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101st Combat Aviation Brigade cooks train, compete in Philip A. Connelly program

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Food service specialists assigned to E Company, 6th Battalion, 101st General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, competed May 11th, 2017, in the Army’s Philip A. Connelly Program at the Corps level for field feeding.

After nearly two months of preparation, evaluators from the XVIII Airborne Corps inspected the unit’s field feeding operation. The Soldier’s performance will determine if the unit advances in the competition to the U.S. Army Forces Command level.

Spc. Ontroy Canty a food service specialist assigned to E Company, 6th Battalion, 101st General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, serves breakfast to Capt. Capt. Kris Sibbaluca in a containerized kitchen May 11, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Spc. Ontroy Canty a food service specialist assigned to E Company, 6th Battalion, 101st General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, serves breakfast to Capt. Capt. Kris Sibbaluca in a containerized kitchen May 11, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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101st Airborne Division Engineer recognized for Volunteer Service

 

Written by Heather Huber
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – When he was nominated for the GEICO Military Service Award, Sgt. 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was honored but did not think much about it.

“There were many, many people being nominated with me,” Mella said. “I wasn’t being pessimistic, just realistic.”

The GEICO Military Service Awards Program “spotlights the valuable and lasting contributions enlisted members of the armed forces make in three specific areas of endeavor,” according to the GEICO website.

Service members can be nominated for service in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention or traffic safety and accident prevention. Each year, one member from each branch of the service is selected to receive the award.

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Fort Campbell Air Assault unit brings new perspective to network modernization event

 

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U.S. ArmyFort Campbell, KY – Just four months after the last Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (2/101 Air Assault) returned home from an advise and assist mission in Iraq, the 2/101 “Strike” Brigade is gearing up for a new mission as they bring a light infantry perspective to integrating and evolving communications systems during the Army’s signature operational network exercise.

Known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) and taking place at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July, the exercise is designed to help the Army keep pace with rapid advances in communications technologies and deliver integrated network and mission command capabilities to support readiness.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Blue Spaders’ hold Change of Responsibility Ceremony

 

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 – 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team held a change of responsibility ceremony April 18th in which outgoing commander Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie relinquished duties to incoming commander Lt. Col. Keith Carter.

Wylie was the first commander of 1-26 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and led the unit on its first deployment in the unit’s history as part of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where they supported Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

U.S Army Col. Brett Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, hands the guidon to Lt. Col. Keith Carter, commander, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, left, during a change of responsibility ceremony, Apr. 18, 2017, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Carter is taking over 1-26 from Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie, who led the unit since its activation at Fort Campbell. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army Col. Brett Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, hands the guidon to Lt. Col. Keith Carter, commander, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, left, during a change of responsibility ceremony, Apr. 18, 2017, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Carter is taking over 1-26 from Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie, who led the unit since its activation at Fort Campbell. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division’s 320th Field Artillery Regiment has first female in it’s history to lead an artillery platoon in Combat

 

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

Fort Campbell, KY – When U.S. Army 1st Lt. Austen Boroff arrived in Iraq last October as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to take over 1st platoon, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), she was the only female Soldier in the battery. She was also the first female in 1-320th’s history to lead an artillery platoon in a combat environment.

“It was an exciting time to head over,” said Boroff. “I was grateful I was getting the opportunity to join the operation. I had been following the unit and all of their accomplishments all summer.”

U.S Army 1st Lt. Austen Boroff, platoon leader, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) poses near her battery’s guidon, Mar 24, 2017, at Fort Campbell, KY. Boroff, a graduate of the United States Military Academy was the first female platoon leader in 1-320th’s history to lead Soldiers in a combat environment. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army 1st Lt. Austen Boroff, platoon leader, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) poses near her battery’s guidon, Mar 24, 2017, at Fort Campbell, KY. Boroff, a graduate of the United States Military Academy was the first female platoon leader in 1-320th’s history to lead Soldiers in a combat environment. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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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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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

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

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 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

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

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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Fort Campbell to hold 31st Gander Memorial Ceremony Monday, December 12th

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On December 12th, 2016 the 2nd Brigade Combat, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will hold the 31st Gander Memorial Ceremony at 9:30am at the Gander Memorial Site located at Screaming Eagle Boulevard, Fort Campbell, KY.

This ceremony marks the 31st anniversary of the plane crash at Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada, which took the lives of 248 Screaming Eagles.

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

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101st Airborne Soldiers, Special Marine Ground Task Force advise Iraqi security forces in push towards Mosul

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionQayyarah West, Iraq – The United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Army are partnering to enhance the readiness of Iraqi security forces as they move towards the critical city of Mosul.

The Marines, from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, and Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are leveraging their previous experiences to aid the ISF as part of the Coalition’s mission to provide advice and assistance.

“These men [the ISF] are going to win,” said Marine Maj. Ryan Hunt, the team’s officer in charge. “They’re a very adaptive organization. They’ve had multiple successes since we’ve arrived that we’re very excited about.”

U.S Army 1st Lt. Patrick Abele, left, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Strike, and U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Travis Madden , right, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, monitor the status of a joint United States Army and United States Marine Corps readiness drill, Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 17 2016. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army 1st Lt. Patrick Abele, left, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Strike, and U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Travis Madden , right, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, monitor the status of a joint United States Army and United States Marine Corps readiness drill, Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 17 2016. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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