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101st Airborne Division holds NCO, Soldier of the Year competition at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division held its annual Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year competition April 20th-23rd to identify the division’s best Soldier and NCO for 2015.

All competitors scaled the ladder of excellence, but only two would Rendezvous with Destiny.

Spc. Carissa Payeur, a health care specialist, with Company C, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Sgt. David Payton, an infantryman, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, earned the chance to move ahead to compete at the XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year competition scheduled for June 9th-11th at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Sgt. Nathan Joachim, Company D, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires his M4 rifle while in the kneeling unsupported firing position on a range here during the division’s 2015 Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year April 23, 2015. Joachim, is a native of Katy, Texas. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Sgt. Nathan Joachim, Company D, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires his M4 rifle while in the kneeling unsupported firing position on a range here during the division’s 2015 Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the year April 23, 2015. Joachim, is a native of Katy, Texas. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 2nd Brigade Combat Team Strike soldiers take Yoga for benefits

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Every Thursday at 6:00am at Freedom Fighter’s Physical Fitness Center, Soldiers throughout the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, participate in a Strike yoga class that is offered and taught by Joined Forces Yoga, a nonprofit organization designed to provide service members a complimentary exercise regimen.

Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct yoga during one of the weekly classes offered by Joined Forces Yoga. Joined Forces Yoga is a nonprofit organization that provides free yoga classes to service members, veterans, family members and Department of Defense civilians. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct yoga during one of the weekly classes offered by Joined Forces Yoga. Joined Forces Yoga is a nonprofit organization that provides free yoga classes to service members, veterans, family members and Department of Defense civilians. (U.S. Army photo by 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” holds activation cermony for 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division held an activation ceremony for 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion April 16th at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The 39th BEB, first activated April 25th, 1942, at Camp Bowie, Texas, received various unit citations during the Vietnam War. It has been reactivated because the restructuring of BCTs laid out in the Department of the Army’s BCT 2020 initiative.

Lt. Col. Christopher D. Payant, center, commander of the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Silva, the senior noncommissioned officer of the 39th BEB, during an activation ceremony for the aforementioned battalion April 16, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center here. (Sgt. David Cox, 2BCT PAO)

Lt. Col. Christopher D. Payant, center, commander of the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Silva, the senior noncommissioned officer of the 39th BEB, during an activation ceremony for the aforementioned battalion April 16, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center here. (Sgt. David Cox, 2BCT PAO)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” welcomes Blue Spaders

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY –  First Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment “Blue Spaders”, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unfurled its unit colors signifying its activation during a ceremony April 14th, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center.

The addition of a third infantry battalion brings 2BCT on par with its sister brigades within the 101st Abn. Div., which have already added an addition maneuver unit in accordance with the Department of the Army’s restructuring initiative, BCT 2020.

Second Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held an activation Ceremony for 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment April 14, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Gym at Fort Campbell, KY. (Courtesy Photo)

Second Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held an activation Ceremony for 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment April 14, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Gym at Fort Campbell, KY. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers lost at Gander remembered around the world

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Many gathered Friday to remember the 248 Soldiers – noncommissioned officers and officers from units across this division, the majority from 3rd Battalion of the 502nd Infantry Regiment – who lost their lives December 12th, 1985, in a plane crash at Gander, Newfoundland. The troops were returning home from a six-month peacekeeping mission in Sinai, Egypt, as part of the Multinational Force and Observers.

This year marks the 29th anniversary of that heartbreaking winter day. There were several memorial ceremonies Friday, not only at Fort Campbell, but across the world.

Col. Peter N. Benchoff and Command Sgt. Maj. John Brady pay tribute, to the 248 Soldiers who lost their lives in a plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland at the 29th Gander Memorial Ceremony. Twenty nine years  ago  this  morning,  Arrow  Airlines  flight  1285  took  off  from  Gander  Newfoundland  in  Canada  with  eight  crew  members  and  248  Soldiers,  noncommissioned officers,  and  officers  from  units  across  this  division,  the  majority  from  3rd  Battalion  of  the  502nd  Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. The flight crashed  immediately following takeoff and  there  were  no  survivors. The soldiers were returning home from a peace keeping mission in Sinai, Egypt.  Strike Soldiers and Screaming Eagle families gather yearly in remembrance. (Sgt. 1st Class Eric Abendroth/U.S. Army)

Col. Peter N. Benchoff and Command Sgt. Maj. John Brady pay tribute, to the 248 Soldiers who lost their lives in a plane crash in Gander, Newfoundland at the 29th Gander Memorial Ceremony. Twenty nine years ago this morning, Arrow Airlines flight 1285 took off from Gander Newfoundland in Canada with eight crew members and 248 Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, and officers from units across this division, the majority from 3rd Battalion of the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. The flight crashed immediately following takeoff and there were no survivors. The soldiers were returning home from a peace keeping mission in Sinai, Egypt. Strike Soldiers and Screaming Eagle families gather yearly in remembrance. (Sgt. 1st Class Eric Abendroth/U.S. Army)

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Command Sgt. Maj. Vimoto visits 101st Airborne Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Gamberi

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Laghman Province, Afghanistan – Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia T. Vimoto, senior enlisted adviser of ISAF Joint Command and Command Sgt. Maj. Mohammad Ali Hussayni, Afghan National Army ground forces command sergeant major, visit with Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and 201st Corps ANA at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, Afghanistan.

Both Command Sergeants major came to build rapport, and share knowledge with the Soldiers under their respective responsibility.

Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia T. Vimoto, senior enlisted adviser of ISAF Joint Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Mohammad Ali Hussayni, Afghan National Army ground forces command sergeant major, visit with Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and 201st Corps ANA at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)

Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia T. Vimoto, senior enlisted adviser of ISAF Joint Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Mohammad Ali Hussayni, Afghan National Army ground forces command sergeant major, visit with Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and 201st Corps ANA at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell 2nd Brigade “Strike” officer Brigid Calhoun credits family, mentors and experiences for success

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Laghman Province, Afghanistan – Forty-three years ago, U.S. Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate granting women the right to vote.

When put into historical military context, the roles women have filled in their service to their country have gone under measureable change in the 239 year history of the U.S. Army — when women would help nurse the wounded and sick during the Revolutionary War.

Now, women make up approximately 15 percent of the active-duty Army and represent 95 percent of its’ career fields.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brigid Calhoun, an all-source intelligence analyst with Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares for a flight at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Aug. 18, 2014, Laghman province, Afghanistan. “I plan to serve as long as I am having fun and loving what I am doing,” said Calhoun. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brigid Calhoun, an all-source intelligence analyst with Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares for a flight at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Aug. 18, 2014, Laghman province, Afghanistan. “I plan to serve as long as I am having fun and loving what I am doing,” said Calhoun. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike”, TAAC-NE assists ANSF during Afghan Runoff Elections

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Laghman Province, Afghanistan – In April, there were eight candidates vying to become Afghanistan’s next president; in June there were two. In as many months as there are candidates from the last election, the Afghans went to the voting booths to decide who will become their country’s next top official.

Leaders with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and the commander of Train Advise and Assist Command-Northeast assisted their counterparts with the Afghan National Security Forces as they executed their plans to ensure a safe and secure runoff election day process for voters June 14th, 2014, at the Operational Coordination Center- Regional, Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Travis Thompson (right), the deputy commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listens to a peer while advising his counterpart with the 201st corps Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, June 14, 2014. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Travis Thompson (right), the deputy commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listens to a peer while advising his counterpart with the 201st corps Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, June 14, 2014. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier Matthew Walker Killed in Afghanistan

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5th in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.

Pfc. Matthew H. Walker died in Afghanistan from wounds suffered from enemy fire.
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A legacy of courage, strength honored at Fort Campbell during the 101st Airborne Division Review

 

Written by Sgt. William Battle
372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The sun may have been bright this morning, but it could not shine brighter than the pride of the 101st Airborne Division as 12,800 Soldiers stood together on the Division Parade Field to close out this year’s Week of the Eagles celebration.

The theme of the 2014 observance was “Remembering the 101st in Vietnam: Building on the legacy of courage and strength,” and gathered at the parade field were representatives of the division’s history looking upon the Soldiers that are the division’s present and future – building on that legacy created by the Veterans in attendance.

12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)

12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)

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