Infantrymen from across the 3rd Brigade Combat Team spent early May training to prepare themselves to earn the Expert Infantryman Badge on Fort Bragg.
Highly valued by Infantrymen, earning the EIB is a testament to the Paratrooper’s technical skill, tactical knowledge and physical endurance.
Testing for the EIB occurred the second week of May on Fort Bragg, requiring candidates to succeed in a grueling evaluation culminating in a 12-mile timed ruckmarch.
Junior officers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division recently participated in a competition honoring the memory of a young officer killed in World War II.
Lieutenants assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division competed in the Janney Cup competition April 24 and 25 on Fort Bragg, North Carolina in honor of 1st. Lt. Richard Janney. Janney was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and completed two World War II combat parachute jumps into Sicily and Salerno before he was killed when his vehicle ran over a landmine north of Naples.
The multi-day competition tested the junior officers’ physical endurance by starting off with a Ranger Physical Assessment Test at Fort Bragg’s Towle Stadium. After completing the five-mile run, Lieutenants cycled through three events; a written test, marksmanship and a two-mile kit run to navigate obstacles along the All American Mile.
The second day of the Janney Cup required the Lieutenants to complete a timed 12-mile ruck march through Fort Bragg training areas with a 35lb packing list. After the ruck march, the junior officers proved their airborne proficiency and tactical knowledge during the Warrior Stakes lanes.
The top five Lieutenants then donned their dress uniforms and went before a board consisting of the brigade’s senior leadership to demonstrate their knowledge of the profession of arms.
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.