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