Category Archives: Panther Family

P6 Sends: Military Family Month

As the Panther Brigade observes Military Family Month this November, we are grateful for the support our paratroopers receive from their families. The Panther Family’s dedication, service, understanding and eagerness to help is a tremendous benefit and we acknowledge the unique stress placed upon family members of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Members of the Panther Family participate in the Sunset Fun Run During All American Week XXIX in May, 2018.
The health of the Panther Family directly contributes towards the readiness of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Leaders at all levels throughout the brigade constantly seek opportunities to strengthen our families through recognition of excellence, sharing of knowledge and tailored assistance.
Members of the Panther Family enjoy Trunk or Treat 2018 in the brigade area in October, 2018.
The brigade’s Family Readiness Group continues to be agile and adaptive to the needs of its members as they navigate the complexity of being a military family. Members of the FRG continually serve as an excellent resource of subject-matter-expertise as they organize and conduct events strengthening the resilience of the Panther Family.
The Panther Family gathers for the Panther Brigade Ball held earlier this year at the Fayetteville Embassy Suites in April, 2018.
To each member of the Panther Family, thank you. Your support enables us to achieve mission success on any drop zone in the world.

A Vietnam Thanksgiving Message

Below is the Thanksgiving Day 1968 message issued by Brig. Gen. Alexander R. Bolling Jr., then-commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division while it was deployed as the Golden Brigade to combat operations in Vietnam.

“Thanksgiving Day, 1968 will be one that few of us in the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division will ever forget. Almost every man in the brigade will put in a full day’s work, and most of that work will take place in the rice paddies and river-mud of our area of operations.

Though there may appear to be little thankful for, I think we can all be more than grateful that we are citizens of a great nation built on the principle of freedom. When you return home, you will all realize that there is no greater honor, no greater feeling of accomplishment than being a part of the citizen group that must defend that freedom. Ever man in this brigade will be able to stand tall with pride as he remembers the hardships of his tour in Vietnam.

I shall do everything I can to make your Thanksgiving Day as pleasant as the tactical situation will permit. During the day, I shall give thanks for the honor of serving with the All American troopers of the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division. I shall also give thanks for the knowledge that your effort this year will guarantee a happy Thanksgiving for you next year – and for your children in the years to come.”
Brig. Gen. Alexander R. Bolling’s Thanksgiving Day 1968 message to members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Vietnam as part of the Golden Brigade.

The Panther Family Celebrates with Trunk or Treat 2018!

Paratroopers and family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team enjoyed an evening of fun, fellowship, food and scares at the Panther Brigade Trunk or Treat held Monday, October 29th in the brigade’s area on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Numerous civilian and military vehicles were set up and in costume to provide trunk-or-treat stations to children while members of the brigade organized and ran a costume contest.

Other events during Trunk or Treat included an obstacle course, a haunted aid station and event a potluck where families could bring a dish and dine on a variety of foods.

Furry friends also made an appearance last night, giving children a treat of different sorts as they had the opportunity to encounter a very patient llama and alpaca.