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Star Spangled Comedy Tour entertains 101st Airborne Soldiers in Iraq

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Three comedians entertained dozens of troops and Coalition members, all deployed to Iraq as part of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, at the Eagle Fitness Center, Forward Operating Base Union III, June 21st.

Stephen Thomas, Steve Mazan and Sam Fedele performed two shows at Union III, their third stop in Iraq, as part of the Star Spangled Comedy Tour, which is the first entertainment tour to come to Union III since the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) took command in Iraq on March 8th.

Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve service members laugh at jokes during the Star Spangled Comedy Tour at the Eagle Fitness Center, Forward Operating Base Union III, Baghdad, June 21, 2016. The tour, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment, featured comedians Stephen Thomas, Sam Fedele and Steve Mazan (not pictured), who performed in Iraq for four days. Other shows were performed in Erbil, Camp Taji and at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center. (Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve service members laugh at jokes during the Star Spangled Comedy Tour at the Eagle Fitness Center, Forward Operating Base Union III, Baghdad, June 21, 2016. The tour, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment, featured comedians Stephen Thomas, Sam Fedele and Steve Mazan (not pictured), who performed in Iraq for four days. Other shows were performed in Erbil, Camp Taji and at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center. (Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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101st Airborne Division Chaplain transfers duties in Change of Stole Ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Lt. Col. David Bowlus became the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) chaplain. Bowlus said that the very next day he had the privilege of providing the prayer at Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky’s change of command ceremony, welcoming him as division commander. From that point on, Bowlus worked closely with Volesky and Division Unit Ministry Teams to maintain the spiritual fitness of the Division’s Soldiers.

“It’s part of readiness, and I can’t think of a better coach, mentor and friend that I’ve had that’s been able to help me see what we need to do at our level to help that mission,” said Volesky, commander, 101st and the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Master Sgt. Fredrick Murphy, right, master chaplain assistant, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, adjusts the stole on Lt. Col. David Bowlus, outgoing 101st and CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, before a change of stole ceremony in Baghdad on May 30, 2016. (Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Master Sgt. Fredrick Murphy, right, master chaplain assistant, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, adjusts the stole on Lt. Col. David Bowlus, outgoing 101st and CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, before a change of stole ceremony in Baghdad on May 30, 2016. (Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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Rabbi provides Passover services to CJFLCC-OIR service members

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Passover is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. It is an eight-day celebration that starts with a Seder meal commemorating the biblical story of when the Angel of Death passed over the homes of Israelites, sparing their first-born children and ultimately emancipating them from slavery in ancient Egypt.

From April 28th to April 30th, Jewish service members and civilian contractors deployed in support of Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve celebrated Passover services and Seder meals provided by a rabbi at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq.

Sgt. Jason Nesman, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve chaplain operations noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Fredrick D. Murphy, CJFLCC-OIR master chaplain assistant, Maj. Andrew Schulman, a rabbi with the 7th Mission Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, celebrate a traditional Seder meal at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad April 30, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Sgt. Jason Nesman, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve chaplain operations noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Fredrick D. Murphy, CJFLCC-OIR master chaplain assistant, Maj. Andrew Schulman, a rabbi with the 7th Mission Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, celebrate a traditional Seder meal at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad April 30, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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CJFLCC-OIR chaplains provide Easter services throughout Iraq

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Early Sunday morning at Union III, the sound of a guitar and hymns being sung could be heard among the pitter-patter of raindrops. Before the sun had even come up, a group of Soldiers endured the weather to gather for an Easter sunrise service. By the end of the service, the rain subsided, giving Soldiers the opportunity to take in their surroundings.

The Easter sunrise service was just one of five religious services held at Union III and one of many services across the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJFLCC-OIR) area of operations in celebration of the holiday.

“At each location across the CJFLCC we held Christian services, which include protestant and Catholic, and Latter Day Saints,” said Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain.

Capt. Christopher S. Davis, chaplain for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives the sermon at an Easter sunrise service in Baghdad, Iraq, March 27, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Capt. Christopher S. Davis, chaplain for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives the sermon at an Easter sunrise service in Baghdad, Iraq, March 27, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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101st Airborne Division Headquarters cases colors at Fort Campbell, looks to Iraq mission

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters cased its colors February 25th before a nine-month deployment to Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Soldiers, family members and community leaders attended the ceremony to bid farewell to the Screaming Eagles as they prepare to train and advise the Iraqi army in its mission to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“Today we case our colors as we deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and replace the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Iraq,” said Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak (right), 101st Airborne Division command sergeant major, case the storied 101st colors Feb. 25, during a ceremony officially marking the division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak (right), 101st Airborne Division command sergeant major, case the storied 101st colors Feb. 25, during a ceremony officially marking the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Promotion brings Guardsman full circle in 101st Airborne Division

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – An officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the division’s headquarters February 11th, bringing the Soldier full circle in his career as a guardsman with the Wisconsin National Guard.

Lt. Col. Cory J. Mulhern, a liaison officer for the 101st as part of the division’s Multi-Component Unit, was promoted by his daughter, Sierra, and his son, Audie, during a ceremony surrounded by historical mementos, statues and relics of the Screaming Eagles – a detail not lost on the River Falls, Wisconsin, native.

Lt. Col. Cory Mulhern, a liaison officer for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), smiles at his daughter, Sierra, as she pins on his rank during his promotion ceremony in the division headquarters, Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 11, 2016. (Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Cory Mulhern, a liaison officer for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), smiles at his daughter, Sierra, as she pins on his rank during his promotion ceremony in the division headquarters, Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 11, 2016. (Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Soldiers graduate Master Fitness Trainer Course at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Master Fitness Trainer Course is sweeping the Army, bringing sports nutrition and researched-backed exercise science down to the squad level by informing senior squad members.

On January 20th, 2016, MFT instructors from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School in Fort Jackson, SC, dispatched to Fort Campbell, KY, to bring the science of physical training to officers and noncommissioned officers the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“We say it all the time: PT is not the most important thing we do as a Soldier, but it’s the most important thing we do every day” said Staff Sgt. John Wood, a Master Fitness Trainer instructor with U.S. Army Physical Fitness School.

Sgt. 1st Class Liela Cowhig, a senior instructor for the Master Fitness Training Course, demonstrates how to position a Soldier before lifting him during an MFTC at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 26, 2016. Cowhig and the other MFTC instructors spent two weeks at Fort Campbell teaching 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers about nutrition and exercise science. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Liela Cowhig, a senior instructor for the Master Fitness Training Course, demonstrates how to position a Soldier before lifting him during an MFTC at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 26, 2016. Cowhig and the other MFTC instructors spent two weeks at Fort Campbell teaching 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers about nutrition and exercise science. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers get visit from U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter before upcoming Deployment

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter visited 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers at Fort Campbell. January 13th, 2016.

Carter wanted to speak to 101st Airborne Division Soldiers directly prior to their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, in which they will work to train, advise and assist the Iraqi army to defeat the ISIL.

“Frankly, I know the 101st has taken Mosul before, and you could do it again,” Carter said while speaking to more than 200 Screaming Eagle Soldiers set to deploy in the coming weeks. “We could deploy multiple brigades on the ground and arrive in force, but then it would likely become our fight and our fight alone.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter speaks to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 13, 2016. Carter visited Fort Campbell Soldiers to talk about the division's upcoming mission and to thank deploying Soldiers for their sacrifices. (Sgt. William White)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter speaks to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 13, 2016. Carter visited Fort Campbell Soldiers to talk about the division’s upcoming mission and to thank deploying Soldiers for their sacrifices. (Sgt. William White)

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101st Airborne Division welcomes new acting Senior Commander at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and leaders from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell gathered to welcome their new acting senior commander at an Honor Eagle ceremony Tuesday in the division headquarters building here.

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, who is returning to Fort Campbell for his fourth assignment will take interim responsibility of Fort Campbell and its units from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“Over 90 percent of the division is going to remain here and we need a competent and reliable leader to sustain readiness and take care of our Soldiers and Family members while we’re deployed,” Volesky said during the ceremony. “And Scott is exactly the right officer to fill this critical role.”

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, incoming acting senior commander for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Fort Campbell Soldiers, families and community leaders during an Honor Eagle ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 5, 2016. Brower will step in for Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during the division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, incoming acting senior commander for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Fort Campbell Soldiers, families and community leaders during an Honor Eagle ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 5, 2016. Brower will step in for Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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New-age combat simulation challenges 101st Airborne Division to think outside the ‘box’

 

Written by Sgt. William White

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters, along with other combat and support units, conducted an in-depth deployment simulation known as the Warfighter Exercise here November 12th-21st.

The WFX measures combat effectiveness of a headquarters asset, such as a division or corps, in working with subordinate units to execute a full-scale offensive against a modern and equipped enemy. It also gives them the opportunity to work with simulated government and aid organizations.

Maj. Mindi Furnier, a military intelligence officer, Capt. David-Shea Melloy, an operations planner, and Warrant Officer Mike Rieber, an imagery technician with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), coordinate plans for split-based operations during Warfighter Exercise 16-02 at Fort Campbell, Ky., Nov. 19. The WFX tested the 101st staff sections' abilities to coordinate with other combat and combat support elements in a simulated full-scale war. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Mindi Furnier, a military intelligence officer, Capt. David-Shea Melloy, an operations planner, and Warrant Officer Mike Rieber, an imagery technician with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), coordinate plans for split-based operations during Warfighter Exercise 16-02 at Fort Campbell, Ky., Nov. 19. The WFX tested the 101st staff sections’ abilities to coordinate with other combat and combat support elements in a simulated full-scale war. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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