FORT STEWART, Ga. —The 3rd Infantry Division kicked off Marne Week with their first ever bed race, May 17. Every year on Fort Stewart, the 3rd ID celebrates Marne Week.
Marne Week is usually celebrated on the third week of November to commemorate the division’s birthday. The 3rd ID founded their reputation as the “Rock,” as the division held the Marne River against ferocious German attacks while other allies were forced to retreat. Marne Week showcases the “Rock of the Marne” division, honoring past and present Dogface Soldiers, Family members, and communities.
All of these events build team cohesion and promote friendly competition. Overall the division’s goal is to bring together currently serving Dogface Soldiers, Veterans, Family members, and the community to celebrate the division’s legacy.
The division usually kicks off Marne Week with a division run, but due to the current pandemic, 3rd ID came up with a new event to begin the week of camaraderie and esprit de corps.
“It’s something different,” said commanding general of the 3rd ID Antonio Aguto. “I think we had a great time and this is just the beginning.”
The 3rd ID bed race tasked each battalion to build a bed on wheels. These beds were manned by teams of four pushers and one bed rider. The teams raced down a mile-long track stretching from Gulick Avenue to 18th Street. Teams earned points on a number of categories including: best bed, best theme, and best time.
As each battalion raced to the finish, the first three to cross the finish line were 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment; 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment; and 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment. All three top finishers were from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team.
After crossing the finish line, Sgt. Clayton Gibson, a competitor from the 1-9 FA team said, ”Our theme was Hawaiian, because 1-9 was founded in Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.” Gibson’s team took the most points overall for the Bed Race.
The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade’s 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment took the most points for most creative and best overall theme.