3RD INFANTRY DIVISION AND NCO ACADEMY
The United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (ID) and Fort Stewart Noncommissioned Officer Academy is located about 20 miles north of post headquarters, near the town of Pembroke. The division dedicated about 8,600 acres to noncommissioned officer training. The academy complex has 37 structures that include billets, classrooms, office space, an exchange annex, a barbershop, a dining facility and an auditorium. The concept of a single NCO leadership course at the primary level originated with the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) NCO Academy.
The academy took the best of both the Primary Leadership Course and Primary Noncommissioned Officer Course Plan of Instructions, consolidated them into one course and renamed it as Primary Leadership Development Course. Training and Doctrine Command later approved the course for Armywide implementation July 23, 1982.
In October 2005, Primary Leadership Development Course was renamed the Warrior Leader Course. The Warrior Leader Course is now a 17-day course in a fast-paced, stressful, physically demanding, live-in environment. The academy has received four Institution of Excellence awards, most recently the IOE Award in December 2009.
The academy used to also teach the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course Phase I (Common Core), but with the graduation of Class 13-09 on Oct. 1, 2009, the BNCOC instructors were reassigned with other duties or to other units. The Army has discontinued all basic and advanced NCO classroom instruction in favor of an online course system available to soldiers through their branch.
The online course consists of 80 hours of instruction with a virtual instructor and links online where soldiers can ask specific questions related to the instruction material. The new system ensures that soldiers will not return from a 12-month deployment and then have to be separated from their families again in order to attend Advance Leader Course (ALC).
The 3rd ID and Fort Stewart NCO Academy’s vision is to train and develop the Army’s future Noncommissioned Officer Corps’ leaders with functional leadership skills set to embrace a “Warrior Ethos” and exude confidence and competence to perform assigned duties and responsibilities across a broad spectrum in peace and war for the 21st century while achieving victory. Academy credo: “To propel the Noncommissioned Corps to the next dimension of leadership excellence by shaping tomorrow, today through positive leadership, leaders developing leaders.”
The 3rd ID and Fort Stewart NCO Academy’s area of responsibility is Region 4, which includes the following geographical areas and installations: Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Fort Benning and Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Puerto Rico; the Virgin Islands; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Joint Forces Command; CENTCOM; SOCOM; and SOUTHCOM. Beginning Aug. 1, 2010, the Fort Stewart NCO Academy transitioned from FORSCOM to TRADOC (Training Army Doctrine Command) and is now part of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia.
The academy’s motto is: “Enter to learn, leave to lead.”
The 3rd ID subordinate units include: 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Division Artillery, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, Task Force 1-28 and Division Staff.
More than 30 tenant organizations play an integral part of the Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield operations — from direct combat units, to mission support elements, to soldier and family support agencies:
- Det. 3, 18th Weather
- 117th Air Control Squadron
- 15th Air Support Operations Squadron
- 179th Military Police Co.
- 188th Infantry Brigade
- 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
- 224th Military Intelligence Battalion
- 2nd Beach & Terminal Ops Co. B, 4th LSB (USMC Reserves)
- 2nd Modular Battalion, 122nd Regiment
- 385th Military Police Battalion
- 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
- 3rd Military Police Group (CID)
- 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion
- 63rd Ordnance Battalion
- 6th Brigade Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
- 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion
- 83rd Chemical Battalion
- 902nd Military Intelligence Group, 308th Field Office
- 92nd Engineer Battalion
- AMCOM Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance (RASM) East
- American Red Cross
- Army Field Support Battalion
- Dental Activity
- Detachment 1, Co. B, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard
- Fort Stewart Foundry, U.S. Army INSCOM
- Georgia Garrison Training Center, Georgia Army National Guard
- Logistics Readiness Center
- Medical Department Activity
- Midcoast Regional Airport
- Mission & Installation Contracting Command
- Southeast Region & Network Enterprise Center
- Special Forces Recruiting Team
- TMDE Lab (632nd Maintenance Co.)
- U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah