• OSUT Graduation - 08AUG2020


    Congratulations to the soldiers of OSUT class 20-29 (ARMA) 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 the 3rd Infantry Division, we look forward to your continued success! Please join me in welcoming and congratulating our new members. Hooah! 



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  • Purple Heart Day

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    The Purple Heart medal is the oldest medal ever to be bestowed on military personnel. While it wasn’t always called the Purple Heart, it has been awarded to over 1.8 million service members since its induction in 1782. On August 7th every year Purple Heart Day is recognized to honor those who have been awarded the medal for being injured or killed in combat operations.

    A brief history of the Purple Heart is as follows:

    1780 - The Fidelity Medallion was created by the Continental Congress. So far as the known surviving records show, this honor badge was granted to only three men, all of them noncommissioned officers: Sergeant Daniel Bissell of the 2d Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line; Sergeant William Brown of the 5th Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line, and Sergeant Elijah Churchill of the 2d Continental Dragoons, which was also a Connecticut Regiment.

    1782 - The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by General George Washington by order from his headquarters at Newburgh, New York, August 7, 1782. Which consisted of purple cloth in the shape of a heart and was awarded to those who displayed unusual gallantry in combat.

    The writings of General Washington quoted in part: "The General ever desirous to cherish a virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military Merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward". 

    1932 -  By Order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart was revived on the 200th Anniversary of George Washington's birth, and ultimately revived from it’s forgotten past and formed into the Purple Heart by order of General Douglas MacArthur, out of respect to his memory and military achievements, by War Department General Orders No. 3, dated 22 February 1932. On May 28, 137 WWI veterans were awarded the Purple Heart.

    1942 - By Executive Order 9277, dated 3 December 1942 President Roosevelt authorizes the Purple Heart to be awarded to all branches of the United States Military.

    2015 - The Department of Defense extends eligibility of the Purple Heart to those who are wounded or killed by domestic terrorist activities but only military personnel are to be awarded the decoration.

    There are many more points of interest in the history of the Purple Heart but those are the most interesting. Criteria For Receiving A Purple Heart

    The Purple Heart has a long list of criteria for eligibility-too long to list here. Above are only some of the most interesting points. Further reading on Purple Heart history here:

  • Reactivation of Third Squad "Spartans"



    This past Sunday at Ceremony, Major John LaFlash announced the reopening of Third Squad “Spartans”.

    The history of Third Squad goes back to June, 2013, when it opened in support of 3ID’s Arma 2 operations. Its first Squad Leader was Sergeant Brad Ahles, who is currently our unit’s Executive Officer. A number of other former Spartans Squad Leaders also rose through the ranks, including Sergeant Day, Staff Sergeant Theriault, Staff Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci (now returning as Fireteam Leader), and Staff Sergeant Kalin Grigorov.

    Today, the following Soldiers have assumed leadership of the newly reopened squad:


    Corporal Eric Abel - Squad Leader

    Specialist Abel has been promoted to Corporal. He now takes charge of Third Squad “Spartans” as Squad Leader.

    Enlisting earlier this year, he has steadily risen through the ranks, serving as a Fireteam Leader in Second Squad prior to his current assignment. An experienced veteran of Operation Thin Ice, Corporal Abel has earned a number of awards and qualifications, such as the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Basic Parachute Badge, Expert Marksmanship Badge, and others.

    Asked about his history with the unit, Corporal Abel said, “My experience in the 3ID has been an amazing one! This has been my first and only milsim unit.”

    Speaking of the challenges of reopening Third Squad, he stated, “Although I have some experience leading my previous fireteam and a little less leading a squad, I think my biggest priority will be making sure everyone is combat ready and that all of their unit info is up to date as soon as possible.”

    Corporal Abel closed with this: “I'm looking forward to being able to lay down some heavy cover fire and blowing up some big vehicles with our heavy weapons. I want Spartans to be a force to be reckoned with when we're called up for battle.”


    Specialist Luke VanDenburgh - Squad Medic

    Private First Class VanDenburgh has been promoted to Specialist. He assumes the position of Spartans Squad Medic.

    A recent 3ID enlistee, he served as a Fireteam Member in Second Squad. A veteran of Operation Thin Ice, Specialist VanDenburgh has earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Expert Marksmanship Badge.

    When asked about his future in Spartans, Specialist VanDenburgh said, “I am ready and willing to take on the challenge of being squad medic for Spartans. [I am] looking forward to getting us a dedicated Weapons Squad, and possibly getting to fire some cool new weapons (i.e. Javelin).

    But as Squad Medic, he tempers his enthusiasm with caution. He closed, “I think our biggest priority will be instructing weapons safety, which I have already brought up with our Squad Leader. That Javelin has a huge backblast range and radius, and it can be really dangerous to both us and the enemy when in our hands.”


    Corporal Giancarlo Tucci - Alpha Fireteam Leader

    Now into his first re-enlistment, Corporal Tucci joins Third Squad as Alpha Fireteam Leader.

    Starting in 2015 as a Fireteam Member in Third Squad, Corporal Tucci rose through the ranks to take over as Squad Leader. He is a battle-hardened veteran of Operations Swarmer II, Bronze Fire, Red Leopard, Bright Star, and Thin Ice. He has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 3rd Infantry Division Unit Patch, Combat Infantry Badge (Stage 3), Basic Parachute Badge (with 2 Combat Jump Devices), Air Assault Badge, and Expert Marksmanship Badge.

    Speaking of his time in 3ID, he related, “My experience with the unit was always great. I'm really excited to be a part of the reopening of Spartans as it was once my baby. Now I get to help Corporal Abel start Spartans back from the ground up. There's going to be a few challenges, I think the main one is figuring out how we want the Squad to function. It's starting back up and now we have to decide what to do.”


    Specialist Brendan Moose - Bravo Fireteam Leader

    Private First Class Moose has been promoted to Specialist. He now serves as Spartans Bravo Fireteam Leader.

    Beginning his enlistment in the midst of Operation Thin Ice, he has significant combat experience. Before bringing his fireteam to Third Squad, he was an accomplished Fireteam Leader in Scorpions. His awards and decorations include the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, and Expert Marksmanship Badge.

    Discussing the future of Third Squad, Specialist Moose said, “I’m excited to work with Corporal Abel and Corporal Tucci. I think Abel is going to be a super-effective leader. My fireteam works well together. We just need to train on the Javelin so we can get up to speed.”


    In closing, Major LaFlash stated, "We have an extremely solid leadership team from the top. I feel Spartans is going to get off to a good start."


    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


    Celebrating Chief Warrant Officer 4 Quincy Morton’s Retirement, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Quincy Morton retires as Aviation Commander for 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade "Falcons". 

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Quincy Morton joined the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Unit on October 6th 2018. Throughout his enlistment, he has shown a great commitment and strong motivation for the 3rd Infantry Division. 

    During his time with the unit, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Quincy Morton has served as an experienced pilot of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade. November 4th 2018 he joined the Aviation Brigade as an Aviator Trainee before receiving a promotion to Warrant Officer 1 and Army Aviator on January 8th 2019. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Quincy Morton also held the positions of Executive Officer from May 5th 2019 and Aviation Commander from August 4th 2019.  Deployed in Operation Thin Ice, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Quincy Morton holds a number of qualifications and awards, including the National Defence Service Medal for real life Military Service, U.S Army Aviator Wings, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Basic Parachute Badge, Air Medal, Combat Action Badge, and many other decorations.


  • Alpha Company Award Ceremony - 02AUG2020


    The Alpha Company awards 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.

    This ceremony marked the reactivation of 3rd Squad "Spartans" and the Anniversary of Sergeant David Sklenar

    Soldiers, multiple DMOS are currently hiring!  CHECK HERE for the available DMOS. A DMOS is required to achieve the rank of (E-4B) SPC. If you are interested contact your first line leaders!

    Ceremony notes:
    Warrior Leader Course 29th and 30th August 

    Promotion Boards 9th August 1300 EST

    This month, Major John LaFlash held a ceremony to recognize...

    The following soldiers were promoted to:



    E-3 Private First Class

    Private Second Class Quincy Freeman promoted to Private First Class
    Private Second Class Clifford Simpkins promoted to Private First Class
    Private Second Class Gufran Parker promoted to Private First Class
    Private Second Class Grant Woods promoted to Private First Class
    Private Second Class Juan Escubilla promoted to Private First Class



    E-4B Specialist

    Private First Class Anthony Sam promoted to Specialist
    Private First Class James Kiheri promoted to Specialist
    Private First Class Kyle Skitz promoted to Specialist
    Private First Class Joshua Sanders promoted to Specialist
    Private First Class Luke VanDenburgh promoted to Specialist
    Private First Class Brendan Moose promoted to Specialist
    Private First Class Kit Ohnira promoted to Specialist
    Private First Class Michael Luckie promoted to Specialist



    E-4A Corporal

    Specialist Dominik Toplak promoted to Corporal
    Specialist Eric Abel promoted to Corporal



    E-6 Staff Sergeant

    Sergeant Jannes Drake promoted to Staff Sergeant



    W-1 Warrant Officer 1

    Warrant Officer Candidate Ryan Stricklin promoted to Warrant Officer 1



    W-2 Chief Warrant Officer 2

    Warrant Officer 1 Curtis Brennan promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 2



    O-1 Second Lieutenant

    Officer Candidate Bailey Lambert promoted to Second Lieutenant


    The following soldiers were awarded:



    Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal







    Humanitarian Service Medal

    Sergeant Christoph Brock



    Armed Forces Service Medal

    Sergeant David Sklenar



    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Curtis Brennan
    Sergeant David Sklenar



    National Defense Service Medal

    Private First Class Israel Abraham
    Private First Class Alex Cruze
    Private Trainee Johnny Ayers



    Good Conduct Medal

    Warrant Officer 1 Ryan Stricklin
    Specialist Brendan Moose
    Specialist Michael Luckie



    Army Achievement Medal

    Sergeant Christoph Brock



    Joint Service Achievement Medal

    Sergeant David Sklenar
    Sergeant Christoph Brock
    Corporal Eric Abel
    Corporal Dominik Toplak
    Specialist Yarden Nissan
    Specialist John Purdy
    Specialist Kyle Skitz


    Army Commendation Medal

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Curtis Brennan
    Private First Class Lucas Fields



    Joint Service Commendation Medal

    Sergeant Christoph Brock



    U.S. Army Aviator Wings

    Warrant Officer 1 Ryan Stricklin
    Warrant Officer Candidate Jacob Frost
    Warrant Officer Candidate Garry Beaudoin



    Air Assault Badge

    Sergeant Christoph Brock
    Corporal Dominik Toplak
    Specialist Jackson Hendrix
    Specialist Luke VanDenBurgh
    Specialist Brendan Moose
    Specialist Joshua Sanders
    Specialist Anthony Sam
    Specialist James Kiheri
    Specialist John Purdy
    Specialist Kyle Skitz
    Private First Class Alyen Mouring



    Combat Action Badge

    Warrant Officer Candidate Jacob Frost



    Combat Infantryman Badge (Stage 1)

    Specialist Luke VanDenburgh
    Private First Class Lucas Fields
    Private First Class Nick Romanov
    Private First Class Quincy Freeman
    Private First Class Gufran Parker
    Private First Class Grant Woods



    French Fourragere

    Sergeant Christoph Brock
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