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Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Award Winners at Membership Dinner

 

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized five award winners at its 2016 Annual Membership Dinner and Gala on Thursday, June 23rd. Chamber Chairman Tommy Bates and Membership Chairman Brandi Bryant presented the following awards.

Ted Crozier Sr.  Lifetime Achievement Award

Ted Crozier Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award

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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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Fort Campbell Soldier Diandre Mosley uses art to express himself

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Self-expression is used to express one’s own feelings, thoughts or ideas. Whether it is through music, writing, art or dance it can be fascinating to experience.

Pfc. Diandre L. Mosley, a unit supply specialist with 58th Signal Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), knows exactly that feeling as he expresses himself through his artwork.

Pfc. Diandre L. Mosley, a unit supply specialist with 58th Signal Company, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands in front of his artwork that is displayed at the Downtown Artists Co-op, Clarksville, TN. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield)

Pfc. Diandre L. Mosley, a unit supply specialist with 58th Signal Company, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands in front of his artwork that is displayed at the Downtown Artists Co-op, Clarksville, TN. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield)

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Fort Campbell Lifeliner NCO Montaqua Austin finds passion in bodybuilding

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The crowd cheers as Montaqua G. Austin steps on stage. The layers of lotion and spray give her a polished look as she steps underneath the stage lights. As she turns for the judges and poses, you can see definition of her muscles.

For Austin, a Sgt.1st Class and the master resiliency coordinator for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the passion for competing began one year ago.

Sgt. 1st Class Montaqua G. Austin, the master resiliency coordinator for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for the judges during her most recent competition. (Courtesy Photo)

Sgt. 1st Class Montaqua G. Austin, the master resiliency coordinator for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for the judges during her most recent competition. (Courtesy Photo)

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Blue Spaders first in Regiment History to deploy as 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Taji, Iraq – As the sun shone down on their heads in Taji, Iraq, the Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, stood ready. For some, this moment had come once, or twice before.

For a large number of the Soldiers however, this would be their first time. In a few minutes, they would don a Screaming Eagle on their right shoulder.

“Do not take it lightly what this patching ceremony means,” said Capt. Justin Shaw, the commander of Co. D. “You’re setting the standard.”

Cpt. Justin Shaw, center, commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, shakes the hands of Soldiers of Company D after their patching ceremony June 3, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. Soldiers are allowed to wear the patch for the rest of their careers, signifying service in a theater of combat operations with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Cpt. Justin Shaw, center, commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, shakes the hands of Soldiers of Company D after their patching ceremony June 3, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. Soldiers are allowed to wear the patch for the rest of their careers, signifying service in a theater of combat operations with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike Signal Soldiers maintain Communication Lines

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Erbil, Iraq – For the Soldiers of Task Force Strike’s signal section, ensuring redundant and reliable communications is their way of life. Establishing mission command – previously known as command and control – and maintaining it, is the purview of these Soldiers. Though sometimes forgotten about until a communication issue arises, their mission never pauses.

“The number one thing with any team being successful is communication,” said 1st Lt. Kalapu Fasavalu, platoon leader in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, from Long Beach, California. “Especially to talk to our guys all over Iraq. The Brigade doesn’t communicate with anyone if the systems are down.”

Spc. Sean Luoma, a systems operator/maintainer in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, checks his satellite communications equipment, May 20, 2016, in Erbil, Iraq. Luoma and other signal Soldiers deployed with Task Force Strike to ensure the more than 1,300 personnel of the Task Force can communicate throughout their area of Operations. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Spc. Sean Luoma, a systems operator/maintainer in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, checks his satellite communications equipment, May 20, 2016, in Erbil, Iraq. Luoma and other signal Soldiers deployed with Task Force Strike to ensure the more than 1,300 personnel of the Task Force can communicate throughout their area of Operations. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Fort Campbell to conduct Gate 4 Memorialization Ceremony

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On June 28th, Fort Campbell will hold a memorialization ceremony in honor of Clarissa Ann Jackson “T.C.” Freeman. Gate 4 will be renamed and dedicated to her during the ceremony that will begin at 10:00am.

Freeman passed away May 19th after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was 83. Known to most as T.C., she was a staunch lifelong advocate for the Army, specifically Fort Campbell Soldiers and their Families. Considered by those who knew her as a force to be reckoned with, T.C. was a powerful force for change at both state and national levels and a tireless advocate for the Army.

Entrance sign near the incoming lane outside of Gate 4 at Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) "Screaming Eagles". (Sam Shore)

Entrance sign near the incoming lane outside of Gate 4 at Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Screaming Eagles”. (Sam Shore)

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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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Fort Campbell to host Family Day June 10th

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Friday, June 10th, 2016, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell will host a Family Day full of activities, events, vendors and fun for Soldiers, Family members and Veterans at the Sabalauski Air Assault School. The event will be from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

Visitors will be able to tour TSAAS facilities and observe rappel and fast-rope insertion extraction system (FRIES) demonstrations throughout the day. There will be activities for children of all ages, to include bounce houses and access to the famed O-Course.

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101st Airborne Division Veterans, Service Members remember at Currahee Memorial

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore
86th Airlift Wing

United States Air ForceBeuzeville au Plain, France – U.S. Airmen, Soldiers, veterans and French citizens gathered June 1st , 2016 the Currahee Memorial in the Normandy region to pay their respects to the men who died at the crash site on D-Day near Beuzeville au Plain, France.

In attendance for the ceremony, part of the 72nd annual commemoration of the Invasion of Normandy in 1944, were Soldiers from the historic 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

French children place flowers at the Currahee Memorial in Beuzeville au Plain, France, June 1, 2016. More than 380 service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units are participating in the 72nd anniversary as part of Joint Task Force D-Day 72. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore)

French children place flowers at the Currahee Memorial in Beuzeville au Plain, France, June 1, 2016. More than 380 service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units are participating in the 72nd anniversary as part of Joint Task Force D-Day 72. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore)

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