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3rd ID takes over European mission
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U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Reffeor, and Maj. Gen. Christopher R. Norrie, the command team for the 3rd Infantry Division, uncases and unfurl the battalion colors during the transfer of authority ceremony in Boleslawiec, Poland, Sept. 9, 2023.

BOLESŁAWIEC, Poland – The U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division formally transferred authority for its mission in Europe to 3rd Infantry Division during a ceremony Sept. 9.

Based at Fort Stewart and known as the “Rock of the Marne,” the 3rd Infantry Division officially assumed control of the U.S. Army task force operating across Poland and the Baltic States from the 4th Infantry Division-led Task Force Ivy. 

The 3rd Infantry Division and Task Force Marne assumed control of this critical mission serving in support of Operation Assure, Deter, and Reinforce to work alongside NATO allies and regional security partners to provide combat-credible forces to V Corps, America’s forward deployed corps in Europe. Task Force Marne assumes control of infantry, armored, aviation, and logistics units across Poland and the Baltic Region.

Maj. Gen. Christopher Norrie, the commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division, looked forward to beginning his unit’s deployment to Europe and reflected on the division’s storied history and lineage of service in Europe during World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and beyond.

“Once again, we have the privilege of standing together with our Polish allies, the Baltic States, and the rest of NATO,” Norrie said. “We have stood shoulder-to-shoulder against tyranny and oppression, and we pray that this alliance will continue to be a beacon of hope for all who yearn for freedom and justice around the world.

Approximately 4,500 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division Artillery Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade and the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team are deploying to various locations across Europe to support NATO allies, deter further aggression against NATO member states, and train with host-nation forces to build readiness and interoperability. They join approximately 2,000 soldiers from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade who deployed to Europe to provide aviation support earlier this year, as well as other U.S. Army units currently serving in Europe to form Task Force Marne.

To prepare for this mission, the 3rd Infantry Division conducted multiple complex exercises, modernization, and a culminating training event at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

Lt. Gen. John Kolasheski, the commanding general of V Corps, presided over the transfer of authority ceremony in Bolesławiec, where he thanked Task Force Ivy for its contributions to peace and security in the region during its deployment and welcomed Task Force Marne.

“This transfer of authority not only brings together two of the U.S. Army’s oldest and finest divisions whose illustrious histories were forged on the European battlefields of the previous century, but also reaffirms our nation’s commitment to the security and prosperity of our European allies and partners,” he said.

Kolsheski praised Task Force Ivy for its efforts during major exercises and the strong relationships it forged with allies and partners across Europe, and he urged Task Force Marne to continue to build upon that foundation.

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