Foreword to 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division’s articles

The articles authored by members of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), 3rd Infantry Division, are intended to share observations, experiences and lessons-learned while supporting U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) as the regionally aligned force (RAF). As NORTHCOM RAF, 3/3 Infantry Division executed theater-security cooperation (TSC) missions in Canada and Mexico and as the quick-reaction force/rapid-reaction force. The authors, ranging from a reconnaissance-platoon leader to a squadron commander, bring a variety of perspectives to bear on several missions and topics. Of note, at the macro level are discussions on 3/3 Infantry Division’s experience in assuming the NORTHCOM RAF mission and the importance of capitalizing on opportunities to maintain interoperability with our allies. Other articles provide insights into preparation for and participation in a joint training exercise and competition in Canada. It is my hope that other units can leverage our experiences as the Army continues to execute missions as the RAF.

Commander, 3rd ABCT, 3rd Infantry Division