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    1. The American Legion was established shortly after World War One. The intention of the Legion was to serve military veterans, service members and their communities. Membership for the American Legion quickly rose postwar with over one million members and many local posts throughout the country. Today the Legion is over two million strong with more than thirteen-thousand posts worldwide. As time rolled on, the American Legion has influenced substantial change when it comes to the care of the nation’s servicemen and their families within the United States. Hundreds of benefits have been made available for those in need including psychological help, housing, jobs and many more. For a bit of history regarding the American Legion, the American Legion was chartered on September 16, 1919 with the first official convention convening in Minneapolis, Minnesota shortly after. During the 1920’s the formation of the US Veterans Bureau was created which would later lead to the well know Veterans Administration or as many know as, VA. Today the American Legion can be easily accessed for those who are veterans or family of a veteran or active service member in one of its many posts throughout the country and the world. Many veterans turn to the Legion for aid. Whether it be emotional, financial or just social interaction to something they are now familiar with.
    2. Well done, SFC. Never forget!
    3. National Airborne Day is recognized on August 16th in honor of those who served and continue to serve in US Airborne Divisions. The first parachute jump was conducted on August 16th, 1940 by the US Army Parachute Test Platoon, which consisted of 48 volunteers. Since then Airborne Operations have been a key element of modern battle tactics, especially during World War II. I’m sure we all have heard of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions but there were many others who fought bravely and decisively during armed conflicts, notably the 11th, 13th and 17th Airborne Divisions. The US Army conducted its first combat jump in November 1942 and following that the 2nd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry conducted 93 combat jumps during the war, firstly in North Africa during Operation Torch. But more notably during D-Day on June 6, 1944 the 82nd Airborne and the 101st Airborne Divisions were the first boots on the ground in Normandy. There have been many accounts of these two divisions and ever since D-Day they have become legendary units of the US Army. From WWII to Today, US Army Paratroopers are entirely made up of volunteers. They undergo training at Fort Benning, Georgia and its comprised of three weeks of grueling drills designated as Ground Week, Tower Week and Jump Week. Once they complete their training students are awarded their Jump Wings and earn the right to wear the Airborne Patch on their shoulder and or dress uniform.
    4. What has now become somewhat of a tradition, the quarterly podcast featuring Soldier of the Quarter and Behind the Rank was conducted today at 1400EST. Today Public Affairs sat down with Second Lieutenant J.Drake and Corporal A.Vandle. The podcast covered information regarding the unit and the individuals who are featured in today’s podcast. If you have an hour of time on your hands we encourage you to take a look at the 3rd Infantry Division’s YouTube Channel where the podcast will be posted. A link to the podcast is listed below. [3rdID] - 2021 Q2 Podcast - YouTube Podcast Host: Sergeant First Class C.Brock Podcast Speaker: Sergeant K.Skitz Soldier of the Quarter: Corporal A.Vandle Behind the Rank Soldier: Second Lieutenant J.Drake
    5. 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 July: Sergeant J.Ayers marks 1 year of service. Corporal N.Agricola marks 1 year of service. The following Soldiers are promoted to: E-3 PRIVATE FIRST CLASS Private Second Class David Pelerine is promoted to Private First Class. Private Second Class Harrison Crawford is promoted to Private First Class. Private Second Class Derek Frost is promoted to Private First Class. Private Second Class Scott Kidon is promoted to Private First Class. Private Second Class Luke Smith is promoted to Private First Class. Private Second Class Drew Schneider is promoted to Private First Class. Private Second Class Damian Rivacoba is promoted to Private First Class. Private Second Class Lucas Silveira is promoted to Private First Class. Private Second Class Austin Bills is promoted to Private First Class. E-4B SPECIALIST Private First Class Joe Harris is promoted to Specialist. E-4A CORPORAL Specialist Thomas Unger is promoted to Corporal. Specialist David Marsh is promoted to Corporal. Specialist Alexander Vandle is promoted to Corporal. Specialist Vinny Garcia is promoted to Corporal. Specialist Hazel McMahon is promoted to Corporal. E-5 SERGEANT Corporal Arthur Pendergast is promoted to Sergeant. O-1 SECOND LIEUTENANT Officer Candidate Jannes Drake is promoted to Second Lieutenant. The following Soldiers were awarded: MILITARY OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL Corporal Alexander Vandle HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock Sergeant Arthur Pendergast Corporal Vinny Garcia Private First Class Austin Bills ARMED FORCES SERVICE MEDAL Major John LaFlash Second Lieutenant Jannes Drake Chief Warrant Officer 2 Garry Beaudoin Sergeant Kyle Skitz Corporal David Marsh Corporal Nico Agricola Corporal Vinny Garcia Specialist Brandon Perez Specialist Yarden Nissan Specialist Kyle Holmes ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL First Lieutenant Bailey Lambert Staff Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci Sergeant Anthony Sam Sergeant Maarten Gregoire GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL First Lieutenant Bailey Lambert Warrant Officer 1 Quinten Stain Warrant Officer 1 Rob Paxton Warrant Officer 1 Ben Inka Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock Staff Sergeant Kalin Grigorov Staff Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci Sergeant Kyle Skitz Sergeant Johnny Ayers Sergeant Emil Poltorak Sergeant Arthur Pendergast Corporal Ryan Leng Corporal Tomas Unger Corporal David Marsh Corporal Hazel McMahon Corporal Paul Liwa Specialist Giancarlo Orsini Specialist Caue Moalli Private First Class Andrew Reed Private First Class Ray Thomas ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL Sergeant James Kiheri Corporal Hazel McMahon JOINT SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL Sergeant First Class Christoph Brock Sergeant Kyle Skitz ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL Staff Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci Sergeant Daniel Shade JOINT SERVICE COMMENDATION MEDAL Second Lieutenant Jannes Drake PURPLE HEART Sergeant Kyle Skitz SOLDIERS MEDAL Major John LaFlash Coporal Alexander Vandle COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE (STAGE 1) Private First Class Harrison Crawford Private First Class Austin Bills Private Second Class James Culvey COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE (STAGE 2) Private First Class Drew Schneider BASIC PARACHUTIST BADGE Sergeant Johnny Ayers Corporal Ryan Leng Corporal Hazel McMahon Private First Class David Pelerine Private First Class Jimbo Red FRENCH FOURRAGERE Sergeant Emil Poltorak Corporal Ryan Leng Corporal Alexander Vandle Corporal Vinny Garcia Specialist Caue Moalli Specialist Tony Pearson Specialist Nathan Cooper Ranger Tab Sergeant Johnny Ayers Sergeant Emil Poltorak Corporal Ryan Leng Corporal Alexander Vandle Corporal Vinny Garcia Corporal Paul Liwa Specialist Nathan Cooper Specialist Caue Moalli Specialist Tony Pearson Private First Class Jimbo Red
    6. Took me quite awhile to save up for everything. I've added things over time but its pretty much complete.
    7. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary has been in service since 1941 which is when Congress authorized the creation of a civilian backed maritime service to protect our shores. The USCG Reserves was authorized by Congress just a few years before the Auxiliary but the need for safety on our shores proved that a civilian presence would be beneficial. And thus the USCG Auxiliary was formed. Those who serve in the Coast Guard Reserve and Auxiliary commonly had their own vessel but the requirement for higher standards proved to be necessary so larger, more powerful vessels were built to serve. Overall there is not much difference between the Reserves and Auxiliary other than pay. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is strictly a volunteer civilian service while the Reserves is payed military. Other than that they are comparably the same. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary primarily preforms vessel safety checks, recreational boat safety classes and waterway patrols, whether it be river, lake or sea. If you are interested in learning more about the USCG Auxiliary do visit their official website linked below. http://www,cgaux.org
    8. 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!
    9. Armed Forces Day

      On the final day of August 1949, the creation of Armed Forces Day was made. This was done to unify each branch for a single holiday instead of their previous individual ones. This day also began the unification under one agency, the Department of Defense. The United States Army – The Army was established on June 14th, 1775. Since then the US Army has fought in every major conflict stemming back from the Revolutionary War all the way to the War in Afghanistan. The Army is currently 480,900 active duty strong and roughly 525,000 National Guard and reserves. The United States Navy – The Navy was created on October 13, 1775. Its primary mission; the preparation of naval forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war, the maintenance of naval aviation including land-based naval aviation and the development of aircraft, weapons, tactics, technique, organization and equipment of naval combat and service elements. The US Navy is roughly 347,000 active duty and 202,500 reserves. The United States Air Force – The US Air Force is the youngest of the four main branches of military service, being assembled on September 18th, 1947. The Air Force is roughly 330,000 active duty and 176,000 Air National Guard and reserves. The US Air Force was created due to the advancement of aircraft and the need to be separated from the US Army. The United States Marine Corps – The US Marines was established on June 11, 1798 and is officially under the department of the Navy. The Marines has been touted to be mission ready anywhere in the world within 24 hours. Similar to the US Army, the Marines is primarily a land based force able to proceed in combat alongside other branches but can also work independently as it has its own air force as well. The Marines is the smallest of the four main branches of service with 181,000 active duty and 38,000 reserves.
    10. The 3rd Infantry Division Realism 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 Staff Sergeant Eric Abel’s retirement, SSG E.Abel retires as former First Platoon, Third Squad, Squad Leader. SSG E.Abel enlisted into the 3rd Infantry Division MilSim Unit on April 8th, 2020 and served with distinction in his time here. He moved up through the ranks and led Third Squad Spartans through a number of combat missions successfully. He always found a way to overcome obstacles during missions and kept the safety of his men of who he was in charge of as his number one objective. Staff Sergeant Eric Abel earned and received a number of medals during his time here in the 3rd Infantry Division including the Purple Heart and Soldier’s Medal. SSG E.Abel graduated from a number of special schools as well within the unit including Airborne, Air Assault, Expert Infantryman and Ranger School. He used the experience and knowledge from these schools to lead his squad as an honorable example to all others during his time here. On a personal note, I was under his charge in Third Squad Spartans and I can say from experience that SSG E.Abel is a capable leader who always looked after those under his charge and worked with them to fulfil not only mission objectives but personnel matters as well.
    11. The US Army Reserves has a proud history stemming back 113 years. Evolving from a small corps of medical professionals to the best equipped and most ready Army Reserve in the world. A prime example of the US Army Reserves is the valor of the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regiment during WWII. During that time awards included but not limited to the following: 560 Silver Star Medals, 21 Medals of Honor and seven Presidential Unit Citations. Before WWII the Reserves was mainly a medical unit for infantry and other frontline units. However due to the sheer scale of WWII the US Army Reserves was forced to expand, recruiting thousands to assist Regulars and to fight Axis forces in Europe directly. With the success of the expansion of troops the US Army Reserves still remain a sizable force today. As COVID-19 ravages the USA and other countries, roughly 8,000 Reserve Soldiers from more than 250 units deployed to 23 countries worldwide in order to battle the pandemic. With vaccinations seeing an enormous increase this past few months, it would seem the end is just around the corner. Even in times of relative peace, the US Army Reserves still keeps to its roots by providing medical help to those in need. This is a prime example of the importance of the Reserve Force and why even today the US Army Reserves is a key element in America’s interests both foreign and domestic.
    12. Official Link Posted By Bohemia Interactive Some of you may already be aware but a new Arma DLC is coming out soon, labeled S.O.G. Prairie Fire. Its pretty much a Vietnam overhaul for Arma, made by the community. It looks fantastic and I will certainly be purchasing it when it comes out. Now the point of this thread is to raise awareness and possibly get enough of us together to do some Friday Night Fire Fights in the Bush. If you plan on getting the new Creator DLC please post below so we can see how many of us there are going to be. We can easily milk the fun out of it for a month, maybe more. I look forward to seeing some discussion and enlistment into kicking some NVA butt! HOOAH!
    13. Recently the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Unit was honored with a TeamSpeak Sponsorship. This is great news as it allows us to shed more attention to ourselves in a positive manner and at no cost to us. As we all know, TeamSpeak is an invaluable resource for us. If it wasn’t for TeamSpeak the 3rd Infantry Division would not be able to interact as we do. Most importantly our main plugin, TFAR. TeamSpeak not only allows us to game in Arma properly but it also allows us to hold important meetings and off-game training applications and other important criteria. TeamSpeak is an invaluable resource to us and this recent official sponsorship allows us to use TeamSpeak for FREE. On behalf of the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Unit and Public Affairs I would personally like to thank TeamSpeak for their recent sponsorship. This eases the financial burden on our personnel as we are funded primarily from our Soldiers. This sponsorship also shows that the 3rd ID is an active and positive member of the Arma community as we most likely would not have received this kind gesture if we have not proven ourselves to be such. Your trust has been well placed TeamSpeak and the 3rd Infantry Division looks for many more years of quality service from you!
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