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  • Soldier of the Quarter I Fourth Quarter 2018


    Lieutenant Colonel LaFlash is proud to announce the Soldiers of the Quarter for Fourth Quarter 2018.
    These soldiers truly set the example of what it means to live up to the Army Values.
    They have been awarded the Soldier's Medal in recognition of their dedicated service.

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    Alpha Company - Corporal Jack Ryan
    Bravo Company - Specialist Harvey Moro

     

    Corporal Jack Ryan -
    Tell us a little about yourself. 

    Hello, my name is Jack Ryan, I live in Romania and I am 21 years old.  Whenever I am not at work I like to play games or watch TV Series on Netflix. I like to lead a lot, this is mostly why I might be so into milsim units and everything.
    What is your favorite aspect of the unit?
    My favourite aspect of the unit is that you get a lot of opportunities and if you do a good job, you get noticed and appreciated for the work you put in. This is what keeps me going everyday. The fact that I put in work and people are grateful for it.
    Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit? 
    Oh yes, definitely. At this one FTX, our squad was all messed up because our usual SL and one of the FTLs were both away and we had an acting squad lead. The idea of that FTX was to work on our airborne insertion, so.. We had to pick parachutes and i'm not sure if our acting SL got it wrong or just didn't understand, but we ended up taking the wrong parachutes. So as we dropped from the plane, we couldn't direct our way of landing because we had "non-steerable parachutes" so we literally dropped wherever the wind took us. Some of the guys were lucky, they were dropped in the vicinity of the rendez-vous point, but I got dropped 2.5km away, across some village. It was frustrating at the time being, but now, looking back to it, it makes me laugh.
    Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers? 
    An advice I'd give to everyone would be to never stop trying. If you don't succeed on your first time, don't worry. A second time will come. Just keep learning and don't repeat the same mistakes.
    What army value is the most important to you and why? 
    I would have to say Personal Courage and Integrity, I can't choose one. Well, the most important army value to me, at least, would be Loyalty. And I'm not talking about loyalty to the army and the US flag. I'm talking about loyalty to your battle buddies, to your direct combat supervisor and of course, loyalty to your COs and NCOs (if you are enlisted) and also Senior NCOs (if you are a NCO).
    Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit?
    I learned that if you're honest about the mistakes you make, people will not get mad at you. And also, if you're working hard, you'll get noticed.

    Specialist Harvey Moro -
    Tell us a little about yourself. 

    I'm a stay at home kind of guy, I literally have one real-life friend and that would be my best friend. I don't like going out that much and as all of you have seen, I'm basically on most of the time. Things that you might not know about me is that I'm a serious person who knows how to have fun and I enjoy intellectual talks that can go on for hours.
    What is your favorite aspect of the unit?
    Having you guys as a second family, valuable friends can be found even in the most of unsuspecting places such as this unit.
    Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit? 
    Too many to mention but what really stood out was SSG Stowe's cornbread comedy and our conversation about how many kinds of hams are out there in the world, another thing is SGT Keaton's corny but funny jokes, and just all of the stupid conversations I've had on team speak with my guys.
    Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers? 
    Respect everyone and before you judge someone, understand them first. Self-awareness is key.
    What army value is the most important to you and why? 
    Respect, because respecting someone allows you to understand them and why they are the way they are.
    Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit?
    Not valuable lessons but I have learned more about myself being in this unit. What I'm capable of and the kinds of responsibilities I can take on.



  • Promotion Ceremony | 06 January


    Welcome back soldiers! As we move into 2019, lets reflect on the success we had in 2018 and set the bar high for the year to come!
    We will be having Airborne School, Air Assault, and Warrior Leaders Course in the coming months, so be on the look out for those!
    Congratulations to our Soldier's of the Quarter!
     

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    Commissioned as Second Lieutenant
    Mathew Carter
     
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    Warranted as Warrant Officer 1
    Quincy Morton
     
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    Promoted to Corporal
    John Bolten, Nuno Moreira
     



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    Promoted to Specialist
    Erik Babol, Wouter Bensink, James Milan


     



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    Promoted to Private First Class
    Phillip Horne, Nate Hoser, James McKay, Bailey Smith, Yonatan Suponitsky


     





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    Soldier's Medal (Soldier of the Quarter
    Jack Ryan (Alpha Company), Harvey Moro (Bravo Company)


     
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    Army Commendation Medal
    Jasmine Johnson


     
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    Army Achievement Medal
    Guillermo Ancheta, Isaiah Delgado, David Keaton, Arba McCullough, Nuno Moreira, , Harvey Moro, Eliel Piispanen, Anthony Rizzo, Phillip Stowe


     
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    Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
    Jonathan Feagin


     
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    Good Conduct Medal
    Quinton Simmons, Arthur Cantu, Elgin Gilmore, Kalin Grigorov, Eliel Piispanen, Geovanie Hernandez, Nuno Moreira, Anthony Jones, Wouter Bensink, Erik Babol, Drew Schnieder, Yonatan Suponistsky, Patrick Verot, Adi Bar, Quincy Morton, Harvey Moro, David Keaton, James Young, Keith Lillie, Isaiah Delgado, Mike Tymms


     


  • Merry Christmas


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    Command Staff and I extend our deepest gratitude and best wishes to the Soldiers, Civilians and Families of the Marne Division during this holiday season. This is a time of year during which many of us have the opportunity to take leave, relax, and spend some much deserved quality time with our friends and Families. I encourage you not to take this opportunity for granted.

    Since the US Army was founded more than 243 years ago, Soldiers have willingly and eagerly defended this nation during the holiday season. On Christmas night in 1776, General George Washington led an element of 2,400 Continental Soldiers across the icy Delaware River to attack the Hessian Soldiers in Trenton, New Jersey. This successful mission, and countless other missions during the holidays since that day, is a testament to the selfless service and bravery of the American Soldier.

    As we enjoy this holiday season, please remember the Soldiers and Families who will not have the opportunity to spend this special time of year together. The Marne Division currently has more than 1000 Dog Face Soldiers deployed around the world defending our freedoms and working to achieve the ultimate goal of peace on Earth. As they work through the holidays with their brothers and sisters in arms, let us share the same camaraderie and cohesiveness here with their Families, who anxiously await their return.

    Please remain vigilant this holiday season and keep safety foremost in your planning and actions. While this time of year is joyful for most, it is also the most stressful time of year for many. Domestic violence and suicides are an unfortunate, and preventable, effect of this stress. Provide support to those who are going through a stressful period of their lives, and seek support if you are experiencing the same. You are never alone in our Marne Family. You are each a valued member of an elite team and we want everyone to returned recharged for the New Year.

    It is truly a privilege, and a blessing, to serve as your Unit Commander. What makes this position so rewarding is the hard work, readiness, and resiliency of our Soldiers. Thank you for all that you do. May this joyous season bring you peace and happiness throughout the coming year.

    Happy Holidays! Rock of the Marne!



  • Insurgency: Sandstorm releases


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    We're excited to announce that Insurgency: Sandstorm's full release will be available on PC as of December 12, 2018!  Bravo Company Misfits under the command of Company Commander First Lieutenant Doug Lipnitz and First Platoon Leader OCS Matthew Carter, First Platoon First Squad Jesters will push towards active recruitment within Insurgency Sandstorm.   First Lieutenant Lipnitz and Bravo Company started the initial transformation to Insurgency Sandstorm in November 2017 and over the last year having soldier participate in closed Alphas and Beta to help build the foundation of First Platoons launch into Sandstorm.  


    Prepare for battle with the new launch trailer, and then get online at 6pm CET/9am PST for your choice of co-op or competitive, large- or small-scale matches in this fictional, contemporary Middle Eastern conflict. Insurgency: Sandstorm is a game of team-based tactics and objective-oriented gameplay complete with player versus player, competitive matchmaking and co-operative game modes versus AI. Your soldier’s appearance, weapons, attachments, armor, and equipment are all up to you. Call in airstrikes, use vehicles with mounted weapons, and equip a wide range of specialist weaponry from grenades to drones to C4 explosives.

    Prepare for a hardcore depiction of combat with deadly ballistics, light attack vehicles, destructive artillery, and unprecedented audio design putting the fear back into the genre. Death comes fast, ammunition must be carefully managed, and the environment must be tactically navigated at every step toward victory.



  • Promotion Ceremony | 02 December


    Command Staff wishes all our soldier safe and happy holidays!
    Holiday Furlough will begin on the the 21st and last until the 2nd of January. During this time, you do not need to TPR, LOA, or Muster. We will still be having regular events though!
    Our annual New Year's Pub-A-Thon will go as usual, hope to see you there!
     

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    Promoted to Staff Sergeant
    Phillip Stowe
     
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    Promoted to Corporal
    Eliel Piispanen, Jack Ryan
     
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    Promoted to Specialist
    Jon Bryan, Nuno Moreira, Masaki Moro, Anthony Rizzo, Timothy Whalen
     
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    Promoted to Private First Class
    Erik Babol, Wouter Bensink, James Milan


     



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    Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
    Mike Murakami


     



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    Army Commendation Medal
    Joseph Rizzo


     
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    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    Jasmine Johnson, Garry Beaudoin, Daniel Shade


     
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    Armed Forces Service Medal
    Garry Beaudoin, Wolffe Fives, Kalin Grigorov, Daniel Shade


     
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    Army Achievement Medal
    Matthew Baldwin


     
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    Good Conduct Medal
    Dana Cantu, Doug Lipnitz, Mike Murakami, Garry Beaudoin, Phillip Stowe, Hunter Hannaford, Walter O'Reilly, Jack Ryan, Ty Bowen, Michael Marks, Timothy Whalen, Yarden Nissan, Nate Hoser