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82nd Best Medic Competition Tests Knowledge, Fortitude

   

Spc. Edgar Cortes assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division provides medical aid to a notional casualty during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 26, 2018. The medical lanes help simulate the stress of combat and prepare our Medics to save their fellow Paratroopers. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

     Two paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division distinguished themselves above their peers during a grueling competition on Fort Bragg held July 25-26.

     Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias, a Medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment and Sgt. Tyler Fisher, a Medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment proved their exceptional medical knowledge while demonstrating steadfast endurance during the two day competition.

      “Best Medic is important because it tests out the Medics’ competency and their physical and mental toughness,” said Sgt. 1st Class Evelyn Pollard, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s senior medic, about the competition.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias assigned to 5th Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division climbs over an obstacle during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

      Participants began the competition in the early morning with a Ranger Physical Fitness Test before moving onto a written evaluation and marksmanship ranges.  Designed to determine the division’s top two medics, events continued to stress the paratroopers’ technical knowledge and mental and physical endurance with an obstacle course, night land-navigation, a 12-mile ruck and a rope-rigging evaluation. 

     With little rest and nutrition, paratroopers’ completed a final evaluation consisting of lanes testing their ability to respond to a wide range of simulated medical emergencies.

Spc. Aaron Tolson assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division navigates under a wired obstacle during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

      Spc. Edgar Cortes, a member of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was the youngest medic competing, having earned his Expert Field Medical Badge earlier this year. 

     “I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Cortes before beginning the competition. “I came here for the experience and realistic training.”

     Matias and Tyler will continue to train to compete in the Army-wide Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. competition, scheduled to begin September 15 on Camp Bullis, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias, Spc. Edgar Cortes and Spc. Aaron Tolson, paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, competed in the Best Medic competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25-26th, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

 

P6 Sends – 75th Anniversary of our First Star of Valor

Panther Paratroopers, Family and Friends

Today, we honor the 75th Anniversary of the 505th PIR and 307th AEB’s first Star of Valor – Operation Husky. On 9 July 1943, at 1930 hours, the first of 226 planes carrying the paratroopers departed their airfields in Tunisa enroute to Sicily. There, they would conduct the first regimental-sized combat parachute jump in U.S. Army History.

Due to many factors, most of the paratroopers missed their assigned drop zones and the regiment was widely scattered. Throughout the night and well into July 10th, 505th PIR and 307th AEB paratroopers wreaked havoc on their enemies while fighting towards “Objective Y;” a series of 16 concrete pillboxes. Of the 3407 paratroopers of the 505th PIR who jumped, 424 were wounded or killed by the end of Operation Husky.

On the ground, the paratroopers fought with tenacity and aggressiveness. Their training in small unit tactics, eagerness to close with the enemy and universal understanding of the mission resulted in success.

Of Operation Husky, Gen. Gavin wrote “Here, in Sicily, he [Paratroopers] proved the hard way that vertical envelopment at night was feasible and almost impossible to stop, that the American trooper has the mental and physical courage to try anything, asking and expecting no odds.”

Take time today to learn more about Operation Husky. The heritage of the American Paratrooper, one you are building today, rests on the foundation laid by these brave Troopers.

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The Panther Brigade Welcomes Col. Sellers

The Panther Brigade welcomed Col. Arthur Sellers on Friday, June 22nd during the brigade’s Change of Command Ceremony on Fort Bragg’s Pike Field.

Sellers assumed command from Col. Gregory Beaudoin who led the brigade as the most ready conventional force in the U.S. Army as part of the Global Response Force.

Sellers, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, has served in numerous staff and command positions in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment and the Joint Special Operations Command.