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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike: The Gun Raid

 

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

Northern, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Darryl “Gunny” Joseph leapt into the night of northern Iraq as the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter touched down, the dust from the rotary wash clouding his vision. His mission was simple: set up the landing zone and guide in the aircraft carrying the M777 artillery pieces to the raid site.

The process of setting up a landing zone, or sling load area, was not new to him. Back at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joseph and the Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Strike,” practiced sling load operations many times before.

But this was not a training exercise; this was the real deal.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers provide Artillery support for Iraqi security forces with indirect fires

 

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

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)  Task Force Strike conducted fire mission from Kara Soar Base Iraq, during an operation in support of the Iraqi Army, June 14th, 2016.

U.S. Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission with an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi security forces at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016. Battery C Soldiers support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission by providing indirect fire support for Iraqi security forces as they continue to combat Da’esh and re-take lost terrain. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson)

U.S. Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission with an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi security forces at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016. Battery C Soldiers support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission by providing indirect fire support for Iraqi security forces as they continue to combat Da’esh and re-take lost terrain. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division’s Task Force Strike M777 Howitzer Battery welcomes new Commander

 

Written by Maj. Ireka Sanders
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – Artillerymen from Battery C, 1st Battalion 320th Field Artillery conducted a change of command ceremony at the Kara Soar Base, Iraq, July 25, 2016.

A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commander to another. The passing of colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming one signifies the unit and its soldiers is never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and also signifies an allegiance of soldiers to their unit’s commander.

Lt. Col. Charles W. Kean, left, commander, of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, passes the Battery C guidon to Capt. Joseph Berlin, center, symbolizing his new authority as the commander of the battery at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, July 25, 2016. Battery C’s mission in Iraq is to provide precision, surface-to-surface fires during Operation Inherent Resolve. (Maj. Ireka Sanders)

Lt. Col. Charles W. Kean, left, commander, of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, passes the Battery C guidon to Capt. Joseph Berlin, center, symbolizing his new authority as the commander of the battery at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, July 25, 2016. Battery C’s mission in Iraq is to provide precision, surface-to-surface fires during Operation Inherent Resolve. (Maj. Ireka Sanders)

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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Strike Soldiers shine a guiding light in Iraq

 

Written by Major Ireka Sanders
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – The Soldiers on the gun line were asleep when the radio crackled and came to life. Two familiar words followed.

“Fire Mission.”

They quickly put on their gear and raced to the M777 howitzer they manned day in and day out. It is always a race. It was their jobs to fire timely, precise munitions. They arrived to the gun to receive further orders.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 320 field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) fire an M777 howitzer from Kara Soar Base, Iraq, during a night operation in support of the Iraqi Army June 3, 2016. Fire missions are one way the Coalition enables the Iraqi Army to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jaquan P. Turnbow)

U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 320 field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) fire an M777 howitzer from Kara Soar Base, Iraq, during a night operation in support of the Iraqi Army June 3, 2016. Fire missions are one way the Coalition enables the Iraqi Army to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jaquan P. Turnbow)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team conducts Fire Missions in Iraq

 

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

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – In Iraq, the Kara Soar Base feels like a different world; only a few hours away lies the modern city of Erbil, with sky rises and brand name car dealerships.

Yet, here, in the farmland of northern Iraq at Kara Soar, in the searing heat, through the thick dust smoke can be seen rising from battles raging near the Tigris River and missiles heard launching nearby as smoke clouds on the horizons confirm a successful strike.

A world U.S. Soldiers face daily in support of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission.

U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire an M777 howitzer at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, May 23, 2016. The Soldiers conducted fire missions to calibrate their weapons systems. The fire missions at the Kara Soar Base serve two roles: to provide force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and to support the Iraqi Security forces ground maneuver by providing indirect fire support, enabling them to defeat Da’esh. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Paul Sale)

U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire an M777 howitzer at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, May 23, 2016. The Soldiers conducted fire missions to calibrate their weapons systems. The fire missions at the Kara Soar Base serve two roles: to provide force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and to support the Iraqi Security forces ground maneuver by providing indirect fire support, enabling them to defeat Da’esh. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Paul Sale)

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Fort Campbell’s 320th Field Artillery Regiment one of first units to use new Precision Guidance Kit

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Company C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a live fire range at training area 23 at Fort Campbell, August 21st.

The range was significant in that it utilized an innovative and revolutionary tool that is up-and-coming in the field artillery world – the Precision Guidance Kit.

The PGK is a global position system with proximity and point detonating fusing functions for high explosive projectiles frequently used by field artillery units in the Army.

An M109A6 howitzer sits ready to fire utilizing the Precision Guidance Kit during a live-fire range held by Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) here, Aug. 21, 2015. The 1st Bn., 320th FAR is one of the first field artillery units in the Army to field this new and innovative technology. (1st Lt. Alexander M. Dibiasie, Company C, 1st Bn., 320th FAR, DIVARTY, 101st Airborne Division)

An M109A6 howitzer sits ready to fire utilizing the Precision Guidance Kit during a live-fire range held by Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) here, Aug. 21, 2015. The 1st Bn., 320th FAR is one of the first field artillery units in the Army to field this new and innovative technology. (1st Lt. Alexander M. Dibiasie, Company C, 1st Bn., 320th FAR, DIVARTY, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell Strike Soldiers conduct Walk and Shoot to prepare for Joint Readiness Training Center rotation

 

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 the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a brigade-wide walk and shoot exercise, July 20h-24th in the vicinity of observation post 13 here.

The exercise was conducted in conjunction with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division and was intended to prepare maneuver units to integrate fire support assets for future combat operations.

A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fires a squad automatic weapon during the Strike Brigade’s walk and shoot here, July 23, 2015. The walk and shoot was a month long training event that took place in order to prepare the brigade for its’ upcoming Joint Readiness Training Center rotation. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fires a squad automatic weapon during the Strike Brigade’s walk and shoot here, July 23, 2015. The walk and shoot was a month long training event that took place in order to prepare the brigade for its’ upcoming Joint Readiness Training Center rotation. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” holds Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

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 101st Airborne Division held a change of command ceremony here Friday for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, during which outgoing commander, Col. Peter N. Benchoff, relinquished command to the incoming commander, Col. Brett G. Sylvia.

Strike’s change of command ceremony was the culminating event in a series of change of command ceremonies within the brigade. Several of the brigade’s battalions, including 1st Squadron of the 75th Cavalry Regiment, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Battalion of the 320th Field Artillery Regiment and 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry Regiment all held ceremonies to mark the passing of command.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division passes the Strike colors to Col. Brett G. Sylvia during 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s change of command ceremony here, June 26, 2015. The passing of the guidon signifies Sylvia’s official assumption of command. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division passes the Strike colors to Col. Brett G. Sylvia during 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s change of command ceremony here, June 26, 2015. The passing of the guidon signifies Sylvia’s official assumption of command. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division unit completes transformation as history comes full circle

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), added to its distinguished history with the formal recognition of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” in a ceremony held at Fort Campbell May 14th.

“Both our Soldiers, our Families and our Veterans from the White Currahee nation are extremely honored to come back to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team,” said Lt. Col. Scott Kirkpatrick, commander, 2nd Bn, 506th Inf. Rgt. “It’s about two storied organizations, the Currahees and the Rakkasans, coming together to make a legendary one.”

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "White Currahee" to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division.

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division.

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101st Airborne Division Bastogne Soldiers Conduct Walk and Shoot at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a walk and shoot exercise May 5-10 near Observation Post 13 here.

The operation was conducted by all the companies and troops from the brigade’s 1st and 2nd Battalions, 327th Infantry Regiment; 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment; and 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment with support from 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade; 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Air Force.

Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provide suppressive fire during a walk and shoot exercise May 8, 2014, near Observation Post 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provide suppressive fire during a walk and shoot exercise May 8, 2014, near Observation Post 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

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