• The color guard composed of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers, present the colors during the National Anthem during "Sledgehammer Night" at the Civic Center in Columbus, Ga., June 13. The Columbus Lions held the event during their game with the Fayetteville Guard, to honor and show support for the Soldiers of the 3rd HBCT.

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    The color guard composed of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers, present the colors during the National Anthem during "Sledgehammer Night" at the Civic Center in Columbus, Ga., June 13. The Columbus Lions held the event during...

  • Sgt. Steven Neal (in red), a Soldier in the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, goes up for a ball against two Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, in a mini-game during an intermission of the Columbus Lion's game against the Fayetteville Guard , June 13, at the at the Civic Center in Columbus, Ga. Soldiers of the 3rd HBCT, the "Sledgehammer Brigade", were honored at the game as a part of Sledgehammer Night .

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    Sgt. Steven Neal (in red), a Soldier in the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, goes up for a ball against two Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, in a mini-game...

  • Staff Sgt. James Cooper, a Soldier in the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, grills hotdogs and hamburgers during a tailgate party at the Civic Center in Columbus, Ga., June 13. Soldiers of the 3rd HBCT came out in force to have fun and be recognized by the Columbus Lions during "Sledgehammer Night."

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    Staff Sgt. James Cooper, a Soldier in the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, grills hotdogs and hamburgers during a tailgate party at the Civic Center in Columbus, Ga., June 13. Soldiers of the...

  • During halftime of the Columbus Lion's game against the Fayetteville Guard , June 13, at the at the Civic Center in Columbus, Ga., Col. Pete Jones, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division commander, displays a guitar autographed by the rock legends Queensryche. The guitar was given away as a part of Sledgehammer Night, an event designed to honor the Soldiers of the 3rd HBCT.

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    During halftime of the Columbus Lion's game against the Fayetteville Guard , June 13, at the at the Civic Center in Columbus, Ga., Col. Pete Jones, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division commander, displays a guitar autographed by the...

FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Columbus Lions arena football team, sponsored "Sledgehammer Night" for the Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, at the Civic Center, in Columbus, Ga., June 13.

Before the game, 3rd HBCT Soldiers tailgated in the Civic Center parking lot, enjoyed a free concert, and interacted with the Lion's players and cheerleaders.

"I enjoyed it," said 1st Sgt. Dobby Anderson, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion. "I really like how the whole brigade came out and supported this. That was a big-time tailgate party. We had people grilling and throwing the football. The music was going. It set the tone for the whole evening."

Many Soldiers took the opportunity to branch out and spend time with other Soldiers outside of their units.

"It was good to get the opportunity to mess around with the other battalions and talk with some of the other sergeants major in the brigade," said Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Huell, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. "That event went along way in building team cohesion and espri de corps in the unit."

During the game, 3rd HBCT Soldiers and their families supported the Lions as they defeated the Fayetteville Guard, from North Carolina. Before the game, John Hargrove, the managing partner of the Lions, presented Col. Pete Jones, brigade commander, with a banner commemorating the evening. Hargrove also offered words of support to the brigade Soldiers.

Various Soldiers of the 3rd HBCT participated in events throughout the game, including singing the national anthem, playing exhibition games during game breaks, and a reenlistment ceremony during half time, various videos highlighting the brigade's last deployment. Four Sledgehammer Soldiers also reenlisted during halftime before eight Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, repelled from the rafters down to the field.

After each event, the people of Columbus showed their support to the participating Soldiers by giving them round after round of applause.

"The event was a great team building event, not just for us, but for the brigade and the populace of Columbus," said Huell. "The support we and our families received was tremendous."

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