Special to the Frontline

Soldiers from 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division,trudge through the mud, Nov. 19, at Fort Stewart during a Spur Ride as they earn their silver-spurs in a cavalry unit rite of passage called a spur ride.  The upcoming Marne Week celebration, Dec. 3 - 7, also offers the Marne Mudder competition.  (Photo by Spc. Jordyn Worshek)

3rd ID celebrates with Marne Week

The 3rd Infantry Division earned its motto as the “Rock of the Marne” in World War I, on the banks of the Marne River, near Chateau-Thierry on July 15, 1918.

When a flanking attack by Germans caused other unites to retreat, then 3rd ID commander, Maj. Gen. Joseph Dickman told French allies “Nous Resterons La,” letting the world know, “we shall remain here.”

The stalwart actions there earned the unit the  reputation for being the Rock of the Marne; almost six months following the unit’s creation, Nov. 21, 1917 at Camp Greene, North Carolina.

 Throughout the unit’s history, the Soldiers of the 3rd ID continued to distinguish themselves with uncommon valor.  In fact, 56 individuals from the 3rd ID have been recognized with the Medal of Honor - the nation’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the armed forces of the United States.

To celebrate the unit’s history and more than 100 years of service and sacrifice by Soldiers and their Families, the 3rd ID holds its annual Marne Week celebration, Dec.  3-7, at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield.

Family and friends are encouraged show support and participate in activities. 

The week kicks off with a division run, 6:30 a.m. Monday, and continues with sporting and Soldier competitions and Family activities. 

During the weeklong celebration, units will be competing for the Commander’s Cup to prove which is the most fit and lethal. 

The Commander’s Cup has a number of event categories to challenge team and individual skills and fitness. 

Participation and placement in the top four finishers for each category will be awarded points.  Medals will also be granted to the top three finishers – gold, silver, and bronze.

The cup events include dodgeball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, tug-o-war, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, swimming relay, Family kickball, Marne’s Got Talent, the Marne Mudder, the Victory Run--a functional fitness challenge, combatives, and the Thornsbury Challenge. 

Setup and brief times vary for each event.  However, most events begin at 9 a.m. unless stated otherwise. 

Times and locations are also subject to change. 

Participants should check with their chain of command for up-to-date information. 

Community members are encouraged to follow along on the installation website, www.stewart.army.mil; or https://www.facebook.com/3rd.Infantry.Division. The installation app is also updated and available for Android and iOS.


Day 1 (Monday)

Combatives at Johnson Fitness Center.

Soccer at Donovan Field,

Dodgeball at Newman Fitness Center

Basketball at Newman Fitness Center

Ultimate Frisbee at Donovan Field

Softball at the Youth Field behind IHG Lodging

Swimming relay at Newman Fitness Center

Flag football at Donovan Field

Volleyball at Newman Fitness Center

Thornsburry Challenge in the vicinity of the Obstacle Course at 8:30 a.m.


Day 2 (Tuesday)

Combatives continue at Johnson Gym

Soccer continues at Donovan Field

Marne Mudder in the vicinity of the Quick Track

Dodgeball continues at Newman Fitness Center

Family kickball at the Youth Field behind IHG Lodging

Basketball continues at Newman Fitness Center

Ultimate Frisbee continues at Donovan Field

Softball continues at IHG Lodging

Golf scramble at Taylors Creek, 7:30 a.m.

Bowling at Marne Lanes

Flag football continues at Donovan Field

Volleyball continues at Newman Fitness Center

Fort Stewart tree lighting with 3rd ID Band holiday music at Club Stewart and Hunter Club.


Day 3 Events (Wednesday)

Marne Family Day at Newman Field events start at Noon

Marne’s Got Talent at Cottrell Field, Cottrell Field begins at 6 p.m.

Movie on the Lawn, Justice League, rated PG-13 at Cottrell Field

Combatives championship at Newman Fitness Center

Functional fitness at the Quick Track and Jordan Fitness Center

Tug of war at the field, northwest of Cottrell Field

Family kickball continues at the Youth Field behind IHG Lodging

Victory Run at Taylors Creek, 7 a.m.


Day 4 (Thursday)

Functional fitness championship at the Quick Track

Basketball championship at Newman Fitness Center

Tug of war continues with championship

Lt. Connor Medal of Honor ceremony at 10 a.m. at

Closing ceremonies with award presentations at 2 p.m.


Day 5 (Friday) 

The Marne Ball in Savannah