Paratroopers from across the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division gathered Tuesday, February 12th to compete for the honor of the brigade’s Best Squad.
Over a series of stations on Fort Bragg, competitors demonstrated their physical endurance and grit, marksmanship under mental and physical stress, their medical knowledge, airborne proficiency and mental agility.
Fort Bragg-based paratroopers conducted a static-line jump Friday, February 1, 2019 to maintain their proficiency at airborne operations and follow-on missions.
Paratroopers from Headquarters, Headquarters Company and the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion conducted a combat-equipment static-line airborne operation onto Fort Bragg’s Normandy Drop Zone and rehearsed their roles as part of an Assault Command Post afterwards.
Below is the Thanksgiving Day 1968 message issued by Brig. Gen. Alexander R. Bolling Jr., then-commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division while it was deployed as the Golden Brigade to combat operations in Vietnam.
“Thanksgiving Day, 1968 will be one that few of us in the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division will ever forget. Almost every man in the brigade will put in a full day’s work, and most of that work will take place in the rice paddies and river-mud of our area of operations.
Though there may appear to be little thankful for, I think we can all be more than grateful that we are citizens of a great nation built on the principle of freedom. When you return home, you will all realize that there is no greater honor, no greater feeling of accomplishment than being a part of the citizen group that must defend that freedom. Ever man in this brigade will be able to stand tall with pride as he remembers the hardships of his tour in Vietnam.
I shall do everything I can to make your Thanksgiving Day as pleasant as the tactical situation will permit. During the day, I shall give thanks for the honor of serving with the All American troopers of the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division. I shall also give thanks for the knowledge that your effort this year will guarantee a happy Thanksgiving for you next year – and for your children in the years to come.”