Throughout 2018, Paratroopers of this Brigade Combat Team accomplished tremendous feats with the professionalism and expertise America expects of the 82nd Airborne Division.
During All American Week, you dominated the entire competition with 1Fury earning the title as best battalion. Later, you successfully and seamlessly transferred the Global Response Force Mission to the Falcon Brigade. Recently, you demonstrated the technical and tactical expertise of the Brigade at Network Integration Evaluation 18.2 at Fort Bliss.
In teams and individually, members of the Brigade embodied the grit, tenacity and lethality of the American Paratrooper. Mortarmen from 1-505th PIR won the Army’s Best Mortar Competition for the second year in a row, Staff Sgt. Drew Lehman from 5-73 CAV brought the honor of Division Jumpmaster of the Year to the Brigade, Spc. Christian Caudle from 2-505th PIR was named the Division Soldier of the Year, Staff Sgt. Miguel Mattias from 5-73 CAV was co-victor in the Division Best Medic and there are many more who distinguished themselves.
As we enter the Holiday Block Leave period, Command Sgt. Maj. Teakell and I want to reinforce this should be a time of rest, enjoyment and reflection. This leave period is set aside for us to appreciate the company of loved ones and friends at an unhurried pace.
In quiet moments, I encourage you to reflect upon your personal and professional achievements while fortifying your resolve to make 2019 your best year yet.
Celebrate responsibly and indulge sensibly – even during this holiday season, you are a member of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division; expected by our nation to jump, fight and win on any drop zone in the world.
Command Sgt. Maj. Teakell and I remain humbled and honored to lead this exceptional brigade of All American paratroopers.
We wish you safe travels, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Col. Art Sellers, Brigade Commander
Command Sgt. Maj. Reese Teakell, Brigade Command Sergeant Major
Paratroopers and family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday Tuesday, November 22 at the brigade’s Dining Facility on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“Today, paratroopers and family members of the brigade are thankful for the opportunity to celebrate as we enter the holiday season,” said Col. Arthur Sellers, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Commander. “This meal gives everyone an opportunity to fellowship while enjoying the delicious food prepared by our expert culinary team,” he continued.
To prepare the meal, Culinary Specialists from the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, part of the 3rd BCT, began preparing the night before and worked into the early morning on the finishing touches. 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 Panther Brigade’s Thanksgiving meal was held Tuesday, November 20th in the brigade’s Dining Facility on Fort Bragg. Honoring tradition, leaders from across the brigade served the meal to paratroopers and their families while dressed in their Army Service Uniform.
Special decorations adorned the dining facility to celebrate the holiday and honor the 50th anniversary of the brigade’s short-notice deployment in 1968 to Vietnam to conduct combat operations. Sent in response to the Tet Offensive, the 3rd Brigade gained the nickname “The Golden Brigade” while fighting the Viet Cong in numerous pitched battles over the course of a year-long deployment.