CIV D.McKenzie

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  1. Back when I lead the training of personnel within the 3rd ID, first thing I thought about now Sergeant Anderson was "This guy has a busted arm, he's in his old age, he'll probably forget to reset the router and we won't hear from him for a while" After seeing him graduate this unit's OSUT, then later attending my CLS course, I took a moment and though again "He's dedicated, he has this busted up arm, but he was the last to leave the CLS class because he wanted to learn more." If I'm being honest with myself, he had more heart for this unit than I ever would have, and I'm in my 20s. Sergeant Anderson didn't want to just be a ground pounder in this unit, he wanted to keep his brothers safe and well cared for. This Marine continued to show the hallmarks of what it means to be a warrior. Serving in one of the most controversial and bloody wars this country has seen, he took that horror with him and made light out of it by continuing his fight in the virtual space. This Marine is what I aspire to be when I grow old and gray. Nothing is more true, charriest, and honored than ones brother. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" - John 15-12/13
  2. Prior to my disembarking of this unit. I served a brief few months very close with SPC Anderson, at the time, PV2 Anderson and I shared some amazing stories between each other, not only as a Soldier and a Marine, but as two good friends. The Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful, has always been a motto tried, and tested, worn, and weathered. And nothing is so short of AMAZING, as seeing a Marine fulfill that motto, as a soldier in a community of brothers. Lance Corporal Anderson, United States Marine Crops will be standing at the pearly gates, guarding those who need safety. Rest easy Brother.
  3. Soldiers of Alpha Company, First Platoon Graduation of Air Assault School. Graduates: SPC Alter SPC Stubbs PFC Chan PFC Sklenar Cadre: 2LT Conlisk CPL McKenzie CW3 Morton
  4. Col. Michael McFadden, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rob Armstrong, the command team for 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, roll and prepare to case the brigade’s colors, signifying 3CAB’s transition into theater operations in support of the U.S. Army Europe mission and representing a new chapter in the unit history. 3CAB cases colors for deployment Marne Air Soldiers from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, cased their brigade and battalion colors Sept. 13 at Hunter Army Airfield in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Europe. The cased colors signify the brigade’s transition into theater operations and represents the start of a new chapter to be etched in the unit history. “In today’s environment - more than ever - it is critical that we are ready to answer our nation’s call,” said Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto, commander, 3rd ID. “Whether it’s our nation’s enemies, natural disasters, training, support or whenever they are needed, our CAB answers the call.” The brigade will train throughout countries in Europe, including Germany, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia; conducting multinational exercises focused on improving interoperability with their North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies and partners, Aguto said “They are Europe’s decisive arm, a deterrent to any aggression and an integral part of NATO and our Allies plans,” Aguto said. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brent Melland, command chief warrant officer for 3rd CAB, gave the latest history that led up to the newest chapter in the Falcon Brigade’s history. “We started with the division warfighter exercise in August through November; and we supported Hurricane Florence relief efforts for North and South Carolina by providing UH-60 Blackhawk command and control platforms,” Melland said. While Marne Air Soldiers supported border support efforts forward in late 2018, rear elements assisted the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team complete training in preparation for their deployment. “Throughout all the accomplishments, late hours of work, and time away from home during these busy 14 months, this all could not have happened without the love and support of our Families,” Melland said. “The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade is trained, prepared and ready to conduct any mission regardless of when or where.”
  5. Photos by Spc. Brenton Workman Sgt. James Corliss, with Company A, 10th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, maneuvers around a barrier and engages a target with his M26 shotgun at a firing range on Fort Stewart, Aug 23. The M26 shotgun, also known as the Modular Accessory Shotgun System is an attachment for the M4 carbine but can also be fitted with a pistol grip and a collapsible stock to be fired as a stand-alone weapon. 10th Brigade Engineer Battalion hits the range on Fort Stewart Spc. Don Keller, with Co. A, 10th BEB, 1ABCT, 3rd ID, fires his M26 shotgun at a firing range on Fort Stewart, Aug 23. On Aug. 27, Soldiers from Co. A, 10th BEB, returned to range to engage pop-up targets during a live fire qualification at a firing range on Fort Stewart. The Soldiers fired at targets ranging from 50-meters away, to 300-meters. They had to do this in three different firing positions; the prone supported, prone unsupported and kneeling position.
  6. CIV D.McKenzie

    18 Years...

    I was 5 years old, living in Anaheim, California. I remember my parents were arguing about something, so my mom sat me down and turned the TV on while they fought. The whole time while they were fighting, I remember thinking there was a dramatic movie on, planes ramming into buildings, people screaming, reporters crying. I had no idea that at 5 years old, I was watching what would be the darkest day in American history, since Pearl Harbor. 2016, I enlisted in the US Army as an Infantryman. I went to Fort Benning Georgia for OSUT (Same school you all go through for this community) And by the time graduation was coming 16 weeks later, we had a whole hour of knowing what units we were going to. Most of my friends were going to the 10th Mountain at Fort Drum or Fort Polk, some went to the 1st Cavalry at Fort Hood, 1 went to 1st Armored at Fort Bliss, the Airborne guys went to Vincenza, Italy for the 173rd or Fort Bragg for the 82nd. I was the only 1 who went to Fort Campbell Kentucky for the 101st Airborne Division, I was also the only one who deployed right after basic. I went to the Kandahar Provence of Afghanistan at a Combat Outpost called COOP Arena, we were set up there with Italy's Airmobile Brigade, never saw major combat other than some guys taking pot shots at us for about 5 seconds before dipping out, that somehow managed to earn me my CIB. But after my 9 months and 14 days in country, that's pretty much been it for me. But knowing that even though I could do that, it makes me feel like I proved myself to all those people who died because they wanted to prove a point to us. Well we proved out point right back at them. Soldiers, stay happy, stay humble, stay hungry. Because people like Major LaFlash, Major ret. Simmons, Major ret. Cantu, 1st Lieutenant ret. Johnson, and so many who have come before us, they fought for all of us.
  7. Alpha Company Commander, Major John LaFlash has activated First Platoon's Second Squad. Second Squad Callsign: Ghosts Frequency: 120.0-122.0 Ghosts Squad Leader is Specialist Bailey Lambert, a 2nd month Soldier who has quickly risen through the ranks as a Fireteam Leader in 1st Squad under Corporal Apollo. Alpha Team Leader is PFC Lyubashenko, another 2nd month Soldier, service as a Rifleman in 1st Squad prior. PFC Lyubashenko is Airborne qualified w/ no operations on file. Bravo Team Leader is PV2 Andrews. An Airborne Qualified Private with IRL military background from the US Military. He also has no operations Deployment on current file. Ghosts Squad Medic is SPC McKenzie, a Re-enlisted Soldier from 2014, 2 campaign medals, a National Defense Medal, NCODEV award, 2 unit citations, and Airborne wings. Fireteam members include SPC Hood, PFC Ford, PV2 Dorion, PV2 Chan, PV2 Coker, and PV2 Tyssen. Squad Drills will be held the same day and time as 1st Squad.
  8. Photos by Spc. Noelle Wiehe Staff Sgt. Davion Taylor (right), HHC, 2-3 Avn, 3rd CAB, 3rd ID, stands with Master Sgt. Bret Anderson (left), president of the Marne chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club on Fort Stewart, July 31, following a two-day seris of evaluative events towards earning the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award. HAAF NCO earns Sergeant Audie Murphy Award A Marne Soldier earned the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award July 31, on Fort Stewart, following a two-day series of evaluative events to compete for the distinction. Staff Sgt. Davion Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, was among six noncommissioned officers of the 3rd Infantry Division to compete for the award and induction into the Marne Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Association. “I’ve always wanted to go out for the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award,” Taylor said. “It is a really big accomplishment for me.” Taylor said one of his peers at his previous unit in Fort Drum, New York, sparked his interest in seeking the award. Master Sgt. Bret Anderson, president of the Marne Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, said award recipients are considered to be among the top 10-percent of the NCO Corps in the Army and held to such standard for as long as they continue to hold the award. Taylor said now it is his responsibility to keep the award through upholding the values and leadership a recipient is expected to exemplify as an inductee of the SAMA. Awardees are required to achieve expert in marksmanship; score a 270 or above on the Army Physical Fitness Test, hold excellent NCO Evaluation Reports throughout their career and have outstanding experience in relation to their peers. They are awarded following a four-level determination consisting of nomination, performance testing, an initial brigade-level selection board and a division-level selection board. “You can’t get the award over a single event, you have to get it over a career of being a good NCO,” Anderson said. “Everyone tends to look at the Sergeant Audie Murphy society as those you can go to for the hard answers.” The SAMA was named after the most decorated World War II combat Soldier, Medal of Honor recipient Audie L. Murphy. The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club was established in 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas, and became Army wide in 1994. “We might never have a Soldier that highly decorated again,” Anderson said. “In his memory, we are trying to find the NCOs out there who truly are among the best.” According to Anderson, “the best,” is defined in each rank and each career field. “Every NCO has a character and a personality they can put forth to help improve their units,” Anderson said. According to Anderson, the association is a private organization comprised of NCOs who have established themselves as the most competent, skilled and knowledgeable leaders the Army has to offer. Members must exemplify empathy and genuine concern for the Soldiers and Family Members within their ranks. Additionally, the club is comprised of awardees and non-awardees looking to better themselves, help their communities and learn more about Sergeant Audie Murphy. Anderson said Murphy’s namesake is especially noteworthy considering he began his Army career in none other than the 3rd ID. “If you’re going to induct into the prestigious club, it might as well be in 3rd ID where Sgt. Audie Murphy was assigned,” Anderson said. Taylor is the first recipient of the award under the 3rd ID Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Coffey’s command at Fort Stewart. Coffey explained to Taylor that competing for the award showed true character. “Your very presence here speaks volumes to you as a person, to you as an NCO and to your unit,” Coffey said. “Regardless of the results, it speaks volumes about your willingness to be here and the preparation that goes into coming here.” Find out more about the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award and the Marne chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Association and Sergeant Audie Murphy club by visiting the Facebook page at
  9. As an Infantryman, one of the first things I see from the new trainees, is they already have the Infantrymans blue cord and blue discs on their lapels. If they haven't gone through OSUT, they technically haven't earned that. Just like the French cord that's on the Awards tab, the Blue cord should hold the same level of respect to earn and just to give.
  10. CPL Blackwell advised me that as the only 68W in the Company, that I should try to run a CLS course for all those who are in need for a better understanding with the ACE3 Medical system. If this course/School were to get approved of even just looked at, let it be known that this class is available to ALL MOSs, not just 68W. This class will cover all the different types of bandages, their pros and cons for what they are used for, the use of autoinjectors, and some of the more advanced medical equipment such as surgical kits and defibrillators(In case a CLS were to take up a 68W role in an emergency situation). There will also be some time training in the field, and at the end, they will run through a small FTX as a CLS and Combat Medic role in order to conduct emergency CCP, . Currently the class already has a preset Uniform with gear, a preset test with some reading material to get an understanding of what Medics have to do and think while in a combat environment, and an idea for an FTX to run through while on the server. Total class time would take max 90 minutes.
  11. Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ragin A 3rd Infantry Division Soldier climbs a rope as part of the 3rd ID Beast Mode Competition, July 30 – Aug. 1, held on Fort Stewart. The competition was hosted by 3rd ID Division Artillery to determine the fittest Soldier in the Marne Division and to foster esprit de corps. Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ragin. A 3rd Infantry Division Soldier climbs a rope as part of the 3rd ID Beast Mode Competition, July 30 – Aug. 1, held on Fort Stewart. The competition was hosted by 3rd ID Division Artillery to determine the fittest Soldier in the Marne Division and to foster esprit de corps. “This is a great way to bring everyone together and boost morale and motivate the Soldiers,” said Command Sgt. Major James M. McGuffey, the command sergeant major of DIVARTY. “It also allows the leadership across these organizations to see their Soldiers compete.” The competition consisted of more than 10 rigorous events. On Day 1, the competitors conducted two minutes each of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-up, as well as a 3-mile run, all in the Operation Camouflage Pattern Uniform, minus the patrol cap. Sgt. Imanic Mccoy, administrative assistant, DIVARTY completes the three-mile run during the Beast Mode Competition, July 30, on Fort Stewart. The grueling three- day competition had more than 10 events, including the rope climb, tire flip, multiple three-mile runs, weighted-ruck march, and timed push-up and sit-up events. “Day 1 was the most difficult because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Sgt. 1st Class Qualeem J. Green, forward observer, DIVARTY. Soldiers complete in timed push-up and sit-up events during the 3rd ID Beast Mode Competition, July 30, on Fort Stewart. Day 2 of the event kicked off with a 3-mile run, followed by a 2-mile, 40-pound ruck march, and concluded with an addition 1-mile run. As sweat dripped from their faces and uniform, these Soldiers truly pushed their bodies to physical exertion. “I went into this with the mindset that we all have different abilities and I felt that I would have been just as accomplished if I did a lot better than what I felt I would do,” said Sgt. Imanic Mccoy, administrative assistant, DIVARTY. Staff Sgt. Michael Ryan, 25th CBRNE Company, 83rd Chemical Battalion, tightens his 40-pound ruck sack to begin the two-mile ruck march during Day 2 of the 3rd ID Beast Mode Competition July. 31, on Fort Stewart. By Day 3, the Soldiers were truly exhausted from the two prior days of rigorous physical fitness events. Green jokingly stated that after the run, ruck, and run on Day 2 that he didn’t have legs. Day 3 was no easy feat. The competitors conducted two minutes of the water can carry, pull-ups, tire flip, burpees, and a rope climb. “I looked forward to Day 3, because there are about 10 guys that are bigger than me out here,” said Green. “It is really fun to compete with bigger people. They showed up and did their best and I showed up and did my best. I came out here and gave it my all.” Soldiers complete in a timed pull-up on Day 1 of the 3rd ID Beast Mode Competition, July 30, on Fort Stewart. Green stated that the hardest events were on the last day due to all of the upper body obstacles. “The rope climb was a smoker then we changed stations which added onto the fatigue,” said Green. These competitors from all backgrounds and units, came out to see who the fittest Soldier in the Marne Division was, as well as to challenge themselves in physical fitness. McGuffey stated that the goal is for DIVARTY to host this competition monthly during physical fitness hours and that the competition is open to all Soldiers. The Soldier who wins the competition will earn the title “Beast Mode”.
  12. Friends and Family were reunited July 1 with Soldiers from the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, following the unit’s six-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel and NATO Operation Resolute Support. 3rd Infantry Division commander, Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto and celebrity Chef Robert Irvine were on-hand July 1 to welcome back returning 48th IBCT Soldiers from their six-month deployment in support of NATO’s Operation Resolute Support.
  13. Col. Steven Erickson (left), 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade commander, out-going 3rd IDSB commander, Col. Jeffrey J. Britton and 3rd ID Commander, Maj. Gen. Antonio A. Aguto, troop-the-line during the brigade’s change of command ceremony, June 27 on Fort Stewart. Col. Steven Erickson, 3rd IDSB commander, gives a speech to his new brigade during a change of command ceremony, June 27 on Fort Stewart. Erickson’s first act in charge was to encourage everyone to do what is right. Col. Steven Erickson, 3rd IDSB commander, receives the brigade’s colors from Maj. Gen. Antonio A. Aguto, 3rd ID commander, during a change of command ceremony, June 27 on Fort Stewart. The passing of the colors symbolizes the transfer of responsibility over a unit. Photos by Sgt. Laurissa Hodges Source
  14. Private First Class Mckenzie,

    Welcome back from wherever your life had taken you. 1st squad would love for you to attend and play today. Also did you know we have a discord. Feel free to join us regularly at


    Corporal Feagin

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      CIV D.McKenzie

      I appreciate it CPL. I'm somewhat busy with my unit in the US Army. I'm currently at Ft. Campbell cleaning my TA50 for another 30 day field drill. I will inform my Leadership when I'm green on playing again.

  15. Yes Sir. Either it was there and I didn't notice it, or it just got given to me. Thank you Sir.