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The Fall-Winter 2018 Edition of Static Line

The Fall-Winter 2018 edition of Static Line, the 3rd Brigade news magazine is now available!

Click to read stories about the brigade’s actions during Network Integration Exercise 18.2 at Fort Bliss, 1Fury’s training in Africa alongside British paratroopers and our Thanksgiving feast!

P6 Sends – A Time of Rest, Enjoyment and Reflection

To the Paratroopers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team,

Throughout 2018, Paratroopers of this Brigade Combat Team accomplished tremendous feats with the professionalism and expertise America expects of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Christmas in Vietnam with the Golden Brigade.

During All American Week, you dominated the entire competition with 1Fury earning the title as best battalion. Later, you successfully and seamlessly transferred the Global Response Force Mission to the Falcon Brigade. Recently, you demonstrated the technical and tactical expertise of the Brigade at Network Integration Evaluation 18.2 at Fort Bliss.

The Golden Brigade Christmas Card.

In teams and individually, members of the Brigade embodied the grit, tenacity and lethality of the American Paratrooper. Mortarmen from 1-505th PIR won the Army’s Best Mortar Competition for the second year in a row, Staff Sgt. Drew Lehman from 5-73 CAV brought the honor of Division Jumpmaster of the Year to the Brigade, Spc. Christian Caudle from 2-505th PIR was named the Division Soldier of the Year, Staff Sgt. Miguel Mattias from 5-73 CAV was co-victor in the Division Best Medic and there are many more who distinguished themselves.

Christmas in Vietnam with the Golden Brigade.

As we enter the Holiday Block Leave period, Command Sgt. Maj. Teakell and I want to reinforce this should be a time of rest, enjoyment and reflection. This leave period is set aside for us to appreciate the company of loved ones and friends at an unhurried pace.

In quiet moments, I encourage you to reflect upon your personal and professional achievements while fortifying your resolve to make 2019 your best year yet.

Celebrate responsibly and indulge sensibly – even during this holiday season, you are a member of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division; expected by our nation to jump, fight and win on any drop zone in the world.

Command Sgt. Maj. Teakell and I remain humbled and honored to lead this exceptional brigade of All American paratroopers.

We wish you safe travels, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

H-Minus!

Col. Art Sellers, Brigade Commander

Command Sgt. Maj. Reese Teakell, Brigade Command Sergeant Major

Ready, Competent, Lethal! H-Minus!

“More than a Calling” – Airborne Rabbi Leads by Example

Determination to lead by example spurs a Chaplain to serve alongside paratroopers.

Capt. Yisahar Izak’s drive to be a role-model to fellow faith-leaders and paratroopers in the midst of adversity spurs him to serve as a Chaplain in the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“When I came into the US Army, there was a lack of Jewish Chaplains in active jump status, meaning we are not able to have a Rabbi lead by example for our paratroopers,” said Izak. “I was already a fan of the 82nd by virtue of studying its history and proud legacy. It was a win-win match with my high motivation to become an Airborne-qualified Chaplain.

Before his assignment to the 82nd Airborne Division, Izak globe-trekked through forty different countries on four continents, growing up in six of them and spending over 17 years in developing regions.

“Having been a civilian, member of a Non-Governmental Organization and soldier at war in other countries, I came to the conclusion the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence are the most sacred human-written texts and the only ones that give humans a chance to coexist in a civilized manner,” said Izak. “To serve them would be the highest ministry I could achieve.”

Orthodox Jewish by faith denomination, Izak previously served as a Rabbi in Flatbush, New York, Izmir, Turkey and in numerous locations in Israel. He first heard his calling to faith while involved in humanitarian relief and disaster response operations in South Asia and the Middle East between 1998 and 1999.

“The amount of suffering pushed me towards more and more self-reflection to the point that after the two large earthquakes in Turkey with over 50,000 casualties combined…I could not reason with all what was going on all around me,” said Izak. “All I knew was I needed to understand the balance in all what goes on.

“I set sails to go to seminary. Being concerned with volunteering, eager to address other’s needs, and having a genuine concern to help others – I ended up evolving into a faith leader,” continued Izak. “More than a calling, it was a natural journey full of divine providence.”

The transition from faith-student to faith-leader was natural for Izak. After seven years of full-time study, he was approached by his elders with the offer to study for the Rabbinical exams. His drive to lead by example in the midst of adversity eventually led him to serve alongside paratroopers in the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg.

Izak’s kippa, the traditional brimless skull cap worn by Jews to fulfill orthodox requirements to keep their head covered at all times, is often the topic of conversation between he and paratroopers along with his prayer shawl and other ecclesiastical items.

“One of the three main competencies of the Chaplain Corps is to nourish the living, requiring me to provide services for my religion while facilitating services for all paratroopers per their faith group,” said Izak. “I love the concept of chaplaincy where a minister can care for everyone regardless what religion they are.”