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U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
10/03/2014

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Three battalions of the former Task Force Spartan held their own inactivation ceremonies, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division kicked off Operation Mountain Peak and 10th Combat Aviation Brigade is lighting up the skies. Read about all that and more in this week's edition of the Mountaineer! You can download the pdf version here: http://bit.ly/2OCT2014 or visit our website: www.drum.army.mil/mountaineer

07/23/2014

Spartan Family and Friends,

Sgt. Maj. Holmes and I would like to begin by thanking all of those who have done so much to support this Brigade over the past nine months especially our Family Readiness Group volunteers, leaders and senior advisors. Your work has been tremendous and the Sergeant Major and I are truly grateful.

I understand there has been a lot of uncertainty and frustration surrounding the changes and cancellations of our returning flights. No one other than the Soldiers coming home feels that more than the loved ones waiting for them to get here. Please let me extend our appreciation to all of their families and friends for their continued understanding and patience. The Brigade Staff and the entire Fort Drum support team are doing their best to provide correct information in as timely a manner as possible.

Please remember the official source for all ceremony information remain the Welcome Home Ceremonies page at http://www.drum.army.mil/ptm/Pages/WelcomeHomeCeremonies.aspx. Our FRG teams use this portal page for their updates and do their very best to relay that information to their families.

Once again we would like to thank you not only for your support of our Spartans but also for your patience and understanding.

Thank you,

Lt. Col. Ryan Morgan Sgt. Maj. Roy Holmes
Commander 3BDE (Rear) (Provisional) Command Sgt. Maj. (Rear) (Provisional)

The Spartans have cased their colors for the final time in Afghanistan. "With your Shield or on it"
07/21/2014

The Spartans have cased their colors for the final time in Afghanistan.

"With your Shield or on it"

07/20/2014

This story comes from WNBC and focuses on your Spartans from New York City and their journey after the events on 9/11 that led them to serving in Afghanistan in RC-East in support of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

More Spartans continue to return to Fort Drum upon the successful completion of the brigade's final historic deployment ...
07/20/2014
3rd Brigade Familes welcome 300 Spartans

More Spartans continue to return to Fort Drum upon the successful completion of the brigade's final historic deployment to RC-East in support of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Julius Brown,6, patiently waits to embrace his father, Staff Sgt. Julian A. Brown , Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain (Light Infantry) Division, on July 15, 2014 during a welcome home ceremony at Magrath Sports…

07/16/2014

Here's the newest story from the series WNBC from New York City did on your Spartans during their final historic deployment to RC-East in support of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

More Spartans return home to Fort Drum from completing the Brigade's final historic deployment to RC-East in support of ...
07/13/2014
Spartan Soldiers celebrate their safe return

More Spartans return home to Fort Drum from completing the Brigade's final historic deployment to RC-East in support of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain (Light Infantry) Division, march into the Magrath Sprots Complex in Fort Drum, N.Y. on July 8, 2014 after a nine-month deployment. The 3BCT deployed to Afghanistan as a security force advice assist brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Yet again another article about your Spartans completing their final historic deployment in support of ISAF: NATO forces...
07/09/2014
Goodbye, Afghanistan: A U.S. Brigade Prepares to Leave For Good

Yet again another article about your Spartans completing their final historic deployment in support of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The Spartans line up, possibly for a final time, in Afghanistan. Several hundred soldiers form ranks, one holding the Spartan banner, symbol of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, of the 10th Mountain Division.

Your Spartans were featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in a story by Michael Gargiulo as they head home fro...
07/06/2014
U.S. Soldiers Prepare to Return From Afghanistan - NBC News

Your Spartans were featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in a story by Michael Gargiulo as they head home from their final historic deployment here in RC-East in support of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The Tenth Mountain Division has been deployed four times in eight years. Now, it’s preparing to return home for good.

Here's a story by AFN American Forces Network on your Spartans from 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment conducting a p...
07/05/2014
Patrolling for IDF (Long Version)

Here's a story by AFN American Forces Network on your Spartans from 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment conducting a patrol with their Afghan partners here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The 10th Mountain Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2-87th Infantry, Apache Company headed out on a patrol, to interdict possible indirect fire aimed at FOB Shank. Apache Company was accompanied by ANA on the ground. SSG Lovely went to FOB Shank to bring you the story. Also available in high defini…

Here's the latest article on your Spartans returning from their final historic deployment in support of ISAF: NATO force...
07/03/2014
Spartans receive enthusiastic welcome home

Here's the latest article on your Spartans returning from their final historic deployment in support of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

After spending more than 24 hours in the air, crossing nine time zones and having their arrival date change 13 times, more than 200 Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), returned to Fort Drum in the past week after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan

07/02/2014

New York City's WNBC recently visited your Spartans in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan. This video is the start of a series they will soon air on your Spartans that captures the end of their final historic deployment to Afghanistan.

06/18/2014
3rd BCT soldiers return to Fort Drum

First Homecoming Ceremony of your Spartans returning from their historic last deployment prior to inactivation. The Spartans served in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

About 130 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division returned Tuesday to Fort Drum following a nine-month deployment in eastern Afghan...

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
06/13/2014

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Honoring the memory a 10th Mountain Division hero. Specialist Terry J. Hurne, 710th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Spartan, died June 9 while serving in Afghanistan. All of our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, friends and fellow Soldiers. To learn more, visit our Fallen Warriors page: http://bit.ly/1jkkb2O

Spartan advisors are featured in this news story by AFN American Forces Network displaying the progress they've made wit...
06/07/2014
Afghans Train the Force, Long Version

Spartan advisors are featured in this news story by AFN American Forces Network displaying the progress they've made with their Afghan National Security Forces partners here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

U.S. forces and Afghan National Security Forces tour the 203rd Corps, Regional Corps Battle School. The Afghans learn a magnitude of skills from firing artillery to computer skills. Produced by Staff Sgt. Josh Lovely. Includes soundbites from Brig. Gen. Muhammad Israr, commander, Operational Coordin…

Portraits of some of your Spartans from 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 71st Cavalry Regiment and ...
06/06/2014
Spartan portraits from Afghanistan

Portraits of some of your Spartans from 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 71st Cavalry Regiment and 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment serving here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Lorentz from Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) during an advising security mission in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, June 2. The Spartan Brigade is deployed to Afghanistan as a Security Force Adv…

Spartans from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment conducted a noncommissioned officer induction ceremony with t...
06/04/2014
Division CSM inducts U.S., Afghan NCOs into Corps

Spartans from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment conducted a noncommissioned officer induction ceremony with their partners from 1st Brigade, 203rd Afghan Army Corps in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

In quite possibly his last of five deployments to Afghanistan, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jamie McIntyre, of Queens, NY, wanted to leave something behind for the Afghan National Army noncomissioned officers – something he’s very proud of: the U.S. Army’s NCO Corps.

Spartan leaders help Afghan counterparts build mission readiness
06/04/2014
Spartan leaders help Afghan counterparts build mission readiness

Spartan leaders help Afghan counterparts build mission readiness

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Haight of the 10th Mountain Division and the commanding officer of the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Yaftali provide last minute guidance to their Soldiers prior to their departure after the conclusion of an advising mission May 29 to Baraki Barak,…

US.Army Spartan from 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantr...
06/02/2014
Spartan Cavalry Soldiers maintain readiness on patrol

US.Army Spartan from 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) mans his fighting position during a patrol conducted May 29 in Paktia Province, in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

A Spartan Soldier with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) mans his fighting position during a patrol conducted May 29 in Paktia Province, Afghanistan. The Spartan Brigade is deployed to Afghanistan as a Security Force Advise Assi…

New article of U.S. Army wounded warriors visiting your Spartans here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.
06/01/2014
Wounded Warriors visit Spartan Soldiers

New article of U.S. Army wounded warriors visiting your Spartans here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Two ranks of Spartan Soldiers, their leaders and a contingent from the Special Operations Task Force-Southeast stood by Forward Operating Base Shank’s landing zone under the hot, late afternoon sun awaiting the arrival of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter bearing a small group of very important visitors.

On this Memorial Day we honor the Spartans who paid the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate the Spartans continuing the mis...
05/26/2014
Spartan combat engineer leaders assure mission success

On this Memorial Day we honor the Spartans who paid the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate the Spartans continuing the mission here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan. (Photos by U.S. Army Sgt. Javier Amador, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Guillermo Nenadich, a Spartan section sergeant with the Combined Arms Route Clearance Operation 30 of the 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) conducts a walk-through convoy route rehea…

U.S. Army Spartan engineers keep the routes clear here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.
05/26/2014
Spartan Soldiers ensure route safety in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Spartan engineers keep the routes clear here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The motor pool was a flurry of activity as the final preparations were being made May 23, 2014, by the Spartan Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, “Combined Arms Route Clearance Operation 30,” Company A, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), at…

Spartan Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment had the opportunity to meet the ISAF: NATO forces in ...
05/21/2014
ISAF command sergeant major visits Assistance Platform Clark

Spartan Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment had the opportunity to meet the ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan Command Sergeant Major Booker here in RC-East, Afghanistan.

U.S. Marine Command Sgt. Maj. James Booker, the International Security Assistance Forces senior enlisted adviser, greets the Spartan Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) after they demonstrated their indirect f…

Spartan Soldiers from 4-25 Field Artillery further their combatives skills in this photo essay here in RC-East of ISAF: ...
05/19/2014
Spartans further their combative skills

Spartan Soldiers from 4-25 Field Artillery further their combatives skills in this photo essay here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Spartan Soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) subdue a simulated insurgent using tactical combatives techniques under the supervision of their instructor, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Kaplan of Bandit Troop, 3r…

New article on your Spartans as they compete to determine the best of the best here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in A...
05/18/2014
Spartan Soldiers test themselves in competition

New article on your Spartans as they compete to determine the best of the best here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The Spartan Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), held a two-day long top noncommissioned officer and top Soldier of the rotation competition on Assistance Platform Clark, Afghanistan, May 15 and 16, 2014.

Armed Forces Network did a story here on Soldiers from 1-32 Infantry and how they've used soccer to bridge the gap with ...
05/17/2014
Airborne Soccer (Long Version)

Armed Forces Network did a story here on Soldiers from 1-32 Infantry and how they've used soccer to bridge the gap with those from other countries serving here in RC-East of ISAF Joint Command (IJC).

The Airborne Premiere Soccer League is a unique way that Soldiers, contractors and civilians compete and build strong friendships at FOB Airborne in the Wardak province in Afghanistan.

Afghan National Security Forces demonstrate the employment of their mortars upon completion of their training led by you...
05/16/2014
Afghan Naitonal Security Forces mortar training demonstration

Afghan National Security Forces demonstrate the employment of their mortars upon completion of their training led by your Spartans assigned to RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Afghan National Security Forces employ a 60mm mortar system as part of a demonstration upon the completion of their operator's class led by Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division May 12. These Afghan Security Forces are from units who are responsible for the security of Khost,…

Spartan artillerymen from 4-25 Field Artillery assist their Afghan National Army (ANA) counterparts deploy a D30 howitze...
05/15/2014
Spartans assist in Afghan army D30 artillery demonstration

Spartan artillerymen from 4-25 Field Artillery assist their Afghan National Army (ANA) counterparts deploy a D30 howitzer here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Spartan artillerymen from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division assist the Afghan National Army soldiers as they demonstrate the employment of their D30 artillery piece upon completion of an operator’s course May 12 on Forward Operating Base…

Spartan Soldiers took a brief pause to compete in a four on four basketball tournament here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO for...
05/13/2014
Spartan Soldiers face off in basketball tournament

Spartan Soldiers took a brief pause to compete in a four on four basketball tournament here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Capt. Jason Gillespie, the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) attempts a jump shot during a four on four basketball tournament held May 9 at Forward Operating Lightning, Afghanistan. The basketball tourna…

Here's video footage of your Spartans delivering mortar indirect fires for Afghan National Security Forces here in RC-Ea...
05/11/2014
Spartan Mortar Live-Fire

Here's video footage of your Spartans delivering mortar indirect fires for Afghan National Security Forces here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Bravo Company, 3-71 Cavalry of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division conducts a mortar live-fire on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Paktia Province, Afghanistan Apr. 25, 2014. (Video by U.S. Army Pfc. Dixie Rae Liwanag, 55th Combat Camera)

Spc. Christian Chandler was honored by those he served with in Afghanistan during a memorial service held on Forward Ope...
05/09/2014
Fallen Spartan hero honored for sacrifice

Spc. Christian Chandler was honored by those he served with in Afghanistan during a memorial service held on Forward Operating Base Shank. Never forgotten. "With Your Shield or On It"

The Spartan Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Infantry Division (Light Infantry), held a memorial service May 6, 2014, in honor of U.S. Army Spc. Christian Chandler at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan.

Spartans honor their fallen brother, Sgt. Shawn Farrell. Never forgotten. "With Your Shield or On It"
05/08/2014
Fallen Spartan Soldier remembered for courage

Spartans honor their fallen brother, Sgt. Shawn Farrell. Never forgotten. "With Your Shield or On It"

A memorial service honoring U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Farrell was held by Spartan Soldiers of the 1st Battallion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and the Special Operations Task Force Northeast on May 5, 2014, at Camp Montrond, Bagram Air Field, Af…

Spartan Soldiers from 3-71 Cavalry establish security for a joint meeting with Afghan National Security Forces here in R...
05/07/2014
Spartan cavalry Soldiers set up for mission success

Spartan Soldiers from 3-71 Cavalry establish security for a joint meeting with Afghan National Security Forces here in RC-East of ISAF: NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Spartan Soldiers with Bandit Troop, 3rd Squadron 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) set up a mortar position May 4, during their mission of providing security for a joint Afghan and U.S. Forces security meeting in the Chamkani district of Paktia p…

Spartan leaders make a difference
05/06/2014
Spartan leaders make a difference

Spartan leaders make a difference

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Haight, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and Afghan National Army Maj. Gen. Mohammad Yaftali, the commander of the ANA's 203rd Corp talk aboard a CH-47 Chinook helicopter May 4 after the conclusion of a joint Afghan and U.S. Forces security meeting in the Chamkani d…

Congratulations to Spartan alumni, Capt. Alejandro Villanueva, who earned an NFL contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
05/05/2014
Former Fort Drum soldier signed by Philadelphia Eagles (VIDEO)

Congratulations to Spartan alumni, Capt. Alejandro Villanueva, who earned an NFL contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

A former Fort Drum soldier, Capt. Alejandro Villanueva, was signed to a rookie free agent contract Monday with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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