• Revving up for the armored pass and review, Soldiers from 2HBCT, 3rd ID, prepare their vehicles for a Pass in Review at Fort StewartAca,!a,,cs Taylor Creek training grounds, May 8.

    Spartans Roll In For Pass and Review

    Revving up for the armored pass and review, Soldiers from 2HBCT, 3rd ID, prepare their vehicles for a Pass in Review at Fort StewartAca,!a,,cs Taylor Creek training grounds, May 8.

  • Ready to get going, Sgt. Todd Ryan, Co. A, 1/9 Field Artillery, 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID, looks to his battle buddy for a final check just before they roll out for the 2nd HBCTAca,!a,,cs armored pass in review at Fort Stewart, May 8.

    Spartans Celebrate Victory in Europe Day in Style

    Ready to get going, Sgt. Todd Ryan, Co. A, 1/9 Field Artillery, 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID, looks to his battle buddy for a final check just before they roll out for the 2nd HBCTAca,!a,,cs armored pass in review at Fort Stewart, May 8.

  • Rolling down the red dirt road, operators of tanks and heavy armored machines proudly show Family and friends sitting in the stands the vehicles they use to complete tasks that require the skill and discipline of a Soldier during a pass and review hosted by 2nd HBCT, May 8.

    Spartans Celebrate Victory in Europe Day in Style

    Rolling down the red dirt road, operators of tanks and heavy armored machines proudly show Family and friends sitting in the stands the vehicles they use to complete tasks that require the skill and discipline of a Soldier during a pass and review...

  • Hanging out under the camouflaged netting, children get a close up view of the vast variety of tanks, trucks, and unique military vehicles 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID uses on a day-to-day basis to complete the mission at Fort Stewart’s Taylors Creek training grounds, May 8.

    Spartans Celebrate Victory in Europe Day in Style

    Hanging out under the camouflaged netting, children get a close up view of the vast variety of tanks, trucks, and unique military vehicles 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID uses on a day-to-day basis to complete the mission at Fort Stewart’s Taylors Creek training...

  • Veteran Jim Wilson shares his Family history with the 3rd ID with his grandsons.  Jake,  4 (left), and Allen, 8, watch as the long train of heavy armored vehicles pass by during the 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID's pass in review at Fort Stewart, May 8.

    Spartans Celebrate Victory in Europe Day in Style

    Veteran Jim Wilson shares his Family history with the 3rd ID with his grandsons. Jake, 4 (left), and Allen, 8, watch as the long train of heavy armored vehicles pass by during the 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID's pass in review at Fort Stewart, May 8.

  • Shaken by the rumble of the Abrams, Paladins, and Mortar Carriers, a young girl watches as the massive line of fast-moving vehicles go by for the pass in review hosted by  2nd HBCT, 3rd ID at Fort Stewart, May 8.

    Spartans Celebrate Victory in Europe Day in Style

    Shaken by the rumble of the Abrams, Paladins, and Mortar Carriers, a young girl watches as the massive line of fast-moving vehicles go by for the pass in review hosted by 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID at Fort Stewart, May 8.

<b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - More than 200 combat vehicles roared to life with the sudden proclamation of "Pass in Review," from the reviewing officer, only to be followed by the cheers of Soldiers, Family and friends as they were treated to a rare event as the Spartan Brigade preformed a Mounted Pass in Review in celebration of Victory in Europe Day during a ceremony held at Fort Stewart's Taylor's Creek training grounds, May 8.

To celebrate the anniversary of VE-Day, the day World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, the Spartan Brigade performed a mounted pass in review, something rarely seen outside of a combat zone, and steeped in World War II traditions.

"What we are doing here is a piece of history, just like in 2003 as we prepared to march into Iraq with many hours coordinating the movement of vehicles with the use of Unmanned Ariel Vehicles," said Col. Charles E.A. Sexton, commander, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

The mounted pass in review, refined by General George S. Patton, displays a high level of skill and coordination to maneuver large numbers of dangerous combat vehicles safely. Having the event at Fort Stewart allowed Family and friends to see what their husbands, wives, sons, and daughters do for a living and what they are capable of accomplishing, said Col. Sexton.

"The true power in this formation is the Soldiers themselves. The vehicles, as mighty as they are, are nothing more than bolts and steel without the Soldiers to power them," Col. Sexton said. "It is important that Families and friends are out here to see what we do; they are what allow us to be the most lethal fighting force ever assembled."

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