150 Sledgehammer Soldiers stay Army

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
Story by Staff Sgt. Aaron Knowles

Date: 10.16.2015
Posted: 10.16.2015 14:51
News ID: 179122
150 Sledgehammer Soldiers stay Army

FORT BENNING, Ga. - One-hundred-and-fifty Sledgehammer Soldiers recited the oath of enlistment during a mass re-enlistment ceremony on Sledgehammer Field, on Kelley Hill, here, Oct 16.

Re-enlistment ceremonies are held for Soldiers who have sworn to continue their Army service by signing a contract which adds additional time onto their current term of service.

“The Brigade re-enlisted over 150 Soldiers today for a combined total of 558 years of service and over $80,000 in bonuses,” said Master Sgt. Thomas Olsen, the retention noncommissioned officer for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

“A lot of planning and coordination,” said Olsen. “All of the career counselors, within the brigade, were the ones that really did all of the work. It was a lot of late night with coordinating everyone to be here.”

Staff Sgt. Tlessie Hollis, a unit supply specialist with headquarters and headquarters company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd BCT, 3rd ID, was one of the Soldiers re-enlisting in the ceremony.

“This is something that I have never seen in my eight years of military service, a mass re-enlistment of more than 150 Soldiers,” said Hollis.

Col. Simmering, the brigade commander for the 3rd BCT, was the main speaker for the event gave presented the Oath of Re-enlistment to the group of Soldiers.

Following the Oath, the commanders from each of the 3rd BCT battalions were invited onto the field to hand out each individual certificates.

“I am taking a lot of pride in this,” said Hollis. “It is amazing to see the support. I am honored to be in this ceremony.”
“These Soldiers stepped up and made the commitment quicker, in order to make this event happen,” said Olsen. “It’s really amazing.”

The ceremony ended with the singing of the 3rd ID song, the Dog Faced Soldiers Song, and then the singing of The Army Song.