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101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade “Red Knights” hone air assault artillery capabilities

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – As the battalion master gunner, it is Sgt. 1st Class Warren Jenkins’ duty to verify artillerymen from 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, are proficient in their artillery skills.

“As an artilleryman, it’s important for us to be able to support our maneuver brethren in the fight, wherever it may be,” Jenkins, said. “In order for us to provide timely, accurate, safe, fires, we have to go through a series of tables [performance tasks] to train up individually and collectively.”

The Red Knights battalion platoon-level artillery external evaluation, or Tables 11-12, is a twice-a-year exercise that concludes Friday. The training advances the battalion’s combat effectiveness and readiness.

Artillerymen from C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a platoon-level external evaluation live-fire, Jan. 31, 2018, at a Fort Campbell, Kentucky, training area. This training is conducted twice a year and is part of progressive training evaluations which begin with individual testing, and continues through battalion-level. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Artillerymen from C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a platoon-level external evaluation live-fire, Jan. 31, 2018, at a Fort Campbell, Kentucky, training area. This training is conducted twice a year and is part of progressive training evaluations which begin with individual testing, and continues through battalion-level. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Airborne Division Band musicians support Division Field Exercise

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The motto of the 101st Airborne Division Band is “Pride of the Eagle.” Not only does band members build pride in others through their music, the motto also describes the band’s pride in supporting the division. Occasionally that support is provided outside of their role as accomplished musicians.

Recently, the 101st Airborne Division Band provided field operations support to the division for its Warfighter 18-3 exercise conducted in early February.

“It’s not necessarily what we are designed to do, but we are the band of the 101st Airborne Division and if we are asked to support, we are happy to do it,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles Doswell, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Band.

Staff Sergeant Arthur Cole III and Spc. Jihye Shim, trombonists from the 101st Airborne Division Band, recently check the credentials of Spc. William Hutchinson, 101st Main Command Post-Operational Detachment, Kentucky National Guard, and secures his cellphone before allowing him entry into a secure division area, during the Warfighter 18-3 exercise. (Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Staff Sergeant Arthur Cole III and Spc. Jihye Shim, trombonists from the 101st Airborne Division Band, recently check the credentials of Spc. William Hutchinson, 101st Main Command Post-Operational Detachment, Kentucky National Guard, and secures his cellphone before allowing him entry into a secure division area, during the Warfighter 18-3 exercise. (Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell releases names of the Two 101st Airborne Division Soldiers killed in AH-64E Apache Helicopter Training Accident

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – At approximately 9:50pm Friday, April 6th, 2018 two Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation “Destiny” Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash in the local training area on Fort Campbell.

The two soldiers are Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly and Warrant Officer James Casadona.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, was an instructor pilot in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. He joined the Army in 2001 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2016.

(L) Warrant Officer James Casadona and (R) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly were killed in an Apache Helicopter Training Accident at Fort Campbell, Friday.

(L) Warrant Officer James Casadona and (R) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly were killed in an Apache Helicopter Training Accident at Fort Campbell, Friday.

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Two 101st Airborne Division Soldiers killed in AH-64E Apache Helicopter Training Accident

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – At approximately 9:50pm Friday, April 6th, 2018 two Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were killed in an AH-64E Apache helicopter crash in the local training area on Fort Campbell

The names of the deceased will not be released until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification is complete.

The crew was conducting routine training at the time of the accident. There were no other casualties. Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services are on site and recovery operations are ongoing.

An Apache helicopter similar to the one in this photo crashed during routine training at Fort Campbell.

An Apache helicopter similar to the one in this photo crashed during routine training at Fort Campbell.

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers preserve history by repairing Historic Glider

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Over the past year, the Don F. Pratt Museum staff worked tirelessly to renovate the museum and prepare it for its reopening.

During the renovation, the World War II-era glider that serves as the centerpiece of the museum was damaged by a unit mascot.

Despite this minor setback, Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, the safety officer for the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, and a team of seven Soldiers repaired the glider in time for the museum’s reopening.

Soldiers with B. Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade repair a damaged World War II era-glider wing November 20, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Ky. As one of the few remaining World War II-era gliders in the world, many Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) used gliders. (Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Soldiers with B. Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade repair a damaged World War II era-glider wing November 20, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Ky. As one of the few remaining World War II-era gliders in the world, many Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) used gliders. (Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade holds 2nd Annual FARP Rodeo at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – When an aircraft lands at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP), it can be refueled and reloaded with ammunition in a matter of minutes, allowing it to continue with its mission as quickly as possible.

But, FARPs don’t operate on their own.

“In logistics we’re sometimes the unsung heroes,” said Maj. Robin Eskelson the support operations officer for the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. “We’re the ones providing the fuel, the bullets and the clothing and a lot of times we go unnoticed. [The FARP Rodeo] was a time for that to be noticed; to be understood that aircraft don’t fly without fuel.”

Col. Craig Alia, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander, awards a trophy to Soldiers from the 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st CAB March 23, 2018 at Fort Campbell, KY. The Soldiers competed in the 2nd Annual 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP). (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Col. Craig Alia, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander, awards a trophy to Soldiers from the 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st CAB March 23, 2018 at Fort Campbell, KY. The Soldiers competed in the 2nd Annual 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP). (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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101st Combat Aviation Wings of Destiny: Culminating leadership exercise builds team, unit pride

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Junior officers from 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, recently participated in a three-day culminating training exercise designed to certify leadership competencies, instill esprit de corps and a winning mindset.

Lieutenant Colonel James Yastrzemsky, commander of 6-101st GSAB, came up with the idea for the exercise as a way to develop his junior officers. Yastrzemsky said it parallels what the command team is doing at the division level.

Junior officers, company command teams, and primary staff from 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, gather for a photo with veterans, atop Currahee Mountain, near Toccoa, Georgia, the birthplace of the 101st, February, 7, 2018. (U.S. Army photo)

Junior officers, company command teams, and primary staff from 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, gather for a photo with veterans, atop Currahee Mountain, near Toccoa, Georgia, the birthplace of the 101st, February, 7, 2018. (U.S. Army photo)

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101st Combat Aviation Wings of Destiny compete at DA Level of Connelly Competition

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Food service specialists with E. Company, 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) competed in the final round of the 50th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Competition February 28th, 2018 at Fort Campbell, KY.

The Soldiers from the Son Cafe dining facility are one of four teams competing at the Department of the Army level-active army field units category.

Soldiers from E. Company, 6th General Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receive an award February 28, 2018, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers competed in the 50th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Competition, a competition that recognizes units for superb performance and provides innovative training that has a sustainable impact on current and future missions in garrison and field environments. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Soldiers from E. Company, 6th General Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receive an award February 28, 2018, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers competed in the 50th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Competition, a competition that recognizes units for superb performance and provides innovative training that has a sustainable impact on current and future missions in garrison and field environments. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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Six 101st Airborne Division Soldiers receive Soldier’s Medal for response to Helicopter Crash

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Six Soldiers belonging to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) received the Soldier’s Medal during a ceremony held, November 28th, 2017 at McAuliffe Hall, the division headquarters.

Staff Sgt. Beau Corder, Staff Sgt. Richard Weaver, Staff Sgt. Engel Becker, Sgt. Damon Seals, Spc. Christopher White and Pfc. Ryan Brisson were recognized by Gen. Mark A. Milley, Army chief of staff, for their heroic actions following a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash, January 31st, on Fort Campbell.

“I’m very humbled to be a part of this,” said Milley. “I’ve been in the Army for 40 years and I’ve only seen a few Soldier’s Medals. It’s a very rare thing. What you (Soldiers) did took tremendous courage; you knew it was very likely you would be hurt yourself, but you did it anyway. You make anyone who has been associated with the 101st enormously proud.”

Six Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the Soldier’s Medal, Nov. 28, during a ceremony held at the 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) headquarters. The Soldiers earned the highest peacetime award for valor for their life-saving actions following a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash, Jan. 31. (Spc. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Six Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the Soldier’s Medal, Nov. 28, during a ceremony held at the 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) headquarters. The Soldiers earned the highest peacetime award for valor for their life-saving actions following a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash, Jan. 31. (Spc. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Thanksgiving Day message from Fort Campbell’s Major General Andrew P. Poppas

 

Written by Major General Andrew P. Poppas
Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – “I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving…”

It was with these words that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3rd, 1863. America was embroiled in conflict just like we are now, yet there was much to be thankful for as a nation – “needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense…,” as Lincoln described. The same holds true today.

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