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Fort Campbell Survivor Outreach Services Honors Fallen Soldiers with Boot Display

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – In honor of Military Survivor Appreciation Week, formerly known as Gold Star Family Appreciation Week, more than 5,000 boots are on display on the lawn of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters.

The boots have been collected from military service members across Fort Campbell and abroad to honor service members who died in support of the Global War on Terror since September 11th, 2001.

This display of combat boots honors the memories and sacrifice of the military men and women who gave their lives while serving our country.

Soldiers with the 551st Military Police Company and 1/506 Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team arrived first thing Friday morning to start setting up the Survivor Outreach Services boot display honoring service members who died in support of the Global War on Terror since Sept. 11, 2001. (Photo by Nondice Thurman, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Soldiers with the 551st Military Police Company and 1/506 Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team arrived first thing Friday morning to start setting up the Survivor Outreach Services boot display honoring service members who died in support of the Global War on Terror since Sept. 11, 2001. (Photo by Nondice Thurman, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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101st Airborne Division Currahees case colors at Fort Campbell but legacy lives on

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, Veterans, Families and friends alike, looked on with heavy hearts as the colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), furled in the wind one last time.

As part of the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team 2020 Model, the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., cased their colors during an inactivation ceremony, April 25th, 2014, at the division parade field.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s longest deployed Currahee receives induction as Distinguished Member of 506th Infantry Regiment

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – “It is always so humbling to celebrate the greatness of the Currahee Nation….we truly do walk among heroes,” said Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Inducting true patriots as distinguished and honorary members of our regiment and reverently memorializing our fallen makes this day priceless.”

Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hosted an induction ceremony, March 13th, 2014, for Distinguished and Honorary members of the 506th Infantry Regiment, at the 4th BCT Headquarters on Fort Campbell.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy R. Weiland, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was presented a certificate by Col. Val C. Keavney Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., formally inducting him as a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony March 13, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy R. Weiland, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was presented a certificate by Col. Val C. Keavney Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., formally inducting him as a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony March 13, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahee soldier receives ARCOM with Valor, Purple Heart

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY  – Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony February 7th, 2014.

Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Band of Brother’s Easy Company returns home to Fort Campbell; End of an Era

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 506th Infantry Regiment has had a powerful lineage ever since their initial activation July 20th, 1942.

Since World War II, the 506th has been inactivated, reactivated and re-designated a number of times. They have served within different brigades, divisions and military posts.

The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 506th Inf. Regt. reunited in September of 2005 under the Colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and have since had two separate deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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A Year in Review with Fort Campbell’s Currahees

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), started 2013 running fast and hard, as the brigade deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “Red Currahee,” 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Soldier died September 26th, as a result of combat-related injuries sustained in Paktya Province, Afghanistan.

Identified is Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore Jr., 32, of Milton, PA. Baysore was killed by an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan National Army Uniform who opened fire on a group of Soldiers. He was struck on the left side of his neck.

Baysore was taken to taken to his post aid station where he succumbed to his wounds.

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Fort Campbell Currahees discuss the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – From September 15th through October 15th, our nation will observe Hispanic Heritage month. This observance provides the Currahees an opportunity to discuss the contributions Hispanic-Americans have been making within the U.S. Army since the Revolutionary War.

Originally titled “Hispanic American Week,” the observance began in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson; it was expanded to 30 days and written in to law under President Ronald Reagan on August 17th, 1988.

Sgt. Jose Rivera assists Pvt. 1st Class Armando Luna, both automated logistical specialist with Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, with entering inventory data into a computer program. (Sgt. David Cox, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Jose Rivera assists Pvt. 1st Class Armando Luna, both automated logistical specialist with Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, with entering inventory data into a computer program. (Sgt. David Cox, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahees compete for Soldier, Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Select Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in the Soldier, Non-commissioned Officer of the quarter board at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

“We still have to sharpen our skills, we can’t just say ‘I’m good at what I do’,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, command sergeant major of the 4th BCT, 101st  Abn. Div., and president of the board for the Soldier and NCO of the Quarter. “Boards, and the way we set this one up, are a way to sharpen our skills both mentally and physically.”

U.S. Army Spc. Sean C. Poole, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires an M9 at a target while competing for Soldier of the Quarter at forward operating base Salerno, Afghanistan, July 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Sean C. Poole, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires an M9 at a target while competing for Soldier of the Quarter at forward operating base Salerno, Afghanistan, July 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahee Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – On Monday, July 15th 2013, a Fort Campbell Soldier died while on a mounted patrol in Paktiya Province, eastern Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by a rocket propelled grenade.

Staff Sergeant Sonny Christopher Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as an infantry squad leader.  He joined the Army in June 2005.

Staff Sergeant Sonny Christopher Zimmerman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

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