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Fort Campbell Strike Soldiers conduct Walk and Shoot to prepare for Joint Readiness Training Center rotation

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a brigade-wide walk and shoot exercise, July 20h-24th in the vicinity of observation post 13 here.

The exercise was conducted in conjunction with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division and was intended to prepare maneuver units to integrate fire support assets for future combat operations.

A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fires a squad automatic weapon during the Strike Brigade’s walk and shoot here, July 23, 2015. The walk and shoot was a month long training event that took place in order to prepare the brigade for its’ upcoming Joint Readiness Training Center rotation. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fires a squad automatic weapon during the Strike Brigade’s walk and shoot here, July 23, 2015. The walk and shoot was a month long training event that took place in order to prepare the brigade for its’ upcoming Joint Readiness Training Center rotation. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell MWR, 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” hold Colorful Fun Run

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell's Morale, Welfare and Recreation - MWRFort Campbell, KY – Over 200 Soldiers, family members, retirees and community members joined the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Fort Campbell’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation for a colorful fun run here Saturday.

A color run is a 5k “fun run” in which participants are blasted with brightly-dyed corn starch throughout the course.

Spc. Ali Karim, Pvt. Andrew Neuman and Pvt. Christian Martinez, all Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), cross the finish line at the conclusion of the color run here July 18, 2015. The color run took place as part of the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. (Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Spc. Ali Karim, Pvt. Andrew Neuman and Pvt. Christian Martinez, all Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), cross the finish line at the conclusion of the color run here July 18, 2015. The color run took place as part of the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. (Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasan Soldiers use Virtual Reality for Training

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – As a convoy of Humvees travels across the dusty plains, Sgt. Jarrod Stegall scans for potential threats. Suddenly his vehicle comes to a halt as a pickup truck comes out from behind a building. Recognizing it as an insurgent vehicle, the vehicle commander shouts to Stegall, “Enemy vehicle 400 meters!”

Receiving the command, he adjusts his traverse and elevation mechanism to the correct settings and engages the target. A few rounds later, the enemy vehicle is destroyed and he radios the vehicle commander to confirm the kill. Satisfied with the engagement the vehicle commander orders the convoy to keep moving.

Sgt. Jarrod Stegall, a vehicle crew member with the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, scans for targets during a simulated convoy here July 16, 2015. Stegall conducted training on the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s unstabilized gunnery trainer-individual, the first of its kind in the active component Army, which allows unit master gunners to build scenarios for crew gunners to virtually engage targets and validate them before conducting live-fire gunnery tables. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Jarrod Stegall, a vehicle crew member with the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, scans for targets during a simulated convoy here July 16, 2015. Stegall conducted training on the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s unstabilized gunnery trainer-individual, the first of its kind in the active component Army, which allows unit master gunners to build scenarios for crew gunners to virtually engage targets and validate them before conducting live-fire gunnery tables. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell receives visit from National Commission on the Future of the Army

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Two commissioners from the National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) spent Tuesday morning at Fort Campbell as part of their congressionally-mandated mission.

The NCFA, made up of eight commissioners appointed by Congress and the President, has been charged with examining the structure of the Army and issues related to its size and force mix.

The Commission will make recommendations to the Congress and President on how to modify the Army’s structure based on anticipated mission requirements, acceptable levels of risk, and anticipated resources. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Special Troops Battalion Remember the fallen

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – In the early morning hours, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Soldiers and Gold Star and surviving families and friends gathered together for the Fourth Annual Gamberi and Gold Star Family Memorial Run at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, July 10th, 2015.

The run was first established in 2012 as “The Gamberi Memorial Run” to commemorate five 101st STB Soldiers who were killed during an insider attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan, April 16th, 2011.

Members of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand next to photos of five 101st STB Soldiers who were killed during an insider attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan, on April 16, 2011. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Members of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand next to photos of five 101st STB Soldiers who were killed during an insider attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan, on April 16, 2011. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Lt. Col. Lyle Finley takes command of Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander Col. Telita Crosland depicted great confidence in Lt. Col. Lyle “Chip” Finley during the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion assumption of command ceremony Friday morning at the former non-commissioned officer parade field that sits across from the Warrior Transition Battalion complex.

Crosland said, “Chip is a proven leader, in and out of uniform. He brings with him a unique perspective as a former MI (military intelligence) officer to our formation. I’m confident that this perspective will not only inspire but bring meaningful and impactful results.”

Lt. Col. Lyle "Chip" Finley assumes Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Command July 10th. (BACH)

Lt. Col. Lyle “Chip” Finley assumes Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Command July 10th. (BACH)

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Fort Campbell and 101st Airborne Division Commander’s Official Statement on Army Force Reductions

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Today the Secretary of the Army announced the next round of Army force reductions for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that decrease the Army’s Active Component size from 490,000 to 450,000 Soldiers, and cuts Army Civilian positions by 17,000. The reductions affect the entire Army and are a direct result of sequestration.

If sequestration continues, the Army will be required to further reduce Active Army end strength to much lower levels.

Based on the Secretary’s announcement, Fort Campbell will lose approximately 360 military positions, or about 1% of our total population.

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan releases statement regarding Fort Campbell Troop Reductions

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – I have just received confirmation from MG Gary J. Volesky, Commanding General of Fort Campbell, that there will be minimal troop reductions at Fort Campbell.  I’m sure there may be comments from some about the economic impact the soldiers have on our economy.

But the people of Clarksville don’t see our men and women in uniform as dollar signs.  For us, this is about family.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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Montgomery County releases Fort Campbell Troop Reductions Announcement

 

Montgomery County TennesseeMontgomery County – Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett is pleased to announce that the Army’s plan to reduce troops by 40,000 over the next two years will have minimal impact on Fort Campbell in the plan released by officials today.

Mayor Durrett states, “We have just received official confirmation from Congressman Marsha Blackburn’s office that the Fort Campbell actual troop loss will be 363 soldiers.”

12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)

12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)

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101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” holds Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division held a change of command ceremony here Friday for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, during which outgoing commander, Col. Peter N. Benchoff, relinquished command to the incoming commander, Col. Brett G. Sylvia.

Strike’s change of command ceremony was the culminating event in a series of change of command ceremonies within the brigade. Several of the brigade’s battalions, including 1st Squadron of the 75th Cavalry Regiment, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Battalion of the 320th Field Artillery Regiment and 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry Regiment all held ceremonies to mark the passing of command.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division passes the Strike colors to Col. Brett G. Sylvia during 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s change of command ceremony here, June 26, 2015. The passing of the guidon signifies Sylvia’s official assumption of command. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division passes the Strike colors to Col. Brett G. Sylvia during 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s change of command ceremony here, June 26, 2015. The passing of the guidon signifies Sylvia’s official assumption of command. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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