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101st Airborne Division conducts Brigade-Level Air Assault Training Operation at Fort Campbell

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) holds a unique position as the only air assault division in the world. As an air assault-focused unit, the division must be ready at a moment’s notice to plan, coordinate, and execute brigade-size air assault operations capable of seizing key terrain in support of operational objectives.

“The 101st Airborne Division provides the National Command Authority an air assault early entry force capable of working in austere environments with limited or degraded infrastructure,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure a landing zone during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny," moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure a landing zone during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade “Wings of Destiny,” moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Iron Rakkasans train ‘Brilliance in Basics’

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – With the arrival of new soldiers, companies within the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), train their soldiers for combat starting at the foundation.

Leaders within the 3-187th “Iron” Rakkasans train the soldiers throughout the battalion during a field training exercise aimed at training the smallest element within units, the fire teams.

Pfc. Shea Simpson, an infantryman assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) assaults an objective during a fire team exercise at U.S. Army Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 24, 2013. The team exercise was one event that soldiers had to complete during a three day field training exercise, designed to strengthen the battalion’s fire teams. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

Pfc. Shea Simpson, an infantryman assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) assaults an objective during a fire team exercise at U.S. Army Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 24, 2013. The team exercise was one event that soldiers had to complete during a three day field training exercise, designed to strengthen the battalion’s fire teams. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasan leaders tackle day ‘zero,’ increase understanding

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – At first glance, the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell looks abandoned with no visual signs of life in all directions, but out of the thick, ghostly morning fog comes the loud, thunderous cries of “Air Assault” from more than 200 Air Assault candidates quake both the ground and sky.

Looking on is Company level and above leadership from 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); they are paying close attention to the “day zero” standards of the Air Assault School.

Col. J.B. Vowell, Commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discusses with leaders within the brigade the importance of their Air Assault candidates success within the course on August 19, 2013. The goal is to reach a 70% Air Assault qualified standard within the division to increase the capabilities of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). (U.S. Army Photo by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3BCT Public Affairs)

Col. J.B. Vowell, Commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discusses with leaders within the brigade the importance of their Air Assault candidates success within the course on August 19, 2013. The goal is to reach a 70% Air Assault qualified standard within the division to increase the capabilities of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). (U.S. Army Photo by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3BCT Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasans give the Fox Sports 1 Team a taste of Soldier PT

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were joined by members of the new Fox Sports 1 network for some intense physical training at Fort Campbell, KY, Monday, August 12th, 2013.

Soldiers assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assist members of the Fox Sports 1 team with the proper rope climbing technique during their physical fitness session at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 12, 2013. (U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3BCT Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assist members of the Fox Sports 1 team with the proper rope climbing technique during their physical fitness session at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 12, 2013. (U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3BCT Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team takes Proactive approach as Rakkasans Redeploy

 

Written by 1st Lt. Alex Gephart

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – After an active 9-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan, Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known as the “Iron Rakkasans,” are preparing for the transition to life back on American soil.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take reintegration surveys on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 6th, 2013. Reintegration training assists Soldiers in the transition back to life in the U.S. and life with their Families. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take reintegration surveys on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 6th, 2013. Reintegration training assists Soldiers in the transition back to life in the U.S. and life with their Families. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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Fort Campbell 3rd Brigade Combat Team Medic provides “healthy” knowledge to ANSF

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The brightly lit hallways lined with numerous medical supplies look spotless under the florescent lights within Forward Operating Base Salerno’s medical center.

Military medical personnel quickly stride to and from rooms like bees around a honey comb completing their daily duties.

This facility, built to aid and save lives is also training grounds for Afghan National Security Forces aspiring to become medics.

Army Sgt. Luciano Mada, a medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for a photo at the medical center at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 10, 2013. Mada spent his deployment training Afghan National Security Forces to become medics for their units. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Army Sgt. Luciano Mada, a medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for a photo at the medical center at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, April 10, 2013. Mada spent his deployment training Afghan National Security Forces to become medics for their units. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasans enjoy Easter services

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 187th Infantry Regiment Chaplain

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As the sun rose on a beautiful day in eastern Afghanistan, hundreds of Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), came together to celebrate Easter, March 31st.

Eight different Religious Support Teams at locations across Khowst and Paktya provinces led more than 15 services for more than 400 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and civilians throughout the weekend.

U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers the benediction to parishioners praying during Easter Sunday at Chapel Next at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, March, 31st, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers the benediction to parishioners praying during Easter Sunday at Chapel Next at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, March, 31st, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

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Fort Campbell Soldier carries pride as third generation Rakkasan

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Most families have running traditions that strengthen their bonds.

For the last three generations, the Fay household shares something very unique.

U.S. Army Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the third Soldier to be part of the Rakkasans in his family; following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps.

U.S. Army Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for a picture in front of a tactical vehicle at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013.(Army by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for a picture in front of a tactical vehicle at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013.(Army by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers complete mission, ready to go home

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Task Force 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – A steady down pour of rain continues to fall as the combat outpost is busy with the noise of trucks and personnel moving supplies and equipment back and forth. A heavy fog lingers around the area flowing down from the surrounding mountains.

Soldiers pack what they can onto their trucks and into crates, ready to make the journey from Combat Outpost Tera Zeyi to Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

Soldiers assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with the help of local nationals move equipment and supplies to prepare for the closing of Combat Outpost Tera Zeyi, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with the help of local nationals move equipment and supplies to prepare for the closing of Combat Outpost Tera Zeyi, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Why We Serve: Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Pfc. Spencer Vue

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Alex Kirk Amen
115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan — Infantryman: one word that commands respect despite rank or creed. In eastern Afghanistan, it’s a life defined by long patrols, sleepless nights and constant maintenance of weapons and equipment.

That’s exactly what U.S. Army Pfc. Spencer Vue was looking for when he joined the Army.

Pfc. Spencer Vue Vue, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Pfc. Spencer Vue Vue, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

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