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101st Airborne Rakkasans build squad-level proficiency at live-fire range

 

Written by Spc. Patrick Kirby
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The range comes on the heels of their recent Joint Regional Training Center mission as opposing forces.

“The training up to this event was pretty in-depth,” said 2nd Lt. Josh Hartwell, a native of Crete, Nebraska, and the officer-in-charge of the squad live-fire range. “After returning from JRTC we got right after it again with a team live-fire and now with the squad live-fire.”

The range integrated the crawl-walk-run methodology by starting with a blank-fire during the day, followed by an after action review. The soldiers then rehearsed their hand and arm signals, and their patrolling tactics more and went through the range again as a live-fire.

Spc. Draven Pancake, a native of Evansville, Indiana, and an infantrymen with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), engages targets, from his support-by-fire position, Nov. 7. The support-by-fire was set up while the bravo team maneuvered into a flanking position to take out the enemy bunker. (Spc. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Draven Pancake, a native of Evansville, Indiana, and an infantrymen with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), engages targets, from his support-by-fire position, Nov. 7. The support-by-fire was set up while the bravo team maneuvered into a flanking position to take out the enemy bunker. (Spc. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Former 101st Airborne Division Rakkasan memorialized at Fort Campbell Fisher House

 

Written by Maria Christina Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A rocking horse, meant to bring joy to children while honoring a fallen Soldier, was donated to the Fort Campbell Fisher House, October 13th, 2017.

The horse was hand crafted by volunteers in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Knier died October 21st, 2006 from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Bayji, Iraq.

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division - “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division – “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

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101st Airborne Division Iron Rakkasans: 50 years later

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Friday morning people boarded two white buses on the final leg of a trip 50 years in the making. Many of the passengers were founding members of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, Rakkasans, 101st Airborne Division, created in 1967 during the Vietnam War.

Traveling with these men were other veterans, spouses, children, grandchildren and siblings. Throughout the day they talked and joked with each other, as they caught up since their last reunion. The group looked more like a large Family than anything else, and that is because of how close these men became when they were young Soldiers.

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

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Fort Campbell MWR, 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” hold Colorful Fun Run

 

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

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell's Morale, Welfare and Recreation - MWRFort Campbell, KY – Over 200 Soldiers, family members, retirees and community members joined the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Fort Campbell’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation for a colorful fun run here Saturday.

A color run is a 5k “fun run” in which participants are blasted with brightly-dyed corn starch throughout the course.

Spc. Ali Karim, Pvt. Andrew Neuman and Pvt. Christian Martinez, all Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), cross the finish line at the conclusion of the color run here July 18, 2015. The color run took place as part of the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. (Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Spc. Ali Karim, Pvt. Andrew Neuman and Pvt. Christian Martinez, all Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), cross the finish line at the conclusion of the color run here July 18, 2015. The color run took place as part of the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. (Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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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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