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  • Alpha Company Award Ceremony - 06JUN2021


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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 June:

    First Lieutenant B.Lambert marks 2 years of service.
    Staff Sergeant G.Tucci marks 1 year of service.
    Sergeant A.Sam marks 1 year of service.
    Sergeant J.Kiheri marks 1 year of service.
    Sergeant K.Skitz marks 1 year of service.

    First Lieutenant Bailey Lambert takes on duties as Alpha Company Executive Officer.
    Officer Candidate Jannes Drake takes leadership of First Platoon as Widowmakers Platoon Leader.

    Alpha Company, Second Infantry Brigade Combat Team has deployed to Mopti, central Mali.

     

    The following Soldiers are promoted to:

     

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    E-3  PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

     

    Private Second Class David Pelerine is promoted to Private First Class.

    Private Second Class Ray Thomas is promoted to Private First Class.

    Private Second Class Jimbo Red is promoted to Private First Class.

     

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    E-4B  SPECIALIST

     

    Private First Class Tony Pearson is promoted to Specialist

     

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    E-4A  CORPORAL

     

    Specialist Paul Liwa is promoted to Corporal.

     

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    W-2  CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2

     

    Warrant Officer 1 Garry Beaudoin is promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 2.

     

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    E-5  OFFICER CANDIDATE

     

    First Sergeant Jannes Drake is promoted to Officer Candidate.


     

    The following Soldiers were awarded:


     

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    MILITARY OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL

     

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    HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL

     

    Sergeant James Kiheri

    Corporal Arthur Pendergast

    Specialist Vinny Garcia


     

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    ARMED FORCES SERVICE MEDAL

     

    Warrant Officer 1 Robert Paxton

    Corporal Ryan Leng

    Specialist Giancarlo Orsini


     

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    GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL

     

    Private First Class Wolffe Fives

    Private Second Class Adi Bar


     

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    ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

     

    Sergeant Kyle Skitz

    Sergeant James Kiheri


     

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    NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

     

    Private Second Class Austin Bills


     

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    GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL

     

    Officer Candidate Jannes Drake

    Staff Sergeant David Sklenar

    Sergeant Daniel Shade

    Specialist Kyle Holmes

    Specialist Brandon Perez

    Specialist Tony Pearson

    Private First Class Zoren Bernardino

    Private First Class David Meadows


     

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    ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL

     

    Sergeant Daniel Shade - With “C” Device

    Corporal Arthur Pendergast - With “C” Device

    Corporal Paul Liwa - With “C” Device

    Specialist Nathan Cooper - With “C” Device

    Specialist Tomas Unger - With “C” Device

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Garry Beaudoin

    Specialist Alexander Vandle


     

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    JOINT SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL

     

    Staff Sergeant David Sklenar

    Sergeant Johnny Ayers

    Sergeant Emil Poltorak

    Specialist Alexander Vandle

    Specialist Vinny Garcia

    Private First Class Joe Harris


     

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    ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL

     

    Warrant Officer 1 Ben Inka - With “V” Device

    Sergeant Emil Poltorak - With “V” Device

    Specialist Vinny Garcia - With “V” Device


     

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    JOINT SERVICE COMMENDATION MEDAL

     

    First Lieutenant Bailey Lambert

    Warrant Officer 1 Robert Paxton

    Staff Sergeant David Sklenar

    Staff Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci


     

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    PURPLE HEART

     

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    BRONZE STAR

     

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    DEFENSE SUPERIOR SERVICE MEDAL

     

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    COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE (STAGE 1)

     

    Specialist Alexander Vandle

    Private First Class Chris Winters

    Private First Class Austin Mundar

    Private First Class David Meadows

    Private First Class Damian Paz

    Private Second Class Damian Rivacoba

    Private Second Class Min Nguyen

    Private Second Class Derek Frost

    Private Second Class Spencer Reynolds

    Private Second Class Luke Smith

    Private Second Class Scott Kidon


     

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    COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE (STAGE 2)

     

    Specialist Nathan Cooper

    Specialist Giancarlo Orsini

    Private First Class David Pelerine


     

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    COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE (STAGE 3)

     

    Private First Class Wolffe Fives

    Private Second Class Adi Bar


     

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    COMBAT ACTION BADGE

     

    Private Second Class Austin Bills


     

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    3RD INFANTRY DIVISION UNIT PATCH

     

    Private First Class Wolffe Fives

    Private Second Class Adi Bar



  • Leadership Promotions


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    During Ceremony this past Sunday First Sergeant J.Drake announced two major leadership assignments in Alpha Company, First Platoon. The following Soldiers have been promoted to:

     

    First Lieutenant Bailey Lambert – Executive Officer, A-CO, 1-2 IN

    A seasoned 3rdID veteran, First Lieutenant B.Lambert has continued to to set the example within the Unit. As a Soldier during operations he leads from the front and commands with respect and authority and expects his orders to be carried out by the letter, which in 99 percent of all cases they do. 1LT B.Lambert has also shown great commitment to the Unit in DMOS duties as well, holding seven individual DMOS jobs and committing to them with excellence. It is with great pride that we announce and recognize 1LT’s accomplishments and his promotion to Executive Officer of Alpha Company.

     

    Officer Candidate Jannes Drake – Platoon Leader, 1/A-CO, 1-2 IN

    Another long standing 3rdID veteran, Officer Candidate J.Drake shown great leadership and dedication to the Unit. Over his time within the 3rdID OCS J.Drake has proven to be dependable and always at the ready, taking over when things get rough and setting the example for those under him to follow. Due to his exemplary leadership as 1SG, it is with great admiration that Jannes Drake be promoted to Officer Candidate to further lead the Unit as he has in the past. We have no doubt in his ability to lead and delegate those under him. Congratulations Drake and welcome to the Officers Corps!

    HOOAH!



  • OSUT GRADUATION - 05JUN2021


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    Congratulations to the soldiers of OSUT class 21-21 (ARMA3) for successful completion of training! These soldiers have been awarded the Army Service Ribbon and have earned the right to be fully 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 Chase Harris ASR.png.a7c2cadb2aba55658ebcb2d00f952ba5316658093_RifleExpert.png.670bd6c132003d
    pv2.png.1d274ecf978e45d51de389c3017f6217Private Second Class Scott Kidon  ASR.png.a7c2cadb2aba55658ebcb2d00f952ba5316658093_RifleExpert.png.670bd6c132003d

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  • World Marks 77th Anniversary of D-Day Landings


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    Today the free world commemorates the 77th anniversary of the Allied Landings at Normandy. These combined airborne and amphibious assaults were codenamed Operation Overlord, the invasion of  western Europe. D-Day was June 6, 1944.

     

    Allied soldiers, sailors, and airmen from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada conducted the assaults onto Fortress Europe.

     

    The attack began shortly after midnight with airborne assaults by the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and UK 6th Airborne Division. Parachuting across Normandy, these airborne troopers were to secure the flanks of the landing zone and clear roads from the coast inland. However, in the confusion of that drop, many soldiers were scattered, with some men landing miles from their objectives.

     

    Several hours later, at daybreak, Allied Command launched the amphibious assault on five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.

     

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    The US Army deployed the 1st, 4th, and 29th Infantry Divisions, as well as numerous smaller units onto Utah and Omaha Beaches. Omaha was the most heavily fortified and defended, and GIs suffered immense casualties in the first waves of the attack. The UK also deployed its 3rd and 50th Infantry Divisions on Gold and Sword Beaches, with support from elements of 79th Armoured Division and 8th Armoured Brigade across the entire British zone. Canada’s 3rd Infantry Division landed on Juno Beach.

     

    Having expected landings to be made further north near Calais, German forces were initially shocked and confused by the assaults. However, they organized their forces quickly across the front and defended against the Americans, British, and Canadians ferociously. Confusion among the Allies also slowed the initial push into the French interior.

     

    The fighting was hard and the costs were high. On D-Day, some 4,414 US, British, and Canadian personnel were killed or missing in action. An almost equal number were wounded.

     

    The Germans suffered similar losses, with an estimated 4,000-9,000 casualties that day.

     

    From June 6 until the end of the operation on August 21, 1944, Allied Forces suffered a total of 72,911 killed or missing in action. Another 153,475 men were wounded in action.

     

    The Germans continued to lose more and more under the weight of the invasion. In Normandy, the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe suffered some 240,000 casualties, with 200,000 more captured.

     

    Through this chaos, the free world made its return to Western Europe, and in the process, freed untold millions of people from the murderous oppression of the Axis. Today, we remember the cost of freedom.



  • Combat Lifesaver Course - 03JUN2021


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    Congratulations to the soldiers of Combat Lifesaver Course class 21-04 (ARMA3) for successful completion of Combat Lifesaver training! The Combat Lifesaver Course is the official medical training course conducted by the US Army, intended to provide an intermediate step between the buddy aid-style basic life support taught to every soldier. The combat lifesaver is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment at point of wounding on the battlefield, limited primary care, and health protection and evacuation from a point of injury or illness.

    Graduates:

    sfc.png.6c31b98077b8cbcbb228337d94180b52Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock
    spc.png.ae595d351b6231e0c4fbf1a451b96686Specialist Paul Liwa
    spc.png.ae595d351b6231e0c4fbf1a451b96686Specialist Angie Bee
    pv2.png.1d274ecf978e45d51de389c3017f6217Private Second Class David Pelerine
    pv2.png.1d274ecf978e45d51de389c3017f6217Private Second Class Derek Frost

    Instructors:

    cpl.png.bd9337faed072c5c25dbd13c98540307Corporal Arthur Pendergast
    spc.png.ae595d351b6231e0c4fbf1a451b96686Specialist Hazel McMahon
    spc.png.ae595d351b6231e0c4fbf1a451b96686Specialist Giancarlo Orsini