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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 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 soldiers conduct Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense exercise

 

Written by Sgt. Quentin Johnson
211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

U.S. Department of the ArmyMuscatatuck Urban Training Center, IN – In keeping with the spirit of Soldier readiness, members of Echo Forward Support Company, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, conducted Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense training at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, August 14th, 2016.

Training introduced Soldiers to the M50 – Joint Service General Purpose Mask and basic CBRN decontamination procedures, said Staff Sgt. Chad Field, a platoon sergeant with the FSC and native of Missoula, Montana. The M50 replaced the U.S. M40 Field Protective Mask.

(left) Spc. Gary Allen, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, Yuba City, California native, and (right) Pfc. Joseph Kirkman, a Construction Equipment Repairer, and Greensboro, North Carolina native, both with Echo Forward Support Company, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, simulate decontaminating fellow FSC Soldier, Pfc. Ashton Barrell, (Carter) a motor transport operator and Evansville, Indiana native, during a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense training exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, Aug. 14, 2016. (Sgt. Quentin Johnson, 211th MPAD)

(left) Spc. Gary Allen, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, Yuba City, California native, and (right) Pfc. Joseph Kirkman, a Construction Equipment Repairer, and Greensboro, North Carolina native, both with Echo Forward Support Company, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, simulate decontaminating fellow FSC Soldier, Pfc. Ashton Barrell, (Carter) a motor transport operator and Evansville, Indiana native, during a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense training exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, Aug. 14, 2016. (Sgt. Quentin Johnson, 211th MPAD)

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Army Human Resources Command Road Show visits Fort Campbell

 

Written by Lt. Col. Janet Herrick
U.S. Army Human Resources Command

U.S. Army Human Resources CommandFort Campbell, KY – The commanding general of Human Resources Command met with executive leaders, human resource managers and officers to discuss the latest in force shaping and career management during a two-day HRC Road Show at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, August 16th-17th.

Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands reflected on past drawdowns and shared the Army’s guiding principles in transitioning the force: optimize readiness, retain the best, build depth and invest in experience.

Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, commanding general of the Human Resources Command (HRC), meets with personnel managers and answers their questions during an HRC Road Show at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Aug. 16. Seamands discussed key topics including force shaping, career management, and promotions. (Lt. Col. Janet Herrick, U.S. Army Human Resources Command)

Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, commanding general of the Human Resources Command (HRC), meets with personnel managers and answers their questions during an HRC Road Show at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Aug. 16. Seamands discussed key topics including force shaping, career management, and promotions. (Lt. Col. Janet Herrick, U.S. Army Human Resources Command)

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“Bastogne” medics prepare for EFMB at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – “The intent of the train-up was to engross the medics with the skills needed to earn the badge, to show them what right looks like and to give them a basic understanding of what they will see at EFMB,” said Sgt. 1st Class Scott Greene, “Bastogne” medical operations noncommissioned officer in charge.

“[Participants] will see the lanes once, that’s it, and then they’ll be expected five to seven days later to test on that lane and get a ‘go’ on it. It’s not very feasible, so we devised this plan to train as many medics across the brigade in a format that allowed them to see the tasks and perform it on an simulated casualty as many times as needed to understand it,” stated Greene.

Medics with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) litter carry a simulated casualty to a waiting UH-60 Blackhawk on Johnson field during the brigade’s Expert Field Medical Badge train-up May 26, 2016. Soldiers practiced loading causalities while the aircraft’s rotor wings continue to spin because it will be one of more than 200 tasks they are tested on at the end of June. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Medics with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) litter carry a simulated casualty to a waiting UH-60 Blackhawk on Johnson field during the brigade’s Expert Field Medical Badge train-up May 26, 2016. Soldiers practiced loading causalities while the aircraft’s rotor wings continue to spin because it will be one of more than 200 tasks they are tested on at the end of June. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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“Bastogne” leaders tackle mungadai, mentorship training at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – General George Patton said, “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

Company commanders from across 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) spent Monday and Tuesday gaining guidance and mentorship from the brigade commander in a commander’s agility training event.

Company commanders with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fill the role of brigade staff as they conduct a notional brigade assault using the Virtual Battlespace System at the Kinnard Mission Training Complex, Fort Campbell, Ky. May 24, 2016. The assault was the final part of a two-day training exercise, meant to mirror a mungadai and build esprit de corps throughout the company commanders within “Bastogne”. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Company commanders with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fill the role of brigade staff as they conduct a notional brigade assault using the Virtual Battlespace System at the Kinnard Mission Training Complex, Fort Campbell, Ky. May 24, 2016. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Sapper like a Girl; Fort Campbell 326th Sapper Eagle first female to finish competition

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Leonardwood, MO – For the first time ever Army-wide, a female engineer not only finished all 50 hours of the competition this year, but finished in the top ten.

2nd Lt. Leah Mullenix, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) didn’t set out to make history, she only wanted to challenge herself physically and mentally.

2nd Lt. Leah Mullenix, Team 23, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), disassembles her poncho team’s raft after completing the swim event of the Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 19, 2016. Sappers pulled a raft carrying their individual weapon and full ruck sack. Mullenix was the first female, Army-wide, to complete the three-day competition and place in the top ten teams. (U.S. Army photo courtesy of Fort Leonardwood Public Affairs)

2nd Lt. Leah Mullenix, Team 23, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), disassembles her poncho team’s raft after completing the swim event of the Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 19, 2016. Sappers pulled a raft carrying their individual weapon and full ruck sack. Mullenix was the first female, Army-wide, to complete the three-day competition and place in the top ten teams. (U.S. Army photo courtesy of Fort Leonardwood Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Charlie Rock Makes History at Paris Landing State Park

 

1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Buchanan, TN – Charlie Rock began the day by learning the basic boat drills, and becoming familiarized with the combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC), also known as the Zodiac.

The Zodiac familiarization taught the Scouts capsizing drills, and how to react in the event of the boat flipping. They learned how to operate the boat, and were instructed on how to do beach landing sight (BLS) operations.

Soldiers with “Charlie Rock,” C Troop, 1st Squadron Regiment, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pull a Soldier from the water after he jumped from a CH-47 Chinook at Paris Landing State Park May 11, 2016. (Spc. Katie Petrosky, 5th Special Forces Group Public Affairs)

Soldiers with “Charlie Rock,” C Troop, 1st Squadron Regiment, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pull a Soldier from the water after he jumped from a CH-47 Chinook at Paris Landing State Park May 11, 2016. (Spc. Katie Petrosky, 5th Special Forces Group Public Affairs)

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“Bandits” honor fallen Soldier at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – In an intimate ceremony, the “Bandit” squadron honored one of their fallen and presented his family with the Ohio Medal of Distinction award on Bastogne Field May 13th, 2016.

The Martin family accepted the award on behalf of Staff Sgt. Jonathon Martin, a native of Bellevue, Ohio, who served with the squadron from 2005 until November 2007.

Family and friends pause during an award ceremony May 13, 2016 at Bastogne Field, to reflect on the actions and selfless service of Staff Sgt. Jonathon Martin, who was killed in action November 2007 while serving with 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). His family was presented the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction by the command team of the “Bandit” Squadron. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Family and friends pause during an award ceremony May 13, 2016 at Bastogne Field, to reflect on the actions and selfless service of Staff Sgt. Jonathon Martin, who was killed in action November 2007 while serving with 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). His family was presented the Ohio Military Medal of Distinction by the command team of the “Bandit” Squadron. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment Welcomes Veterans to Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Jesse Anderla
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – “How do you recognize those that don’t get to pick up a rifle anymore or possibly never did, yet still want to be a part of the team?” said 1st Bn. 506th Inf. Regt. Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Buddy Ferris. “This ceremony is a great opportunity to do that.”

The annual event gives veterans an opportunity to come back to Fort Campbell, rekindle friendships and talk about their shared experiences with the regiment.

“The veterans have told me that something was missing in their life,” said Ferris, “It’s usually that shared set of friendships and experiences they had from when they were younger.”

Alfred May places a wreath by the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) memorial to honor his fallen brothers-in-arms during his time in Vietnam on May 13, 2016. May, who attended the 1st Bn. 506th Inf Regt. Distinguished and Honorary Member of the Regiment induction ceremony, was one of the original members that helped to create the first memorial in Camp Evans, Vietnam in 1971 and the recreated memorial that stands in Fort Campbell today. (Staff Sgt. Jesse Anderla, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Alfred May places a wreath by the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) memorial to honor his fallen brothers-in-arms during his time in Vietnam on May 13, 2016. May, who attended the 1st Bn. 506th Inf Regt. Distinguished and Honorary Member of the Regiment induction ceremony, was one of the original members that helped to create the first memorial in Camp Evans, Vietnam in 1971 and the recreated memorial that stands in Fort Campbell today. (Staff Sgt. Jesse Anderla, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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