• During the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's Memorial Day observance ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Antonio Jones, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, reflects on the "Sledgehammer" Soldiers who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom May 31. During the ceremony at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, a moment of silence was observed before the names of every 3rd HBCT Soldier who gave their life during Operation Iraqi Freedom was read.

    COS Kalsu Memorial Day

    During the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's Memorial Day observance ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Antonio Jones, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, reflects on the "Sledgehammer" Soldiers who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom May...

  • Chap. (Maj.) David Lile, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, says a prayer during the brigade\'s Memorial Day observance at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, May 31, 2010. Soldiers of the 3rd HBCT gathered together to reflect on the past sacrifices of "Sledgehammer" Soldiers.

    COS Kalsu Memorial Day

    Chap. (Maj.) David Lile, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, says a prayer during the brigade\'s Memorial Day observance at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, May 31, 2010. Soldiers of the 3rd HBCT gathered together to reflect on...

  • Lt. Col. David Priatko, the deputy commander of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, speaks during the unit’s Memorial Day observance ceremony at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, May 31. During his speech, Priatko reminded the Soldiers in attendance of the importance of remembering and honoring their fallen brethren.

    COS Kalsu Memorial Day

    Lt. Col. David Priatko, the deputy commander of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, speaks during the unit’s Memorial Day observance ceremony at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, May 31. During his speech, Priatko reminded...

  • During the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division’s Memorial Day observance ceremony May 31, 2010 at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, 1st Sgt. Demetrius Brown, Headquarters Company, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, reads the names of 3rd HBCT Soldiers lost during Operation Iraqi Freedom. . Since the start of OIF, 79 “Sledgehammer” Soldiers have given their lives in support of that mission.

    COS Kalsu Memorial Day

    During the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division’s Memorial Day observance ceremony May 31, 2010 at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, 1st Sgt. Demetrius Brown, Headquarters Company, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, reads the...

COS KALSU, Iraq - The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division remembered their fallen Soldiers during a Memorial Day ceremony at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu May 31, 2010.

Lt. Col. David Priatko, the deputy commander of the 3rd HBCT, was the featured speaker at the ceremony and reminded the Soldiers that the deaths of their brethren weren't in vain.

"The loss of life is tragic, but the loss of these lives has special meaning for those of us that serve," he said. "By undertaking the same mission and responsibilities they did, we have a better understanding of what they accomplished with their lives and why their lives weren't given in vain."

Following a moment of silence, the names of all 79 "Sledgehammer" Soldiers who have given their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom were read aloud for the troops assembled to take in and reflect on.

"Like all of us, each of these Soldiers had families, dreams, aspirations and promising futures," said Priatko. "They gave it all up in the name of freedom. Let us never forget their sacrifice."

One of the noncommissioned officers who read off the names, 1st Sgt. Demetrius Brown, Headquarters Company, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, was moved by the ceremony.

"I've been with 3rd Brigade for nine years of my military career," he said. "I deployed with them. I've served with them. I remember a lot of those names that were read and it means a lot to know they aren't forgotten."

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