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Former 101st Airborne Division Rakkasan memorialized at Fort Campbell Fisher House

 

Written by Maria Christina Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A rocking horse, meant to bring joy to children while honoring a fallen Soldier, was donated to the Fort Campbell Fisher House, October 13th, 2017.

The horse was hand crafted by volunteers in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Knier died October 21st, 2006 from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Bayji, Iraq.

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division - “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division – “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

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101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Soldiers strengthen readiness through Command Post Exercise

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., recently conducted a command post exercise.

Soldiers of the brigade conducted the CPX, September 25th-October 5th, to validate and enhance the brigade’s tactical operation center and enhance the brigade staff’s readiness in a decisive action training environment, according to Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde.

Private First Class Jordan Maine, a human resource specialist with the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., works with Staff Sgt. Shenea Andrews, religious affairs noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., 101st Abn. Div., Sept. 27, during the brigade command post exercise on Fort Campbell. (101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Private First Class Jordan Maine, a human resource specialist with the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., works with Staff Sgt. Shenea Andrews, religious affairs noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., 101st Abn. Div., Sept. 27, during the brigade command post exercise on Fort Campbell. (101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Lifeliner named 101st Airborne Division Chaplain Assistant of the Year

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Pfc. Boaz Koski, the chaplain assistant for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., earned the title of 101st Abn. Div. Chaplain Assistant of the Year, September 20th, here.

The Kalama, Washington native, who enlisted in the Army in 2016 as chaplain assistant, said winning the board was not just about showing his leadership his determination to win, but also a way to represent his family.

Sgt. Maj. Reeves Winters, chaplain sergeant major for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), congratulates Pfc. Boaz Koski, chaplain assistant for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., after earning the title of the 101st Abn. Div. Chaplain Assistant of the Year, Sept. 20, 2017, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Courtesy Photo)

Sgt. Maj. Reeves Winters, chaplain sergeant major for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), congratulates Pfc. Boaz Koski, chaplain assistant for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., after earning the title of the 101st Abn. Div. Chaplain Assistant of the Year, Sept. 20, 2017, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers overcome personal challenges to depart on 167-mile bike ride

 

Written by Maria Christina Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Annual Bluegrass Rendezvous is a personally challenging and therapeutic bike ride for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans, organized by the WTB’s adaptive reconditioning program and volunteers.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Deputy Commanding General for Support, Brig. Gen. Kenneth Royar, came out to see the riders off on the first day of their ride. He first spoke individually with riders about their personal experiences in preparing for this physical and mental journey and then addressed the group.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Deputy Commanding General for Support, Brig. Gen. Kenneth Royar talks with members of Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion Sept. 28 before the group departs on the first day of the Bluegrass Rendezvous, a two-day 167-mile bike ride on and around Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Deputy Commanding General for Support, Brig. Gen. Kenneth Royar talks with members of Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion Sept. 28 before the group departs on the first day of the Bluegrass Rendezvous, a two-day 167-mile bike ride on and around Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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Fort Campbell to hold Retiree Appreciation Day this Saturday

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Fort Campbell’s Retirement Services Office will host its annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Soldier Support Center beginning at 8:00am.

There will be an opening ceremony at 9:00am featuring Congressman Marsha Blackburn. After the opening ceremony, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will begin its annual health fair. Retirees can receive basic health screenings as well as immunizations for influenza, pneumonia and shingles.

Unlike previous years, the opening ceremony is the only event with a scheduled time.

Fort Campbell will honor Retirees and Veterans with an Appreciation Day, Saturday. (Sam Shore)

Fort Campbell will honor Retirees and Veterans with an Appreciation Day, Saturday. (Sam Shore)

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Integrated Tennessee National Guardsman fulfills air assault goal at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Earning and wearing the coveted air assault badge was a goal Staff Sgt. Cole Champion, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1176th Transportation Company of the Tennessee National Guard, has been striving toward for almost 11 years.

However, being in the National Guard made achieving that goal a little more challenging.

It wasn’t until Champion’s unit selected him to integrate with 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., as part of the Associated Unit Pilot Program that his goal became a reality.

Staff Sgt. Cole Champion, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1176th Transportation Company of the Tennessee National Guard, attached to 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., poses for a photo, Sept. 11, 2017, after graduating from the Sabalauski Air Assault School on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Courtesy photo)

Staff Sgt. Cole Champion, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1176th Transportation Company of the Tennessee National Guard, attached to 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., poses for a photo, Sept. 11, 2017, after graduating from the Sabalauski Air Assault School on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Courtesy photo)

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101st Airborne Division Lifeliners remember fallen with run, ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Abn. Div., led Lifeliners on a run, September 15th, 2017 in front of division headquarters, where boots symbolizing fallen Soldiers were on display.

As part of the Fort Campbell’s Military Survivor Appreciation Week, Lifeliners conducted a brigade remembrance run and ceremony, here.

Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., and Sgt. Maj. Randy B. Gray, acting senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., lead the brigade, Sept. 15, 2017, on a remembrance run on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After the run, Soldiers conducted a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 63 fallen Soldiers of the brigade. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs Office)

Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., and Sgt. Maj. Randy B. Gray, acting senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., lead the brigade, Sept. 15, 2017, on a remembrance run on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After the run, Soldiers conducted a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 63 fallen Soldiers of the brigade. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs Office)

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101st Airborne Division Lifeliners bid farewell to Michael Perry, welcome Anthony McAdoo

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – “It took me 23 years to finally serve in the greatest division in our Army,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry III, outgoing senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners”, 101st Abn. Div. “[The 101st Abn. Div.] was a division I always wanted to serve in, and I finally got the opportunity when the Army selected me to be ‘Lifeliner 7,’ nearly two years ago.”

The Austintown, Ohio native, relinquished responsibility of the “Lifeliner” Brigade to Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony B. McAdoo, a native of Somerset, Kentucky, September 7th, during a change of responsibility ceremony, here.

Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., hands the brigade colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony B. McAdoo, incoming command sergeant major for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., Sept. 7, 2017, during a change of responsibility ceremony on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., hands the brigade colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony B. McAdoo, incoming command sergeant major for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., Sept. 7, 2017, during a change of responsibility ceremony on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

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Clarksville’s Welcome Home Veterans Parade was held Saturday, September 16th

 

Clarksville, TN – A Welcome Home Veterans celebration has been taking place in Clarksville since September 13th, beginning with the arrival of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall at Appleton Harley Davidson.

More than two dozen events at venues throughout the city included a reception at Old Glory Distilling Co., a screening of Ken Burns’ new documentary “The Vietnam War”, and a Remembrance Ceremony at First Baptist Church featuring Cindy Stonebraker, whose father has been MIA since October 1968.

A downtown parade honoring our veterans took place Saturday as part of a  series of events in conjunction with the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall's visit to Clarksville.

A downtown parade honoring our veterans took place Saturday as part of a series of events in conjunction with the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall’s visit to Clarksville.

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101st Airborne Division Iron Rakkasans: 50 years later

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

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Fort Campbell, KY – Friday morning people boarded two white buses on the final leg of a trip 50 years in the making. Many of the passengers were founding members of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, Rakkasans, 101st Airborne Division, created in 1967 during the Vietnam War.

Traveling with these men were other veterans, spouses, children, grandchildren and siblings. Throughout the day they talked and joked with each other, as they caught up since their last reunion. The group looked more like a large Family than anything else, and that is because of how close these men became when they were young Soldiers.

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

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