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General Andrew Poppas takes command of 101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagles bid farewell to General Gary Volesky

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has opened a new chapter in its rendezvous with destiny. Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the 45th commanding general of the 101st, placed the division in the hands of Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander, during a change of command ceremony January 19th, 2017.

During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, XVIII Airborne Corps commander, praised Volesky’s leadership during his command.

“Our Army couldn’t have chosen a better leader to command this division two and a half years ago than Gary Volesky,” Townsend said. “During his watch, elements of the 101st have deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Liberia and a whole list of other nations around the world in support of both combat and shaping operations for our nation.”

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander for the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Fort Campbell community members, Families and 101st Airborne Division Soldiers during a change of command ceremony held at the division parade field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jan. 19, 2017. Poppas assumes a command position in the 101st for the second time, as he previously commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Sgt. William White)

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander for the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Fort Campbell community members, Families and 101st Airborne Division Soldiers during a change of command ceremony held at the division parade field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jan. 19, 2017. Poppas assumes a command position in the 101st for the second time, as he previously commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Sgt. William White)

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101st Airborne Division “Rakkasan” nurse saves Afghan Soldier’s life

 

Written by Capt. Patrick Morgan
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Kandahar Province, Afghanistan – A 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division nurse deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel saved the life of an Afghan National Defense Security Force member Saturday.

Captain Christine Kampas, a medical adviser, saved the Afghan by conducting CPR on him after he went into respiratory failure while being transported from an Afghan medical facility to a NATO military medical facility at Kandahar Airfield.

Captain Christine Kampas, a nurse assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, deployed in support of Train, Advise and Assist Command - South, performed life-saving measures to resuscitate an Afghan Defense Security Forces member January 7th. Kampas is currently serving as a medical adviser to the Afghan National Defense Security Forces headquartered in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Captain Christine Kampas, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)

Captain Christine Kampas, a nurse assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, deployed in support of Train, Advise and Assist Command – South, performed life-saving measures to resuscitate an Afghan Defense Security Forces member January 7th. Kampas is currently serving as a medical adviser to the Afghan National Defense Security Forces headquartered in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Captain Christine Kampas, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)

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101st Airborne Soldier helps extract Iraqi Soldier from behind enemy lines

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs

82nd Airborne DivisionIraq – Before he enlisted, Spc. Erik Salmon was a traveler fond of seeing new places and experiencing different cultures. When the 26-year-old intelligence analyst deployed to Iraq in May, 2016, with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he found himself trapped in tiny Camp Swift behind dirt barriers, concrete walls and concertina wire.

“For the last nine months, I’ve only spent a total of eight hours outside Swift for my buddy’s reenlistment in Erbil,” he stated. “I jumped on a convoy during my off-shift. I got about four hours of sleep that night.”

Salmon is just days away from returning to Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. Erik Salmon, 26, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photograph while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, at Camp Swift, Jan. 8, 2017. Salmon assisted in the recovery of an isolated Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) soldier while working as a member of a U.S. and Iraqi advise and assist operations cell. (Maj. Ireka R. Sanders)

Spc. Erik Salmon, 26, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photograph while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, at Camp Swift, Jan. 8, 2017. Salmon assisted in the recovery of an isolated Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) soldier while working as a member of a U.S. and Iraqi advise and assist operations cell. (Maj. Ireka R. Sanders)

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Clarksville mourns passing of former Mayor Ted Crozier

 

Mayor McMillan orders flags flown at half-staff in his honor

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Former Clarksville Mayor Ted Crozier Sr., who devoted his life to family, country and community, died Monday from a respiratory illness at the age of 91.

Col. Crozier served in the U.S. Army for 32 years, retiring at the rank of colonel in 1977. He served as the first Commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell and was the first aviator to serve as the chief of staff for the 101st Airborne Division.

Former Clarksville Mayor Ted Crozier Sr.

Former Clarksville Mayor Ted Crozier Sr.

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101st Airborne’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Artillerymen support Mosul counter-offensive come rain or shine

 

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

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Northern Iraq – Christmas Eve. Some of the Soldiers in U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnathan Walker’s section shiver as freezing rain continues to fall upon their position.

“Fire!” yells Walker as he makes a cutting motion through the rain with his hand. The round leaves the tube of the M777 artillery piece with its trademark boom and smoke and the artillerymen begin to move again. The soft sound of boots impacting the mud and gravel echoes through the gun pit.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission to support the Iraqi security forces during the Mosul counter offensive, Dec. 24, 2016, in northern Iraq. Battery C is supporting the ISF with indirect fires in their fight against the ISIL. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission to support the Iraqi security forces during the Mosul counter offensive, Dec. 24, 2016, in northern Iraq. Battery C is supporting the ISF with indirect fires in their fight against the ISIL. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade SARC Soldier receives SHARP Spirit Award

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Lessmeister
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Sgt. 1st Class Ashley Davis had a very personal reason for wanting to be a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.

After watching a close family member deal with the repercussions of being sexually assaulted, she felt it was her duty to help those in similar situations.

Sgt. 1st Class Ashley Davis (left), the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., receives the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program Spirit Award at Sexual Assault Response Coordinator/Victim Advocate Career Course, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. (Sgt. 1st Class Ashley Davis)

Sgt. 1st Class Ashley Davis (left), the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., receives the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program Spirit Award at Sexual Assault Response Coordinator/Victim Advocate Career Course, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. (Sgt. 1st Class Ashley Davis)

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Equipment rollout preps 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade for RAF mission

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Lessmeister
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – When U.S. Army units are assigned the Regionally Aligned Forces mission, they are expected to be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.

As of October 1st, 2016, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., assumed the RAF mission and the leaders of the brigade are preparing the subordinate units accordingly.

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., conducted an equipment rollout December 9th, here, to ensure their vehicles, trailers, and other equipment are ready to go.

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., conduct an equipment rollout exercise Dec. 9, 2016 on Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Kimberly Lessmeister/101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., conduct an equipment rollout exercise Dec. 9, 2016 on Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Kimberly Lessmeister/101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Lifeliner Soldiers, Nashville riggers unite for Airdrop Training

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Parachutes filled the sky above Suckchon Drop Zone, here, as Soldiers and equipment slowly drifted to the ground.

Soldiers from 74th Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., and parachute riggers from 861st Quartermaster Company, a reserve unit from Nashville, Tennessee, teamed up December 7th to conduct aerial delivery and recovery training.

Parachute bundles drift in the sky before landing on Suckchon Drop Zone, Dec. 7, 2016, during airdrop training on Fort Campbell, KY Soldiers from 74th Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., and 861st Quartermaster Company, a reserve unit from Nashville, TN, unit to conduct aerial delivery and recovery training. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Parachute bundles drift in the sky before landing on Suckchon Drop Zone, Dec. 7, 2016, during airdrop training on Fort Campbell, KY Soldiers from 74th Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., and 861st Quartermaster Company, a reserve unit from Nashville, TN, unit to conduct aerial delivery and recovery training. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Soldiers observe and enhance Niger Basic Training

 

Written by Captain Jason Welch
U.S. Army Africa

U.S. Army AfricaNiamey, Niger – Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division partnered with members of the Forces Armees Nigeriennes (FAN) to observe and mentor the training cadre of the Nigerien basic combat training school from October 13th to November 16th at the Tondibiah Training Base in Niger.

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is the regionally allocated force supporting U.S. Army Africa events and exercises across the African continent this year.

The soldiers came from the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment and traveled from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Niger to assess how the FAN was conducting basic training of new soldiers and to share U.S. Army methods, but they also learned some lessons of their own.

The team from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team "Bastogne", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses in front of the Nigerien Armed Forces basic training crest. Standing from left to right: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Mullins, Staff Sgt. Cameron Marsh, Interpreter Mr. Abdourahmane Ibrahim, Sgt. 1st Class Elocious Frazier, Sgt. 1st Class Sean Carey, 1st Lt. Dan Godlasky. Kneeling from left to right: Staff Sgt. Matthew England, Staff Sgt. Andrew Prince, First Sgt. Peter Russell. (Moussa Moumouni)

The team from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses in front of the Nigerien Armed Forces basic training crest. Standing from left to right: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Mullins, Staff Sgt. Cameron Marsh, Interpreter Mr. Abdourahmane Ibrahim, Sgt. 1st Class Elocious Frazier, Sgt. 1st Class Sean Carey, 1st Lt. Dan Godlasky. Kneeling from left to right: Staff Sgt. Matthew England, Staff Sgt. Andrew Prince, First Sgt. Peter Russell. (Moussa Moumouni)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier reflects on call to duty while on 9th Deployment during Global War on Terror

 

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

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Northern Iraq – Following the attacks of September 11th, then Pfc. Brian Bailey prepared for war along with the rest of the U.S Army. When he arrived to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he was immediately called to duty.

“Who wants to deploy right now?” asked the Soldier who ran the replacement company. Bailey and one other man raised their hands and they were separated from the group. A few weeks later they were in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey's 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey’s 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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