Culinary Specialists assigned to the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division worked late into the night to prepare for the brigade’s Thanksgiving feast Monday, November 19, 2018.
The paratroopers prepared over 640 lbs. of turkey, 558 lbs. of steamship round, 72 lbs. of shrimp, more than 100 pies, approximately 700 servings of sweet potatoes and approximately 800 servings of green bean casserole to serve during the brigade’s Thanksgiving meal.
The meal offered many of the paratroopers an opportunity to showcase their talents and demonstrate their intense attention to every detail in their culinary creations.
Fort Bragg-based paratroopers recently concluded an intensive training exercise requiring them to test what may be the U.S. Army’s next step in Mission-Command technology.
Paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in cooperation with the Joint Modernization Command, recently executed Network Integration Exercise 18.2 from late October to early November 2018.
“The best way to test a paratrooper and his or her equipment is to replicate the demanding crucible of ground combat,” said Col. Arthur Sellers, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. “NIE provided the brigade an excellent environment to evaluate the Army’s future Mission Command Systems and associated technologies, with the purpose of creating shared understanding and enabling the BCT to be more lethal”.
Network Integration Exercise, spearheaded by JMC, examines concepts and capabilities addressing three of the six Army Modernization Priorities – Soldier Lethality, Long-Range Precision Fires and the Future Network.
“Our main objectives are to facilitate the execution of operationally realistic warfighting assessments for over two weeks and assess multi-domain operations while obtaining feedback from paratroopers on the ground,” said Rodger Lemons, Chief of Strategic Plans at the JMC.
The exercise’s keystone concept focused on equipping 3rd Brigade paratroopers and units with emerging technology and equipment while setting them through a series of combat scenarios. Those using the equipment were then encouraged to provide candid criticism of the shortfalls and benefits of the technology.
“Paratroopers on the ground are able to give developers immediate feedback,” said Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford, the Army’s chief information officer. “This allows the Army to move away from the monolithic programs of record and move into a more iterative approach that allows us to keep up with technological advancements.”
We are pushing towards a culture of innovation and the role these Paratroopers are playing is a game changer, continued Crawford.
It is my and CSM Teakell’s sincerest hope this note finds you enjoying today’s festivities in the company of loved ones.
Today, our great Nation observes a day of thanks for what we have received and the blessings in our lives. As you celebrate today, I urge you to pause and reflect upon what you are grateful for as we enter the holiday season and prepare for the missions we will execute next year. Take time to reflect upon the past year and the great professional and personal accomplishments you have achieved.
Keep in your hearts and prayers the Paratroopers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment as they continue executing Operation Askari Storm and train alongside our international partners in Kenya, Africa.
These 1Fury Paratroopers were specially selected for this mission and they accepted with the knowledge it meant spending this holiday in a foreign country, away from their families conducting intensive live-fire training.
CSM Teakell and I remain grateful for the sacrifices Paratroopers and Families of the 3rd Brigade Combat team make as we remain ready to jump, fight and win on any drop zone in the world.
The 82nd Airborne Division remains our nation’s force-of-choice to spearhead conventional operations anywhere in the world and we will energetically and eagerly answer when called upon to do so.