Topic: 326th Engineer Battalion
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
Fort Campbell, KY - “Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole, Fire in the hole!” screams a combat engineer, then the sound of a soft click leaves his hands and then a deafening boom; a secured doorway is no more.
A combat engineer, also known as a Sapper, is a Soldier who performs an array of construction and demolition duties under combat conditions. They are trained in constructing and breaching trenches, building bunkers, creating tank traps and fortifications, constructing and/or demolishing bridges, roads and now perhaps most commonly known as the guys who cleared land mines and IED’s from routes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
Fort Campbell, KY – A Sapper Eagle has finally won his hard-fought battle to receive his long awaited Purple Heart award.
Sgt. 1st Class Alondo Brown, first sergeant of the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, received the award for injuries he sustained in Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during that deployment.
The paperwork awarding Brown a Purple Heart has been in the works for several years. After several attempts, he finally received his award at a ceremony May 21st, 2012.
Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade Lifeliners “Sapper Eagles” demark Brigades, re-patch Combat Patch
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
Fort Campbell, KY – A storied Army engineer battalion opened a new chapter in its illustrious history Tuesday, marking a transition to a new brigade.
The 326th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, conducted a patch ceremony to mark the transition to the 36th Engineer Brigade. The “Sapper Eagles” are assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), while stationed at Fort Campbell.
Fort Campbell, KY – Two noncommissioned officers assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade received the Expert Field Medical Badge during a ceremony at the Division Parade Field, May 11th.
Sgt. Joshua Reichlin, a health care specialist with the 326th Engineer Battalion and a native of Elyria, Ohio, and Sgt. Rachel Barrett, a health care specialist with the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, both received their Expert Field Medical Badges.
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Fort Campbell, KY – In between reintegration, setting up their battalion’s new headquarters, and returning to life here, four engineer officers with the 326th Engineer Battalion are wasting no time.
When their hands are free from work, they’re busy tying knots and rigging rescue carriers. These tasks will help them when they venture to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, next month.
The little things that add up
Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan – The mission for route clearance team is quite simple: find a barrage of small-arms, mortars and improvised explosive devices on the roads of Afghanistan and get them off.
For the soldiers of the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, everything over there is always easier said than done. The company is primarily a Horizontal Construction Company comprised of heavy equipment operators who were remissioned as route clearance experts eight months prior to their deployment.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
Fort Campbell, KY – Sgt. James Croghan and Sgt. David Eldridge definitely left a lasting impression on their last deployment to Afghanistan.
From renovating the brigade’s gym, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center, to building the “Lifeliner Oasis” in front of the headquarters, the two non-commissioned officers’ carpentry skills were instrumental in leaving the brigade complex in Afghanistan in much better condition.
Fort Campbell welcomes the last 101st Airborne Division combat soldiers to leave Iraq home just in time for Christmas
Fort Campbell, KY – Just a scant three days before Christmas 138 Soldiers returned from Iraq in what is a monumental moment for our nation; the return of the last combat troops from Iraq. “This is a pretty historic moment for Fort Campbell as these are the last combat troops coming out of Iraq, and we are glad to be getting them home in time for Christmas” said 101st Sustainment Brigade commander Col. Michael Peterman said when speaking to the media.
The war began with the invasion of Iraq on March 20th, 2003 and officially ended on December 15th 2011, and saw Saddam Hussein captured, tried for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiites for which he was sentenced to death by hanging. It also saw the nation transition to a Democracy with open Democratic elections. During that time 4,484 US soldiers and 318 soldiers from coalition partners lost their lives; including 204 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division. An estimated 126,000 Iraqi civilians were killed.
Fort Campbell, KY – Late on Tuesday night 167 soldiers with the 326th Engineer Battalion returned to Fort Campbell after a year long deployment to Irag.
Family and friends gathered inside Hanger 3 at Campbell Army Airfield as they awaited the return of their loved ones. When the plane was 15 minutes away an announcement was made, and most of the familiy members made their way outside to watch as plane touched down.
(Fort Campbell , Ky) – During the next several months various 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) brigade and subordinate units will conduct changes of command. The ceremonies scheduled for May are as follows:
Changes of command will take place on the Division Parade Field, unless otherwise specified.
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