Category Archives: Operations

Threepeat! 1P Mortar Team Wins Best Mortar for 3rd Time

For the third year in a row, a Mortar Team from 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division has won the U.S. Army’s Best Mortar Competition.

The team was composed of Staff Sgt. James Pennington, Sgt. Alex Norton, Spc. Christian Elliot and Pfc. Loren Dow and celebrated their victory at a formal ceremony on April 11, 2019.

The competition held in early April at Fort Benning, Georgia, was a multi-day event drawing teams in from across the U.S. Army.

Events during the competition tested every team’s ability to work together through a series of mental, physical and tactical evaluations.

P6 Sends – None More Ready

To the Paratroopers, Families and Friends of 3rd Brigade Combat Team,

There is no Soldier in the U.S. Army more ready to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel than the 3rd Brigade Paratrooper.
Paratroopers at all echelons within the brigade have continually honed their technical knowledge, tactical skill, physical endurance and mental agility since the beginning of this year.

Repeatedly through high-quality training, everyone in this formation has been challenged with adverse weather, rugged terrain and determined near-peer opposing forces. I am thankful to every agency and unit external to the brigade who showed us how to better ourselves while sharing their best practices.
This year started with off-post training cycles at bases like Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia and Camp Atterbury Indiana, progressed to our Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise at Fort Bragg’s Range 63 and ultimately culminated in a massive demonstration of our capability as an Airborne Infantry Brigade as we conducted the 96-hour sequence on Fort Bragg and Operation Panther Storm on Holland Drop Zone.
Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division descend onto Fort Bragg’s Holland Drop Zone after conducting a combat equipment, static-line parachute operation from US Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft. The parachute operation was part of Operation Panther Storm, a training exercise demonstrating the brigade’s ability to jump, fight and win on any drop zone in the world.
Soon, our focus will turn to preparing for our scheduled deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. As leaders, we must remain vigilant and engaged throughout this process to ensure we prepare and pack the right equipment while keeping Paratroopers safe.
In late May, we will enjoy All American Week, a celebration of the 82nd Airborne Division, our heritage as Paratroopers and contribute to the lineage of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. It will be a week of sports, celebrations, somber remembrance and everything All-Americans can be. I invite you to participate as much as you can in the week’s events.

There are tremendous resources available to Paratroopers, Families and Friends of the brigade as we prepare to deploy this coming summer. Reach out to our social media channels anytime you have a question or concern and we will provide you the best, most-up-to-date information we can.

H-Minus!

Col. Art Sellers
Brigade Commander

Command Sgt. Maj. Reese Teakell
Brigade Command Sergeant Major