Happy 100th to the 3rd Infantry Division


By:  Senator David Perdue

Georgia has a proud military history and the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division — stationed at Fort Stewart — is a key part of that tradition. Today, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Army’s premiere fighting force. Since its creation in 1917, the 3rd Infantry Division has exemplified its hard-earned motto, “Nous resterons la!,” which translates as, “We shall remain here!”

Though the 3rd Infantry Division was originally stationed in North Carolina, its Georgia ties are deep. Following World War II, it was stationed in Fort Benning before being sent to Germany in 1958. Thirty-nine years later, in 1996, it returned stateside to Georgia and has been stationed at Fort Stewart ever since.

The 3rd Infantry Division has continuously served our country, first entering combat in World War I, defending freedom then and again in World War II. It was in World War I that it was first referred to as the “Rock of Marne” as it held steadfast during the German march on Paris. It was in Korea that it gained the moniker the “Fire Brigade” for its quick response in moments of crisis.

The 3rd Infantry Division served notably in the Persian Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, among many other operations. Over its century of service, more than 10,000 soldiers serving in the 3rd have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Fifty-five soldiers — more than any other division — have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Today, the 3rd Infantry Division continues to add to its legacy of service. It now consists of a Division Artillery, an Aviation Brigade, two Armored Brigade Combat teams, and support elements. Recently, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team converted from an infantry brigade to an armored brigade combat team, further solidifying Georgia’s role in providing for our national security.

The soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division continue to engage in areas of conflict all around the world. Just a few months ago, the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, the Aviation Brigade, and Sustainment Brigade deployed to Afghanistan to aid in Operation Resolute Support. Overall, its units today are deployed across four combatant commands, in more than 20 countries, and under five named operations. At a time when the world is more dangerous than any point in my lifetime, I’m thankful to know we have those serving in the 3rd Infantry Division, and throughout our military, standing at the frontlines to keep our country safe.

Georgia continues to be a leading contributor to our national defense, working on the front lines of training the next generation of warriors. I could not be prouder to commemorate this 100th anniversary, and to honor the dedication and sacrifices of those who serve in the 3rd Infantry Division and their families based in Georgia. The women and men who wear the uniform of the United States of America represent the very best our country has to offer. As a member of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee, I’m committed to doing all I can to ensure those in uniform have the resources they need to stay safe and defend our freedom, and to ensure we keep our promises to them.