had been organ- Operation Torch was personified by a
ized in 1901. Few, however, were newer three-pronged Allied attack.
than the 38th Regiment. It had just been Amphibious landings were made on
organized in New York. There were the beaches of Casablanca, Oran and
machine-gun battalions such as the 7th, Algiers. Though the odds were against
8th and 9th, and artillery, like the 10th the Marne Division, the beaches were
Field Artillery at Fort Douglas, Az, the won.
76th Field Artillery at Camp Shelby, Ms
and the 18th FA at Fort Bliss, Tx.
Gift 4 – Nov. 1943, Lt. Britt
The quartermaster and military
By 1943 the Division reached Italy.
police organizations were formed at the
Just north of Mignano in the morning
Chickamauga Battlefield Park in north
hours, Lt. Maurice L. Britt inspired and
Ga. and the engineers and medical units
led a handful of his men in repelling a
all had to be organized into the new
bitter counterattack by approximately
division. For the next three months the
100 Germans against his company.
division was trained and organized at
During the intense fire fight, Lt. Britt
camps scattered across the countryside.
was covered with grenade wounds to his
On Dec. 4, 1917 the 6th Engineers Brig. Gen. Ulysses Grant
chest, face, and hands. Despite his
departed for France, representing the McAlexander, the original
wounds, for which he refused to accept
first 3rd Inf. unit to depart for WWI. The “Rock of the Marne”
medical attention until after the battle,
rest, as they say, was history. In a way the
he personally killed five and wounded
Marne Division has received many 'gifts'
an unknown number of Germans. He also wiped out one
in celebration of their November anniversary.
enemy machinegun crew. His bold, aggressive actions,
resulted in capture of four Germans, two of them wound-
Gift 1: Nov. 1917, Dickman ed, and enabled several captured Americans to escape.
Having graduated West Point in 1881, Joseph T. He received the Medal of Honor.
Dickman would go on to serve in the Indian Wars, the
Spanish- American War, the Philippine Insurrection, and Gift 5 – Nov. 1944, The Rhine River
the Boxer Rebellion. In November, when the 3rd Inf. Div.
By Nov. 1944 the 3rd Inf. Div. was close enough to
was organized, he became not only its first commander,
Hitler's Eagle's nest to smell Field Marshal Hermann
but also the one burdened with forming a war-ready giant
Göring's wine, which they would eventually liberate May
out of an inexperienced new division. He was a gift
4 the following year at Berchtesgaden. At this point they
because when the French were running away he would
were "cracking the Winter Line" of the German Army
famously proclaim, “Nous resterons là,” (“We will stay
between St. Dié in the Vosges Mountains and Strasbourg
there.”).
on the west bank of the Rhine River, the traditional
boundary between France and Germany.
Gift 2: Nov. 1922, Brigadier Gen. McAlexander The Germans had expected to spend the winter in the
Capt. Jesse Woolridge said Brigadier Gen. Ulysses Grant mountain towns, instead, the 3rd Inf. overwhelmed them.
McAlexander, who was a colonel at the time, was the orig- Facing zigzag fire trenches, machine-gun emplacements,
nial 'Rock of the Marne.' concrete bunkers and forts, which did not seem to faze
McAlexander was given command of the 38th Inf. in them at all.
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Gift 6: Nov. 1950, Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule and Operation Iraqi Freedom had not started yet, as Task
Shortly after the Korean War began, Maj. Gen. Robert Force 1/15 Inf. returned home to Fort Stewart in
“Shorty” Soule took command of the 3rd Inf. Div. At the November of that year from a combined-training exer-
time the division was short on men and lacking several cise. The Task Force had deployed with 500 Soldiers from
battalions. Regardless, MacArthur hand-picked the the 3rd Inf. Div. and XVIII Airborne Corps, to Jordan in
Marne Division for deployment to Japan. In theatre, in a late September to assist with training. According to then
brilliant action under Soule, the 3rd Inf. Div. covered the task force commander, Lt. Col. Tad Davis, the exercise
withdrawal of the 1st Marine and elements of the 7th Inf. was extremely successful due primarily to Task Force
divisions “so successfully that the enemy was continu- 1/15. Much of the training involved the task force
ously beaten back from the beachhead allowing a com- Soldiers teaching the Jordanians tactics, techniques or
plete and orderly withdrawal of all units of X Corps from procedures, said Staff Sgt. Galen Klauman.
the Hungnam area with a minimum loss of personnel
and equipment.” Receiving his second Distinguished Gift 9 – Nov. 2005, Capt. Joel E. Cahill
Service Cross, Soule was a gift to the division through its Cahil was assigned to the 1/15 Inf., 3rd Brigade, 3rd Inf.
start in Korea, the famous evacuation could be construed Div. and was from Massachusetts. In 2005 he was serving
as a gift to others. during OIF/Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq when
an IED killed him near Ad Dwar.
Gift 7 – Nov. 1951, Pfc. Noah O. Knight Sent a month befor, Cahill wrote a positive commu-
Pfc. Knight, a member of Company F, distinguished niqué to his brother, which was laer published by the
himself when he occupied a key position in the defense Boston Globe, A Special Report, found online at
perimeter when waves of enemy troops charged the www.boston.com/news/specials/last_letters/cahill. It read:
company during the division's involvement in the “...I thought I would let you guys know what is going on
Korean War. over here with Baker Company. As all of you know the ref-
Two direct hits from an enemy emplacement demol- erendum has come and gone and it was a huge success in
ished his bunker and wounded him. Disregarding per- our area. As a result of your loved ones' hard work day in
sonal safety, he moved through heavy fire in full view of and day out for the last ten months the security situation
the enemy and, firing into the ranks of the relentless in our area has improved dramatically.
assailants, inflicted numerous casualties, momentarily We had tens of thousands of voters turn out to vote on
stemming the attack. the proposed constitution. We had no criminal or enemy
Later during another vicious onslaught, he killed or activity on Election Day in our area.
wounded an entire enemy group. Expending the last of The guys did a super job and their hard work and ded-
his ammunition, he discovered three enemy soldiers ication has paid huge dividends for the Iraqi people. As we
entering the friendly position with demolition charges. look to the future here in Iraq our next major objective is
Realizing the explosives would enable the enemy to to create the same environment for the December elec-
exploit the breach, he fearlessly rushed forward and dis- tions.
abled two assailants with the butt of his rifle when the If the constitution is adopted, the next step is to elect
third exploded a demolition charge killing the three government officials to represent the Iraqi people. If the
enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Knight. His referendum is defeated, then the Iraqi people will have to
supreme sacrifice earned him the Medal of Honor. elect a new Transitional National Authority… If you com-
pare how long it took our great nation to agree on a con-
stitution with the time it has taken the Iraqi people to
Gift 8 – Nov. 1996, Jordan agree you can see they are moving forward much faster
The first Gulf War was several years passed in 1996, than we did.”
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st Brigade Combat Team


Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Piper
1st BCT Soldiers patrol the streets of Ramadi.
Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Piper
1st BCT Public Affairs

T
he First Brigade Combat Team, Raiders
First, received deployment orders to Iraq in
October 2006. This official notification
marked the first time that an Army brigade was
notified to deploy to Iraq for a third tour in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to this his-
toric deployment for a brigade, 20 percent of the
personnel has deployed all three times with the
unit, while 60 percent have deployed twice.
Years of fighting terrorists on the streets of
Ramadi had ravaged the infrastructure and left
large parts of the city nothing more than rubble. Al
Qaeda declared Ramadi the capital of the Islamic
State of Iraq, and kept the population cowed
through a murder and intimidation campaign. Fear
of the insurgents kept people off the streets and
from aiding coalition forces. There was an average
of 30 to 35 attacks a day at the beginning of the year in tribes that changed the course of the city and brought
the brigade’s future area of operation. peace to the war-ravaged people with “clear, hold,
The 1st Brigade Combat Team arrived in Ramadi at build”.
the end of January 2007, completed their transfer of The Anbar tribes formed an alliance that denounced
authority in February and immediately implemented terrorism and encouraged their tribesmen that it was
an aggressive offensive strategy with the support of the noble and honorable to join the Iraqi Security Forces to

Sgt. 1st Class Raymond


Piper

Spc. Ricardo Branch


1st BCT Soldiers on a convoy during Operation Lug-wrench around Lake Thar-Thar in mid-April 2007.
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“RAIDER BRIGADE”
protect their neighborhoods and families. The
number of police officers swelled in late 2006 and
early 2007 as the Anbar Awakening gained strength
and support from the tribes in Ramadi.
The Raider Brigade partnered with the Iraqi army
and police and went on the offensive targeting al
Qaeda strongholds in a series of operations in
February through April that broke the back of the
terrorists. As an area was cleared, a joint security
station was built and the Iraqi and U.S. forces lived
side by side. The outposts became watchtowers for
the newly cleared areas, preventing terrorists from
returning. As the terrorists fled the city, the brigade
and the ISF pursued and defeated them. The defeat
of al Qaeda in Ramadi has led to an average of less
than one attack a day in the city, and there has been
more than 160 days with zero attacks in Ramadi
since March 31.
A safer city meant the task of rebuilding could
begin. Electrical lines, water and sewage plants
were damaged during the years of fighting. As long
as Ramadi remained a contested city, reconstruc-
tion could not begin. The security that the Iraqi
security forces brought to the streets, and its con-
tinued success paved the way for reconstruction.
Basic services, such as electricity and sewage, Spc. Ricardo Branch
have seen vast improvements. The coalition forces A 1st BCT Soldier overlooks the Iraqi desert during
and the city government work hand in hand to Operation Lugwrench, April 4th-6th, 2007.
improve the services daily. Projects to
remove the rubble from the city have
cleaned up the city and have paved
the way to rebuild.
Peace and security has led Ramadi
to become the shining beacon for all
cities in Iraq to emulate, and the city
has experienced a vibrant transfor-
mation, including a five-kilometer
run and unity parade through its
downtown. The brigade continues to
help the Iraqi people rebuild and
maintain security in the city and sur-
rounding area.
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nd Brigade Combat Team


Sgt. Luis Delgadillo Support Area Anaconda.
2nd BCT PAO The 3-7 Cav. Regt., also known as the “eyes and ears”
of the ‘Marne Division’, was assigned to the 2nd BCT,
82nd Airborne Division. Saber’s area of responsibility

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ORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU – The 2nd
Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division has encompasses Adhamiyah province east of Baghdad.
a long and storied history born of the honorable The Squadron’s tactical operations center is located
service of dedicated Soldiers. within Adhamiyah at Combat Outpost Apache with the
The 2nd (Spartan) BCT, 3rd Infantry Division remainder of the squadron dispersed to four different
(Mechanized), one of six brigades in the 3rd Infantry locations in the province.
Division, is affectionately known as its "Iron Fist," as it is Deployed to Camp Liberty, Iraq, 1/64 Armor was task
the only armor-heavy brigade in the 3rd Inf. Div. and organized to the 2nd BCT, of the 1st Inf. Div., which is
XVIII Airborne Corps. operationally assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.
The present Spartan Brigade was constituted Nov. 12, The Rogues have assumed an area of operation in the
1917 at Camp Greene, N.C. Then, the brigade was heart of the Mansour District in Western Baghdad and
known as Headquarters Detachment, 5th Infantry occupy three Joint Security Sites.
Brigade, 3rd Inf. Div. Today, elements of the 2nd BCT and its headquarters
Soon after inception, the brigade saw its first combat are deployed to the southern Baghdad region encom-
during World War I, participating in six major cam- passing Arab Jabour, Al Buaytha, Hawr Rajab, and
paigns, including the Battle of the Marne from which Zambraniyah. Here, they are responsible for halting the
the 3rd Inf. Div. derives its motto, “Rock of the Marne.” movement of terrorists and accelerants into Baghdad.
In the years and conflicts that followed, many units In its first six months, the 2nd BCT has effectively
that have contributed to that history have come and reduced the amount of terrorists and accelerants mov-
gone. Highlighting some of the accomplishments of the ing into Baghdad. Soldiers of the 2nd BCT have accom-
current units one can pay homage to those of decades plished this task through the establishment of four new
gone by. patrol bases in areas of Iraq,
Continuing in an unwavering tradition encompassing Photo by: Sgt. Luis Dellgadillo
the Army Values the units of the 2nd BCT are the 1st A bradley fighting vehicle from 3-7th Cav. 2BCT out on
Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment patrol in Kalsu, Iraq.
(Battle Boars), 3rd Squadron 7th
Cavalry Regiment (Saber), 1st
Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment
(Rogues), 1st Battalion 9th Field
Artillery Regiment (Battle Kings),
2nd Brigade 3rd Troop Battalion
(Titans), and the 26th Brigade
Support Battalion (Challenger).
As the last of the ‘Surge’ brigades,
the 2nd BCT deployed in May 2007
and upon its arrival into Baghdad it
parted ways, temporarily, with three
of its most renowned units.
While a single battery, Battery B,
of the 1/9 FA remained under the
operational control of the 2nd BCT,
the rest of the battalion was assigned
to the 316th Sustainment Command
(Expeditionary) at Logistical
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“Spartans”
which had not seen a sustained Coalition or
Government of Iraq presence in three years.
The rapid establishment and sustainment of the
new patrols bases was made possible by the and
continued support from the 26th BSB and the 2-3
BTB.
The patrol bases give the 2nd BCT the ability to
project combat power into neighborhoods, which
in the past had been overrun by al Qaeda insur-
gents.
In projecting combat power, the 2nd BCT has
gained the trust of local citizens, which has
enabled them to jumpstart programs in which citi-
zens safeguard their streets. Concerned Local
Citizens now regularly patrol their own neighbor-
hoods and eliminate the insurgent’s ability to
blend into the local population.
As the 2nd BCT continues in its fight against
insurgents, neighborhoods once overrun by terror-
ists are now developing tribal councils, rebuilding
infrastructure, and reaching out to the government
of Iraq for a glimmer of hope.

2nd BCT Soldiers during Operation Guardian Torch


July 9.

Sgt. 1st Class Vance Southern, a linguist with 2nd BCT,


Speaks with a resident of local farmimg community out-
side Patrol Base Whiskey July 9 in support of Operation
Guardian Torch.
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rd Brigade Combat Team


Special to the Frontline Onward movement into Iraq, brought new challenges
for the Sledgehammer Brigade. The Sledgehammer
Brigade was the first unit, pushed out in the surge, to

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n early January, President George W. Bush
announced the initiation of the Baghdad Security build a base from the ground up. Not more than one
Plan and its commitment to surge approximately month before the unit arrived, Foward Operating Base
20,000 Soldiers to Iraq. With the surge, the Hammer was an artillery and armored maneuver train-
Sledgehammer Brigade was ordered to deploy 60 days ing range used by the Iraqi Army.
ahead of their original projected deployment date. The Almost as soon as the Sledgehammer Brigade estab-
brigade had only three months to get nearly 4,000 lished itself at FOB Hammer, Soldiers from the 1st
Soldiers through a National Training Center rotation, Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment moved off the FOB
back to Fort Benning, unpacked, repacked and prepared into satellite patrol bases and combat outposts to prop-
for 12-18 months away from home, and moved to erly execute counterinsurgency doctrine within the com-
Southwest Asia to support Operation Iraqi Freedom V. munities they were sent to stabilize. The Dragon
The acceleration of the deployment to Iraq, predicated Battalion established Combat Outposts Cleary, Cahill,
by the Baghdad Security Plan, forced the 3rd BCT to con- and Cashe in the towns of Wahida, Salman Pak, and
duct a rapid turnaround. Within approximately 30 days, Tuwaitha, respectively.
Sledgehammer Soldiers qualified on all personal weapon COP Cleary is named after 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary, 2nd
systems, trained on counter-improvised explosive device Platoon Leader for Company E, 1/15 Inf., who was killed
tactics, personnel recovery, escalation of force and laws during an improvised explosive device strike Dec. 5, 2005
of war. The brigade also conducted Soldier Readiness during OIF III in Ad Duliayah, Iraq.
Checks to ensure all Soldiers were medically, financially COP Cashe, now occupied by 3/1 Cav. is named after
and personally ready to deploy. Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, 1st platoon sergeant,
“Although we accelerated, we created a plan to have Company A 1-15 Inf. during OIF III, who died, Nov. 8,
everyone qualified, trained, have personal and family 2005 from wounds received from an IED strike, Oct. 17,
actions settled and ready to deploy,” said Maj. David 2005 in Ad Duliyah, Iraq.
Fivecoat, 35, Delaware, Ohio, Operations Officer of the COP Cahill, named after Capt. Joel Cahill, Commander
3rd BCT. of Company B, 1-15 Inf. during OIF III, who was killed
Nov. 6, 2005 in an IED attack in Ad Dwar, Iraq, is the
smallest of the three outposts and is believed to be
the former Hunting Club security building for
Saddam Hussein’s sons, owned by the Ministry of
Agriculture.
Throughout the summer months, the 3rd BCT
participated in multiple offensive operations to
eliminate insurgent sanctuaries southeast of
Baghdad. All the operations together were called the
Marne Summer Offensive. The Sledgehammer
Brigade conducted aggressive, intelligence-driven
operations to kill or capture insurgents throughout
the summer resulting in 113 enemy killed in action,
364 insurgents detained, eight of which were high-
value individuals, and 37 caches seized.
While the Marne Summer Offensive was severely
Staff Sgt. Sean Riley
Maj. Cynthia Majerske, 38, Bar Harbor, Maine, the
3rd Brigade Support Battalion Surgeon, examines
an Iraqi child during a combined medical operation
in Hollandia, Iraq, July 16.
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“Sledgehammer”
diminishing enemy sanctuaries, 3rd BCT leaders began
engagements with local leaders to gain Concerned
Citizen allies and thicken the lines of defense against
extremists. Capt. Brian Gilbert, Boise, Idaho, Company
D, 1/15th Inf. Regt. commander, led the way for the
brigade by establishing the first Concerned Citizen
Group in Al Arafia. The son of the group leader gave his
life in defense of his community and Company D
Soldiers when he subdued a suicide bomber attempting
to disrupt a meeting between Sledgehammer Soldiers
and local volunteers just days after the formation of the
group.
In October, the Brigade welcomed back the 1st
Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment and kicked off
Operation Marne Anvil as it maneuvered the additional
forces against Shia extremists in the vicinity of
Narhwan. The 1/10 FA Regt. had spent the first seven Sgt. Natalie Rosteck
months of the deployment performing magnificently at Above: A 1/10th FA crew getting ready to test-fire their
the Camp Bucca Detention Facility in southern Iraq. Howitzer.
The Brigade is now focused on eliminating one of the Below:1/10th FA test firews the new excaliber round using the
last remaining pockets of Shia extremism in the M109mm Howizter.
Brigade’s area of operation.
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th Brigade Combat Team


Special to the Frontline had previously been occupied by established a joint operations and
two brigades, the Vanguard Brigade intelligence center.
ensured the success of numerous The Vanguard Brigade remained

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ctivated on May 26 2004,
the Vanguard Brigade was milestone events including the steadfast in its year-long mission to
the first new brigade seating of the first freely elected conduct full-spectrum counter
formed under the Army’s modulari- Iraqi government and more than insurgency operations in order to
ty transformation initiative and 100 subsequent sessions of the defeat anti-Iraq forces, secure key
was “out front” setting the pace for Iraqi Transitional National terrain, support government and
the Army while simultaneously Assembly; the trial of Saddam economic development, and devel-
preparing to deploy to Iraq in sup- Hussein; the vote on the op Iraqi security force capability to
port of the Global War on Constitutional Referendum; the create a security environment that
Terrorism. elections for the first 4-year Iraqi facilitates the completion of the
After completing a six month government; the activation and United Nations Security Council
train-up and a Mission Rehearsal training of the 5th Iraqi Army Resolution 1546.
Exercise at Joint Readiness Training Brigade, 6th Division; and security The Brigade returned to Fort
Center, the brigade deployed to of the Iraqi strategic center of grav- Stewart in January 2006 to conduct
Iraq in January 2005 and assumed ity within the International Zone. reintegration, reset and regenera-
its mission as the Multi-National The Vanguard Brigade estab- tion operations in preparation for
Defense Baghdad main effort on lished partnerships and conducted its next deployment.
March 4 of that year. After assum- joint combat operations with 21 The Vanguards recently deployed
ing responsibility for an area that Iraqi security force battalions and again in support of Operation Iraqi

Spc. Gincarlo Casem


An M1 Abrams is silouetted by the sun at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Oct. 13th. Each one of these heavily
armored tanks weighs more than 60 tons.

Right: A bradley Fighting Vehicle crew attempts to solve a weapon malfunction with the vehicles 25mm can-
non.
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“Vanguards”
Freedom V.
The first body of Soldiers with
the 4th Brigade Combat Team
deployed to Kuwait Oct. 10, 2007.
Approximately 60 Soldiers were
part of the Torch Party, which is
the first wave of Soldiers to deploy
in the Brigade to help with mis-
sion-oriented preparations and
ease stress of the flow of incoming
and outgoing Soldiers in theater.
The Main Body of the Vanguard
Brigade deployed late October and
the Trail Party, the remainder of
4th BCT Soldiers, in early
November.

Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis

Right: Cpl. Bradley Rains,


Company B, 4th Brigade STB,
waves a flag he received from
USO and Red Cross members
Oct. 12th, prior to geting on a mil-
itary aircraft at Hunter Army
Airfield enroute to Iraq. rains was
one of 15 soldiers who flew on an
Air force aircraft with, military
equipment.
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rd Sustainment Brigade
Special to the Frontline The 3rd Sustain-ment Bde. history is inextricably linked
to the history of 3rd Inf. Div., “Rock of the Marne,” hence
With five months under their proverbial deployment its motto “Heart of the Rock.”
belt, the 3rd Sustainment Brigade has made many accom- The 3rd Sustainment Brigade origins began on July 1,
plishments at Forward Operating Base Q-West to go along 1957 at Fort Benning, Ga. with the organization of the
with its rich historyof undertakings. Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd
Infantry Division Trains. Since then the
3rd Sustainment Bde. has reorganized,
redesigned and consolidated into many
different forms.
In the fall of 2003, the unit deployed to
Operation Iraqi Freedom I and earned the
Presidential Unit Citation, a distinguished
achievement rarely bestowed upon serv-
ice support units.
In the fall of 2004, the Division Support
Brigade, which was the 3rd Sustainment
Bde.’s current incarnation, deployed in its
semi-modular configuration to OIF III in
support of 3rd Infantry Division and other
Coalition forces as directed. On June 15,
2005, the DSB was again renamed the 3rd
Support Brigade as it continued transfor-
mation towards the objective design.
On April 21, 2006, the brigade was
renamed and reorganized into its current
configuration as the 3rd Sustainment
Brigade.
Due to the renaming of the unit, the
only official campaign credit for the 3rd
Sustainment Bde. is the Iraq Campaign,
which covers all of the deployments
under Operation Iraqi Freedom.
However, units that comprise this
Brigade have earned numerous other
campaign credits in Italian, European,
and African fronts of World War II, 14 of 17
campaigns in Vietnam, Operations Desert
Shield and Desert Storm and the current
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The mission of the 3rd Sustainment
Bde. is to provide sustainment operations
Photo by: Pfc. Gaelen Lowers through lethal and non-lethal support,
Spc. David Borkey holds a ladder steady as Spc. Steven Smith, both train Iraqi Security Forces in MND-N; pro-
water purification specialists, checks the gauges on a pump at the vide command and control for FOB Q-
water site at Forward Operating Base Q-West Oct. 10. FOB Q-West West and additionally provide finance
filters water for its FOB and the entire Multi-National Division-North. support to Multi-National Forces West.
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“Heart of the Rock”


Pfc. Gaelen Lowers
Spc. Jeff Gobble and Spc. Brandon Boyd, both aerostat operators, check the functions of the base’s
aerostat before sending it up for surveillance and weather status for the night at Forward Operating
Base Q-West Oct. 10.

Master Sgt. Rodney Williams


Soldiers of the 3rd
Sustainment Bde pre-
pare to depart from
the Al Kindi Military
training base and
head back to FOB
Marez.
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Combat Aviation Brigade


Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills brought Company B, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute
3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry
Division under operational control by the 3rd CAB to per-
form pinpoint air assault strikes in disrupting operations in

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AMP STRIKER, Iraq – The defining moment dur-
ing the first six months of this latest deployment to an area along the Tigris River south of Baghdad.
Iraq for the Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Marne Husky marked the ability of Task Force Marne to
Division, came when the first helicopter set down near adapt to an ever changing environment while taking
Sayafiyah southeast of Baghdad in the opening strike of advantage of the 3rd CAB’s ability to transport troops to the
Operation Marne Husky, August 15. enemy, said Maj. Greg Kanicki, operations officer, 3rd CAB.
The operation was the last push of a 90-day fight of surge “It is absolutely essential that commanders have the abil-
forces south of Baghdad, clearing areas that had become ity to use all the resources available to them to apply pres-
safe havens for insurgents, and blocking their ability to sure to enemy forces,” said Kanicki. “Marne Husky was
push fighters, weapons and materiel into Baghdad. extremely successful. The 3rd CAB provided the division
It was a departure from “normal” CAB operations, as it commander another maneuver force that had the ability to

Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills


Pfc. Jesus Tenorio, Company D, 2/3 Aviation, CAB sprays down a UH-60 Blackhawk on the 3rd CAB flightline at
Baghdad Int’l Airport.
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“Falcon”
get at an area that normally didn’t see much Coalition more than 12 thousand people throughout their area of
Forces presence. The 3rd CAB’s ability to strike at a time operations. Part of those flight hours were Apaches roam-
and location of our choosing proved to disrupt the enemy ing the skies, working with unmanned aerial systems to
and even cause some to flee to neighboring countries.” seek out enemy activities.
While Marne Husky was the high profile marker of this “Everything we do contributes to the success of the
unique deployment it was one of many contributions the Division,” said Kanicki. Moving personnel and equipment
CAB has made to the fight in Task Force Marne’s area of reduces the number of convoys that must move which
operations, said Kanicki. helps reduce potential causalities, he said. The attack and
As part of the surge brought in to rid the area south of scout helicopters have contributed as well. “The (Apache)
Baghdad of enemy insurgents the 3rd CAB came in almost and (Kiowa Warrior) presence and ability to respond to
as an expeditionary force. There was no CAB in place to enemy actions also reduce Coalition Forces casualties and
relieve, so the 3rd CAB had to create everything from reduces the number of enemy forces operating in the
scratch, from logistical supply lines to living space for the (operational environment),” said Kanicki.
Soldiers. With nearly nine more months to go before the 3rd CAB
Task Force Marne would have been forced to share Soldiers can even begin to think about heading home
Multi-National Division – Baghdad’s aviation brigade, the Kanicki says the battlefield will continue to evolve and the
1st Air Cavalry Brigade, and that would have reduced the aviation brigade with it.
number of aircraft for each division, hampering the effec- “The mission here in Iraq evolves daily and will contin-
tiveness of aviation in the area, said Kanicki. ue to do so,” said Kanicki. “It’s headed in a positive direc-
“The bottom line is with MND-C having their organic tion now and it’s our desire to continue to build on our
CAB available it provided the commander enhanced flexi- successes, while always being vigilant that there is an
bility and a tactical advantage that has proven to be enemy out there attempting to stop progress.”
extremely effective to date,” said Kanicki.
That effectiveness can be measure in the numbers the
3rd CAB has wracked up over the first six months in coun-
try. The 3rd CAB has flown over 23 thousand flight hours,
moved over two million pounds of cargo, and transported

Below: Pfc. Joe Wittock and Pfc. Jeremy Maldonado,


Co. D, 4/3rd Avn. work on the tail rotor of a UH-60
Blackhawk in a maintenance hangar on the 3rd CAB
flightline, Baghdad International Airport.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Thomas


Above: Soldiers inspect a suspected insurgent of
explosive residue.

Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mills