48th IBCT returns home
Friends and Family were reunited July 1 with Soldiers from the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, following the unit’s six-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel and NATO Operation Resolute Support.
3rd Infantry Division commander, Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto and celebrity Chef Robert Irvine were on-hand July 1 to welcome back returning 48th IBCT Soldiers from their six-month deployment in support of NATO’s Operation Resolute Support.
3rd ID Sustainment Brigade changes command
Col. Steven Erickson (left), 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade commander, out-going 3rd IDSB commander, Col. Jeffrey J. Britton and 3rd ID Commander, Maj. Gen. Antonio A. Aguto, troop-the-line during the brigade’s change of command ceremony, June 27 on Fort Stewart.
Col. Steven Erickson, 3rd IDSB commander, gives a speech to his new brigade during a change of command ceremony, June 27 on Fort Stewart. Erickson’s first act in charge was to encourage everyone to do what is right.
Col. Steven Erickson, 3rd IDSB commander, receives the brigade’s colors from Maj. Gen. Antonio A. Aguto, 3rd ID commander, during a change of command ceremony, June 27 on Fort Stewart. The passing of the colors symbolizes the transfer of responsibility over a unit.
Photos by Sgt. Laurissa Hodges
ALPHA COMPANY SOLDIER OF THE QUARTER
Corporal William Blackwell joined the 3rd Infantry Division on May 20th 2019 for his second tour of duty within the unit. Having served prior and achieving the rank of Sergeant (E-5) was the reinstated as a Specialist (E-4) and assigned to Alpha Company, Third Platoon, First Squad. Throughout his time during this tour he has shown a very strong passion for our unit, dedication, patriotism, valor, fidelity and professional excellence. In view of these qualities, your demonstrated leadership potential, and dedicated service Corporal William Blackwell has been aware the Soldiers Medal and selected as this Soldier of the Quarter
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 46 years old, US Army Veteran (Paratrooper) . Have 3 kids and 4 grandkids, so at times life can get hectic. Been playing PC games for far too long, started on a TI 99/4A then next was an Apple IIe, then so many PC’s since then
What is your favorite aspect of the unit?
For me it is the camaraderie that can be found. Those who have served probably understand this better than those who haven’t. But when you have a good community to be a part of, you have fun.
Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit?
Favorite moment(s) are anytime we can get four or five on and hit the public servers for some less serious fun.
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers?
Frustration is normal, regardless of the size of the unit. Sometimes you voice that frustration and sometimes you don’t. But in the end use that frustration for some sort of positive change in yourself or in the situation.
What army value is the most important to you and why?
There is not one Army Value that is most important to me. They are all important to me as each one holds meaning that makes an Army Soldier who they are both on and off the field of battle. But if I must pick on it would be Loyalty due to the fact the more that strengthens in your life, they others will improve and strengthen.
Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit?
We are here to have fun, be serious when needed but not to serious that the fun is ruined for yourself and/or others.
Alpha Company Award Ceremony - 07JULY2019
The Alpha company awards ceremony is a special occasion to allow the unit commander to honor recipients who have been recognized for their accomplishments while assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division MILSIM.
The following have been promoted from
Private Second Class to Private First Class
Private First Class to Specialist
Officer Candidate to 2nd Lieutenant
Captain to Major
The following commendations have been awarded by the 3rd Infantry Commander
APPRECIATION FOR THOSE WHO SERVED
The 3rd Infantry Division MILSIM Unit extends to you our personal thanks and sincere appreciation of your contribution of honorable service to our unit. You have made a lasting impact on the unit’s history and thanks to your devotion to duty and a spirit of sacrifice in keeping with the proud traditions of military service.
Your commitment and dedication have been an inspiration for those who will follow in your footsteps, and for all those who join us in saluting you for a job extremely “well done.”
Our best wishes to you for happiness and success in the future.
From the Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division MILSIM