More than 1,000 paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division were honored with military awards and decorations during a ceremony at Fort Bragg, Oct. 23.
The ceremony honored paratroopers who contributed to complex missions overseas in Iraq, and the ones who led the surge-ready force at Fort Bragg, said Col. Curtis Buzzard, commander of 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div.
The many awards presented included the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Combat Action Badge. Additionally, two paratroopers received battlefield promotions.
While every award presented enhanced the prestige of the units and paratroopers assembled, the battlefield promotions were significant as the paratroopers who received them represent two out of the only three Soldiers who have been awarded battlefield promotion since the Operation Inherent Resolve began.
Sgt. Ali O. Al Saeedy, a linguist assigned to the 307th Engineer Battalion, 3rd BCT is one of the two paratroopers selected for promotion for overseas service.
“This is my first duty station and I am proud to serve in the 307th (Engineer) Battalion, this famous brigade and the most prestigious division in the Army,” said Al Saeedy.
“Bottom line, I’m enormously proud of this unit and what they accomplished in Iraq and here at Fort Bragg over the last nine months,” said Buzzard. “They achieved the vision of this BCT. The Panther Family is fit, disciplined and adaptive. I’m proud, the commanding general is proud and their nation is proud.”