Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division turns 103 years old this Saturday and will be honored during the U.S. Military Academy and Georgia Southern University football game at West Point New York.
The game airs on CBSSN at 12 noon. Both the Southern Eagles and Army Black Knights currently stand at 6-2.
The 3rd Infantry Division was activated at Camp Greene, North Carolina, on November 21, 1917. During World War I, as a member of the American Expeditionary Force to Europe the Division earned its name as the "Rock of the Marne," when surrounding units retreated, the 3rd Infantry Division remained.
The 3rd Infantry Division has a rich and storied history. Sixty Dogface Soldiers have been awarded the Medal of Honor, the most of any division in the United States Army. That number has the potential to increase soon as the nomination for Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe is at the White House for decision.
Cashe was a member of the 3rd ID when he sacrificed his life to pull injured comrades out of a burning Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Oct 2005.
The division fought during two world wars, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the War on Terrorism. Current brigades of 3rd ID, the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade Company Team, have recently deployed to Europe to deter aggression against our NATO partners and allies. The 1st Brigade Combat Team is currently in South Korea on a nine-month rotation to support the United States’ commitment to southeast Asia partners and allies.
Upon returning from operations abroad, 2021 will see the 3rd ID transform into the most modernized division in the United States Army following multiple fieldings of new systems and equipment.