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Vietnam Veterans still look out for battle buddies 5 years later

 

Written by Sgt. William White
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – More than 50 Vietnam Veterans, Family members and Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held a memorial rededication ceremony August 23rd at Fort Campbell, KY to honor 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment Soldiers who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.

The Veterans, who served in the 2-502 Infantry Regiment (formerly the 2-502d Parachute Infantry Regiment) of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team during the Vietnam War, unveiled an updated version of the unit’s Vietnam memorial.

Roy Hill, a Vietnam Veteran from Rockhold, Kentucky reads names from a newly rededicated 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Vietnam Veterans Memorial following a ceremony Fort Campbell, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Hill's unit lost more than half of its Soldiers during the war. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White)

Roy Hill, a Vietnam Veteran from Rockhold, Kentucky reads names from a newly rededicated 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Vietnam Veterans Memorial following a ceremony Fort Campbell, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Hill’s unit lost more than half of its Soldiers during the war. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White)

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers involved in famous Vietnam photo interviewed for first time since image was taken 49 years ago

 

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

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – In April 1968, Associated Press photographer Art Greenspon took a photograph widely considered to be one of the most telling photos of the Vietnam War that is now titled “Help From Above.”

Embedded with the Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Greenspon caught the moment after an ambush where Soldiers from the company were moving casualties to a landing zone to be evacuated. Among other honors, the image inspired the poster for the Vietnam War Movie ‘Platoon’ and graces the covers books and front pages of newspapers.

A copy of “Help From Above”, which hangs in the headquarters of 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division(Air Assault). The photo was donated by Art Greenspon to the 101st when he was inducted as an honorary member of the 327th Infantry Regiment in 2014. Greenspon identified the names and positions of the Soldiers in the photo. Sgt. Maj Watson Baldwin stands with his hands raised signaling to a helicopter. Spc. 4 Dallas Brown lays on the ground grimacing in pain. Sgt. Tim Wintenburg, helmetless on the far right, glances back at the camera. (Original Photo by Art Greenspon, Associated Press, April, 1968. U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

A copy of “Help From Above”, which hangs in the headquarters of 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division(Air Assault). The photo was donated by Art Greenspon to the 101st when he was inducted as an honorary member of the 327th Infantry Regiment in 2014. Greenspon identified the names and positions of the Soldiers in the photo. Sgt. Maj Watson Baldwin stands with his hands raised signaling to a helicopter. Spc. 4 Dallas Brown lays on the ground grimacing in pain. Sgt. Tim Wintenburg, helmetless on the far right, glances back at the camera. (Original Photo by Art Greenspon, Associated Press, April, 1968. U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division Strike Force Supports XCTC at Fort McCoy

 

Written by Lt. Riley Foster
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort McCoy, WI – In the heat of June, Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to rotate out to training sites as the opposition force to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois National Guard. If that weren’t enough, the Battalion will move directly from playing OPFOR to conducting squad live fires and crew gunnery to prepare for follow on training back home at Fort Campbell.

The Strike Force Battalion deployed to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, early in the month to support the eXportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. David Souliotis, platoon leader, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) center, briefs Capt. Nathan Goldsmith, commander, Company C, 2-502, during 2-502 IN's deployment to the Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Jun. 16, 2017. (1st Lt. Riley Foster)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. David Souliotis, platoon leader, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) center, briefs Capt. Nathan Goldsmith, commander, Company C, 2-502, during 2-502 IN’s deployment to the Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Jun. 16, 2017. (1st Lt. Riley Foster)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers train with National Guard during XCTC Exercise at Fort McCoy

 

Written by Scott Sturkol
Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office

88th Infantry Division, Fort McCoy WFort McCoy, WI – Hundreds of Soldiers at Fort McCoy for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise completed gunnery training with vehicle-mounted weapons at Fort McCoy’s Range 26 as part of exercise operations.

The training includes Soldiers with the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Joint Forces Headquarters-Illinois of the Illinois National Guard — the units coordinating the XCTC Exercise. XCTC is the Army National Guard’s program to provide participants with an experience similar to an Army combat training center at home station or a regional training center, such as Fort McCoy, according to the National Guard Bureau.

A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois National Guard who is at Fort McCoy for training in the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise prepares a weapon for gunnery training at Range 26 on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois National Guard who is at Fort McCoy for training in the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise prepares a weapon for gunnery training at Range 26 on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers support training effort for XCTC Exercise at Fort McCoy

 

Written by 1st Lt. Riley Foster
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort McCoy, WI – In the heat of June, Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment (2nd, 502nd), 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division prepared to rotate out to training sites as the opposition force to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) of the Illinois Army National Guard here.

If that weren’t enough, the battalion moved directly from playing as opposing forces to conducting squad live fires and crew gunnery to prepare for follow-on training back at Fort Campbell, KY.

Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of Fort Campbell, Ky., practice patrolling formations in a wooded area outside of Integrated Tactical Training Base Freedom on South Post during operations for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of Fort Campbell, Ky., practice patrolling formations in a wooded area outside of Integrated Tactical Training Base Freedom on South Post during operations for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

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U.S. Department of Defense identifies 101st Airborne Division casualty

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The U.S. Department of Defense announces today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper, of Mill Creek, Washington, died September 10th, in Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident. He was killed as a result of a vehicle rollover accident while traveling from Camp Buehring, Kuwait, to Ali Al Salem Airfield.

Cooper, 25, was an infantry officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Falcon advises, assists Ministry of Peshmerga

 

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

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Erbil, Iraq – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, enable the Kurdish Regional Government’s Peshmerga forces to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through advise and assist, and train and equip missions.

“We are partnered with the Ministry of Peshmerga,” said Lt. Col. Edwin Matthaidess, commander of 2-502nd, also known as Task Force Falcon. “The MOP is part of the Kurdish Regional Government and is one of the security elements, per the Iraqi constitution, that makes up the Iraqi security forces. It is comprised of 14 regional guard brigades, which makes up their main combat power. As part of our advise and assist duties, we focus on the manning, training, and equipping.”

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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101st Airborne Division Strike ministry teams find fun ways to train

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with 1st and 2nd Battalions, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, braved Wednesday’s icy temperatures to participate in a Chaplain’s Challenge.

The challenge included performing physical readiness training, four-man pushups, tire flips and culminated with a tug-of-war battle with Lt. Col. Shawn M. Umbrell, 1st Bn., 502nd Inf. Regt. commander, and Lt. Col. Edwin D. Matthaidess, 2nd Bn., 502nd Inf. Regt. commander, on the front lines of the rope.

Lt. Col. Shawn Umbrell, commander, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) leads Soldiers within his battalion during a tug-of-war game here, Jan. 13. The tug-of-war was a part of the chaplain’s challenge- an event that was geared to incorporate both physical training and the Value of Life. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Lt. Col. Shawn Umbrell, commander, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) leads Soldiers within his battalion during a tug-of-war game here, Jan. 13. The tug-of-war was a part of the chaplain’s challenge- an event that was geared to incorporate both physical training and the Value of Life. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” soldiers conduct squad level training in Fort Knox

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Knox, KY – When it comes to military training, the most important lessons aren’t usually learned from battalion-, company- or even platoon-level training. They’re learned hands-on in a small squad.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a live-fire exercise and sling load operations, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, December 10th.

The overall mission was to validate each squad in preparation for higher level live-fire exercises.

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct sling load operations during a weeklong live-fire exercise at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 10, 2015. The training is in preparation for the brigade’s upcoming 2016 deployment. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct sling load operations during a weeklong live-fire exercise at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 10, 2015. The training is in preparation for the brigade’s upcoming 2016 deployment. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Food Service Specialists important part of Joint Readiness Training Center operations

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Polk, LA – When people think about infantry brigades, they often think about blood, guts and glory. Movies like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Full Metal Jacket” may come to mind.

But an often-forgotten group of Soldier Soldiers who help to keep the morale up, put a smile on troops’ faces when they finally get to see them, and keep their bodies nourished are the food service specialists – the stomach of Joint Readiness Training Center 16-01 operations.

Sgt. 1st Class Trerilski Davis, the culinary management noncommissioned officer, from Wadley, Ga., with Company E, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) serves hot lunch chow at the intermediate staging base at Fort Polk, La., Sept. 25, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Trerilski Davis, the culinary management noncommissioned officer, from Wadley, Ga., with Company E, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) serves hot lunch chow at the intermediate staging base at Fort Polk, La., Sept. 25, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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