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Panther 6 Sends – Hurricane Florence Response

Families of the Panther Brigade,

The safety of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Paratroopers and Families remains a top concern of leadership. Leaders are actively balancing this concern with the operational needs of the brigade.
Paratroopers are actively engaged in recovery operations from Tropical Storm Florence while preparing for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise beginning in early October on Fort Bliss, Texas.

Brigade leaders are aware numerous Paratroopers and their Families remain displaced from the rising waters of the Cape Fear and Little Rivers. We also continue to monitor flooding in the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg regions.
If you live in a region impacted by mandatory evacuation orders, your Paratrooper should inform their leadership and they will assist in obtaining financial reimbursement for your expenses.
The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation interactive map at: https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ can keep you current on road closures in the area.
The official Fort Bragg Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/fortbraggnc/ will keep you and your Paratrooper informed of the installation’s current operating and manning status.
As the situation in and around Fort Bragg continues to develop, brigade leaders will make decisions ensuring the safety and wellbeing of 3BCT Paratroopers and Families while preparing us for upcoming missions and operations.
Col. Arthur W. Sellers, 3rd Brigade Commander
Command Sgt. Maj. Reese W. Teakell, 3rd Brigade Command Sergeant Major

 Links to Essential Information:

Monitor the depth of the Cape Fear River
Monitor the depth of the Little River
A complete list of shelters in NC
A live map of road conditions on Fort Bragg and in the state of NC
Cumberland County Road Closures
Harnett County Road Closures
Moore / Richmond County Road Closures
Lee County Road Closures
Hoke County Road Closures
National Hurricane Center


Panther Recon Paratroopers Volunteer at Urban Ministry

Panther Recon paratroopers and their family members from the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment spent their Saturday morning volunteering at a local Fayetteville Ministry.

The paratroopers and family members spent the morning of Saturday, September 8th volunteering at the Fayetteville Urban Ministry.

Organized by the Battalion Chaplain, Capt. Oleksandr Ishchuk, the volunteer effort focused on completing much-needed yardwork around the building and interior painting.The volunteer effort strengthened the existing partnership between the Fayetteville Urban Ministry and 5-73 CAV while preparing the building and grounds for the holiday season.

3rd Brigade Cav Families Foster Community Through Fitness

Family members, of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, gathered to strengthen their bodies, minds and community.

Spouses of paratroopers assigned to 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment participated in the inaugural “Airborne Thunder” fitness event on Aug. 8, 2018 inside Fort Bragg, N.C. at Pope Army Airfield’s Woodland Park.

Spouses from the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division run during the inaugural Airborne Thunder at Pope Army Airfield’s Woodland Park on Aug. 8, 2018.

“Airborne Thunders foster community through fitness. Creating an opportunity for our spouses to connect through fitness, sports and recreation improves not only physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, but encourages relationships among the Recon family,” said Mrs. Jen Hartsock, the 5-73 CAV’s Family Readiness Group Advisor.

Spouses of the Cavalry Squadron met at Woodland Park in the morning to conduct numerous fitness events designed to improve their cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Exercises in the fitness circuit included kettlebell squats, dips and a distance run.

“Today we offered a wide variety of workout to accommodate fitness levels. I’m inspired to say that the majority of the spouses who attended today either just had babies or are expecting,” said Hartsock. “The workout was geared to challenge even the fittest while accommodating those unable to participate in a high impact physical event.”

Two spouses of paratroopers assigned to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division perform kettlebell squats during the inaugural Airborne Thunder at Pope Army Airfield’s Woodland Park on Aug. 8, 2018.

In celebration of the coming school year, children were also invited to attend. They enjoyed a nearby playground and an opportunity to have their face painted and receive school supplies.

At the conclusion of Airborne Thunder, senior leadership from the Cavalry Squadron spoke with the spouses about the unit’s future training events and other opportunities for them to participate as members of the Family Readiness Group.

“Behind many of our strong soldiers are strong spouses. Gathering together helps create authentic connections which are especially important,” said Harstock.