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    • Celebrating Independence Day and the 3rd Infantry Division's Anniversary


      This weekend, 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit celebrates the July 4th holiday. And with it, we also mark the 19th anniversary of the unit’s founding.

      Both events are ramped in history. Each year, Americans celebrate Independence Day in remembrance of our nation’s founding on July 4, 1776. On that date, the Second Continental Congress declared the founding Thirteen Colonies a sovereign nation of states, free from British rule.

      On the same date in 2003, Lieutenant Colonel D. Toby and Major J. Mathews founded the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit, activating Alpha Company “WarEagles”. The “3rdID” began its history in America's Army 2 and Day of Defeat, but would soon grow to encompass more Soldiers, additional games, and many combat operations.

      Commanding Officer Major John LaFlash began his career as a Private Trainee in May, 2006. Completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) and other advanced training courses, within two years he was promoted to Captain as Alpha Company Commander.

      In the generations to follow the birth of the country, Independence Day has become one of the most festive public holidays. Families and friends enjoy cookouts, swimming, fireworks, and games to ring in the summer season. Many cities and public groups, including veterans associations also hold parades, concerts, and other events.

      Likewise, the unit’s anniversary is a time for celebration. Today, we look back at the Soldiers who have served, and the adventures they have had together. It has been quite a ride. And looking forward, there are more opportunities ahead.

      So this holiday weekend, we celebrate the rich history, the lasting achievements, and the great people of our nation and of the 3rdID. Rock of the Marne!


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