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101st Airborne Division’s oldest Battalion prepares for Joint Readiness Training

 

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 and leaders with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are packing their rucks, brushing up on battle drills and kissing their families goodbye before heading off to the swamps of Fort Polk, Louisiana, for a decisive action training environment rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

A decisive action training environment, better known as a DATE rotation, gives Soldiers a taste of a hybrid threat similar to the complexities of potential adversaries the nation could face in the 21st century.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to be picked up by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters before an air assault mission at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 9, 2015. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to be picked up by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters before an air assault mission at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 9, 2015. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell Strike Soldier’s Dinosaur Costume gets National Attention

 

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 – To many Soldiers’ delight, Fort Campbell was on limited operations for several days last week. Many might have spent their days binge-watching Netflix, catching some extra Z’s and enjoying some friendly snowball.

And of course, the dreaded chore that often accompanies heavy bouts of snowfall – shoveling. Sgt. Cliff White, a food service specialist with Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), did just that the afternoon of January 22nd at his home on Fort Campbell.

Sgt. Cliff White, a food service specialist assigned to Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shovels snow during a snow storm at his home at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 22, 2016. White has received national coverage since the video was uploaded. (Courtesy Photo)

Sgt. Cliff White, a food service specialist assigned to Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shovels snow during a snow storm at his home at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 22, 2016. White has received national coverage since the video was uploaded. (Courtesy Photo)

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101st Airborne Division’s ’First Strike’ holds Best Medic Competition

 

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 – The medical military occupational specialties are some of the most arduous fields in the Army. In addition, they carry the most weight. If something goes awry, there is a lot at stake: potentially, the loss of life.

Leaders with the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), understand this level of liability and the amount of stress that accompanies it. Strike combat medics often work side-by-side with infantrymen and other combat maneuver units to ensure their safety through countless training exercises, field rotations and deployments.

Sgt. Ethan Lambert and Spc. David Hull, combat medics, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Strike, evaluate a casualty during the battalion’s best medic competition at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 14, 2016. The two “First Strike” Soldiers were the winners of the competition. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Sgt. Ethan Lambert and Spc. David Hull, combat medics, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Strike, evaluate a casualty during the battalion’s best medic competition at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 14, 2016. The two “First Strike” Soldiers were the winners of the competition. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion opens Task Force Engineer Academy

 

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 Campbell, KY – Engineers from 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), opened their doors up to the first ever Task Force Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, January 7th-14th.

The academy is the first of its kind in Strike brigade, and the thought of starting an academy began during the brigade’s last rotation to Joint Readiness Training Center, Louisiana, in the fall of 2015.

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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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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101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” to deploy to Iraq

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Department of the Army announced last week the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) – the “Strike” Brigade – stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will deploy with approximately 1,300 Soldiers to Iraq this spring in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct live fire exercise training lanes at Fort Polk, La. (Staff Sgt. Amanda Zuniga, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct live fire exercise training lanes at Fort Polk, La. (Staff Sgt. Amanda Zuniga, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division’s only combatives champ hails from 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike”

 

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 – In the past few months, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division has had a series of wins, including the division’s Soldier of the Year, the adjutant general’s Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, and their successful victory over Geronimo at Fort Polk, Louisiana, during their most recent Joint Readiness Training Center rotation. Now they can add another win to their streak.

Spc. Christian L. Nielsen, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT “Strike,” 101st, took home 1st place during the All-Armed Forces Combatives Competition in his respective weight class at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, December 12th.

Spc. Christian L. Nielsen, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, punches an opponent during the 2015 All-Armed Forces Combatives Competition at Fort Bragg, NC, Dec. 12, 2015. Nielsen took home 1st place for the second year in a row. (Courtesy Photo)

Spc. Christian L. Nielsen, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, punches an opponent during the 2015 All-Armed Forces Combatives Competition at Fort Bragg, NC, Dec. 12, 2015. Nielsen took home 1st place for the second year in a row. (Courtesy Photo)

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101st Airborne Division holds first Adjutant General Corps Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter board at Fort Campbell

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held its first ever Adjutant General Corps Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter board at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, December 15th-16th, 2015.

According to their website, the AG Corps is one of the oldest existing branches in the U.S. Army – second only to the Infantry. Their functionality throughout the years has proven to be vital to not only the success of Soldiers, but almost just as important, their moral.

“Have you ever spoken to a Soldier or witnessed the look on their face when they missed cutoff because of missing documentation,” asked Sgt. Maj. Jesse E. Ruth, G1 sergeant major, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Or scramble to figure out what they are going to be when they received a “no pay due” leave and earning statement? The AG profession, when performed correctly, is there to ensure things like that don’t happen.”

Sgt. Maj. Jesse E. Ruth, G1 sergeant major, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) presents a coin to Spc. David Rosario, 1st Squadron, 75th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) following his selection of the division’s AG Soldier of the quarter. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Sgt. Maj. Jesse E. Ruth, G1 sergeant major, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) presents a coin to Spc. David Rosario, 1st Squadron, 75th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) following his selection of the division’s AG Soldier of the quarter. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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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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101st Airborne Division “Strike” Combatives champs wrestle for repeat win

 

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 – Three Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will be competing for the championship title in their respective weight classes during the All-Armed Forces Combatives Tournament slated for December 9th-12th in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Staff Sgt. Colter C. Brown, Spc. Joshua M. Bareiszis and Spc. Christian L. Nielsen, all with Strike, will be representing the 101st Airborne Division during the tournament, which is open to all service branches in the U.S.

Spc. Christian L. Nielsen and Spc. Joshua M. Bareiszis, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), practice striking techniques at the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Combatives School here, Dec. 2, 2015. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Spc. Christian L. Nielsen and Spc. Joshua M. Bareiszis, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), practice striking techniques at the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Combatives School here, Dec. 2, 2015. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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