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    Falcon Brigade kicks off summer with annual Marne Air week

    Falcon Brigade kicks off summer with annual Marne Air week

    Photo By Sgt. William Begley | Two Soldiers from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade clear an obstacle during the Falcon...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. William Begley 

    1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

    HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. – The Soldiers and families of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade held their annual “Marne Air Week” May 25-30 on Hunter Army Airfield.

    The weeklong event was a chance for the Soldiers to compete against each other in a variety of com petitions, and also gave the families a chance to see what life is like for their husband or wife serving in the 3rd CAB.

    Monday was resiliency day where the Soldiers spent the day viewing a movie about a wounded warrior and his story of resiliency in recovering from being wounded from an improvised explosive device. Afterwards, the brigade chaplain held a discussion about what makes someone resilient.

    Tuesday was the kickoff of the competition with the beginning of the Falcon Challenge and the Marne Air Iron Chef 4 competitions. According to Capt. Katie Durham, assistant intelligence officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd CAB, the Falcon Challenge consisted of teams of four that were challenged physically, tactically, and mentally.

    “We had everything from an obstacle course to a trauma lane where the teams had to evaluate a casualty,” Durham said. “We also had a mini physical [PT] test and a 3rd Infantry Division history test as well as a tire flip and a bunch of other things. The main goal was for them to meet other Soldiers they would not normally meet and work together to achieve a common goal.”

    Additionally, the Marne Air Iron Chef 4 competition got under way on the same day with the unveiling of the secret ingredient. The Brigade commander, Col. John D. Kline brought in a basket early in the morning filled with a variety of coconut based products. There was coconut water, crème of coconut milk as well as shredded coconut.

    Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tamarcus Norman, brigade food services officer, HHC, 3rd CAB, said this Iron Chef competition was unique.

    “This one was more challenging in terms of chef skills since the teams were issued a beef tenderloin and expected to cut and prepare filet mignons from the tenderloin,” Norman said. “They had to utilize a more traditional set of chef skills which made for a higher level of intensity during the competition.”

    Spec. Pierreline Pierre, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment and Pfc. Walter Gibbons, 473rd Quartermaster Company were judged the winning team for competition.

    After the competitions concluded, the focus became the Families on Marne Air Day. There were static displays of all the different aircraft in the brigade, along with aircraft from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield fire department was also on hand to show the kids what being a fireman is like.
    One of the Family members taking part in the events was Shauna Johnson, wife of Command Sgt. Maj. Jason O. Johnson, command sergeant major, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion.

    “It’s awesome. It’s a great opportunity for all the families to get out and get a good look at what their service member does on a daily basis,” Johnson said.

    Johnson’s son Justin won the award for his age group on the obstacle course.

    “It was fun. It felt good to actually win the award,” said Justin. “My favorite part was the water that you ran through at the end. It was hot outside and it cooled me off.”

    The week concluded on Friday with a brigade run.
    Capt. Nathan Olin, brigade electronic warfare officer, HHC, 3rd CAB, was the officer in charge of planning the Marne Air Day event. He said he was pleased with how the event went.

    “The Brigade took full advantage of Marne Air Week by taking the time to focus on resilience, participating in team competition, and showing off to family members what being in the 3rd CAB is about,” Olin said. “The events of the week were a great success.”



    Date Taken: 05.29.2015
    Date Posted: 06.04.2015 10:04
    Story ID: 165461
    Location: SAVANNAH, GA, US 

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