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