FORT STEWART, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2013) -- Hundreds of family, friends and fellow Soldiers packed the bleachers of at Cottrell field here, to witness as 84 "Spartan" Soldiers of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, participated in a mass re-enlistment ceremony, Oct. 3.

"To get this many Soldiers to raise their right hand and commit to the Army and this nation is just awesome," said Col. Scott A. Jackson, commander for 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID.

"This is the first mass re-enlistment the brigade has done since I arrived here," said Master Sgt. Uraezmateo Jose, senior career counselor, for 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID.

The ceremony also gave the Soldiers the opportunity to be re-enlisted by Jackson, the new brigade commander, and allow the onlookers to watch as the Soldiers recite the Oath of Re-enlistment to continue to selflessly serve in the U.S. Army.

"It was important for the Soldiers to see and know who the new commander was and a good opportunity for the families to see," said Sgt. 1st Class Steve Marrero, the career counselor for 1st Battalion, 64th Armor, 2nd ABCT.

"Our main goal is to try and fulfill the needs of the Soldiers, and try and give them the best options possible," said Uraezmateo.

After the ceremony everyone gathered around to watch as the youngest Soldier of the group Sgt. Kristopher Copple, an infantryman, with Alpha Company, 1-64 Armor, 2nd ABCT, and the oldest Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Mancoso, a scout, with 3rd Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry, 2nd ABCT, cut the ceremonial cake.

"It has been my privilege to re-enlist these 84 Spartan Soldiers today," said Jackson.