Warrior Leaders Course 22-23JAN2022
NCOs are the backbone of the unit and the Army. The Warrior Leaders Course is a two day event that helps prepare soldiers to take up the role of NCO, giving them the tools needed to be effective leaders. Candidates are those Specialists and Corporals who have shown the potential and drive to be solid leaders of Fireteams as well as opening the opportunity for advance to Sergeant and beyond.
Warrant Officer 1 Jack Specter
Warrant Officer 1 Michael Cunningham
Corporal Derek Frost
Corporal Austin BIlls
Corporal Damian Paz
Specialist Joseph Wentzel
Specialist Harrison Crawford
Specialist Tyler Simmons
Specialist Lev Delgado
Specialist Erik Babol
Private First Class Chris Brooks
Driver and Operator Course - 22JAN2022
The Driver and Operator Course trains Soldiers in the use of Army wheeled vehicles and equipment. Trainees learn vehicle operation, Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS), military driving tactics and techniques, and convoy operations. The course qualifies graduates to operate all wheeled motor vehicles in the 3rd Infantry Division Motor Pool.
Congratulations to the class of 22-01 (ARMA3)
OSUT Graduation - 22JAN2022
Congratulations to the soldiers of OSUT class 22-03 (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!
The Battle of Anzio: Reflecting on the Division’s World War II legacy
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
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.