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Panther Paratroopers Assume Authority for Operations in Afghanistan

Fort Bragg-based paratroopers recently assumed authority for operations in Afghanistan Friday, July 19th on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division unfurled their brigade colors during a ceremony, marking the official beginning of their operations as a critical component of Train Advise Assist Command-South, headquartered on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

“This mission requires lethality, competence and professionalism,” said Brigadier General Edmond Brown, commander of TAAC-S. “All of the attributes that are basic to an American Paratrooper.

The Panther paratroopers assumed responsibility for missions ranging from base security to developing the capacity of Afghan security forces in locations throughout the country from soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, headquartered at Fort Drum, New York.

“We are excited to continue the proud legacy of our paratroopers that have done this before us and to continue to work with our Afghan partners to secure gains and secure peace in this nation,” said Col. Arthur Sellers, Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and Deputy Commander of TAAC-S.

P6 Sends – A Generation Eager to Write a New Chapter

Paratroopers, Panther Families and Friends,

Once again, America calls upon Paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team to deploy into harm’s way.  No one is more READY for the crucible of ground combat in Afghanistan alongside Afghan and international partners.

Our mission requires the professionalism, competence and lethality expected of the American Paratrooper in a complex and dynamic environment.  Our previous training prepared us for these challenges.

Paratroopers staffing our Rear Detachment are the best possible and specially selected to fulfill their trifold mission; maintain an exceptionally high level of readiness to deploy, support deployed operations and support Panther Families through the Paratrooper Family Readiness Group (PFRG).


As we step forward from Fort Bragg/Pope Army Airfield, we follow in the footsteps of 3rd Brigade Paratroopers who deployed to combat before us.  A new generation is eager to open and write another chapter in the storied history and heritage of the Panther Brigade.

It is an honor to serve at your side.

COL Art Sellers
Brigade Commander

CSM Reese Teakell
Brigade Command Sergeant Major
Ready, Competent, Lethal!  H-Minus!