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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.
Signed,
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
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Monitor the depth of the Little River
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A complete list of shelters in NC
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A live map of road conditions on Fort Bragg and in the state of NC
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Cumberland County Road Closures
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Harnett County Road Closures
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Moore / Richmond County Road Closures
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Lee County Road Closures
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Hoke County Road Closures
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National Hurricane Center
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Brains and Brawn; Amazing Race Test Airborne Engineers’ Mental Agility and Physical Endurance

Airborne Engineers from the 82nd Airborne Division tested their mental agility and physical endurance Aug. 28, 2018 on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Paratroopers from the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team participated in an “Amazing Race” style contest, testing their ability to solve problems while under physical stress.

The battalion divided into teams by birth month and set off to visit as many stations as possible throughout the brigade’s area on Fort Bragg. Stations required the paratroopers to solve a mentally and physically-demanding task to earn points.

At one location, paratroopers closed their eyes, randomly grasped the hands of two separate teammates and untangled themselves into a circle. Another event required a blindfolded paratrooper to navigate through a course while receiving verbal instructions from his partner.

 

Clearing Obstacles in a Flash and with a Boom; Panther Brigade Engineers Fire First Live Mine-Clearing Line Charge on Fort Bragg in 20 Years

Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division recently trained to clear minefields in a flash and with a boom.

Engineers from Alpha and Bravo Companies, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion trained to breach complex obstacles and provide assured mobility of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team on Fort Bragg, North Carolina Aug. 18, 2018.

 

Engineers from the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion prepare a live Mine-Clearing Line Charge for firing on a Fort Bragg, North Carolina range Aug. 18, 2018. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Engineers trained to clear complex obstacles by firing the first live-MICLIC in over 20 years on Fort Bragg.

They accomplished this by firing the first live Mine-Clearing Line Charge on Fort Bragg in more than 20 years.

“The MICLIC provides the capability to clear an eight by one hundred meter path through a mine obstacle in minutes,” said. Maj. Christopher Pierce, the 307th AEB Executive Officer.

The MICLIC is a rocket-propelled line charge containing over 1750 lbs. of explosives capable of breaching minefields emplaced by enemy forces.

Once launched, the charges explode, detonating or pushing away any buried mines nearby and clearing a path for vehicles and personnel to travel through.

In this still taken from a video, paratroopers from the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion fire the first live Mine-Clearing Line Charge on Fort Bragg in more than 20 years. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Engineers trained to use the MICLIC to clear complex obstacles and ensure battlefield maneuverability of the brigade.

“This capability allows the brigade’s maneuver forces to maintain momentum through the obstacle to reach their objectives,” said Pierce.

Though many inert MICLICs are fired on Fort Bragg, this was the first live one fired in over 20 years. Coordination for the ranges began in March and required the occupation of four ranges and numerous road guards controlling fire-breaks leading into the area said Pierce.

In this still taken from a video, a Mine-Clearing Line Charge fired by paratroopers of the 307th Airborne Engineer battalion detonates Aug. 18, 2018 on a Fort Bragg, North Carolina range. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Engineers trained to clear complex obstacles and ensure battlefield mobility by firing the first live MICLIC in 20 years on FBNC.

“Conducting an explosive clearance of an obstacle with a MICLIC is a lost talent that is not often trained on due to the difficulty obtaining the required land and live demolitions,” said Pierce. “This opportunity provides the training and repetitions needed to ensure the Sapper Companies are trained and prepared to execute this task.”