U.S. Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division participate in a bed race during Marne Week 2021 at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on May 17. The bed race kicks off this Marne week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lance Hartung)
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U.S. Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division participate in a bed race during Marne Week 2021 at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on May 17. The bed race kicks off this Marne week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lance Hartung)
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Dogface Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division push their decorated bed towards the finish line during the bed race at Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Savannah Roy/ 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division)
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Dogface Soldiers assigned to 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, push their squadron’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.)
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dogface Soldiers assigned to 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, push their squadron’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Dogface Soldiers of 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division push their decorated bed across the finish line during the bed race at Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Savannah Roy/ 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division)
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Dogface Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, push their squadron’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.)
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dogface Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, push their squadron’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

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.

U.S. Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division participate in a bed race during Marne Week 2021 at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on May 17. The bed race kicks off this Marne week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lance Hartung)
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Dogface Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, push their battalion’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.)
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dogface Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, push their battalion’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers assigned to Fort Stewart’s U.S. Army Medical Department Activity push their unit’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.)
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers assigned to Fort Stewart’s U.S. Army Medical Department Activity push their unit’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

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.

U.S. Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division fire off a cannon to start the bed race during Marne Week 2021 at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on May 17. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lance Hartung)
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U.S. Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division salute the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony to Marne Week 2021 at Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17. The bed race kicks off this Marne week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lance Hartung)
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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.

Col. Terry R. Tillis, commander of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, escorts his battalion, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.)
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Terry R. Tillis, commander of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, escorts his battalion, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Dogface Soldiers assigned to 9th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, push their battalion’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.)
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dogface Soldiers assigned to 9th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, push their battalion’s bed during the Bed Race of Marne Week 2021 on Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian K. Ragin Jr.) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Dogface Soldiers of Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division push their decorated bed towards the finish line during the bed race at Fort Stewart, Georgia, May 17, 2021. The bed race kicks off this Marne Week, standing in as a fun alternative to the traditional division run. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Savannah Roy/ 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division)
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The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade’s 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment took the most points for most creative and best overall theme.