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P6 Sends: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Panther Paratroopers, Families and Friends;

Our nation celebrates the life and courage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21. It should be a Day On, Not a Day Off as we honor him, the Civil Rights he championed and serve in our local community.

Dr. King’s life and teachings shaped the history of the United States and the Army as he dedicated his life to a dream of equality and challenged our nation to recognize people should not be “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

As a 3rd Brigade Paratrooper, you contribute to this legacy. In December, 1947 the brave men of the 555th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the All African American Parachute Regiment and forefathers of the Smoke Jumpers, integrated into the 3rd Battalion, 505th 82nd Airborne, making it the first racially integrated unit in the Army. Maj. Gen. Gavin, original commander of the 505th PIR, had ordered the integration in his efforts to fight against segregation in the Army.

Treating every individual with dignity and respect is a core value of who we are as professional Paratroopers and of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Our strength is drawn from the mutual respect we have for each other as we train to accomplish our mission to jump, fight and win on any drop zone in the world.

Col. Art Sellers, 3rd Brigade Commander

Command Sgt. Maj. Reese Teakell, 3rd Brigade Command Sergeant Major

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!