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101st Airborne Division “Strike” Engineers put the mud, in mud run at Fort Campbell

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Engineers from Company A, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), paved lanes for the mud run during the warrior challenge obstacle, hosted by morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR), June 20th Saturday.

In preparation for The Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour, engineers from 3rd Platoon cleared paths, constructed obstacles, drained stagnant water and cleared fallen trees from the trail.

Spc. Jordan Seui, a horizontal construction engineer, with Company A, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), performs maintenance with an S150 Bobcat, for on the Warrior Challenge Obstacle and Mud Run course, at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 17, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Shane, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion BEB, 2nd Brigade Combat Team BCT, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Spc. Jordan Seui, a horizontal construction engineer, with Company A, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), performs maintenance with an S150 Bobcat, for on the Warrior Challenge Obstacle and Mud Run course, at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 17, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Shane, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion BEB, 2nd Brigade Combat Team BCT, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

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Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers don historic 101st Airborne ‘Old Abe’ patch during ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) became the first division headquarters to convert to a multi-component unit division headquarters, June 16th. During a patching ceremony, soldiers from Wisconsin and Utah Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve placed Velco-backed ‘Old Abe’ patches on their upper left sleeves marking another milestone in Screaming Eagle history.

The ceremony represents one of the many transformations in the Army.

The purpose of multi-component unit division headquarters is to fully integrate Reserve and National Guard Soldiers into the modification table of organization and equipment.

Soldiers from the Wisconsin and Utah Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve donned the historic "Old Abe" patch during a patching ceremony at 101st Division Headquarters, at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 16, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Wisconsin and Utah Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve donned the historic “Old Abe” patch during a patching ceremony at 101st Division Headquarters, at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 16, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division “Strike” Soldiers conduct Live-Fire Exercises as part of Eagle Flight at Fort Campbell

 

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 – Strike Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted combined arms live-fire exercises, June 1st-11th, as part of the brigade’s Eagle Flight II field exercise at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

“Eagle Flight II is used to train and certified infantry platoon by training during day and night operations and situational exercises,” Maj. Dennis Maher, the operational officer with, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.

Strike soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct combined arms live-fire exercises, Fort Campbell, Ky., June 3, 2015. (Sgt. Joshua Dwyer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Strike soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct combined arms live-fire exercises, Fort Campbell, Ky., June 3, 2015. (Sgt. Joshua Dwyer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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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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