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    • The Battle of Anzio: Reflecting on the Division’s World War II legacy


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      3rd Infantry Division Soldiers landed at Anzio Beach in Italy, Jan. 22, 1944 during Operation Shingle.
       

      One of the bloodiest and most drawn-out battles experienced by the United States Army of the Second World War: The Battle of Anzio-Nettuno will forever live in infamy in the hearts of those that engaged in it. The 3rd Infantry Division was fully committed to this Battle, from start to finish, for over four months.

      During the second world war, the 3rd ID experienced more casualties than any other United States Army Division, as they had the most engagements against Axis forces.

      After months of preparation in North Africa, the 3rd ID had developed into one of the finest fighting forces of the United States Army. The famed “Truscan Trott” was mandated by Division Commander, Major General Lucian King Truscott Jr., for all Soldiers serving in the division. The Truscan Trott consisted of marching at a pace in full kit at four miles per hour. This was heavily criticized by many leaders at the time, but the conditioning prepared the Soldiers for the harsh conditions and ultimately to them being successful in their mission.

      During the early morning hours on Jan. 22, 1944, 3rd ID was the spearhead for the landing on the Anzio beachhead and was a central part of Operation Shingle. This operation was the allied plan to move in swiftly and capture Rome, however, the battle would drag on longer and cost more than anticipated. After initially not encountering resistance from the Nazi forces during the landings, 3rd ID would move further inland and initiate brutal fighting with the Nazi forces.

      The initial landings did not involve heavy fighting, however, it was the first day of one of the war’s most important battles. The 3ID experienced heavy casualties, but eventually emerged victorious in the annals of Military History. The Battle of Anzio is mostly overshadowed in history by the more famous Allied Normandy landings (Operation Overlord). On June 5th, 1944, the Allies had captured Rome which effectively ended the battle and further liberated the Italian peninsula from Axis oppression. The details of the bloody fighting in the Italian countryside during these months are some of the most brutal experienced in the Second World War.



    • Division promotes Belgian officer, celebrates continued partnership


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      Photo by U.S. Army

      French Brig. Gen. Jean-Pierre Fague, 3rd Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General for Readiness, places the rank of major onto Xavier Deroanne, a 3rd ID future operations officer, during a promotion ceremony, Jan. 4 on Fort Stewart. Deroanne is a Belgian officer who is part of the Army’s Military Personnel Exchange Program, which is a program designed to strengthen bonds of friendship, understanding and cooperation between countries and their respective military organizations.

       

      Xavier Deroanne, a Belgian Army capitaine-comman-dant assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, was promoted to the rank of major during a ceremony Jan. 4, 2021, on Fort Stewart, Georgia. The event is an example of the continued partnership between the US and Belgian Army.
      Deroanne and his family moved from Bastogne, Belgium, in June 2021 to the United States as part of the Army’s Military Personnel Exchange Program, or MPEP.
       
      “I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the most powerful army in the world,” Deroanne said. “It is a great honor.”
      The MPEP program is a two-year long program designed to strengthen the bonds of friendship, understanding and cooperation between countries and their respective military organizations.
       
      The MPEP program allows foreign officers like Deroanne to serve in the US and to experience the US Army’s customs and courtesies, missions, and daily operations.
       
      “He’s a great infantry leader, trainer, and planner,” said French Brig. Gen. Jean-Pierre Fague, 3rd ID Deputy Commanding General for Readiness and Plans, who also serves with the Division as part of the MPEP program. “I encourage all who come across him to just spend five minutes to get to see through his perspective.”
      This unique promotion ceremony included Fague placing the new rank of major on Deroanne amongst flags of all three nations. The Belgian Army rank of major is the equivalent of a senior, post-key developmental major in the U.S. Army. Fague spoke to the ceremony attendees about Deroanne’ s numerous contributions to the Marne Division as well as the value of learning from the wide-ranging experiences of others on staff.
       
      As a future operations officer (G3/G35 Planner), Deroanne helps create plans and pathways to strengthen military forces.
      “Xavier is a critical part of the G3 Team and the wider division staff, ‘’ said Col. Alexis “Pancho” Perez-Cruz, the 3rd ID operations officer. “He not only provides unique and valuable insights based on his perspective as a European ally, having already served as an operations officer, he brings another level of experience to the team that enables us all to better serve our brigades and battalions. He is a stellar example of both the Belgian Army and a Dogface Soldier.”
       
      Belgium is one of the most active US allies in terms of force contributions to overseas operations. Belgium contributed to the Resolute Support Mission, deployed forces in support of the Defeat-ISIS coalition, enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), Baltic Air Policing, and the UN Mission in Mali.
      Belgium is a key provider of humanitarian, reconstruction, and development assistance to Iraq, and Syria, as well as many countries in Africa. As the host country of the EU and NATO headquarters, Belgium plays an important role in European and Transatlantic diplomacy.
       
      As part of his job within the G3 section, Deroanne helps lead the division’s response to COVID-19 and maintains continued readiness safely despite the challenges the pandemic has brought.
       
      Deroanne said that since arriving at Fort Stewart, his most interesting experience has been working with the division during a warfighter exercise.
      A warfighter exercise is a major training exercise that provides complex scenarios with combat and battlefield effects, stimulating service members to respond, then work through the consequences of those decisions.



    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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      Every year since 1986, on the first Monday between January 15th and 21st, we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

      On January 15th, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Son of Martin Luther King Sr., a Baptist minister and an early figure on the civil rights movement, and Alberta Williams King. He was the second of the couple's three children. Since his early teenage years, Dr. King, as he would later be known, felt and struggled with racial discrimination, creating an internal conflict and questioning his strictly Baptist upbringing. Also, during his teens years in high school, MLK soon discovered as talents as a public speaker, winning oratorical contests.

      Dr. King graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts when 19 years old and later earned his Ph.D. from Boson University in 1955 while following his father's footsteps as a Baptist minister.

      Also, in 1955, MLK's prominence started to grow amidst the Civil Rights Movement, with central roles at the Montgomery bus boycott, which led to a bombing of his house, and the fight against the infamous Jim Crow laws. For the next 13 years, Dr. King would act as one of the most important and celebrated figures of the Civil Rights Movement, having decisive roles in several high profile events, such as the Birmingham Movement (1963), the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963) where MLK delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, the Selma to Montgomery March (1965), the Chicago Freedom Movement (1966) and the Poor People's Campaign (1968).

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      Martin Luther King Jr. at the signing of the Civil Right sAct of 1964

      In 1964, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. Despite that, from 1963 onwards, MLK was one of the targets of the illegal COINTELPRO from J.Edgar Hoover's FBI. On April 4th, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray, a former US Army soldier and fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, shot and killed Martin Luther King Jr.

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      Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during their only meeting

      Despite being murdered at only 39 years old, MLK made a significant impact on the Civil Rights Movement and fought his whole life to bring the racial struggle that still exists today in the United States and other social matters to the public's consciousness. He didn't travel this path and fought this battle alone, with many great other men and women standing by his side at the trenches, such as Malcolm X, Muhamad Ali, and Rosa Parks and inspired thousand others in the future generations.

      "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men — yes, black men as well as white men — would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
      It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.
      But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.
      ...
      There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
      But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
      ...
      We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: for whites only.
      We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.
      No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
      ...
      I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
      I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
      I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
      I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.
      ...
      And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last."

      Excerpts from "I Have a Dream" speech - Martin Luther King Jr.



    • OSUT Graduation - 08JAN2022


       

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      Congratulations to the soldiers of OSUT class 22-02 (ARMA3) for successful completion of training! These soldiers have been awarded the Army Service Ribbon and have earned the right to be full active members of their squad and the unit! This is merely the first step in your career here at 3rdID, we look forward to your continued success! Hooah!

      Graduates:

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      pv2.png.1d274ecf978e45d51de389c3017f6217Private Second Class Dylan MckenzieASR.png.a7c2cadb2aba55658ebcb2d00f952ba5316658093_RifleExpert.png.670bd6c132003d

      pv2.png.1d274ecf978e45d51de389c3017f6217Private Second Class Kareem VitkasASR.png.a7c2cadb2aba55658ebcb2d00f952ba51010644403_RifleMarksman.png.c884e06b272aca97e6508bc25e980d34.png

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    • Alpha Company Award Ceremony - 02JAN2022


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      The Alpha Company Award Ceremony is a special occasion once a month to allow the unit commander to honor recipients who have been recognized for their accomplishments while assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit.

       

      The Secretary of the Army has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and professional excellence of the following Soldiers. In view of these qualities and their dedicated service to the 3rd Infantry Division they are, therefore, promoted and awarded the following.


       

      Notes for January:

       

      Sergeant Chris Winters has been selected as Fourth Quarter 2021 Soldier of the Quarter.

       

      Staff Sergeant Kalin Grigorov marks 2 years of service.

      Sergeant Daniel Shade marks 2 years of service.

      Sergeant Alexander Vandle marks 1 year of service.

       

      Master Sergeant Christoph Brock is moving from First Platoon, Platoon Sergeant to Alpha Company, First Sergeant.

      Staff Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci will fill the slot by moving from Fourth Squad, Squad Leader to First Platoon, Platoon Sergeant.

      Sergeant Nathan Cooper is moving from Fourth Squad, Fireteam Leader to Fourth Squad, Squad Leader.

      Private First Class Rupert Flannigan is moving from Fourth Squad, Fireteam Member to Fourth Squad, Fireteam Leader.


       

       

      The following Soldiers are promoted to:

       

       

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      E-3 PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

      Private Second Class Chris Brooks

      Private Second Class Patrick McMiller

      Private Second Class Dima Kravchenko

      Private Second Class Alvin Nikeus

      Private Second Class Rupert Flannigan

      Private Second Class Adam Miller

      Private Second Class Change Gray

       

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      E-4B SPECIALIST

      Private First Class Ian Franklin

      Private First Class Joseph Wentzel

       

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      E-4A CORPORAL

      Specialist Roman Ivanov

       

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      E-5 SERGEANT

      Corporal Chris Winters

       

       

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      E-8 MASTER SERGEANT

      Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock

       

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      W-1 WARRANT OFFICER 1

      Warrant Officer Candidate Jacob Frost

       

       

       

       

      The following Soldiers are awarded:

       

       

       

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      HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL

      Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock

      Corporal Vinny Garcia

      Specialist Roman Ivanov

      Private Second Class Rupert Flannigan

       

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      MILITARY OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL

      Sergeant Eric Abel

      Specialist Lev Delgado

      Private Second Class Rupert Flannigan

       

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      ARMED FORCES SERVICE MEDAL

      Major John LaFlash

      First Lieutenant Bailey Lambert

      Sergeant Johnny Ayers

      Sergeant Daniel Shade

      Corporal Vinny Garcia

      Corporal Niko Agricola

       

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      ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

      Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock
      Corporal Caue Moalli
      Specialist Joe Harris
      Specialist Hazel McMahon

       

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      NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

      Private First Class Ryan LeFaivre

      Private First Class Lucas Adams

      Private Second Class Chris Brooks

       

       

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      GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL

      First Lieutenant Bailey Lambert

      Chief Warrant Officer 2 Curtis Brennan

      Warrant Officer 1 Ryan Stricklin

      Warrant Officer 1 Anthony Mays

      Warrant Officer 1 Danny Elio

      Warrant Officer 1 Michael Cunningham

      Warrant Officer 1 Steve Klein

      Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock

      Staff Sergeant Kalin Grigorov

      Staff Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci

      Sergeant Arthur Pendergast

      Sergeant Daniel Shade

      Sergeant Ryan Leng

      Sergeant Emil Poltorak

      Sergeant Johnny Ayers

      Corporal Caue Moalli

      Corporal Austin Bills

      Specialist Tyler Simmons

      Specialist Jay Lewis

      Specialist Harrison Crawford

      Specialist Hazel McMahon

      Specialist Erik Babol

      Specialist Dominik Toplak

      Private First Class Ian Franklin

      Private First Class Scott Saliger

      Private First Class Juan Diego Escubilla

      Private First Class Ray Thomas

       

       

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      ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL

      Chief Warrant Officer 2 Curtis Brennan

      Warrant Officer 1 Danny Elio

      Warrant Officer Candidate Jack Specter

      Specialist Lev Delgado

      Specialist Jay Lewis

      Specialist Erik Babol

       

       

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      JOINT SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL

      First Lieutenant Bailey Lambert

      Warrant Officer 1 Anthony Mays

      Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock

      Corporal Chris Winters

      Corporal Derek Frost

      Specialist Roman Ivanov

      Private Second Class Rupert Flannigan

       

       

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      JOINT SERVICE COMMENDATION MEDAL

      Specialist Harrison Crawford

       

       

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      SOLDIER’S MEDAL

      Corporal Chris Winters

       

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      U.S. ARMY AVIATOR’S WINGS

      Warrant Officer Candidate Jack Specter

       

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      ARMY AVIATION BASIC CREWMEMBER BADGE

      Specialist Lev Delgado

       

       

       

      In closing, Major LaFlash, called on Alpha Company to utilize the "Battle Buddy" system to engage new recruits and keep them active throughout the month of January. He said, "We need to make these Soldiers feel welcome, understand what they got themselves into, and that they need to be here at this time or communicate they cannot be."

       

      He concluded with his vision for the unit: "Then I'll be up here next month, hopefully, being able to say this our new OCS joining the Command Staff team, this is our new Platoon Sergeant, and these are the new Squad Leaders moving over to Second Platoon. I wholeheartedly think it's 100% doable, but it's not just myself [and our leaders]...it's on every one of us."




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