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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Strike Soldiers build camp in Erbil, Iraq

 

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

Erbil, Iraq – LSA Strike is named after the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) whose Soldiers comprise Task Force Strike in northern Iraq.

When we first got here, all there was, was gravel.” said 1st Lt. Kalapu Fasavalu, platoon leader in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, from Long Beach, California. “There were no facilities set up at all.”

As part of their deployment during Operation Inherent Resolve, Soldiers of Task Force Strike, are moving to many locations throughout Iraq to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces.

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.  (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Brigade takes charge of advise, assist mission in North Iraq

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson
Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve

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

Erbil, Iraq – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took over the division-level advise and assist mission in northern Iraq from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a ceremony May 15th, in Erbil, Iraq.

About 1,250 1st BCT “Warriors” of the 10th Mountain Division making up Task Force Warrior redeployed back to Fort Drum, New York, after serving nine months in Iraq and Kuwait, training and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Col. Brett Sylvia, the commander of 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Gebhardt, the senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, uncase the Strike Brigade’s colors during their transfer of authority ceremony in Erbil, Iraq, May 17th, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Peter Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

Col. Brett Sylvia, the commander of 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Gebhardt, the senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, uncase the Strike Brigade’s colors during their transfer of authority ceremony in Erbil, Iraq, May 17th, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Peter Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

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Fort Campbell Task Force Strike personnel orchestrate movement into Operation Inherent Resolve

 

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

Asia – As the Soldiers of Task Force Strike arrive in theater as part of Operation Inherent Resolve on their way to many different locations throughout Iraq, personnel here ensure they get to where they need to go at the time they are supposed to.

Many of the liaisons here deployed early, arriving in the country weeks before other Soldiers to ensure that the conditions would be set for the task force’s arrival.

“I deployed about three weeks ago” said CW1 Issac German, Task Force Strike mobility warrant officer. “My duty is to get all the Strike personnel and equipment from Fort Campbell to their end location, wherever that may be.”

Two personnel from Task Force Strike practice proper Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) removal procedures at a training and logistical camp in southwest Asia, May 11, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson)

Two personnel from Task Force Strike practice proper Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) removal procedures at a training and logistical camp in southwest Asia, May 11, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” cases colors in preparation for deployment to Iraq

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – The ceremony marks the 4th time the storied brigade cased its’ colors in preparation for a deployment to Iraq; the 7th overall in support of the Global War on Terror.

Little remains known about Strike’s impending mission, however, their focal point will be advising and assisting Iraqi counterparts against insurgents.

The Strike brigade will join the Screaming Eagle’s headquarters, who deployed to the region a few short weeks ago. Units within Strike will be deployed throughout several locations in both Iraq and Kuwait.

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

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101st Airborne Blue Spaders gain ‘G.I. Janes’

 

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 – As part of the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division’s ‘GI Jane day’ conducted here on April 21st, wives of the Blue Spaders were able to participate in a variety of different events throughout the day.

The ladies started their day at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, conquering the 40 foot rappel tower. Instructed by cadre from the school, spouses were walked taught on how to tie a swiss rappel seat and proper rappelling techniques.

Spouses of Soldiers in 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division are coached by their husbands on M4 rifle skills here, April 21, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UPAR)

Spouses of Soldiers in 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division are coached by their husbands on M4 rifle skills here, April 21, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UPAR)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” inducts new members into the regiment

 

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 – The inductees were Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, Col. (R) Theodore Purdom and Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment Master Sgt. (R) Alonzo Rollins.

The Distinguished Members inductees were Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady, Maj. Michael Haith, Wayne Dugger, Jorge Otero and J.R. Martinez.

The regiment’s Honorary Members were Sgt. 1st Class Bryan K. Hardy, Darlene Castillo, Kelli Caldwell, and Paul McConville.

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander of Strike brigade, began the ceremony by recognizing the contributions of each individual.

The newest members of the 502nd Infantry Regiment are all smiles during an induction ceremony, here, March 24, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

The newest members of the 502nd Infantry Regiment are all smiles during an induction ceremony, here, March 24, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Culinary Team comes in fourth at Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of the Fort Campbell Culinary Team competed in the 41st Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, Friday, March 3rd. The competition was comprised of 244 competitors that made up 25 teams from all branches of the military; including international partners from France and Great Britain.

The Fort Campbell Culinary Team won silver medals in the following categories; Chef of the Year, Student Chef, Nutrition, Hot Food (field), Live Cooking and the Student Team won a bronze medal.

Soldiers from the Fort Campbell culinary team are all smiles after competing in the 41st Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 3-Friday. The Fort Campbell team placed fourth in this year’s competition. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Fort Campbell culinary team are all smiles after competing in the 41st Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 3-Friday. The Fort Campbell team placed fourth in this year’s competition. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier one of 70 female Sapper-qualified Solders in U.S. Army

 

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 – On Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division, it is not uncommon to witness Soldiers with tabs above the ‘airborne’ and Old Abe on their left shoulders. From Rangers to Special Forces, these tabs are indicators of those who have gone above and beyond and undergone sometimes gruesome conditions in order to earn these coveted adornments.

For engineers, the ever sought-after sapper tab is a testament to their troop leading procedures, small unit tactics, and mountaineering. A sapper is widely considered an elite combat engineer.

Capt. Erin A. Williams, chief of operations for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photo at Fort Campbell, Ky., March 18, 2015. Williams is one of 70 females that are sapper-qualified in the U.S. Army. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

Capt. Erin A. Williams, chief of operations for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photo at Fort Campbell, Ky., March 18, 2015. Williams is one of 70 females that are sapper-qualified in the 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 Culinary team ready to win Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – In the military the ‘drive to win’ is seen on a daily basis. From Soldiers conducting physical training each day to serving in multiple conflicts over the last decades, winning is and always will be the goal. For the Fort Campbell culinary team, winning is all that matters.

The Fort Campbell culinary team is schedule to compete in the Army’s annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 3rd-11th. The team is comprised of soldiers from different units on Fort Campbell. Before the Soldiers became a ‘team’ there were many challenges they had to overcome.

Spc. Stephen Briscoe, a team leader on the Fort Campbell Culinary Team, goes over cuts with his team at the culinary lab at the education center on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 25, 2016. The Fort Campbell Culinary Team will compete in the 41st Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va., March 3-11. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Spc. Stephen Briscoe, a team leader on the Fort Campbell Culinary Team, goes over cuts with his team at the culinary lab at the education center on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 25, 2016. The Fort Campbell Culinary Team will compete in the 41st Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va., March 3-11. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Strike Cook ready for annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training

 

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 – Harry S. Truman once said ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen’. Which to most Soldiers means if the pressures of a situation are too much for you, you should leave that situation.

But for Spc. Freddy Recinos, a culinary specialist, assigned to 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the kitchen is where he likes to heat up.

Recinos, a Los Angeles native, isn’t your average soldier, his love for cooking came long before he signed up to join ‘uncle Sam’s’ crew.

Spc. Freddy Recinos, a culinary specialist, assigned to 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepares a meal at the culinary lab at the education center on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 19, 2016. Recinos is part of the Fort Campbell Culinary Team which will compete in the Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training at Fort Lee, Va., in March, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Spc. Freddy Recinos, a culinary specialist, assigned to 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepares a meal at the culinary lab at the education center on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 19, 2016. Recinos is part of the Fort Campbell Culinary Team which will compete in the Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training at Fort Lee, Va., in March, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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