CW2 Q.Morton

CW2 Q.Morton

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  1. Sgt. Nicholas Serra (right), 24th FMSU, STB, 3IDSB, accepts a certificate from Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Capo, the senior enlisted leader of the STB during the battalion’s NCO induction ceremony, June 6 on Fort Stewart Providers hold NCO induction ceremony, remember D-Day The Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, held a noncommissioned officers induction ceremony June 6 at Moon Theater. The tradition is used by senior NCOs to convey the sense of esteem and pride felt when a newly-promoted Soldier realizes that they are now a part of the backbone of the Army. Sgt. Maj. Jon Noyes, brigade operations sergeant major, spoke at the event retelling the story of D-Day and the Medal of Honor recipient, Technician 5th Grade John J. Pinder. “I tell it because, while the Army has changed plenty since D-Day, the basic role of NCOs has changed very little since World War II,” Noyes said. “Our charge is to provide our Soldiers with the leadership and training they deserve.” When promoted from specialist to corporal or sergeant, role changes to include more oversight of Soldiers and property. Sergeants are expected to achieve results while leading and developing Soldiers through training. Sgt. Jasmine Bullard, HHC, STB, 3IDSB, passes under an arch and sabers during the battalion’s noncommissioned officer induction ceremony, June 6 on Fort Stewart. “I’m a squad leader and I’m in charge of four Soldiers. When I was a specialist I only had one, so it’s more responsibility and thinking on my feet,” said Sgt. Nicholas Smith, squad leader with 90th Human Resources Company, STB, 3IDSB. “To me, to be an NCO is to take care of your Soldiers and place their needs above your own.” As a leader you must believe in the Army values and take pride in the uniform you wear each day and remember your basic responsibilities are accomplishment of the mission, and the welfare of Soldiers and upholding the standards. “Good leaders are trusted by followers,” said Noyes. “Soldiers are watching you. If you accomplish the mission and take care of your people you will gain their trust.” Junior enlisted Soldiers also assisted with the rite of passage. They read letters asking their NCOs to mentor them to someday follow in their footsteps. “When you’re in the Army you are part of something greater than yourself and NCOs get to help people learn and grow,” said Pfc. Courtney Harris, 287th Quartermaster Company, STB, 3rd IDSB. The ceremony concluded with the inductees raising their right hand reciting The NCO in charge, pledging to fulfill their greatest obligation as a leader. Noyes finished his speech quoting Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, “The sergeant is the Army. […] Remember those who came before and strive every day to be the best leader you can possibly be.” Editors note: Co-written by 3rd IDSB Public Affairs specialist, Sgt. Laurissa Hodges and Sgt. Elizabeth White. Source
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    Alpha Company Ceremony

    Alpha Company Ceremony via TS @ Cottrell Field
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    Tentatively CStaff Meeting

    Battalion Staff and Company Staff Only attend. Some selected personnel will be invited at times per Batt. Co.
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    Alpha Company Award Ceremony - 02JUNE2019

    The Alpha company awards ceremony is a special occasion to allow the unit commander to honor recipients who have been recognized for their accomplishments while assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Milsim.
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    MAJ Douglas Lipnitz MSG Ethan Verhein SSG Angie Bee The 3rd Infantry Division MILSIM 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
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    Basic Combat Training Graduate

    Congratulations to Private Second Class Brandon LeBlanc.
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    Photo by Master Sgt. Shelia Cooper Hundreds of military Veterans are laid to rest in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Glennville, Ga. Prior to Memorial Day each year, the tombs of these fallen veterans are decorated with a U.S. flag. Memorial Day was established to remember all American service members who have died in armed conflicts while defending our country. Honoring our Heroes 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers and leaders joined communities throughout the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield area in support of Memorial Day. The installation held an Honoring Heroes Memorial Day Ceremony, May 23, at the Fort Stewart Main Post Chapel, hosted by 3rd ID commander, Maj. Gen. Lee Quintas to honor those who have lost their lives in the service of the nation and recognize Gold Star Families. Additional Memorial Day community events were supported in Savannah, Hinesville, Richmond Hill, Vidalia, St. Simons, Glennville and Pembroke. Source
  8. M1126 Stryker Combat vehicle assaults the Huzrutiman Militia Camp Alpha Company 1-2 INF MILSIM swept into the town of Sultansafe on Sunday, recapturing the city as the Islamic State group’s grip crumbled from the fighting. The trapped residents took advantage of the militant’s retreat and welcomed the US forces. Early that afternoon, A.Co. 1st Platoon punched into the city center assaulting enemy forces and by evening a spokesman for the US led force was able to report that troops had taken 100 percent control of the town. It was a major step regaining a major foothold in the province. “We promised to liberate Sultansafe, and it has returned to the embrace of the nation,” he said. 1st Platoon continued the assault southwest of the town where the enemy fighters were still holding out in the Huzrutiman Militia Camp. As the forces maneuvered towards the camp they were met with intense fighting. Reportedly 22 enemy personnel killed, 1 transport jeep and 2x BMP were destroyed in the assault. Although they sustained injuries no casualties were reported from US forces. Second destroyed BMP during assault of Huzrutiman Militia Camp This victory however is only the beginning. With battles to clear out pockets of fighters holed up in different districts still to be fought. The focus will now have to shift to many issues within the town that if left unchallenged will result in more instability.
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    Staff Sgt. James Ruiz stands ready to engage clay pigeons as his unit spends a day at the skeet/trap range on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 15, 2013. Ruiz has won numerous marksmanship awards throughout his career in the Marine Corps and Army including the President’s Hundred Tab nine times. Sgt. 1st Class. James Ruiz currently serves as the 3rd ID Infantry Division Memorial Affairs noncommissioned officer-in-charge and is one of just a few Soldiers in the division with the President’s Hundred Tab. The President's Hundred Tab is a badge awarded by the Civilian Marksmanship Program to the 100 top-scoring military and civilian shooters in the President's Pistol and President's Rifle matches. The tab is authorized for wear on military uniforms of the U.S. Army. It is also one of just four tabs awarded to Soldiers for individual skills that is authorized for permanent wear and is first in order of precedence on the uniform over the Special Forces, Ranger, and Sapper tabs. Ruiz’s first Presidents Hundred was in 1993 when he served in the United States Marine Corps. Since then Ruiz has competed eight more times and placed in the top 100 every time. Ruiz said all the success from his years of competition come down to mastering the fundamentals. “There are five important rules to follow,” said Ruiz. “Trigger control, sight alignment, point of aim, breathing, and natural resting position.” Ruiz said of the five, trigger control is by far the most important and that once he truly understood that is when he began to have success in various marksmanship competitions. Over his career in the Marines and Army he has earned the Lauchheimer Gold Medal, Walsh Pistol Trophy as the top pistol shot in the Marine Corps, served with the Army Marksmanship Unit, and competed with the Army Rapid Fire International Pistol Team. Ruiz said that while every competition and marksmanship assignment have been gratifying, he is proudest of being one of only a few Soldiers to be double distinguished in the pistol and rifle during the Presidents Hundred competition. Ruiz also taught for three years at the Army Marksmanship Unit, said his advice to Soldiers interested in earning the tab is to never give up. “If you want to compete you need to ask around,” said Ruiz. “Begin with the Commander’s Cup or the All Army Marksmanship Competition that is held every year at Fort Benning.” Source
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