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  1. Mods File Size 638.650 MB Posted May 18, 2019 @ 6:31pm Updated May 21 @ 10:10am The following has been updated by the developers: Improved FLIR functionality (MP Compatible, HMD Slewing) Added FLIR functionality to HH-60 Pylon compatibility for RHS GAU-19 Pylon compatibility for CUP M230 Lowered armor values Added door-gunner interactions Re-add the TAC map waypoint rendering Added seat-less cabin Weight increase from pylons Include Herbiie's "Blackhawk on call" mission in the addon M134 magazine size increased to 4400rnds
  2. Photos by Sgt. Arjenis Nunez Soldiers arriving from advanced individual training at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., are guided toward their next in-processing check-point at the Truscott Air Terminal on Hunter Army Airfield May 13. 3rd ID safely welcomes first-term Soldiers In spite of logistic difficulties due to COVID-19, the Marne Reception Center on Fort Stewart has continued to receive incoming Soldiers from advanced individual training. The MRC, also known by its moniker, Gateway to the Rock, helps Soldiers in process the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community. The MRC’s senior enlisted leader, 1st Sgt. Tara Charles, said her staff has maintained operations by taking precautions in accordance with COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines, but the process for the MRC remains much the same. “The first step in the process is that the Soldiers’ AITs contact us and tell us where they’re coming from, how they’re coming and when,” Charles said. Soldiers arriving from far-away locations travel by air, like those who recently arrived from Fort Huachuca, Arizona, on May 13. The Soldiers arrived by aircraft to Truscott Air Terminal at Hunter, and were then brought to the MRC on Fort Stewart by bus. Other Soldiers who arrive from regionally-close locations travel to the MRC by bus, like the recent group of Soldiers from Fort Gordon who arrived on May 15. Spc. Jake Heald, a Soldier assigned to MRC, said precautions are taken throughout the transition period, and that the new Soldiers had to be screened for COVID-19 before exiting the aircraft and bus. “Soldiers are quarantined for 14 days prior to arriving, so they arrive on a ‘clean’ flight,” Heald said. According to leaders at the MRC, Soldiers who don’t arrive on clean flights are quarantined in the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team’s logistics support area for 14 days. Soldiers who already endured 14 days of quarantine and passed COVID-19 symptoms screening checks at the MRC download their bags from the bus and have their orders and leave forms checked. The next step is issuing the Soldiers a barracks room and providing briefs on the procedures of in-processing. Charles said that due to the COVID-19 response the length of stay at the MRC for in-processing has been reduced from seven days to four days, so Soldiers can be shipped to their units quicker. Soldiers have their finances processed on the first day, their medical and dental records updated on the second day, and they are issued equipment by the Central Issue Facility on the third day. The fourth day is when Soldiers are shipped to their units. Throughout the process, the MRC staff ensures Soldiers maintain social distancing and are advised on travel restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19. According to Charles, the MRC goes a step beyond expectations at times, because it is prepared to help incoming Soldiers who have special needs, such as providing housing for a Soldier and their Family who may be struggling with financial issues. She said this helps ease the burden for Soldiers as they make their transition to becoming a Dogface Soldier. In addition to responding to COVID-19, Soldiers assigned to the MRC have demonstrated their ability to adapt to change as the unit has conducted a command structure change earlier this year when it transitioned from under the 3rd Infantry Division’s Special Troops Battalion to under the command of 3rd ID’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. In addition to the organizational change, the command team at the MRC is new as well, with Charles and the MRC’s new commander, Capt. Calvin Fortune, recently taking over from the outgoing command team, Capt. David Downing and 1st Sgt. Gene Fisher. Many Soldiers agree that it is the Soldiers to their left and right who help when response, transition and change need to occur. “I figured things would be rushed and that COVID may change some things,” said Pvt. Curtis Brooks, an in-processing Soldier newly assigned to 3rd ID. “But having friends in the Military helped ease some of the anxiety and manage my expectations a bit.” source
  3. Photo by Sgt. Andrew McNeil The 3rd Infantry Division's Commander Maj. General Tony Aguto, and Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Coffey, render salutes during a virtual Memorial Day ceremony May 15, 2020 on Fort Stewart. 3rd ID to broadcast virtual Memorial Day Observance Traditionally, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers support numerous Memorial Day observances throughout Coastal Georgia. Due to the current risk of COVID-19, events have been canceled or modified. For this reason, 3ID has decided to conduct a virtual Memorial Day observance which will air on the division’s Facebook page, as well as the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Facebook page, at 10 a.m. Monday. “Maj. Gen. (Tony) Aguto, since we were not able to support community Memorial Day observances, wanted to acknowledge them and provide a virtual event,” said Dina McKain, Fort Stewart Public Affairs community relations specialist involved with planning the event. Planning kicked off with working groups comprised of representatives from division staff, Garrison Public Affairs, Protocol, the 3rd ID Band and the color guard. “Everyone was on board from the moment it was mentioned,” McKain said. The setting of this year’s virtual Memorial Day observance is the Fort Stewart Warriors Walk, hallowed grounds lined with 469 white crape myrtle trees flanking the installation’s Cottrell Field. Each tree stands as a living memorial to a Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield-based Soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Operations Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom. The virtual observance includes traditional Memorial Day features to include solemn speeches, 3rd ID Honor Guard, a 21-Gun Salute, music by the 3ID Band and the playing of “Taps.” Overall production of the virtual event was led by Lt. Col. Patrick Husted, 3rd ID Public Affairs officer, Staff Sgt. Dean Gannon, 3rd ID Public Affairs, and their team of videographers who choreographed the recording from various angles, and edited the final product. Spc. Arrianna Auvaa, a member of the 3rd ID Protocol section who serves as the “Voice of the Marne,” was one of several from her team that managed the logistics of making the virtual Memorial Day event possible. “A lot of detailed planning, close attention to detail, and a lot of teamwork went into this,” Auvaa said. Auvaa, a Protocol team member for nearly one year, said it was an honor for her to have been involved with this year’s unique Memorial Day event. “Due to the current situation, going virtual is the best way to honor our fallen heroes,” Auvaa said. “We now live in a time in which we cannot physically be together, but it is important for us to remember that, through technology, we have ways to still come together and unite.” source
  4. EARN YOUR WINGS-BECOME PART OF AN ELITE FAMILY The purpose of the BAC is to qualify the volunteer in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to develop leadership, self-confidence, and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning. Airborne Soldiers have a long and distinguished tradition of being an elite body of fighting men and women–people who have always set the example for determination and courage. When you volunteer for this training, you accept the challenge of continuing this tradition. The Airborne Soldiers of the past set high standards–it is now up to you to maintain them!
  5. Task: Navigate from One Point on the Ground to Another Point While Dismounted. CONDITIONS: During daylight or night, on a land navigation course, given a topographic map, lensatic compass (NSN 6605-01-196-6971), coordinate scale, a designated starting stake, and an 8-digit grid coordinate or distance and direction to subsequent location stakes. STANDARDS: 1. Determine the 8-digit grid coordinate of the starting stake to within 100 meters of its location 2. Locate three of the four stakes by using land navigation techniques. 3. Record the identification number of each stakes. 4. Complete all performance measures within the specified time determined by the instructor.
  6. MAY Promotion Board

    3rd Infantry Division Milsim 1SG P.Conlisk First Sergeant, Alpha Company
  7. Photos by Sgt. Zoe Garbarino Spc. Ariel Ide, human resources specialist, Signal Intelligence Sustainment Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, works on an assignment April 23 for the Basic Leader Course on Fort Stewart. The Fort Stewart Noncommissioned Officer Academy recently transitioned BLC from a resident course to a virtual course due to the COVID-19 NCO Academy launches virtual BLC in response to pandemic The Fort Stewart Noncommissioned Officer Academy recently transitioned the Basic Leader Course from a resident course to a virtual course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spc. Ariel Ide, human resources specialist, Signal Intelligence Sustainment Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, said she would compare virtual BLC to an online college class, yet more intense because it is packed into 22 days online, covering a large variety of leadership skills and Army tasks and regulations. BLC is an Army course aimed to teach corporal and specialist Soldiers leadership skills and prepare them to take on the role of a noncommissioned officer. Traditionally, the students come with all the necessary paperwork and are administered an Army Physical Fitness Test, followed by roughly 20 days of face-to-face instruction on various subjects to shape them into leaders. Instructors share experiences that open discussions amongst the class, and students answer each other's questions. Staff Sgt. Heather Dawson, a small group leader at the NCOA, has been instructing BLC for a year and a half. “The virtual BLC is the same but is being ran through Blackboard,” said Dawson. “The only significant difference is that we do not get face-to-face time.” Ide said a significant skill the students are learning is adapting to change. As the first class to conduct BLC virtually, these future NCOs are in the frontlines leading by example, and their input about the course will be invaluable to future iterations. “My favorite part of the course has been being able to do the work in my own space,” Ide said. “Since I was teleworking before the course started, I already have everything I need right next to me at all times. If I can’t sleep and have an essay due in two days, I can easily reach over at 2 [a.m.] and start working if I need to.” Dawson said her platoon begins each morning with an attendance discussion, which is followed by group activities through Google Docs and Google Slides. In this way, instructors can evaluate individual leadership skills and identify who may need a little bit more coaching and practice. The day concludes with a final discussion. “You have to hold the Soldiers to higher standards in this situation,” Dawson said. “They are all working from home, so it’s all about seeing who is able to avoid distractions and willing to put in work from home.” source
  8. Photos by Maj. Olha Vandergriff Marne Air Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (GSAB), Hunter Army Airfield, deliver surgical masks, COVID-19 test kits and cleaning supplies to U.S. Forces April 16 at the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland. The mission was the first medical resupply mission in support of the COVID-19 response for the brigade. Source
  9. Photos by Sgt. Andrew McNeil Staff Sgt. Miguel Zarate, a Bradley Fighting Vehicle System maintainer assigned to 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, completes a 4-mile ruck while participating in the battalion’s Ranger School preparation course. The 1-64th Ranger School preparation course maintained CDC guidance by ensuring social distancing, but still allowed the Soldiers to maintain physical readiness. Soldiers prepare for Ranger School amidst pandemic Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, completed a 4-mile ruck march April 16 while adhering to the CDC guidance of social distancing and face mask usage during the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the battalion’s Ranger School preparation. The Soldiers participating maintained a minimum distance of 6 feet from one another, as the columns gradually moved closer to the starting line and a voice yelled out “go” every 30 seconds, alerting Soldiers to begin movement. “These Soldiers are investing in their sweat equity,” said Capt. Douglas Sparrow, officer-in-charge of the program. “The ultimate goal of this program is to create better prepared men and women and Soldiers in physical and mental preparedness.” Though precautions are in place to minimize the risks of COVID-19, the program has not wavered in its goals. The Ranger-qualified instructors adapted the program to fit the new guidelines of public health and safety. Instead of having formations every day, the instructors of the program required the Soldiers to report to two informal group workouts each week: one on Tuesday and the other on Thursday. The workouts on those days are ruck marches or runs and are done with a focus on individual improvement, Sparrow said. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the Soldiers in the program workout on their own. They are required to record the workout using a fitness monitoring device, such as a heart rate monitor, or a fitness app of their choosing. They share their completed workouts in a group chat. Soldiers in the program have been using installation resources including the Quick Track, various pull-up and dip bars and BeaverFit equipment at the Newman Fitness Center. “We are still accountable for our physical readiness, mental readiness, and health readiness,” said Staff Sgt. Miguel Zarate, a Bradley Fighting Vehicle System maintainer participating in the program. Though things in the world may be slowing down due to travel bans and quarantine requirements, the Army is always moving forward, Zarate said. That is why it is important for Soldiers to maintain their overall readiness. Source
  10. A 3rd Infantry Division Soldier performs a convoy brief prior to the movement of military vehicles on Feb. 5, 2020 in Savannah, GA. This movement of equipment is in preparation for the DEFENDER-Europe 20 exercise which takes place in multiple European countries. DEFENDER-Europe 20 will build strategic-level readiness and demonstrate the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy a large combat-credible force in support of the U.S. National Defense Strategy. Photo by Pfc. Carlos Cuebas Fantauzzi The largest U.S.-based Army exercise of forces to Europe since the Cold War is currently underway. DEFENDER-Europe 20, a joint, multi-national, U.S. Army Europe-commanded exercise, takes place this spring, with the deployment of 20,000 soldiers from across all components. Brig. Gen. Sean Bernabe, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for U.S. Army Europe, explained the intent of the largest exercise in 25 years. “Headquarters Department of the Army directed U.S. Army Europe led exercise designed to build strategic readiness for U.S. Army,” Bernabe said. “Twenty-thousand U.S. Army Soldiers, with their assigned equipment, will deploy from the U.S. to Europe and go to training areas around Europe to participate in other smaller exercises.” Other smaller exercises include: Exercise Swift Response, an annual multinational parachute operation across Europe; Exercise Saber Strike, a biannual exercise featuring ground maneuver training based in Poland and the Baltic States; Exercise Allied Spirit, which is focused on interoperability at brigade level and below between allies and partners; Exercise Dynamic Front, an annual exercise designed to improve interoperability between allied and partner artillery units. Bernabe added, “Once these smaller exercises are complete, Defender–Europe 20 will redeploy the 20,000 U.S. forces back to the U.S. for their next mission.” Purpose Soldiers with 3rd Infantry Division begin convoy operations to Savannah, Georgia, in February as part of preparation for the DEFENDER-Europe 20 exercise which takes place in multiple European countries. Photo by Pfc. Carlos Cuebas Fantauzzi. Maj. Traun Moore, USAREUR spokesperson, further detailed the exercise’s intent. “The purpose of DEFENDER-Europe 20 is to demonstrate the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy a large combat-credible force from the U.S. to Europe and, alongside our allies and partners, quickly respond to a potential crisis. Key objectives include units drawing Army prepositioned stock; receiving, staging, moving and integrating units; commanding and controlling a division-size force, rehearsing response options; demonstrating U.S. ability to leverage alliances and partnerships; and testing new equipment,” Moore said. By the numbers The exercise will take place from April to May 2020, with personnel and equipment movements occurring from now through July. About 37,000 U.S., allied, and partner nation troops will participate. Of the 20,000 troops deploying from the continental U.S., 7,000 will be Army National Guard soldiers from 12 states and 750 U.S. Army Reserve soldiers. Additionally, 9,000 U.S. troops based in Europe, from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines will participate. Objectives The main objectives of DEFENDER-Europe 20 are the military’s refocus on strategic readiness and continued improvement of interoperability. According to Moore, the military has concentrated on tactical readiness over the last several years. However, emphasis has shifted to building strategic readiness. “Strategic readiness includes the ability of the U.S. military to dynamically project force and set the theater by mobilizing and deploying forces, sustaining them in a crisis, and redeploying them when their mission is complete,” Moore explained, also clarifying that this exercise is not in response to a specific threat or adversary. Moore continued, “Interoperability is a state of readiness that we collectively strive to improve … Although this will be the largest movement of U.S. forces to Europe in over 25 years, we are working closely with our allies and partners to ensure a common understanding and enhance our combined readiness and interoperability capabilities. Living and training alongside our allies and partners in Europe helps the U.S. maintain the relationships and trust that are essential for ensuring global security. Interoperability is not only about technology; it is about people and processes — about all participating nations’ militaries developing basic battlefield-critical capabilities like communicating with and understanding allies and partners.” Preparation U.S. Army Europe hosted a Rehearsal of Concept drill in February, as a final conditions check for the execution of exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20. Photo by Robert Sekula. As with any major military operation, units involved — including NATO and host nations — will be organizing and practicing ahead of time. Also, planning conferences will take place prior and throughout each stage of the exercise. “All participants are in constant communication, to ensure that there is a shared understanding of the key objectives and the steps that are being taken to successfully execute pre-deployment, exercise execution and redeployment operations,” Moore more. For example, the U.S. Army Europe team is already working with host nation teams “to plan and execute pre-exercise senior leader engagements in participating countries in an effort to further share information about DEFENDER-Europe 20, alongside their host nation counterparts.” Impact on families In terms of how this exercise may impact military families, Moore says families should be prepared for their service members to engage in additional training prior to the exercise, as well as resetting when re-deploying from Europe. Though most activity will occur in April and May, pre-deployment training timelines are dependent on the individual unit’s objective. Furthermore, troops and families stationed in Europe and not involved in the exercise, should see minimum impact on their daily lives and experience no interruption of services. source
  11. Soldiers with the 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion on Fort Stewart prepare for movement March 27 in support of U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Army North’s request for defense support of civil authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fort Stewart Soldiers deploy in response to COVID-19 Soldiers with the 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, prepared equipment and personnel on Fort Stewart March 27, as they got the call to provide support of civil authorities in response to the COVID-19 national emergency, the U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) directed last week. The 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion on Fort Stewart will deploy to provide support of civil authorities in response to the COVID-19 national emergency, the U.S. Northern Command directed last week. The deployment of units will enable the Department of Defense to establish a command and control framework to rapidly employ military capabilities to support our U.S. government partners in this fight. “We have trained with our federal, state, and local partners to be ready to respond at a moment’s notice to help the American people in their time of greatest need,” said Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, U.S. Army North commanding general. Other active-duty units supporting this mission are the Joint Task Force-Civil Support Headquarters out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colorado. Lt. Col. John Sanders, 63rd ESB commander, said Soldiers of the 63rd ESB are providing reliable communications for medical units, logistical units and headquarters staff to support the mission. The missions 63rd ESB are in support of are part of Defense Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA). Teams are actively providing support to medical units at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City and have postured at Joint-Base McGuire-Dix near Lakehurst, New Jersey as well as in Anderson, South Carolina for follow-on missions. The battalion has the capabilities to provide 30 teams in response to emergency relief efforts pertaining to COVID-19, said Sanders. “Bravo Company is assisting with 12 teams ready to respond to requests for communication support,” said Capt. AJ Mangosing, Bravo Company commander. “Our Soldiers are motivated, trained and ready.” Teams left Fort Stewart by means of line haul operations. Soldiers staged their vehicles in the motor pool and convoyed north to support the areas of operations in New Jersey and South Carolina. “We used line haul operations to minimize the risk of our Soldiers being exposed to COVID-19,” said Sanders. “It is our duty and honor to respond when our nation calls,” Mangosing said. Led by Richardson and headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, U.S. Army North is U.S. Northern Command’s theater Army and serves as the Joint Forces Land Component Command for all federal ground troops in the continental United States for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities. Army North is Northern Command’s designated lead component to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to align federal military support to validated requests for assistance. “I have requested this action so that, as the Secretary of Defense directs it, we rapidly and effectively deploy military capabilities in support of our U.S. government partners across the country who are responding to this national emergency,” Richardson said. In total, approximately 1,100 people are deploying for Army North in support of the lead federal agency helping communities in need. Service members from these units have already started movement to assist FEMA in New York and Washington State. In addition to these units, Army North has activated its 10 Defense Coordinating Officers and Elements in response to a request from FEMA. These specialized 10-person planning cells, led by a senior Army colonel, are co-located with each FEMA regional headquarters and serve as the Secretary of Defense’s liaison to coordinate requests from the federal government for federal military assistance. Army North has also activated approximately 100 Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers. The EPLOs are specially trained and experienced military reserve component officers, who assist the Defense Coordinating Officers in each of the states and territories. Together the DCO and EPLO network ensures that U.S. Northern Command, through Army North, is able to help federal, state, local, tribal and territorial leaders understand the unique military capabilities of the Defense Department and what type of military support may be appropriate and best suited for civil assistance missions. Editor’s note: Staff Sgt. Joseph Truckley contributed to this report. Source
  12. Phase I: Submit request to attend a 3CAB training session to WO1 C. Brennan - Aviation Executive Officer *Future applicants must attend a minimum of (2) 3CAB training sessions before submitting an application. * Phase II: Request a transfer from your current chain of command to 3CAB. If authorized, submit a completed application by DM addressed to the following for review: 1LT B. Ahles CW3 Q. Morton MAJ. J. Laflash Phase III: Transferred personnel to 3CAB will serve as Crew Chiefs until entrance into Warrant officer Candidate (WOC) school. While serving as Crew Chief you will serve additional duties as Apache Gunner and Flight Medic. During this phase, you will learn all ground functions of the unit. Flight time experience will only be gained during 3CAB training sessions. You are not cleared to fly unit members during FTX or deployed missions. Upon completion of Warriors Leadership Course applicant will enter the WOC program. Phase IV: Entrance into Warrant Officer Candidate (WOC) Program. In this phase, you will be slotted into the flight program. The rank of WOC will be obtained. You will gain clearance to fly unit members during FTX and deployments. You will be required to keep a log of outside training. See example Phase V: Completion of WOC. Upon graduation of WOC you will obtain the rank of WO1 and assigned a permanent AVN unit.
  13. Sgt. Daniel Guerrero 1ABCT Public Affairs Soldiers from across the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, take the oath of enlistment during a mass reenlistment ceremony Feb 23 at Fort Irwin, Calif. The ceremony took place at the infamous Painted Rocks a couple of days after the Raider Brigade’s training rotation at the National Training Center. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero) 103 Raider Soldiers raise their right hand at ‘Painted Rocks’ One hundred and three Soldiers from across the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, took the oath of enlistment to continue their military service at the Nation Training Center Feb. 23 at Fort Irwin, California. The ceremony took place at the infamous “Painted Rocks” a couple of days after the Raider Brigade’s training rotation at NTC. “Painted Rocks” is located just outside the main entrance of NTC and is a cluster of boulders with the crests of units painted on them. This stands as a symbol that these units have completed training rotations through one of the toughest combat training centers in the U.S. Col. Tent Upton, commander, 1ABCT, 3rd ID, presided over the ceremony as the reenlisting officer. “The three things I love most about my job is promoting, awarding, and reenlisting Soldiers,”Upton said. “I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to reenlist these 103 Soldiers. And, without a doubt, the Raider Brigade has some of the finest Soldiers in our Army. I am proud to see them volunteer to continue their service in our organization and the U.S. Army.” It goes without saying, watching 103 Soldiers raise their right hand and choose to serve their nation for another term is nothing short of amazing, said Master Sgt. Augusto Bernard, senior career counselor for 1ABCT. Making such an important decision is no easy task. “I am extremely proud and humbled to have the chance to be a part of this incredible event,” Bernard said. “It has been an absolutely amazing experience assisting these warriors and witnessing them reaffirm their commitment to this great nation, while currently serving in this incredible organization.” These 103 Soldiers will continue their serve to our Nation and continue to support contingency operations and missions around the world.